Difference Between Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich

Jelly Bean was released in 2012 and it was Google's 10th android version. It was released in three major version points including 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3. Since it is not the latest version, only a few devices operate on it including Google's native smartphones such as Nexus 7, LG Nexus 4.

It was released in two major version points including 4.0, and 4.0.3. Almost all devices running on Ice Cream Sandwich received the software update to install Jelly Bean, and hence, no devices run on Ice Cream Sandwich today.

Comparison Table Between Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich

Parameters of ComparisonJelly BeanIce Cream Sandwich
Release DateThe first version 4.1 was released on July 9, 2012.The first version 4.0 was released on October 18, 2011
Android VersionsJelly Bean 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3.Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, and 4.0.3.
Bluetooth AccessoriesBluetooth Smart Ready for wireless accessories. Not ready for wireless accessories.
LanguageMulti-Language Support including Hindi, Urdu, etc.No multi-language functionality.
Android Devices0.46% of Android devices operate on Jelly Bean.0.2% of Android devices operate on Ice Cream Sandwich.

What is Jelly Bean?

This android operating system brought new features and improvements to enhance the user experience over its predecessor, Ice Cream Sandwich. Even though it is not the latest android version, a few devices still operate on it.

One new feature that stood out from its predecessor was that the devices were now Bluetooth Smart Ready. Devices operating on Jelly Bean were now able to connect to low-energy smart accessories like heart rate monitors, thermometers, and pedometers, etc.

With Jelly Bean, Google also introduced support for multi-language functionality in the stock operating system only. Google did not focus too much on overall UI changes but only on a better user experience with the device.

Even though Jelly Bean is not a new android version, it still has support for Google Play Services and is compatible with most applications. However, Google has announced that it will soon end its services to these devices.

What is Ice Cream Sandwich?

This new operating system redefined the visual concepts of its predecessor Android Honeycomb, and reunited tablets and smartphones with the same UI operation and features.

This feature was widely appreciated by users and since then, brands began producing smartphones with no front physical keys. Brands could now fit a bigger display in a smaller form factor as physical keys now didn't take any space.

On top of that, new security features were also introduced including the face unlock and lock-screen pattern unlock. Another widely appreciated feature was introduced, users were now able to respond to incoming calls with text.

This operating system was the introduction of the most valuable features that we use even today. Ice Cream Sandwich is now outdated, and Google discontinued its services in 2018.

Main Differences Between Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich

  1. All widgets are resizable in Jelly Bean while in Ice Cream Sandwich, the widgets could only be used in default formation.
  2. Jelly Bean also offers HDMI mirroring support, the feature that lacks in Ice Cream Sandwich.


Since the first version of android was released in 2008, Google has been very unique with the naming of their operating systems such as Android Lollipop, Android KitKat, and Android Oreo, etc.

The first devices to get the latest android versions are among Google’s native smartphone lineup, Google Pixel. Almost all brands update their devices to the latest android versions with their customized UI interface on top of it.

All latest android devices come with the latest android version available and most smartphone brands promise at least 2 years of major Android updates.


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