Android 4.2 Jelly Bean: the new features

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean: the new features
Android has evolved a lot since its early days. From a raw platform making its shaky debut in October 2008 on the T-Mobile G1, it has since then pushed the pedal and become the world’s most popular platform. What’s more important, it no longer feels as if Android is catching up - rather it is leading the way and others are now trying to keep pace.

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.



1. Robottoe

Posts: 12; Member since: May 21, 2012

That's the real definition of "Features" , take note competition...

16. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

yea i think the new clock was the best new feature up there.

20. Robottoe

Posts: 12; Member since: May 21, 2012

Hmmm "Tsar-Chasm"?

40. paulislegend

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

welcome to boners-ville, population me.

46. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Getting the LG Nexus 4 the day it comes out! :)

3. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Pray that the manufacturers give 4.2 ASAP....

7. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

i doubt that, since 4.1 is still not popular i non nexus devices

15. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Who cares about manufacturers...Long live CyanogenMod :)

17. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

true that. where would android be without the developer community?

27. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

They'd be like Apple's.

22. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

and AOKP

34. Aeires unregistered

CM'd my TF101 this weekend, loving it.

4. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 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.

5. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Well you bought it, whose fault is that ?

9. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Mine. Now i am smarter and stick with non-Android devices.

25. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

You could do us a favor and stick to non-Android articles for commenting. It will be much appreciated.

28. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 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: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

By the way: Google has that model> buy a Nexus and problem solved, you'll get the updates pretty fast.

50. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 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: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 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

24. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

The note 1 is more than a year old.

30. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Indeed over a year old and is listed to get more updates....

41. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

You should of gotten a Nexus.

43. Misterthomas32

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 30, 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: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

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