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Android 4.2’s Most Promising Features

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Google’ Android operating system has gone through a lot of changes since the first version of the OS was launched. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is the latest version of this operating system that comes with a lot of improved software features including multi-user support and Display mirroring. Most of the Google Nexus devices are already running on the latest version of the OS and other smartphone manufacturers are also pushing the OS update to their compatible devices. If you are unaware of the features of the new OS version and still waiting to receive it on your device then check out the most promising features of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in this post below.

Multiuser Support (Only Tablets) –

One of best features of the Android 4.2 OS version is the multiuser support for the tablet users. Tablets are often used by different members in a house. So the multi-user support allows users to make up-to 8 different user profiles with their own exclusive experience on an Android tablet. This feature is currently supported on the tablet devices only and the smartphones are skipped for multiuser support at the moment.

Miracast support –

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean version allows the users to mirror their device display on the Miracast enabled HDTVs. It is quite similar to the Apple AirPlay feature that allows users to throw their iDevice screen to the Apple TV features equipped TVs. So, if you have a Miracast supported TV then you can view media of your Android tablet for smartphone on your TV screen too.

Photo Sphere with Google Maps –

Photo Sphere is a great camera feature that is introduced in the Android 4.2 version and it allows the users to take 360 degree photos. You can also upload the 360 panoramic photos to Google Maps or to your Google Plus account. So, basically with the Photo Sphere feature in Android 4.2 you can share your full surrounding environment with your friends in a 360 degree view.

Improved Google Now –

One of the most promising features in the Android 4.2 is the improved Google Now support. Google Now basically gathers information according to what a user searches for and displays it on the screen in a cool big tiles based interface. Useful information like flights & hotel booking, shipping details etc. are fetched from your Gmail and Google Calendar accounts to display in the Google Now.

Lock Screen Widgets and Gesture Typing –

Android 4.2 running device users can put some special widgets on their lock screen to get the latest updates on different stuff without unlocking the screen. You can view new emails, news stories and social networks updates, right on your device’s lock screen. Another good feature that is introduced in the Android 4.2 is the gesture typing. The gesture based typing was already present in the third party keyboard applications like Swype, but now Google has also integrated it in the stock keyboard application. Gesture based typing feature allows you to use your phone’s touch screen keyboard with the swipe of your finger over the letters to create words for the ease of typing.

Summing up –

Google has surely gone a step further in making Android OS a better software system with the launch of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean version. All the new features added in the OS are surely improving the smartphone experience delivered to the user. Multi user support for Android tablets is a killer feature. Photo Sphere capturing mode and other newly added features certainly makes it a better competitor against other mobile operating systems like iOS, Windows Phone etc.