Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android, has brought about a dozen of visual and thousands of non-visual improvements to Android, ranging from the improved Search a.k.a., Google Now to new animations, keyboard, lock-screen and much more.
But if you’re still stuck on older versions of Android, when almost two months have passed since the announcement of Jelly Bean, here’s something for you — a short guide to transform your Android into Jelly Bean.
Holo Locker is a perfect replica of Jelly Bean’s lock-screen. It’s a standalone, simple and fast app with has support for landscape mode as well. However, it doesn’t feature any security lock. It supports Froyo (2.2) and newer versions of Android.
Play Store: Holo Locker
2. Jelly Bean Launcher
Holo Launcher is another great app from the maker of Holo Locker. It’s a simple, but highly customizable launcher based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich launcher, which can run even on Android 2.2 Froyo!
Apart from replicating the basic functions of the ICS launcher, Holo Launcher also features gestures, different scrolling transition animations, customizable grid, hiding apps, etc.
Play Store: Holo Launcher
A couple of Jelly Bean themes for Go launcher are also available on the market, which you can check out in-case you don’t wish to ditch your favorite launcher.
3. Google Now
Google Now is undoubtedly the best addition in Jelly Bean and some developers over at XDA have managed to get it working on Android 4.0 devices. Sadly, there’s no support for Android versions lower than ICS.
The process of installing Google Now, however, is not as easy as other applications, but shouldn’t take more than five minutes. Also, it requires your phone to be rooted.
Jelly Bean Wallpapers app brings all the wallpapers straight from Android 4.1 as a standalone wallpaper app. To use it, simply menu on a home-screen and choose wallpaper. Next, choose Jelly Bean and you will be presented with a list of 10 different wallpapers
Play Store: Jelly Bean Wallpapers
5. Status Bar
This app, Jelly Bean StatusBar, overlays your status bar with a custom Jelly Bean themed status bar, which is highly customizable. It can also be configured to block certain apps from showing notifications, gesture support, etc.
Play Store: Jelly Bean StatusBar
6. Keyboard, Camera, and Gallery
The keyboard has also been slightly revised to feature an improved auto-correct and prediction mechanism, which will suggest you words each time you type something after learning your typing curve. A developer who goes by the name Johntanmi has ported it for Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 4.0 ICS devices:
Play Store: Jelly Bean Keyboard
Meanwhile, the changes received by camera and Gallery app in Jelly Bean are next to none as compared to their ICS counter-part apart from a new gesture in camera to quickly access the gallery. Anyway, to get an almost JB-esque experience you can get these two apps from the Play Store as well:
7. Transition Animations
Okay, this is something that might not be available for every device. It’s not even an application that you can simply install on any phone. Jelly Bean features some cool window transition animations, but the only way to have it on your phone is to head over to XDA, navigate to your phone specific section and look for threads titled as “Jelly Bean Animations” or something similar.
Those threads will contain a flash-able zip that you can flash on your phone using ClockWorkMod.
For Galaxy S2: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1738329
I’m sure it should be available for a lot of other phones as well.