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Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Mobile OS Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software & OS in Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:11 pm
Manufacturer: Google

New abilities found in Android 4.2 cont.


There's a fair bit included with Android 4.2, so much that we're going to use up another page and wrap it up with some final thoughts on the latest mobile OS from Google.


Multi-user support (tablets only)




This is something I've been waiting on for a while - I have family over all the time, and there's always a niece or a nephew left without a device. Android 4.2 provides multi-user support, which allows you to create, as you probably have already gathered, multiple users within your tablet.


I can now create a "Guest" account and leave it on my coffee table or kitchen bench, and anyone who comes over can have a tablet ready to go if they want to check out a YouTube clip quickly, or want to check their Facebook, etc.


Google Now improvements




Google Now was already an incredible piece of work, so much so that Popular Science has donned Google Now with their "Innovation of the Year" award, putting it up on the podium with giants like the Large Hadron Collider, Toyota's Prius and the Mars Curiosity Rover - yes, it's that good.


I've come to truly love Google Now, but there are a few of my iPhone 5 friends who just think "so what", and laugh in the face of Google Now. Until you've tried it, don't knock it - it truly is going to be a juggernaut in the near future, heck, it is... Now, if you'll pardon the pun.




Google Now accesses data from various sources, such as the location of the user, their schedule, and recent search queries. From this, it collates all of the data and displays what it thinks is the most important to the user. Google Now will also track shipments of your goods, as it will pull down information from your Gmail account - it is those little things that add up to a giant that create the power that is presented in Google Now.


Google Now also uses Google's Knowledge Graph, which will display stats related to the search query you've just run. It will display the links most relevant to the search, helping you find a more direct answer. Google Now has become a huge tool for me, and is a key selling point in Android 4.1, and 4.2.






Android 4.2's Camera app also gets some improvements, including full HDR support and an improved UI. The UI includes a cool zoom feature where you pinch-to-zoom on the screen and are shown with a gorgeous circle-like zoom-in and out function.

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