Speculations were on cloud nine with the launch of Android 4.2 i.e. whether it will be named as next Android version Key Lime or not and with the launch of LG Nexus 4, Google certainly made it clear that android users have to wait a little bit till next year to get the latest version of android OS. Google added some noticeable features in Android 4.2 though they are minute but they certainly make it a better update than Android 4.1 Jelly Bean version.
Android 4.2, the latest version of Jelly Bean is a commendable evolution altogether. The latest features are sure to get all kinds of users pleased since there is something for everyone in the new Android. Exploring all the features of the 4.2 Jelly Bean would be difficult, but we try to get you through the best ones:-
What makes Android 4.2 Jelly Bean a Better update
#9 – The Smart and Exclusive Photo sphere Camera in Android 4.2
It is certainly the most talked about feature of the Android 4.2, and it rightly deserves to be so. The Photo Sphere helps capture images in 360 degrees Panorama settings, allowing you to take pictures in every direction and stitch them together for a unique picture experience.
Seems to have drawn inspiration from Google Maps Street drive, the photos make you feel that you are standing right inside the scene captured and looking all around. The best part is that you don’t need an Android device to view the photo sphere; it can be viewed on other smart phones, computers and tablets as well, and can be shared with Google+ and Google Maps too.
#8 – Gesture Typing, the Typing Revolution in Android 4.2
The next incredible feature of Android 4.2 is the Gesture Typing, which adds a completely new dimension to typing, making it easier and more fun than ever before. All you have to do is swipe or glide or do whatever smooth as silk movement over the letters of the word you want to type, and lift only once after each word. You need not worry about the spaces either, since they are automatically inserted.
- The word prediction, not just the one you are typing but the next word as well is sure to leave you amazed. Ultimately you will find yourself typing lesser words to complete the sentence.
- The Android dictionaries have also improved greatly, and so has the voice typing mode. Simply put, gesture typing will certainly revolutionize the overall messaging and e-mails experience.
#7 – The Updated and Improvised Google Now in Android 4.2
Google Now has been a very powerful and highly useful tool ever since its inception, and with the Android 4.2 offering a massively overhauled, improved and updated version, Google Now seems to be refueled for power and performance. Google Now, has more cards that before which help you with weather information, Flight and train timings, hotel reservations, nearby attractions, reminder for events, and even hot photo spots and what not. It even provides for integrated support to e-mails and calendars, that’s about everything one needs while on the move.
#6 – Multiple Users Profiles in Android 4.2
Yes, multitasking being a one of the core specialties of Android, this time too, Android 4.2 offers multiple users options, wherein many users can use the same device. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to compromise on the way you want your home screen, background, widgets, apps and games. You won’t have too because, since each of the users can have their own settings and every time you switch on the device you will have your customized settings welcoming you.
When the tablet is moving from one hand to the other, all you need is a swipe to switch between users, finally you don’t need to go on the lengthy log-in and log-out processes. However, this swapping users feature is available only tablets, smart phones with Jelly Bean 4.2 might not enjoy this level of ease.
#5 – The Colorful Daydream in Android 4.2
The Daydream might not be the smartest app around but it sure lends style and grandeur the device running on Android 4.2. It can come in handy, especially if you want to announce something without mouthing it. Daydream is an innovated screensaver, which fills the screen with the latest photos and news when the screen sits idle or docked. Some people have already suggested using daydream alternatively as a digital photo frame.
#4 – Wireless video transfer – the Miracast Magic in Android 4.2
Technically speaking, Miracast is a ‘Wi-Fi Direct-based emerging standard’ that is used for wireless sharing of pictures, videos, games and more onto the HDTV. The feature can be used by connecting a wireless display adaptor to any HDMI – enabled TV, and the TV will mirror whatever is going on in the screen complete with 1080p support. The concept is new and only recently introduced, but it certainly has great potential.
#3 – Notifications Notified option in Android 4.2
To others this feature might not be as important but for me, organization and presentation of notifications is an extremely important aspect. After all who would like to check call logs for missed calls, then go the Inbox for checking new messages, and then rush to the discussion one was following, and again hop to the reminders section to check if anything is pending? Seems too much for me!!
With Android 4.2, simply swiping down from the top to bottom will help you find all your notifications organized and kept in one place, so that you don’t need to jump around (literally).
#2 – Keep Time with the New Clock App in Android 4.2
The new clock app comes with a clear white on black – analog clock display. The in-built world time, stop watch, and timers complete the no fuss app.
#1 – Easier Connectivity option in Android 4.2
If your phone is NFC enabled just activate it, make a check on Android beam option than tap two NFC enabled phones to transfer your media files with just one touch of your phone with the other NFC enabled phone.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is a fantastic piece of work, from all angles and all quarters.
- Great new features are introduced.
- Good old features are improved.
- Some not so good ones are done away with.
- Transitions are as fast as light and as smooth as silk, (hope that isn’t too much of poetry, but will get into that mood with Photo Sphere and Daydream).
- The touch responses are highly accelerated.
- Customizing home screen and bringing widgets on the screen has never been better.
The list can go on but we need to wrap up the discussion. One of the lesser talked about yet highly sensitive feature of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean are the considerations that improve the experience of the visually impaired people, like entering the full screen magnification with a simple triple tap on the screen. Gesture typing and voice typing are also a boon for the visually impaired. All this and much more on offering, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean already seems a winner. Did you like newer version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, do let us know.