Google has officially unveiled a 4.7-inch Nexus 4 manufactured by the LG Electronics and the Samsung produced Nexus 10, a ten-inch Android 4.2 Jelly Bean tablet, is the newest device with world’s highest-resolution slate display, with all new multi-user support, immersive HD content and the best Google applications. Most interesting in this announcement was the Android Jelly Bean version 4.2 which brought many great features and that’s what we are revealing with some chosen from. Details after the jump!
Alongside its new Nexus tablet and smartphone line, Google also announced, in almost passing that there’s a new version of Android on its way; Android 4.2. Don’t ever think, that this upgrade is a major one, but it does brings significant improvements to the popular open-source mobile operating system, while it still goes by the Android 4.1’s name Jelly Bean, will of course first ship on Google and LG’s new Nexus 4 smartphone and Samsung’s Nexus 10 tablet on November 13.
Not sure about that the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus will also be upgraded to 4.2. Fort all other Android-powered device family, as always it depends not on Google, but on manufacturers of your smartphone carrier or tablet vendor when, if ever, you’ll update Android 4.2 on.
Now, we talk about Android 4.2 upgrades, which are minor. Sure, it might be great to use the Photo Sphere feature to stitch together photos to from Google Street View style panoramic images. But, wait, it can’t be done every time, only once every blue moon. The version 4.2 Play Store app includes a personalized music-shopping functionality, Music Explorer. You can now personalize music services like Pandora, if you need to find more new music.
Along with the Photo Sphere, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean features Gesture Typing, Multi-User, TV Connect, Quick Settings and many more. Check the 4 best features after the jump!
1. Smart Screen-Savers
Daydream is yet another new feature included in Android 4.2, which is actually a smart screen-saver. This turns your tablet or smartphone into a live information station when it’s docked or idle and lets you display photo slideshows, news headlines, and the like. But, you’re not likely to use this Android 4.2’s Daydream on smartphone, rather set up a news feed screen-saver on your Nexus 7 tablet. It shows the weather , news updates, photo album slide-shows and much more.
Great iteration from Google, adding this to the latest 4.2 version, but the day when it’s used to advertised products and services, we got feared.
2. Multi-user Support
On Android 4.2-powered tablets, Google have also added multi-user support. Not supported on smaretphones, you’ll be able to have multiple users. Each user will get his or her own setup, means, the feature enables separate users to have their own home-screens, apps, games , backgrounds , as well as their own browser passwords and history, while your spouse or office partner can have their own unique tablet experience.
You can also set this up so a new user must login to the tablet or they’ll be able to simply hit the button and away they’ll go with their own tablet take. Why this Android 4.2’s multi-user support wasn’t made available for smartphones? Because of Nokia patent on multi-user phones?
3. Gesture Typing
The major new additions brought by Android 4.2 is support for “Gesture Typing”, like the Swype, the popular third-party on-screen keyboard replacement? Think you are been used of Swype before and familiar with how it works, but for the rest of you it enables you type by hovering your fingers over the letters you require. Swype, find the same basic functionality to make on-screen keyboards more useful in Gesture Typing. won’t be enough to sway hard-core Swype users away from their favorite virrtual keyboard, but it will show screen-typers that there is a better way than using a display keyboard than just as a QWERTY glass keyboard.
Gesture typing is enabled by default and their might be an initial transition period. 3G has no doubt that “Gesture Typing” is the future of on-screen QWERTY keyboards and will be standard on every major operating system within the next year.
4. Miracast: From Tablet and Smartphone to TV
The latest version of Jelly Bean also adds support for a new wireless display-sharing method known as Miracast. Apple recently introduced AirPlay Mirroring in iOS 5 and Mac OS X, Mountain Lion. With the use of it, you can throw your screen to any Apple TV-equipped television. Android 4.2 will let you do the same thing with any TV, DVD-player, and other media devices that support Miracast.
With a Miracast adapter you can share audio or video with any TV with a HDMI adapter from your Android device. Miracast is the trade name for Wi-Fi Direct or WiDi. This is an 802.11n compatible network protocol for display-sharing. You’ll be able to stream Internet TV shows and movies from your smartphone or tablet to your TV. Miracast adapters will be available this quarter. How much a Miracast adapter will cost but we’re interested in finding out.
This isn’t it, Android 4.2 brings a whole host of other improvements over the previous version of Android including new features in Google Now. Integrates with Gmail to provide relevant information, while also interacting with the new Photo Sphere feature to recommend photos. The Gmail application now automatically trims the horizontal width of your message to ensure they fit on your devices display.
Overall the new operating system called Android Jelly Bean (4.2) now be smoother, faster and accurate, while Android Bean now allows you to send photos and videos with a single tap. In fact, using the screen-saver, Miracast, and the multi-user functionality almost every day?
Android 4.2 will come pre-loaded on the Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 which launch on November 14th. If we got anything really new, we will let you know. Google also announced an upgraded version of 32GB Nexus 7 tablet to the world.