Jelly Bean’s Best Feature: Google Now

As we know last month at Google IO 2012 in San Franscisco. Google announced its next version of Android known as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. With several advancements and new features there’s an awesome technology which Google revealed in the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and its known as Google Now. This feature was announced and detailed at Google IO with huge applause showing how developers and attendees like it. Google Explains it as:

[quote]It tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform, or your favorite team’s score while they’re playing. And the best part? All of this happens automatically. Cards appear throughout the day at the moment you need them.[/quote]

Google Now is a system which came into effect according to time and location. Google Now works closely with your search, calendar and location history to provide you needed information at that particular time and location. It alerts you to things you’ll want to know about before you search for them. Google tried to create intelligent, constantly updating, ambient information system by giving you information.

For example if you searched for a music event in your city, then Google Now will remind you about it in future or when it is going to happen and will also provide additional information like tickets availability, etc. Another example, if you take the bus, it tells you how long it will take to walk to the bus and when the next bus will arrive. One more on the go, if you booked a ticket to travel from one place to another with Airlines, then Google Now will remind you about its departure time, terminal details and it will also give you information if it is delayed. Check out Google Now’s Introductory video from Google:

There are several other judgments are coming through from this launch by Google, some are saying that its the step forward to make Google Search ready for Google Glasses. If you want it now on your rooted Ice Cream Sandwich device than you need to head over to XDA.

Nexus Q: Google’s Social Streamer

Last week at Google IO, Google not only released Nexus 7 Tablet or jelly Bean. There’s lot more happened at Google IO and announcement of Nexus Q is one from that lot more. This was the unexpected announcement from Google’s Side. Actually Nexus Q is the ball-shaped online media streamer. Its about 4.6-inch in size and 2-pound in weight.

By Using Nexus Q you can play movies, music, and YouTube videos through your TV and home stereo setup. To power its own stereo speakers its equipped 25-watt amplifier. To remotely control it via your Android Phone you need App which is currently compatible with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean only but according to reports Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and Ice Cream Sandwich Android phones compatibility will be added after its launch this month.

Nexus Q also have HDMI output, a micro USB port, an Ethernet port, WiFi, an optical audio output, and four analog audio ports for unpowered stereo speakers. There’s only volume button present on Nexus Q. Now, the conflict which is arising is its price - $300 which is much more than its competitor devices. Apple TV and Roku with similar features costs upto $50-$100. So what’s special in this presentation from Google? The changes we inoccured are its more wirelessness but its not worth of that much price. But guys what you think about it. Share your views about it via comments.