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September 24, 2012

Verizon Upgrades the Nexus Galaxy to Android Jelly Bean

The Nexus Galaxy by Samsung will be the first smartphone Verizon Wireless upgrades to the new Android Jelly Bean (OS) operating system. Jelly Bean is designed to take advantage of the capabilities of smartphones and Google applications and join them seamlessly. The company said the upgrade will be pushed out in phases and the download will only be available over a Wi-Fi network.

The OS incorporates many advanced functionalities as well as new features from Google.

Image via http://www.google.com/nexus/#/galaxy

Google Now – gives you the information you need at the moment. Cards appear on your device with different notifications according to your specification. The cards have weather, traffic, transit, places, flight, sports, translation notifications and currency information. Whenever you reach a destination the information about the place regarding those subjects will appear. You can easily find places of interest, restaurants or buy tickets for events.

Text-to-speech and Voice Typing
– the text to speech feature uses TTS API as a network and embedded engine to convert US English in to text. The Voice Typing is an embedded speech recognition tool that types your speech without an Internet connection.

Accessibility – Jelly Bean comes with accessibility features for the disabled including the blind. The Gesture Mode allows navigation of the user interface with touch and swipe gestures with speech output so the user will know what is taking place. Blind users also get full support for Braille accessibility services.

Android Beam – this feature allows you to pair up with phones, tablets and other devices with Bluetooth features by just tapping them together instantly. You can share photos, videos and other media with anyone that is paired up with your device.

Internationalization – Jelly Bean supports different types of text and more languages so you can have access to people in different parts of the world. Text in Arabic and Hebrew with bidirectional text is possible. If a language is supported by Jelly Bean text specific to the language will appear automatically.

Google Search – the search features gives results in a rich format with Knowledge Graph with accurate answers to queries. It can be accessed from the locked screen for rapid launch and if you have a headset you can use voice activated commands to start Google Search and get the results with spoken word.

The Nexus Galaxy operates on a dual core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM with a 32 GB of internal storage. The battery has a 12 hr usage time with up to 150 hours of standby time. Other features include: 720p and 1080P HD video with H.264, H.264, MPEG4 and VC-1, Bluetooth 3.0, 5.0MP rear facing camera with LED flash and a front facing 1.3MP camera.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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