Android 4.2: New ‘Jelly Beans’ tastes sweeter

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The Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and Jelly Bean (4.1) updates came within very short time difference and there wasn’t much difference feature wise in the two updates. All the features were presented in …

The Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and Jelly Bean (4.1) updates came within very short time difference and there wasn’t much difference feature wise in the two updates. All the features were presented in 4.0 itself but what was new in 4.1 was the level of maturity that the features presented in Jelly Bean were much more matured than in ICS.

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  • 1. Android 4.2: New ‘Jelly Beans’ tastes sweeterThe Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and Jelly Bean (4.1) updates came within very shorttime difference and there wasn’t much difference feature wise in the two updates.All the features were presented in 4.0 itself but what was new in 4.1 was the level ofmaturity that the features presented in Jelly Bean were much more matured than inICS.The biggest improvement one saw in the 4.1 update was Project Butter, which wasthe name given to the list of adjustments which enhanced the responsiveness totouch input by the users. Under these adjustments there was inclusion of triplebuffered graphics which maximizes and renders the clock speed of the CPU in thedevice whenever the screen is touched. All the tweaks made the 4.1 update muchmore consistent.It has been 4 months since this update came out and another incremental bump isout by Android. Android 4.2 is still Jelly Beans. No drastic changes from itspredecessor. However there are enough new features introduced which would keepandroid application developer keep hunting for new ideas to take maximumadvantage of the new features.Single device, multiple usersMultiuser support is the biggest innovation tilldate by Android for tablets. Usually tablets arethe devices used my more than one person thatcan be anywhere in family, office or someplaceelse. Thus it is difficult to keep the data of everyuser safe from others. Android realized this issueand came up with multiuser feature wheredifferent users can configure every detail of thedevice starting from home screens to applicationsettings. For now the feature would be availableonly in tablets and not the mobile phonesupdating their Android to 4.2.Enhanced Notification panelPull-down notification panel has been a part of the android since its inception. It isso useful and such a noteworthy feature that iOS 5 update too introduced such panelfor the users. It is a way for the user to keep a tab on what the device is doing.
  • 2. In Android 4.1, the notifications panels were enhanced in such a way that the panelswere expendable and users were able to work within the panels without clicking toomany times. The notifications are no longer deleted unless swiped away or someaction is taken through it.In Android 4.2, quick settings which are part of other operating systems is used tochange frequently changed settings like brightness, Wi-Fi connectivity, checkingdata usage, battery life, Bluetooth toggling, are added in notifications. All thesesettings are now available with a single touch which was previously hidden behindanother screen. These notifications and quick settings are also accessible from thelock screen.Share on big display Wireless display is a feature available in devices using Android 4.2. Share movies, videos, photos or anything else on a bigger screen like an HDTV. A wireless display adapter is to be connected with HDMI-enabled TV so that whatever your Android device is displaying is mirrored on the bigger screen. Fast, Fluid and smooth It is the new Jelly Beans but it has buttery graphics and silky transitions. Don’t get too excited, it is not some tasty cuisine itis what the Android 4.2 has in store for the users. As the project butter was alreadyintroduced in 4.1, Android 4.2 takes the legacy further and the switching betweenhome screens is effortless just like in apps.The touch responses are more reactive and uniform. Jelly Bean is smart enough toboost the CPU of the device when the screen is touched and used, reducing itinstantly as soon as the work is done so as to improve the battery life.Android application developers in India are already claiming this update as the iOS6 killer with enhancements making all the iPhone features look small.
  • 3. Conclusion:Though there has been only 4 month gap between the 2 Jelly Bean updates stillAndroid 4.2 has many good features introduced which are improving usability of theandroid devices and continuing its growth as a biggest contender in the smartphoneworld.Meta: Android 4.2 is the new Jelly Bean update by Google. This update has tweakschanging many things from the last update. It has many good features for Androidpowered devices especially for the tablets which got a new feature of multi user.