We heard that Google was cancelling its event due to the hurricane Sandy, but we’ve just got news that it has just made Android 4.2 official. Let us tell you that it is not Key Lime Pie, rather what Google says a new flavour for Jelly Bean.
So what all new has Google sewed in with the new update? Well, just read on…
Photo Sphere camera
This new feature allows you to snap pictures in every direction that come together into photo spheres that put you right inside the scene. You can view your photo spheres on your phone or just share them or even add them to Google Maps for the world to see.
Google has integrated the swipe or as we know Swype typing into Android 4.2 and is calling it Gesture Typing . Just glide your finger over the letters you want to type, and lift after each word, just like Swype. The keyboard also anticipates and predicts the next word, so you can finish entire sentences just by selecting suggested words. Seems pretty good.
Google has also improved on the dictionaries and text-to-speech capabilities. Now you can voice type even when you don’t have a data connection.
Finally Google has added a very crucial feature, support for multiple users. Each user can now have their own homescreens, backgrounds, widgets, apps and games, and so on. Users will have flexibility of customizing the same device that is used by more than one person. However, this feature is currently only available for tablets. But still this sounds awesome.
Wireless display mirroring
Android 4.2 allows devices to enable wireless display. You can share movies, YouTube videos, and anything that’s on your screen on an HDTV by just connecting a wireless display adapter to any HDMI-enabled TV to mirror what’s on your screen.
This is a pretty good looking feature which allows your Android device display information when it is idle or docked. You can see photo albums, get the latest news from Google Currents, and more.
Of course we know you can swipe down from the top to see all your notifications, now you can directly take action in an instant directly from the notifications shade.
Improved Google Now
A lot of improvements have been done in Google Now. We know it tell you the weather before you or when the next train will arrive, but now you can see popular photo spots nearby, track packages easily, get information about upcoming movies, and more.
New Google Search
Google search is said to be much faster now, and Android 4.2 also lets you search the web with your voice. It speaks back to you and is powered by the Knowledge Graph, bringing you a precise answer if it knows it, and precisely ranked search results, so you can always find out more.
Some accessibility options have been added, like screen magnification to easily zoom or pan the entire screen to get a closer look. There is also a Gesture Mode for blind people to navigate the UI using touch and swipe gestures in combination with speech output.
Jelly Bean already seemed smooth, and with this upgrade Google says that it has made it even smoother. Well we can’t wait to get our hands on the update.