Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and the Google Nexus 4
November 3, 2012
What is the latest version of android? Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is the latest release of the Android platform and has added a few upgrades to its arsenal. Now what is the best android tablet or the best android phone you may ask? Well, obviously one that has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Expect to see a Verizon Android tablet or smartphone in the near future. Currently the only smartphone running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is the Google Nexus 4 (Get Google Nexus 4 Accessories). As of this moment, the tablet that has the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS platform is the Google Nexus 10 by Samsung.
What's New in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
There is now the ability to capture photo spheres. The Photo Sphere capability allows you to snap photos all around you and thus creating, as the name suggests, a photo sphere. These images can then be shared on Google+ and Google Maps. Another new feature is Gesture Typing lets you glide your finger without lifting across letters to enter words. Spaces are automatically entered when you complete a word and lift your fingertip. It even predicts the next word and can be selected instead of entered. You can compose sentences just be the suggested words provided. Only found on tablets is the multi-user functionality. You can have different users with their own customized home screen and you can switch amongst each other without having to log out and log in.
Sharing your video captures has never been larger. You can now stream videos, movies, YouTube and any content on your smartphone to your HDTV with Android 4.2 and a wireless display adapter connected to an available HDMI port. Another new feature includes the Daydream app that can display slideshows, Google Current (news) and more when either docked or idle.
Google Nexus 4 by LG
Here are some of the features of the Google Nexus 4, the first Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone. It has a 4.7-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 2 1280 x 768 320ppi curved glass touch screen, runs on a Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB of RAM. The Google Nexus 4 has an 8 megapixel camera with photo sphere, full 1080p video recording, continuous focus and the Movie Studio app to help you edit your movies to upload to YouTube. With a Google+ account you can use Instant Upload to automatically send your photos to your online private album.
Google Now gets the information you need. Have everything from Weather, Flight info, traffic conditions, public transit, Hotels, Restaurants, scheduled appointments, Stocks, Sports, Movies and much more through Google Now Cards. Google Voice Search is greatly improved. Thanks to the Knowledge Graph, you simply ask your question and you get your answer. All of your favorite Google Mobile Services, such as Google Maps Navigation, Google Play, Android Beam, Google Wallet and Google Chrome are there.