Kobo Arc

Kobo Arc owners should be very happy today. You’ll be receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean the next time you connect to Wi-Fi.

What does this get you? Well, it gets you Google Now, which I reviewed for GadgeTell in January. Although I said back then that I thought it was a bit creepy at times, I’ve grown to really like it and depend on it for my daily activities. My favorite Google Now feature is the card that gives me navigation information to my next appointment, including warning me of delays. In the Washington, D.C., area, that’s extremely helpful.

You’ll also get the notifications area, which is one of my favorite features of Android Jelly Bean. Notifications show up in the top right section of your screen, visible enough that you know they are there, but easy to ignore if you’re busy. I also like being able to clear all notifications with one tap, unlike iOS, where you have to dismiss them for each individual app.

You’ll also get improved searches and a better keyboard. Complete details in the press release.

You’re getting some nice features, and I think Arc owners will really enjoy this update. Feel free to try it out and discuss the features you like in the comments.