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.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Arrive 'Next Week'
Google today said it will begin pushing Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Nexus devices during the week of Oct. 5.
Google Says Lollipop Is On Its Way to Nexus Devices
Google today said it has begun the Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout to Nexus devices. The company said hardware such as the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 will have the new operating system soon.
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.
Google Takes A New View of Its Street View App
Google has refreshed its Street View app for both Android and iOS devices and took the opportunity to add several features. To start, Street View replaces the older Photo Sphere Camera app for iPhones and the legacy Street View from Google Maps app on Android phones.
Google's Sprayscape Is VR At Its Wackiest
Google today announced Sprayscape, a virtual reality app for Android smartphones. The app blends the camera and virtual reality.