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Google Details Android 4.2, Still Calls it Jelly Bean

With the announcement of LG's Nexus 4 smartphone, Google has also confirmed the long awaited Android 4.2 update.

4.2, which will retain the Jelly Bean moniker, will integrate a Photo Sphere camera. Users can take pictures in every direction that come together into photo spheres. You can view photo spheres on your Android, share them on Google+ or add them onto Google Maps.

Other additions include:

  • A smarter keyboard, now with Gesture Typing - Writing messages on the go is easier than ever with Gesture Typing – just glide your finger over the letters you want to type, and lift after each word. You don’t have to worry about spaces because they’re added automatically for you. The keyboard can anticipate and predict the next word, so you can finish entire sentences just by selecting suggested words. Power through your messages like never before. Android's dictionaries are now more accurate and relevant. With improved text-to-speech capabilities, voice typing on Android is even better. It works even when you don't have a data connection, so you can type with your voice everywhere you go.
  • One tablet, many users - It’s your fully customized tablet. And theirs, too. With support for multiple users, you can give each person their own space. Everyone can have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games – even individual high scores and levels! And since Android is built with multitasking at its core, it’s a snap to switch between users – no need to log in and out. Available only on tablets.
  • Share what’s on your phone on the big screen - Android 4.2 allows devices to enable wireless display. You can share movies, YouTube videos, and anything that’s on your screen on an HDTV. Just connect a wireless display adapter to any HDMI-enabled TV to mirror what’s on your screen quickly and easily.
  • Daydream - It's easier than ever to quickly get answers, explore, and browse search results. Android also lets you search the web with your voice, and it's convenient for getting quick answers on the fly. It speaks back to you and is powered by the Knowledge Graph, bringing you a precise answer if it knows it, and precisely ranked search results, so you can always find out more.


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