Quite recently Google has made a number of announcements concerning both the hardware and software. The company has announced two new Nexus tablet which come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean installed by default. Google made a separate announcement for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which comes with a host of new features for supported Android devices.
Just a couple of months back Google had announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The latest update of this platform builds up spectacularly on the success of the former. Jelly Bean was received very well by Android enthusiasts around the globe as it offered an overall better and improved experience. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean raises the bar further and is testament to the fact that Google has not been resting on its laurels.
As mentioned above, this latest Android platform update comes with a variety of new features. It features support for Miracast which lets users stream content to a high definition television. It is similar in function to Apple’s AirPlay. Furthermore, Miracast set-top boxes are expected to be released soon priced under $99. Future televisions will feature support for Miracast out of the box. Another major feature is the support for multiple users on a single device. The feature is smart enough to not install an app which has already been downloaded by another user on that very same device. All of the app data is saved, while allowing multiple users to easily use a single device.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean has a gesture centric keyboard. Users can slide their fingers easily over a word and the system will automatically try to ascertain what exactly you are thinking of typing. This is yet another well received feature as it not only makes typing with one hand a lot easier, but it also eliminates the need to install third party applications which offer this functionality.
Apart from these major updates, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean comes with a number of improvements. The lock screen has been improved and there is better widget support as well as expandable notifications. There’s Photo Sphere, through which the user can create stunning panoramic shots. The panoramic image can be viewed as a single flat shot.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will be installed by default on the new Nexus tablets. Google has not yet announced when it intends on rolling this update out for current Android 4.1 devices such as Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 2 and Nexus 7 tablet. With this latest update, Google has cemented its position even more in the mobile platform arena and it only leaves us wishing for more Android goodness.