Google has outlined the key improvements in its upcoming Android "Jelly Bean" release.
The company said that the Android OS 4.1 update would deliver an improved interface and touch platform along with new voice and search features.
Central to the update will be the 'Project Butter' platform. The interface redesign will look to improve the handset's responsiveness and ability to track taps and gestures. The update will also allow triple buffering between multiple components, increasing the speed with which images and animations are presented to the user.
"In Jelly Bean, we put a lot of effort into making the interface fast, fluid and smooth," said Google Android engineering director Dave Burke.
"The result is a more consistent rendering framework and everything feels a lot smoother."
Google is also looking to expand Android's ability to recognise voice commands. The Jelly Bean update will bring the ability to run searches via voice commands as well as improved speech recognition and speech-to-text components.
Powering the update will be an overhauled search platform. The company said that the release of Jelly Bean will also bring a Google Now platform which can analyse user browsing habits and search patterns to better customise other components.
Burke said that the next generation of Android handsets will be able to analyse information such as morning commute times and patterns to compare with traffic conditions and offer users alternative routes prior to leaving. Other possible uses include the ability to warn a user when a flight is delayed or deliver prioritised sports scores for the user's favourite teams.
"Smartphones are only as smart as you tell them to be, they rely on you to do everything, but with Google Now, that starts to change," said Burke.
"Google Now gets you just the right information at just the right time, and all of it happens automatically."
Scheduled to arrive in mid-July, Jelly Bean will be showcased on the company's Nexus 7 tablet. The 7in tablet comes with a starting price of $199 and will sport a HD touch-screen display.
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