Did We Just Get a Sneak Peek at Jelly Bean In Google I/O Screenshot?

We pretty much know next to nothing regarding the next version of Android 4.1 (tentative version number) Jelly Bean. There’s been murmurings and rumors on what could possibly change in terms of features, but when it comes to a change in the Ice Cream Sandwich UI, we expected little to no change at all. Well, in today’s update for the Google I/O companion app, we may have gotten a little clue on at least one design change in Jelly Bean, starting with the Google search bar.

A slight deviation from the Holo (read: Tron) UI introduced in ICS, the Google search bar is not solid and transparent, while still maintaining a flat, minimal look. Are we looking too much into this? Have we already caught the Google I/O fever? Yes, and yes. If you guys have any idea what we’re looking at, feel free to shout out.

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  • http://www.gamerchica.com/ GamerChica

    Is Google Cloud something new? I wonder what that might be from the screenshot appointment at noon? Could it be games and apps syncing data across devices? One week from now seems too long!

    • http://www.gamerchica.com/ GamerChica

      I found google’s business cloud platform that is probably what the widget is referring to. Just a guess though

      • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

        Yeah, those are the sessions. We’ve fully analyzed those for any clues but nothing. Google Cloud is just a session on cloud apps and whatnot.

  • http://twitter.com/runnirr Adam Irr

    Their clock is broken. When is it ever 25:10

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      In Mountain View. They work overtime. Literally O_o

    • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

      Must be some secret!

      • RitishOemraw

        Google i/o
        Android presentation
        List of Jelly Bean features:
        -Desktop mode for when connected through HDMI with BT mouse and keyboard
        -Majel Voice operated Android assistant (control your phone with only your voice, no need to pull it out of your pocket when you want to lsiten to some music, enable wifi, send a message or call someone with a headset on)
        -Guest profiles
        -Introduces new time format, in which days have 42 hours as it was always meant to be
        -3d textured Maps

        • Micha Ols

          “Android announces official strategic partnership with canonical and brings ubuntu for android to every Jelly Bean device!”
          This would make me cream my pants.

          • servo36

            would love it!

          • Steven Skwarkowski

            Would it make you Ice Cream your pants…or possibly Krispy Kreme your pants? Eh…eh?

          • http://www.facebook.com/mxchris91 Chris Ruble

            Yep. said all the haters wanna be me.

        • BigCiX

          I like the guest profile feature if it true.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1911005 Thomas Edwards

      It’s not broken, the clock and the icons are easter egg clues

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYQUMMC7Z4UBLSHQAJGNJBKVPM JamesS

        25th of October, maybe?

        • adi19956

          why would an American company not use the American dating system?

          • t_star3

            Because 10:25 is a real time and wouldn’t seem like a clue.

      • http://twitter.com/007KCz 007KC

        25(OCT) = 21(DEC)
        10/25 on Nexus & by 12/21 on all new devices

        octal = decimal :-)

    • http://twitter.com/YanivC Yaniv C

      Google went back to G-d and asked for more time… so he gave them a broken clock :)

    • phinn

      Maybe Jelly Bean or Nexus-4 comes out 10/25? Who knows.

    • Manbo

      Maybe Oct 25th is a tentative release date? Or… when Skynet goes online at Google! XD

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1165044577 Elienay Giaconne

        makes sense!!

    • Butters619


    • http://twitter.com/Malrissil MaurĂ­cio M. Tadra

      In Soviet Russia the clock watches you

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.gilboy Richard Gilboy

    More Google Voice/+ integration calling it now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      Yes plz!

  • http://www.gamefans.com/ Jeremy Davis

    Wish I was goin to IO. Can’t wait to see what they say about Android.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      I’m super hyped. I’ll take lots of video so everyone can feel like they were really there :D

      • RitishOemraw

        don’t take video’s, take some of the loot with ya!
        Nothing says “I’ve been at google i/o 2012″ better than a stolen Google-staff nameplate. If possible grab me some of those Project Glass glasses :D

        • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

          Last year I took one of their pillows. No lie O_o

          • RitishOemraw

            I’ll re-iterate myself. Project glasses or something else that you are not supposed to take with you and has this written on it: “Google i/o 2012″…..otherwise it could be any pillow…..

            But try to aim for the glasses…..seriously….or get the word out that they need to send me a pair :D

      • HalfwayCrook

        You should also send me all the free stuff you get! I need a tablet ;)

  • http://twitter.com/myoshiman Ivan

    The time of the digital clock is 25:10…..OMG~~

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      25:10 backwards is October 25th. The day they’re going to launch the next NEXUS!!! :O

      • quiro91

        no. not backwards. In all the world it is October 25th. Just in America backwards

        • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

          For a second there, I thought you said America wasn’t the only country in the world…

        • Aslan Bollin

          Don’t you mean only in America it is October 25th while the rest of the world it is the 25th of October?

        • adi19956

          Maybe it won’t be announced/ released in America first? A London launch like the Galaxy S3 for the next Nexus?

      • selonmoi

        Who announces release dates (to the day) four months in the future?

    • http://www.facebook.com/MsJazzMaven Adina Nechama Hirschmann

      Could be 10:25, European-style.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sanity.preservation Sanity Preservation

        Not really, in Europe hours come before minutes… so 25:10 is probably a date. 25th of October.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Donnieknoxx Donnie Harris

          In everywhere, hours come before minutes.. I would assume

      • adi19956

        You’re silly

  • jjrudey

    The voice search button is different. I would think it means improved voice search but it could just be nothing and I’m looking too much as well.

    • RitishOemraw

      let’s hope Majel makes an appearance. But I doubt the new icon has much to do with it…..let’s hope I’m wrong.

      Does anyone know what the icon is the folder behind Google Talk?

      • jjrudey

        That would be Google Voice.

        • RitishOemraw

          No wonder I didn;t recognize it…..Google better announce that google voice will be released in Europe too!

          • adi19956

            damn straight

  • Sam Keaser

    I’m moderately disappointed by the fact that they’re leaving the phone and camera icons the same, they’re just not to my liking. Then again, this is Android, so I’ll probably just download the minimalist pack that was so popular around here a month or so ago.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      You mean Mitch S’ Flat Icons? They’re no available in the Android Market. Work great with Nova or Apex launchers :D


    • Andzzzz

      Really? Icons are really one of the last changes in a new software build. Way to be disappointed in either an alpha jb or skinned ics… yawn.

    • malcmilli

      i actually prefer the phone and camera icon over most others i’ve seen

    • Brian

      What Android needs is a mechanism to change the icons for application “shortcuts”. You can already do this with 3rd party apps (e.g. LauncherPro)

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        Yeah it’d be nice to have this stock, but I use another launcher anyways, so no biggie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1911005 Thomas Edwards

    It’s obvious Chrome is the browser for Android now, bottom right.

    • Level380

      Mine looks the same…. Just install chrome and drag the icon down and wowla, it looks like the screen shot

    • http://twitter.com/MRguyandhis2 DJ Pylloz[O]::[O]

      chrome is a stock feautire on 4.0 ics

      • Covert_Death

        no its not, its only available on 4.0 you still have to download it though

  • Evan Murphy

    Anyone notice there is only Google Chrome and no android browser… Maybe Jelly Bean will have chrome as the stock browser?

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      It’s possible. Although, the stock ICS browser could just be in the app drawer =p

    • RitishOemraw

      Doubt it…why would Google take away great options…I for one, still prefer ics stock browser.
      I also don’t think a lot of companies will be happy with android incorporating Google apps in its stock version. (Normally, they need a license to include google maps, youtube etc..)

      Also, don;t think it would be a wise choice…..people would complain that Google is using its mobile OS dominance to sell their browser (I know apple does the same, but apple sucks!)

  • Dave

    Android Jelly Bean… sharper edges, starker colors, more minimalist design. Soon it will be in monochrome blockiness. This is an improvement?

  • NardVa

    Picture messages through google voice would be nice.

    • Brian

      MMS implementation is carrier-specific unfortunately.
      They DO support Sprint picture messages.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        I think that’s only if you’re integrated completely. I prefer having two separate numbers…. yes for no apparent reason whatsoever.

        • Brian

          Well, I’m on Verizon, so I’m SOL.
          Also, Google Voice doesn’t support the full SMS stack (e.g. SMS Transit / SMS Gateway). These functions are often used by web services that provide texts, but they prevent you from subscribing with your gVoice number (e.g. Amazon text notifcation).


          • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

            I’m not familiar with SMS Transit or Gateway tbh, but I’ve rarely had any issues with GV and I text from my browser quite a bit. Hopefully with Jelly Bean they go all out with it though.

          • Brian

            It’s an issue for receiving texts, not sending.

          • Brian

            It’s an issue for receiving texts, not sending them

          • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

            Ah gotcha.

  • phinn

    Jelly Bean should just further polish Ice Cream Sandwich… ICS is almost perfect imo. They should work on performance, battery life, and UI consistency. A massive improvement to voice commands (Siri style), and easier connectivity to other Google devices would be nice.

    • phinn

      On a side note, it’s really sad that I’m still running Gingerbread (other than playing with CM9 ICS beta builds) and here I am looking at the Android OS releasing 2 years later. F you Google, that’s the #1 thing wrong with this system.

      • adi19956

        that’s not Google’s fault. It’s yours, if you want perfect updates either go Nexus or go Apple (Sony appear to have a very good recent record too btw)

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        Yeah you gotta do your homework on that front. Either get a Nexus or root and rom or be patient. I do feel your pain though, but that seems to be facts of life for now.

  • EasyEEE

    That’s like Hobbit time an’ shit…

  • Butters619

    Does the unequal size of the icons in the dock bug anyone else?

    • http://profiles.google.com/kevinhaller24 Kevin Haller

      What’s unequal about it? The icon on the far left is a folder. The rest are pretty equal, I mean, sure they don’t have some fancy rounded square back drop to make them all symmetrical, but who would want that?

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        I see what you did there ;)

  • Keith Myers

    Anyone also notice that the Chrome Browser is in the dock (Rather then the stock ICS browser)? I wonder if Chrome will become the default JB+ browser?

    • Brian

      Chrome is also in my dock. You can do that today.
      It’s also highly unlikely anyone would ship a device with a folder in the dock.
      Nothing to see here.

      • adi19956

        You must understand that this screenshot will have been worked on for quite a while, deciding what to put in it, what not.
        If something is in that screenshot that now isn’t stock, there’s meaning to it

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I’m with you there. This is supposed to be hinting at things for us, and having Chrome stock would be pretty nice, though as someone above said, it’s nice to have choice.

  • Matt D

    I knew I’d spotted that wallpaper somewhere –


    So I asked him the question……………..

  • Adrian Maynard

    Seeing this screenshot a lot today. No one is commenting on the combined Dialer and Talk icons. Is there a new super app coming that combines these into one (I hope)?

    • jaylanPHNX

      That looks like a folder to me. Too bad, cause combining them would be cool.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I was going to comment on those being in the same folder. Hopefully some sort of integration with google talk, google voice and regular dialing/phone calls. Carriers will probably keep us from doing VOIP at least in the states though. They suck here.

      • http://twitter.com/007KCz 007KC

        it might be something related to : OTT/VoIP + normal calling(carrier). one stop for all your calling (voice/video, local/internaitonal) options

    • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

      Yeah, it’s a folder. SMS is also hiding in the back there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Hopefully they open source Google Music so we can do pinning/offline playback in other apps.

  • Vikram Bhasin

    That microphone icon is the same icon for voice search that comes up on any google desktop search, so there should be an upgrade to voice actions hopefully majel.

  • Amo Aras

    The menu dots the Google I/o widget show them being horizontal.not like the crrent vertical one

  • http://www.facebook.com/mhelminski Mike Helminski

    Am I the only one seeing a stereogram there?


    Maybe the search bar was a Mod?

  • Pkmmte

    Didn’t Star Trek have 26-hour days kinda like on this screenshot?

    *cough* Majel *cough*