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Google announces Android 4.2 with new camera features, multiple users support, still called Jelly Bean

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Google announces Android 4.2 with new camera features, multiple users support, still called Jelly Bean
A new flavor of Jelly Bean has arrived, and it isn't Buttered Popcorn or Very Cherry. Nope, we're dealing with something a bit more sophisticated, namely Android 4.2, which Google officially announced minutes ago, alongside the highly-anticipated LG Nexus 4 smartphone. Excited to know what the platform's new version brings to the table? Then let's waste no time and cut straight to the chase.

In Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google has given the camera interface a thorough overhaul. A new mode called Photo Sphere awaits you, allowing users to take impressive 360-degree photos composed out of stitched images. You know, kind of like what Microsoft's Photo Synth does. The composite images can be viewed right there on the device and then shared on social networks, even posted on Google Maps for the world to see.

Photo Sphere lets users take 360-degree photos with Android 4.2

Photo Sphere lets users take 360-degree photos with Android 4.2



Next in line comes the upgraded on-screen virtual keyboard, which now features Gesture Typing. Think of it as Google's version of Swype. The software automatically adds spaces and can predict the next word you are trying to type. Voice typing has also been reworked, so you can now speak out your messages and have them converted to text even when offline.

Multiple user support and enhanced keyboard features come with Android 4.2
Multiple user support and enhanced keyboard features come with Android 4.2

Multiple user support and enhanced keyboard features come with Android 4.2

Support for multiple users à la Microsoft Windows has finally been enabled with Android 4.2. The code for the feature was present in 4.1 as well, yet Google has now made it accessible for end users. "Everyone can have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games – even individual high scores and levels! And since Android is built with multitasking at its core, it’s a snap to switch between users – no need to log in and out", Google clarifies on the Android web page. However, multiple users support will be available only on tablets.

And here is something for folks who like sharing content on the big screen quickly and easily. With Android 4.2, Google adds wireless mirroring to a TV connected to the same Wi-Fi network. In other words, whatever is displayed on your device's screen - movies, YouTube video, you name it, will be displayed on your HDTV. 

Last but not least, we have Daydream, which adds some spice to your lock screen by displaying useful and delightful information when your Android device is idle or locked - photos from your album, the latest headlines, and more.

Android 4.2 enables wireless mirroring to an HDTV, and Daydream is a feature displaying useful information when the device is idle
Android 4.2 enables wireless mirroring to an HDTV, and Daydream is a feature displaying useful information when the device is idle

Android 4.2 enables wireless mirroring to an HDTV, and Daydream is a feature displaying useful information when the device is idle



So there you have it! Android 4.2 has arrived, and these are the major new features that set it ahead of the previous version. Now all that is left for us to give it a first-hand spin, which we are already looking forward to. 

source: Android

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posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:14 58

1. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Google - leading innovation. Always. :D

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:18 2

7. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 889; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


So far its nothing special. Hope they're saving the best for last..

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:44 28

15. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


dude what else do you want from an update to an awesome OS...a turkey dinner? though that would be nice :)

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:47 20

16. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Are you crazy? This is a relatively small update - a 0.1 update - which adds so many useful features!

Should I compare it to iOS which added almost nothing in 0.1 updates?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:12 16

21. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Agreed this is actually only a 0.1 update for android but it has many useful changes. If these amount of changes were brought into ios it'd be considered an entire generation jump like calling it ios 7,or ios 8 and apple would be claiming the next generation os is finally here.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 08:50

53. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Yaaay!!!!!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:21 6

39. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The irony of Apple fanboys calling an android update "nothing special".

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 19:21

43. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 889; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I am currently using the Nexus 7 and Galxy S3 but i guess that makes me an apple fanboy.. I wasn't comparing it to IOS, Windows 8 or anything just expressing an opinion in the beginning of the announcement.. The irony is you guys being as quick to blast me as apple fans do to me on a regular basis so maybe there is some common ground there to build a friendship on :D

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 19:51

44. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


These are wonderful features. Surely you must admit that Google is bringing new things to the table that no one has ever imagined.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 23:02

47. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 889; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I'll admit I jumped the gun considering its a .1 upgrade but at the same time its not something to go overly crazy about in terms of hype. I have a panorama app and already use swype. The only thing that made me excited is the Google now features being added .

Its just like when people were going crazy about how awesome IOS 6 was going to be. IOS 6 basically took stuff that 3rd party apps already did, integrated Facebook (which I already declared Jihad on Facebook and have been trying to get people to switch to G+ for a while now) and some bug fixes. I give credit where credit is due and not gonna go crazy over an update unless its well deserved but thats just my opinion.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:50 6

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


My Samsung Galaxy Nexus is ROOTED. I bet that in 3 to 5 days after Google releases Android 4.2 to the masses I will have the lastest & greatest Android OS on my GNex!

Android 4.2 here I come! lol

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:04 3

28. Asasindude26 (Posts: 33; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


Yeah :) Just imagine that the GSM Gnex doesn't even have Android 4.1.2 yet!!! So glad I rooted that sucker!!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:29

41. true1984 (Posts: 824; Member since: 23 May 2012)


actually it does, i upgraded mine a week and a half ago...

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 05:49

50. Zarak (Posts: 23; Member since: 21 May 2012)


i upgraded mine on the same day when the roll out started. :)

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:57 1

38. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Yep, I will start seeing CM10 roms for my DROID RAZR and Captivate in about a week and the actual 4.2 for my 7inch N7.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:16 21

2. tahnik (Posts: 188; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Android will destroy PC...:D:D

Soon ^_^

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:37 6

12. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Two different things. You might as well be comparing MLB to NHL

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:49 5

17. MeoCao (unregistered)


Well, Android is Premier League which has conquered the whole World.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:16 3

3. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


I just wanna know when it's being released to the unlocked Galaxy Nexus :)

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:17 8

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Talking about Android and iOS, Is there any doubts which one OS is more advanced?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:18 1

9. bucky (Posts: 2694; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


the one that works 100% of the time.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:33 10

24. SleepingOz (unregistered)


like apple maps? Keyboard stripes? Purple tint photo? imessage? and all the other new iSsues?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:45

42. bucky (Posts: 2694; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Maps is new. Remember what google maps was like when it was introduced on the original droid/milestone? The other issues are already gone.

What about force closes, lg grade hardware, fragmentation, 16gb max storage, crappy battery, lag, s**tty audio, new androids introduced every week, too huge to take seriously, takes forever to charge and worthless for resale in 2 months. Those are things google needs to deal with somehow.

I was really hoping for a motorola nexus or htc and a 4.3" screen.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 23:35 1

48. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


problem is that apple has really bad reputation when it comes to fixing problems.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:57 12

19. fay99 (Posts: 106; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Apple will add that 360 deg camera to ios9. !$heeps are currently enjoying their innovative panorama feature

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:18

22. bucky (Posts: 2694; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


im not sure what that has to do with anything i just said.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:07 1

30. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Panorama feature was even on dumb phones.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:18 4

5. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


I wish the onscreen keys were gone when not needed.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:06 2

29. Asasindude26 (Posts: 33; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


Yeah that annoys me allot :( But at least they go away for youtube :D

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:18 7

6. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Just heard - 4.2 will have WidgetLocker functionality!!! That means that you'l be able to add widgets to your lockscreen! AWESOMENESS!!!!

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