Jellybean, new Android OS, goes Arabic
Google I/O introduces a whole new dimension to Android
Dubai, UAE, June 29th 2012 – Every second, 12 new Android devices are activated around the world – that’s more than 1 million a day. To date, more than 400 million Android devices have now been activated—up from 100 million last June. With this rapid expansion, Google is maintaining the momentum by rolling out a new version of the Android operating system called Jelly Bean during the annual developers’ event known as Google I/O.
Jelly Bean builds on its predecessor, Ice Cream Sandwich, and allows for smoother and faster browsing and applications with a new user interface. Notifications are more dynamic and the keyboard is smarter and more accurate, to name just a few of the upgrades.
Along with many new features Jelly Bean offers, the Android operating system is going more Arabic by providing support for bidirectional and right-to-left languages such as Arabic and Farsi. Jelly Bean offers Arabic as one of the User-Interface (UI) languages and also offers system Apps have been localized and support Arabic fonts. The new Jelly Bean features for Arabic are also available for developers in the region to develop new apps for Arabic users.
Moreover Arabic font “Droid Naskh” has been optimized resulting in beautiful rendering on Arabic text. Arabic glyphs have been optimized for web browsing in addition to text input. These new features are also available in open source for developers in the region to develop new more localized apps for Arabic users.
Google Play, the cloud-based digital entertainment destination, is expanding as well. With more than 600,000 apps and games as well as music, movies and books, Google Play is growing to include magazines, movie purchases and television shows. All of the Google Play content comes to life on Google’s Nexus 7, a powerful new tablet that will offer all Google’s products in a vibrant and handy 7-inch 1280×800 HD display.
Android phones offer a huge selection of over 600,000 apps and is the best-in-class for Google Services, like Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube.
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