Intel Jelly Bean

Every major player seems to be struggling with sticking to deadlines and getting Jelly Bean out. The surprise might come from someone who’s just recently dipped into Android — Intel has told PcWorld it has 4.1 ports ready for its rather modest Android line-up, with the company’s employees already using Jelly Bean on their Medfield-based devices.

SAMSUNG-GALAXY-S2

Promises, promises, promises. That’s all Samsung seems to be up to these days, with those much awaited Jelly Bean updates being planned and scheduled, but still not put into practice. The Galaxy S2 was thought to be among the first batch of Sammy phones to be treated with 4.1 upgrades some time ago, although with no pre-release versions out there we started thinking that it could be left out of the mix temporarily.

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Despite the lack of a specific date, the road to Jelly Bean for the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has been paved, thanks to the leaked OTA update file for the tablet that we reported about earlier in the week. Now it appears that the official Android 4.1 update has reached at least one lucky owner of the 7-incher in India.

Google Now

Google Now might be in its infancy, but it’s still a really useful part of Google Search. Now it’s getting even better with a new update to Google Search in the Google Play store.

Jelly Bean users now get a few cool new functions added to the Google Now experience. One of these changes has to do with movie showtimes. Google Now will populate information on the movie that you search for, such as where it’s playing and at what times, it can even send you alerts if you are near a specific theater. Another similar feature comes to sports, you can now manually select your favorite sports team and a card will be updated with information about the team, updating in real-time. Last but not least, Google Now is getting very useful public service alert capabilities. Snow coming to your area? Perhaps a tropical storm? Google Now will gather information that could affect the area in which you live, giving you updates and alerts as they develop.