Android enters the Jelly Bean Era

In Part 6 of our 8-part series on the Android of History, we examine how a wave of new devices running ‘Jelly Bean’ ushered in the modern age of Android.

As Android enters the modern age, HTC and Samsung vie for supremacy, LG emerges as a new contender and Google experiments with tablets, phones and glasses.

Of all the nicknamed versions of Android, Jelly Bean was with us the longest. Android’s “J” release lasted from version 4.1 in summer 2012 through until KitKat arrived in the winter of 2013. It was an important time for Android’s maturity as a platform, with Google making the OS smoother and more stable across a wide range of devices, while laying the groundwork for future developments like Android Wear.