With Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) inevitably making its way to tablets soon, I think about it’s potentially to bring Android forward in the tablet space. I honestly find Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) somewhat lacking, and I’m not a huge fan of the garish interface; though thankfully Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) is fixing that one.
I think it will breathe new life into the Android tablet. It will make the tablet a lot more accessible to the average person as well as bring a huge amount of apps to the tablets which previously have been lacking. It has worked for Apple to I don’t see why it won’t work for Android, really looking forward to the release!
My main concern when it comes to Android tablets is that they want every phone app to run on tablets, which is understandable, but I don’t think that really adds any value.
There should be some way to make it so you can see which apps are specifically made for tablets sort of like the way Apple does it for iOS, as for if Android will be left in the dust? I hope so but realistically I can’t see that happening, as long as it’s a major phone OS it’ll continue to be popular on tablets. All they need is a checkbox for the developers to mark whether or not it’s built with a tablet interface and they’re done. It is just that kind of simple database stuff. I think if they added a ‘upgraded for tablets’ tag or something so users could differentiate which apps have been created to work on both tablets and phones it would make Android on a tablet a much better experience.
I’m curious as to why Google hasn’t shown Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) on any tablets yet (no screenshots, and as far as I’m aware they haven’t talked about if/ how it works different from Android 4.1 for phones). As far as apps go, after watching the video of Android 4.1 Tablet and Nexus 4 made by someone, it almost seemed to me he was denying any difference between tablet and phone apps, unless he was talking solely about the technical aspects of it not UI, that concerns me. Ultimately, I think Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) will provide a small augmentation in tablet growth but nothing extraordinary…
I cannot wait for an Android 4.2 rom for my Android 4.1 tablet. It should run decently well with the overclocked kernels that the community has created.