The Android Jelly Bean OS is modified, and it has got the new flavors, according to Google! It’s the Android 4.2 Version launched, along with the devices Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, making it clear that it wasn’t just the phone and tablet device being rumored around for these days. Google took the user interface and experience to the next level with the Android 4.2 coming in, with a few great features to play around with.
One of the best features that would be available in the Android 4.2 is the support for Miracast, which is a Wi-Fi display sharing protocol that is known all around the world, and which would help in live streaming of content. The support for Miracast would help the Nexus devices to stream the Audio and Video to the Televisions. Google expects a price of under $100 for the Miracast boxes which would come pretty soon for the TVs, and later on a few giant electronic brands are going to bring the Miracast feature embedded into the Televisions directly.
Gesture Typing Keyboard
Sensational new feature, but we would keep the appreciation limited until a hands-on is seen by us. You just need to slide the finger between each letter in the word, and the keyboard is intelligent enough to recognize what you are trying to write. Swype was already there for most of the geeky users, and this won’t be nothing new for them but with the added flavors and being quite faster than Swype. As the finger moves between the letters, the predicted word moves along the finger to give you an idea of what the keyboard is expecting it to be.
Along with the typing, there is even a good prediction where the keyboard would predict what you would be typing next to make the sentence or phrase meaningful, and it would suggest a few terms accordingly.
This is a new way Google is trying to call Panorama Photography as. In this, the camera app would prompt you to take pictures one beside the other and then it would stitch them all together to produce the final panoramic image. It looks totally like the Street View according to Google, and if really functions in producing Street View like images, we would be totally loving it.
What we have learned is that the camera app won’t prompt you but you can just keep capturing left, right, up, down or anywhere and the camera would automatically attach all of them to make a single picture.
Multiple Users for Tablet Devices
The multiple user support has been done in an intelligent way, where an app downloaded from one account is available for both of them but for each of them it would be like a new app to use. For example, when you are playing a game with different levels, the first user might have played several levels but the second user might see it as a totally new game in his account. It is a tough thing to do, but Google managed to optimize the app usage in various ways, as it won’t keep running the apps in the background because when a user plays music and other logs in at the same time, the music obviously would need to stop.
This is basically a screensaver with expanded notifications from where you can directly get things done, and apart from that it includes a lot of accessibility improvements.
Now one would be able to do more with the multitouch on their devices, thanks to the improved accessibility options in the Android 4.2. It would let triple-tap to zoom into smaller text, to zoom into a particular area in any message, or part of the home screen. Once you have zoomed in, you can now navigate or pan around with the two-finger touch.
Here are a few other details on the best new features you can experience in the Android 4.2 OS:
- Ability to swipe directly to the camera from the lock screen
- Widget support on the Lock Screen
- Zooming of message in the Gmail and reflowing of text automatically
- Usage of Gmail as a data source for Google Now
- Triple-tap to magnify the entire screen
- Pan and zoom with two fingers
- Gesture Mode navigation with Speech output for blind users
Google is bringing the Android 4.2 directly into the three categories of devices – Phone, Small and Large tablet devices. Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are the ones which would come in with the Android 4.2 but they might be accompanied by many other devices pretty soon.
Here is the pricing of the various devices that we found from Google:
- Nexus 4: 8GB for $299; 16GB for $349; available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract (check here for more details).
- Nexus 7: 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249; available in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan, and also through our retail partners Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and Walmart.
- Nexus 7 with 32GB and mobile data: $299 and unlocked, on sale 11/13 in the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.
- Nexus 10: 16GB for $399; 32GB for $499; available on 11/13 in the Google Play Store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.