Users of Verizon's Motorola DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX have received a lovely Christmas present, it's the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update.
The update is available as a rather large over-the-air download. It brings a host of improvements to the devices including Google Now and Project Butter. The latter is bound to make the user experience on the duo of devices a lot more pleasant, given their ageing hardware.
Google's New Android 4.2 is also named "Jelly Bean", You prabably wondering, What's New in the Android 4.2 Jelly bean ?
Multiple user accounts
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for tablets adds multiple user-support to the OS. This way everyone in the household can have an account, which once logged in, welcomes them to their own homescreen, background, widgets and apps. Even the games keep the individual high scores and levels.
Settings center drawer in the Notifications
The expandable notifications were a welcomed addition in Android 4.1, but now in Android 4.2, you can also take various actions like toggling Wi-Fi, adjusting screen brightness, go to Airplane mode, and more.
To do so, just tap on the icon on the top right once you have the notification drawer on. It took Google a while to copy the time-saving feature that TouchWiz, SenseUI and many other manufacturer Android skins implemented a while ago. Still, it's good to have it backed in right into the OS.
Smart Gesture Typing
Forget about Swype, Android's very own Gesture typing is the new cool kid on the block. It works in a manner very similar to Swype you just Swipe your finger over the letters you want to type, lifting after each word is complete.
With Android 4.0, Google introduced the Panorama capturing mode, and now with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean users will get a cool feature dubbed Photo Sphere. It's a panorama mode on steroids and allows you to capture photos in multiple directions (up, down, left, right). Watch the demo video at the end of the article.
Wireless TV integration
Better late than never, finally in this version of Android Google has allows you to wirelessly share the screen of your phone or display with a big screen TV set.
All you need to do is connect a wireless display adapter to an HDMI-enabled TV and then it'll start mirroring whats on your screen using DLNA. The new feature uses the Miracast protocol for streaming.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean has a lot going for it, including some minor additions. You can now use pinch-to-zoom in Gmail for enhancing reading, triple-tap to magnify the entire homescreen and the pan and zoom with two fingers, as well as added speech output and gesture mode navigation for the visually impaired users.
We should point out that Android 4.1 and the new HTC Sense 4+ user interface is included on the HTC One X+ out of the box, but in case you have the One X then you'll benefit from all these features once you receive the update, if you haven't got the notification already.
Now, if you're like me and you're waiting for the new OS to land on your One X then you may be interested in finding out what to expect from the new user interface, so let's have a quick look at some of the most important features.
The handset will be more responsive overall and it seems that the last bits of choppiness in menu scrolling have been dealt with. Overall performance might increase notably as well, as a result of both Project Butter ticking the hood and the optimized and refined Sense+. Watch the Video below to know all about Sense 4+ New Features.
Asus has just released the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the PadFone 2. The device was announced back in October and is available in limited countries around the world, with most major markets still on the waiting list.
The build date is December,4th and the update brings all the Project Butter smoothness, Google Now assistant, etc. All Asus customizations are still present, of course. You can upgrade only over-the-air for now.
Google already pushed the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Update to the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 users yesterday. Meanwhile, Nexus S and Xoom users is still waiting for their updates as they updated to 4.1.2 recently.
Sadly, we have some bad News as Google Jean-Baptiste Quéru confirmed that the Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom will not be updated to Android 4.2 and will remain on Android 4.1.2. This came as a result of old hardware components on bothe device, users was already struggling while running the 4.1 Jelly Bean as newer version of android id designed to more powerful devices.