Google has officially announced Android 4.2, the next update to their mobile operating system. The new software version, which retains the Jelly Bean name introduced with Android 4.1, brings about several new features, including Photo Sphere, a 360-degree panorama mode that captures “larger than life” images stitching together a complete view of a users surroundings.
Also new to the OS is Gesture Typing, a keyboard input mode that allows users to swipe through letters to type, something that users of the popular Swype keyboard should be quite familiar with. For devices shared among multiple users, specifically tablets, Google has implemented the ability to wuickly and easily switch between accounts directly from the lockscreen.Other updates in Android 4.2 includes wireless display support for Miracast compatible HDTVs as well as an improved Google Now experience with new cards for flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations, and shipping details.
Android 4.2 will ship with the LG Nexus 4 and Samsung’s Nexus 10 tablet, but plans for the new version of Jelly Bean to reach other devices have not been announced. The Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus are presumably next in line.