What’s New in Android 4.2?

What’s New in Android 4.2?

Google released their family of Nexus devices regardless of the suspension caused by Hurricane Sandy. Along with the announcement of the LG Nexus 4, the Samsung Nexus 10 and the 32 GB & Mobile Versions of the Asus Nexus 7, Google also unveiled the next version of Android.

By only adding a “.1” to its version number, it’s a symbol that it is only an incremental upgrade and is still named Jellybean.


  • Android 4.2 brings a twist to taking pictures, Photo Sphere. Instead of being your old panorama mode, it takes individual photos and stitches them together to create a 360 degree environment that you may share with friends and family.
  • The keyboard also brings improvements as it features finger swiping across letters and it predicts the words you are trying to type. Some might say it is a lot like Swype, but Google calls it Gesture Typing and is now integrated into the system.
  • Google also included Multiple User Support which enables individual users to have their own settings on different home screens. You won’t need to shut down the device to access it as it is accessible only by going back to the lock screen.
  • Google Now is also said to be improved. The device is said to give out the information that you need more precisely and more intuitively.
  • A Wireless Display feature is also added. You no longer need a micro HDMI port to mirror content onto your TV. The only thing you need is a wireless display adapter and you are good to go.
  • Notifications have also been improved. The system now includes access to quick settings like adjusting the brightness, airplane mode and so on.

There are a lot more incremental features added to Android like Daydream and the ability to add widgets to the lock screen. Android 4.2 will come included in the newly announced Nexus devices and an update is expected to arrive for selected devices soon.

Bob Freking occasionally contributes articles to the website. He is a UST Graduate of Commerce & Business Administration, Major in Marketing Management, and a full-time Sith Lord with three dragons.

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22 Responses

  1. alainL says:

    Where do you get this “wireless display adapter”?

    • gorche says:

      the new industry standard is called miracast. kinda like airplay for nonapple devices. it will initially cost around 100$ and can be use by just plugging it to your hdmi port.

  2. Llopez says:

    When will Samsung galaxy phones get Jellybean update?

  3. jerome says:

    Wooohoooo cant wait for the next update

  4. rap says:

    some of 4.2’s features are kinda similar to that of samsung’s touchwiz and that of the sony xperia tablet s. idk, just saying.

    adding widgets to the lock screen is nice, but somewhat depletes the purpose of the lock screen. and i hope screen timeout will be added to the quick settings.

    cant wait for android 5 though :))

  5. simplynice93 says:

    Napag iwanan naman ang mga 2011 Sony Android smartphones pero kung tutuusin kaya naman ng hardware. Bad trip ka Sony! Lilipat na lang kami sa masipag mag-update! >:(

  6. Ken says:

    Bakit sa GS3 ko wala pa ding nasasagap na update :(

  7. Gar says:

    There should already be a notification for an OTA update. Although not sure if this update is for Globe subscribers only though.

  8. sam says:

    Use Kies if you don’t see the OTA update or if you’re getting errors when manually checking for updates.

  9. booooo says:

    ito ang ayaw ko sa samsung and other androids, hindi nila kayang pagsabayin ang mga update, nakakabitin tuloy haaays buti pa yung apple

  10. Espero con ansias la actualización y conseguir el wireless display adapter =)

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