Android 4.2 Jelly Beans Adds New Features
Google today announced a small update to its Android platform. Android 4.2, still called Jelly Bean, adds several new features. Chief among the new powers is an improved Google Now. Google Now is more responsive and adds new cards for detailed information. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean improves the camera with a new feature called Photo Sphere. According to Google, Photo Sphere lets users take 360 degree panorama photos to create a unique image. Photo Sphere images can be shared via Google+ as well as be published to Google Maps. Android 4.2 adds Gesture Type, which is a way to input text similar to Swype or T9 Trace by tracing words across the keyboard with your fingers. Android 4.2 also aldds support for wireless displays for sharing content, such as YouTube, on Miracast HDTVs. The Nexus 4 is the first smartphone to ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Google hasn't said if or when other devices will receive the Android 4.2 update.
Hands-On: Google Nexus 4
Google's Nexus 4 goes on sale November 13 and Phone Scoop was able to take a brief look at the next-gen Nexus device. It's svelte, it's slim, and it runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Review: Google Nexus 4
The Nexus 4 is the fourth-generation pure Android smartphone from Google. It is built by LG, and works on AT&T and T-Mobile USA's networks.
T-Mobile Offering Nexus 4 Today, But Google Sells Out
The Google Nexus 4 Android smartphone will be available in select T-Mobile USA retail stores beginning today. T-Mobile is selling the 16GB model for $199.99 with a new contract or $499 off contract.
Android 4.2 Nexus Update Enables Lockscreen Widgets
Google has made a small update available to Android 4.2 Nexus devices that enables several features. The primary new tool is the ability to add widgets to the lockscreen.
Google to Push Monthly Security Updates to Nexus Phones
Google today said it plans to push security patches to Nexus-branded Android devices on a monthly basis to make sure they remain protected from potential and developing threats. Google is delivering the first security update today to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, smartphones and tablets, and the Nexus Player.