Project Butter aims to make Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 'buttery smooth'

Google has taken to the stage at Google I/O 2012 to detail some of the updates coming to the latest iteration of its OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. 

As expected, Dave Burke, engineering director on Android, detailed Project Butter, the aim of which is to make the Android experience "buttery smooth".  

Don't get too excited, Project Butter is all about what's lying behind the Android experience rather than a new fancy feature. 

First up you have improvements across the OS to make sure that the GPU, CPU and display can all work in sync and all at 60fps, which will make everything look just that little bit smoother. 

In Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google has worked on addressing issues relating to the touch response, improving the way that touches are interpreted, as well as the way in which the power of the device is managed.

When we say power, we mean the CPU rather than battery management. In previous iterations of Android there was the possibility of some lag when the CPU scaled up to perform the tasks requested. In Jelly Bean this response is much faster, reducing possible lag.

So, once you have Jelly Bean on your Android device you should find that the OS is faster and smoother. As Burke said, the aim is to ensure that everything is "fast, fluid and smooth".