Yesterday Google took the wraps off of of their new Nexus devices and a new version of Android: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.  We will have a deeper look into the new Nexus devices soon but what exactly is new in this updated version of JB?  Well Google has feature packed their newest version of Android without changing the systems looks and speed.

Google let The Verge come visit them at their head quarters and give them the first look at the newest version of their amazing mobile operating system.  Catch the video below and continue reading to read more about this feature packed update.


Photo Sphere:  Google’s updated version of their panoramic picture mode allows for a new way for you to get the best landscape photo ever.  Instead of just taking photos from side-to-side, you now take photos in every direction.  When taking your photo, you start by taking the main photo in front of you and then you move your phone in any direction (left, right, up, down, and diagonal) and the phone will take the photo for you.  You do this several times to get your panoramic photo.  You can see a video of this in action HERE.

Quick Settings:  Now when you pull down the notification bar, you have a button in the upper right hand side that gets you into your quick settings.  Here you have the ability to toggle your wifi, blue tooth, and much more on and off.  You can also quickly access your quick settings by swiping down from the top of your screen with two fingers.

New Keyboard:  Android 4.2 has an update keyboard that acts very much like the Swype keyboard.  You can now keep your finger down on the keys and just move from letter to letter on the screen to spell out a work. What Google does to make their keyboard better than other swipe-able keyboard is they have a better word prediction system and as you’re spelling out words, their is a box that hovers over your finger, giving you an instant suggestion for a word.

Muli-Users on Tablets:  4.2 Jelly Bean tablets now allows their users to have multiple users on one system.  Each user “can have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games.”  Each time you want to go to a different user, all you have to do is click a little button in the quick settings and pop between users.

Sharing your screen to an HDTV:  Google has unofficially stopped all efforts on the Nexus Q that was given out to developers at Google IO this last June and have now been working on wirelessly streaming your tablet screen to your tv.  “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:  Your tablet now has a screen saver mode for when your tablet is in a dock or when you just want your photos floating around your screen.

Updates to Google Now:  Google Now has better search abilities and newer, smarter cards.  Two of these newer, smarter cards are for airplane tickets and packages. Google Now can now access your GMail so when you get an email with flight plans, hotel reservations, or packages with tracking information, a new card will appear in your Now page when the information become relevant.


There are tons of more smaller features that we are excited to see brought into the Android ecosystem.

Are you excited for the latest update? Let us know!

Sources: Android; The Verge
Pictures: Droid-Life; About-Google_Android
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Justin Duino

Justin Duino

(Founder | Editor-in-Chief) - I am currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno getting my degree in Computer Science.I have been fortunate to work with some brilliant people in the technology industry and plan to continue so for the rest of my life.I am currently using a Nexus 5, a Nexus 7 (2013), and a Nexus 10. Additionally, I am one of the first Glass Explorers with Google Glass and loving it!
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