Google took the lid off its Nexus 7 tablet, which instead of following the high-end device league, chose to satiate the low to mid-range tablet market's taste buds. It is the first device to run the newest Android operating system, Jelly Bean. While there is no concrete confirmation on when the Nexus 7 will hit the Indian markets, an Indian handset player, Karbonn, known for its budget handsets, plans to give us a home brewed taste of a Jelly Bean Smart Tab tablet Karbonn Smart Tab 4, which will be priced around 11,000.
Pardeep Jain, managing director, Karbonn Mobiles, said, "We will be launching Karbonn Smart Tab 4, a 9.7 inch tablet based on Google's latest operating system Jelly Bean in August."
He further added, "As we strive to offer consumers an affordable mobile solution, Karbonn Mobiles will price Karbonn Smart Tab 4 around Rs 11,000". Jain also said, "Another version of Smart Tab 4 with SIM functionality will be launched in September and it might come bundled with a leading telco's SIM and free data."
Karbonn Smart Tab 4 will have a Gorilla Glass screen and it will be powered by a 1.5 GHz processor. It will support WiFi, 3G through a USB dongle and Bluetooth for connectivity.
Moreover, there are a handful of devices that have received the ICS update, despite its release last year around October. So the question is, will Jelly updates reach our existing devices?
Some of the highlighted features of the Jelly Bean OS, include:
- Project Butter - As the name suggests, this feature aims to make the operating system on devices extremely smooth.
- Text Input - As mentioned earlier, with Jelly Bean, the keyboard is a lot faster and more accurate.
- Camera - On the camera side of things, the new OS brings to the table new UI and gestures, allowing users to swipe sideways, if they want to access a gallery. It is also possible to delete images by swiping them off the screen.
- Notifications - With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the notifications bar has also received an upgrade.