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Not all too long ago, Google released Android 4.1, named Jelly Bean. With it comes a lot of features, which you can look at in better detail by checking out this article Evolution of Android: From 1.0 to Jelly Bean [Geek History Lessons] Evolution of Android: From 1.0 to Jelly Bean [Geek History Lessons] Read More . While it’s fantastic that all of this new technology is already released, the update schedule for most phones is far from acceptable. A large number of phones which haven’t even got the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich 8 Cool New & Revised Features In Android 4.0 Ice-Cream Sandwich 8 Cool New & Revised Features In Android 4.0 Ice-Cream Sandwich It’s a new year, and we have a new version of Android. Known popularly by the code name Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0 is an important update to Google’s mobile operating system. It will be... Read More update won’t see the Jelly Bean update, and even those who do get the update might not see it until a year after Google released it, if not longer.

So instead of waiting for either the update or a new phone, you can take advantage of some of the features it provides right on your current version by way of apps.

Launcher & Lock Screen

Jelly Bean hasn’t actually updated the launcher much, compared to Ice Cream Sandwich, but you may be running a 2.x version of Android or Ice Cream Sandwich with the Holo launcher removed (and probably TouchWiz installed as the replacement). If this is the case for you, you can check out a very good Holo launcher replica to get the same home screen as stock ICS/Jelly Bean.

The app even comes with an appropriate lock screen, but it isn’t quite as similar to stock than the launcher portion is. For a more accurate lock screen, you can check out the Holo Lock Screen app. Both are a simple install away from use.

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Wallpapers

Jelly Bean does differentiate itself from ICS with its own set of static and live wallpapers. These are fairly good ones to look at, implementing most colors of the rainbow into a couple different arrangements. The live wallpapers are also pretty interesting, as the stock ones are usually my favorite (such as the Nexus live wallpaper).

You can install the static wallpapers via this app and/or the live wallpapers via this app.

Status Bar

To complete the look, you’ll probably want to replace the status/notification bar with something more similar to that of Jelly Bean. There’s also an app which takes care of that for you, and includes a couple other customizations which make the app quite worthwhile.

For example, you can choose what you’d like to include in the notification area, such as status icons for WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, etc, as well as blacklist apps from placing notifications in your status bar.

Keyboard

A major addition to Jelly Bean is an updated keyboard which has excellent text prediction to save lots of time while typing rapidly. There’s an app which essentially allows you to use the Jelly Bean keyboard on your device, right now. The only downside is that the keyboard is available only for devices with Android 4.0 (or above, but that’d be pointless), so sadly users of Android 2.x will have to pass on this one.

Options For Users With Rooted Devices

For those of you who have gone ahead and rooted your devices, you can also install Google Now, Enhanced Text/Voice Search, and even replace the boot animation. This requires a bit of digging around with your system files (hence the requirement that your device be rooted), and should therefore be completed with utmost caution so you don’t accidentally brick your device.

For instructions on how to get Google Now and the Enhanced Text/Voice Search on your ICS device, follow this link. For the boot animation, you can follow the instructions found here. You can also pick between the stock Jelly Bean boot animation or the boot animation for the Nexus 7.

Conclusion

While these tips don’t give you the entire Jelly Bean experience, it is definitely a start and helps make your device feel more like one running Jelly Bean. Hopefully in time your device will be updated to Jelly Bean, or you can take a look at running a custom ROM such as CyanogenMod How To Install CyanogenMod On Your Android Device How To Install CyanogenMod On Your Android Device A lot of people can agree that the Android operating system is pretty awesome. Not only is it great to use, but it's also free as in open source, so that it can be modified... Read More . If neither of those work out for you, you’ll eventually have to invest in a newer device to keep the Android goodness going.

What version of Android are you running? What do you like the most about Jelly Bean? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Eric Wilborn
    October 12, 2012 at 2:51 am

    I've got some followers that will want this information.

  2. David
    October 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Nice app i think you will find IDpro Voice Caller Id and voice Caller Id while in waiting call as one of the best app.

  3. Richard Borkovec
    September 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I have 2.3.6 on my phone, but have it rooted with RebelROM, which is a mix of ICS and JB style. Using JB on my Nexus, I can say it's a great OS, super smooth, and looks great. There are plenty of JB ROMs out there too.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      My phone was recently upgraded to ICS, so I'm wondering how long it'll be before I get JB. It seems really cool, especially with features like Google Now.

  4. bonioloff
    September 24, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Great tweaks... I'' recommend it to my friend.. :D

  5. gpvprasad
    September 24, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I am looking for Unicode support for complex font's on 4.0 :(

  6. Eng Waleed
    September 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    amazing

  7. salim benhouhou
    September 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    thank you danny for the explanation

  8. xbalesx
    September 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Some nice options...i am hanging with a htc droid inc2, needless to say I am still waiting for htc to publish the upgrade to ice cream sandwich.

  9. Dimal Chandrasiri
    September 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    This article looks good! :)

  10. Alex Perkins
    September 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Very good article, if people are really desperate to try out jelly bean then they could also root their device then install a custom Jelly Bean ROM.

    • Danny Stieben
      October 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      I agree, but some people might not want to deal with the hassle, lose their warranty, etc.

  11. Ahmed Khalil
    September 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Is this mean only it add new features which can be covered by some 3rd party software ?

    • Danny Stieben
      October 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Yes, as there's no way to get Jelly Bean features directly into the OS without upgrading to Jelly Bean itself. Thankfully these 3rd party apps exist!

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