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

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.



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.

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.



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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54 Comments

1. ilia1986 unregistered

Google - leading innovation. Always. :D

7. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

15. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

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?

21. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

53. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Yaaay!!!!!

39. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

43. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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

44. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

47. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

28. Asasindude26

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

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

41. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

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

50. Zarak

Posts: 23; Member since: May 21, 2012

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

38. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

2. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

Android will destroy PC...:D:D Soon ^_^

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

17. MeoCao unregistered

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

3. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

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

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

9. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

the one that works 100% of the time.

24. SleepingOz unregistered

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

42. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 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.

48. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

19. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

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

22. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

30. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Panorama feature was even on dumb phones.

5. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

I wish the onscreen keys were gone when not needed.

29. Asasindude26

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

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

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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