Galaxy Tab 2 Jelly Bean Upgrade – Review, Performance Magnified
The much awaited Jelly Bean Upgrade for Galaxy Tab 2 was released in parts of Europe
yesterday officially by the network carriers. Samsung would release the upgrade to other parts
of the world in coming months. Taking clue from the Galaxy S2 ICS release schedule in India
(it took 3 months after official release in Europe), I did not wait for the upgrade to be released in
India and instead flashed the Romanian release by Vodafone successfully. Read on my review
of the Jelly Bean on Galaxy Tab2.
To Upgrade your Galaxy Tab2 with Jelly Bean Android 4.1.1, see the guide in my blog –
User Interface :
Looks like samsung has toned down the Touchwiz for it’s Jelly Bean upgrade. Has brought
the touch buttons to the middle and omitted the screen capture button for the sake of new
Jelly bean feature which allows you to capture screen by pressing power+volume down for
two seconds. Removing the screen capture was indeed a good move as we often mis-pressed the
screen capture in the older Ice cream sandwich ROM.
It is not just the screen capture which has lost it’s place, the notification bar has also been moved
to the top and it can now be pulled from any part of the screen. It is another welcome move
according to me, as the important control buttons at the bottom now look distinct and uncluttered.
As with JellyBean, notification drawer also serves as a preview for your applications. Very useful incase of email’s and other apps where you wish to see the gist instead of opening the application from the notification.
Google Now :
Holding the Home button now gives you siri Google now ! A personalised assistant , feature
of Jelly Bean. It gives you personalised information for your daily activity based on your google search results.
Performance & Touch :
Well AnTuTu Benchmark surely shows a 500 point jump from the ICS score. Though this
does not necessarily translate into realtime performance increase, it is good to know that the
tablet is performing better with Jelly Bean upgrade.
Thanks to project Butter in jelly bean, the touch seemed hyper sensitive and should mention
hat there were no lag in touch in Touch Wiz during ICS too. A game of fruit ninja would let
you know the powers of the Project Butter.
There has been a tremendous improvement on the battery usage. I started with 100% battery,
Apart from the better drive encryption, with Jelly Bean update you get apps encryption for
paid apps from the google play. There’s facial, pin and password unlock along with samsung’s own dive tracking system.
while other manufacturers (read except Google Nexus) are still shipping their tablets with ICS.
to all countries soon as many would not feel comfortable flashing ROM using tools like I did.
(Get the link for flashing Jelly Bean to your galaxy tab2 from above).
Want better performance and time-between charging ? Check out my AOKP ROM comparison http://news.indiandragon.in/2012/12/16/aokp-rom-vs-official-jellybean-rom-for-galaxy-tab-2-0/ .
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