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The Lowdown: What Google Announced At I/O 2012

Google unveiled the Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus Q entertainment device and previewed Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean', the next major release of Android OS at Google I/O, its ongoing annual developer conference at Moscone Center, San Francisco. Here is a quick lowdown on all the announcements: Device Activations: Hugo Barra, Product Management Director, Android announced that Google is registering 12 new device activations every second and 1 million device activations on a daily basis, which is a significant increase from 400,000 daily device activations in the previous I/O. It has clocked a total of 400 million device activations to date, a four-fold increase from 100 million device activations announced at the previous Google I/O. Barra claimed that the Android adoption rate of Android has grew by over 500% over the past year in developing countries like India, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand. Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' - Google previewed Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean', the next major release of its mobile operating system Android, which brings in several new features like dynamic and expandable notifications, predictive keyboard, offline voice typing, smoother and more responsive user interface, auto-arranging icons and auto widget resizing, depending upon the space available in the homescreen. Google has added support for 18 new Input languages in Jelly Bean which include Indic languages like Hindi, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam and improved support for bi-directional languages like Arabic and Hebrew and will be shipping with a total 27 international keymaps for keyboards. The company however noted that offline voice typing will be limited to US English at present. Besides this, Jelly…

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