Google releases SDK for Jelly Bean
Google has released the full SDK (Software Development Kit) for developing applications for the latest version of its mobile operating system, Android 4.1 code-named "Jelly Bean". Google presented the operating system itself at the Google I/O developer conference last month and released the corresponding source code earlier this month. The company has also made Revision 20.0.1 of the SDK Tools and Revision 8b of the NDK (Native Development Kit) available; both of these releases include only bug fixes.
Developers can use the new Jelly Bean programming interfaces to write apps against API Level 16, which was introduced with Android 4.1. Apps developed in this way can, for example, run on Google's Nexus 7, the first tablet to offer the new operating system. Accompanying the release of the SDK, the Google has also provided various development tips for this device.
Among the main features introduced with Android 4.1 are a more reliable and faster voice search feature, the Google Now personal assistant, and additional content in the Play Store. Google says that it has also improved system performance.