With the new LG Nexus 4, Google took the opportunity to announce Android 4.2, code name remains the same “Jelly Bean”. Indeed, this update is not a major release, however it introduces new interesting features.
1. Photo Sphere
Google has changed the functionality “Panorama” mode available for Ice Cream Sandwich. It is now called, Photo Sphere, this tool allows you to create snapshots at 360 degrees. You can view panoramas to this address.
2. Miracast Technology
Android 4.2 adds official support for Miracast wireless display. This technology allows for the wireless video transmission based on the 802.11n Wi-Fi. This new feature also allows you to share your display with any other display that also supports Miracast.
3. Swype Keyboard
The keyboard is also evolving and incorporates the functionality “Swype” which allows you to write much faster by moving your finger from letter to letter. This is pretty common as it has been previously pre-installed on a number of Samsung devices, but HTC also has a trace input option.
4. Day Dream
Day Dream lets you view Google Currents articles or view photos on the lock screen now. Ideal for tablet connected to a docking station.
5. Multiple Account Management
Google brings multi-account management, so you can have multiple users on a device and switch from the lock screen. It seemed essential for tablets eventually handled by a family or even business teams. Faced with Windows 8, Google had to incorporate this functionality.
Also there will be the innovations introduced by Android 4.1 and 4.1.2, the widgets that can “shrink” the advanced notifications, the interface in portrait mode, etc. Jelly Bean is also the emergence of Google Now, an intelligent assistant. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will be shipped on the Nexus 4, 7 and 10 and should be proposed updated on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S very soon.
With this new version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, we have the impression that Google had not “given everything” with Android 4.1 version delivered this summer for the release of the Nexus 7.