Android 4.2 Jelly Bean: the new features
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the arrival of Palm and webOS chief designer Matias Duarte, look like the breakthrough moment. While ICS finally matured the looksm, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean added the perfectly smooth performance the platform needed.
Android 4.2 builds on that with a razor sharp focus on the user. Google brings a ton of gradual improvements, making Android more and more user friendly. You’ve heard it over and over that Android is for the geeks and not the casual user. Google is determined to change this perception, and it does take a giant leap towards that in 4.2.
So with no further ado, here are all the new Android 4.2 features, take a look.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean: the new features
1. Android 4.2 has widgets on the lock screen
2. Tablets get a brand new user interface, more phone-like
The UI comes with notifications pulldown from the top of the screen and a Favorites Tray at the bottom. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it was already used in the Nexus 7!
3. Gesture Typing: Google’s take on Swype
4. Quick Settings
5. Expandable Notifications
6. Gmail updated with text reflow
7. Play Store updated with Music Explorer
8. Google Now is better
9. Multiuser support: only for tablets
10. Photo Sphere
12. New clock app
13. Daydream screensaver
14. Accessibility improvements
1. Robottoe (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 May 2012)
That's the real definition of "Features" , take note competition...
16. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
yea i think the new clock was the best new feature up there.
40. paulislegend (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
welcome to boners-ville, population me.
46. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
I like everything except for the tablet change.
I really don't like how the on-screen buttons move around the screen depending on orientation. I'd like my home and back buttons to be in the excact same place on the device, no matter the orientation. I thought that the "action" bar took up enough space to start with, but now we have another bar that takes up even more space?!!? No me gusta nada.
All the other features are great.
Widgets on the lockscreen would be great as well as the quick settings.
But most of all, the Gmail update will be the most welcomed. I hope that more devices get this. Gmail is really annoying with having to horizontally scroll.
2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8553; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Getting the LG Nexus 4 the day it comes out! :)
3. mercorp (Posts: 970; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
Pray that the manufacturers give 4.2 ASAP....
7. dickwyn (Posts: 595; Member since: 07 May 2012)
i doubt that, since 4.1 is still not popular i non nexus devices
15. jove39 (Posts: 1295; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Who cares about manufacturers...Long live CyanogenMod :)
17. Ohrules (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
true that. where would android be without the developer community?
22. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
34. Aeires (unregistered)
CM'd my TF101 this weekend, loving it.
4. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Yeah, those are really nice things Google did. But where is the point if my Galaxy Note, that is not even a year old, runs Ice Cream Sandwich for the rest of its days...?
For half of the users, Android still means Gingerbread.
9. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Mine. Now i am smarter and stick with non-Android devices.
25. TylerGrunter (Posts: 963; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
You could do us a favor and stick to non-Android articles for commenting. It will be much appreciated.
28. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
For the majority of people, you don't need to upgrade your phone. For the rest of us, it's called root and do it yourself.
39. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
He has a valid point..
This is one area that Apple does well.. makes the latest OS updates available to just about everyone. The best thing Apple did was to avoid having OS update be carrier approved.
I would LOVE it if Google could somehow adopt this model.
42. TylerGrunter (Posts: 963; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
He has and he has not... The note is not for sure if it will get an update to JB or not, and if he doesn't intend to buy any Android device any more: why is he posting in an article dedicated to JB?
By the way: I know he is only an Apple troll that spends more time starting flame wars than doing any good comment. Therefore my comment to him.
52. TylerGrunter (Posts: 963; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
By the way: Google has that model> buy a Nexus and problem solved, you'll get the updates pretty fast.
50. cfprelude (Posts: 118; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
horrible logic.... i have an OG Droid with ICS on it. Show me an original iPhone or even a 3G with 6.0 on it....? And if your Note is still running ICS thats only your fault.
13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4117; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Root your phone today & you can have Android 4.1.2 on your Samsung Galaxy Note. On the 13th of November Google should release the source for Android 4.2 meaning that you will have Android 4.2 about a week later (if that long, it can be as short as 3 days), thanks to root.
So please do yourself a favor & root your Samsung Galaxy Note.
18. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
My galaxy S is nearly 2 years old, sammy stopped at 2.3 but thanks to Cyanogen Mod 9 i've 4.0.4 :D...
19. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Its not googles fault its samsung and Carries. they need to speed up the process.
Google cannot stop developing android and wait for OEM's to catch up
30. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Indeed over a year old and is listed to get more updates....
43. Misterthomas32 (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Oh thats new! I my dad has an iPhone 4 and guess what? It doesn't have siri... We also have an iPad 2 at home and guess what? Again no siri...
53. TylerGrunter (Posts: 963; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Just to prove you wrong (yet again) with your "opinions". NO, your Galaxy Note taht is not even a year old will get JB at least:
And if you want faster updates in Android you can install custom rooms or to go Nexus, all the choices are for you take.
8. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
Lockscreen widgets, Expandable notifications, updated GG Now, Accessibilities = Best ones
Multiuser is kinda meh, already possible in ICS
10. wendygarett (unregistered)
I'm so envious about the android keyboard, they always quite innovative :(
12. wendygarett (unregistered)
BTW, I wonder how HTC manage to modify android 4.2 lockscreen, it's quite complicated I think...
11. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
thanks to matias duarte, android is now beautiful! :)
its like BB, webOS, Symbian, WP, and iOS in one but still its an android!
14. jonartpop (Posts: 156; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
I just got an official 4.1 on my s3 and they already released the newest one.......... :-/
21. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Those updates are amazing. Talk about being impressed, I'm waiting for 4.2 now!
23. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1297; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
My girlfriend asked me a question the other day, "Would we reach a time that no more new feature can be created anymore?" I actually think there might be a time that we might hit that point, but I probably won't be living anymore.
26. ahhxd717 (Posts: 318; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
Pleeeeaaaase update the Galaxy Nexus soon after the Nexus 4. I'm sure they will, but I just have my paranoid doubts
29. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
It will be among the first devices to get updated.
48. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4052; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Just hope you're not on Verizon... Then you'll be fine.
32. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
Yeah, my Xoom just got 4.2! JK
Xoom was Nexus before it became Mainsteam LOL
33. Aeires (unregistered)
Love it all except centering the navigation buttons. People hold tablets often with both hands, which means the nav buttons were better served on the left side, where you could use them with your thumb while holding the tablet. Really don't understand the move to centering them.
Notification area features are awesome, can't wait to get those on my GNex, or maybe N4.
35. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Yeah. I'm not crazy about the new tablet UI. I think it's a waste of screen real estate to have the buttons taking up all that space, and centering them really is a bad idea.
36. Captain_Doug (Posts: 757; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I'm most excited for gesture type and photo sphere.
38. -box- (Posts: 3816; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
It's nice that that is becoming built-in, but third-party apps have allowed that functionality for a while. It's nothing groundbreaking.
51. Captain_Doug (Posts: 757; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
But third party apps aren't perfect. I'm using swype beta right now and while it does okay if i swipe, if i pick each letter out, it lags like crazy. I was just expressing that it's good to have more competition. I'm sure android will do it right and then 3rd party apps will do it pretty good and add themes. =)
37. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Can't wait for it to come to my SGS3 with multi-window mode!! :D
44. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Get it in your head people...Nexus means faster updates.... Continues updates... I want be updating till something innovative come out... Software updates are the most important when it comes to smartphones... Tablets....computers
47. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
Its just those things that get get you hooked onto Google.
49. bonsly16 (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Ah..finally! Been looking forward to mirroring my GS3 to my non-Samsung HDTV. Also, the widget lockscreen is a welcome touch. Though, I don't see why the new clock app is a new feature...
55. The_Innovation (Posts: 560; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
Someone answer this for me if you already have 4.2. Does the default Messaging App have group text? (like iMessage)