The newest version of Android isn’t going to wait for a hurricane to tell it when it can launch: wireless TV display, gesture typing, and multiple user account support on tablets are the new things that make Android 4.2 (still called Jelly Bean) a mobile OS powerhouse. The full list of new features is below, one of which includes the long awaiting zooming in Gmail:
- Photo Sphere panorama photos
- Gesture typing on the keyboard
- Lockscreen improvements, including widget support and the ability to swipe directly to camera
- Expandable notifications with that let you take actions directly
- Message zooming in Gmail with the ability to reflow text automatically
- Daydream screensavers
- Accessibility improvements: triple-tap to magnify the entire screen, pan and zoom with two fingers. Speech output and Gesture Mode navigation for blind users.
- Miracast support for wireless display sharing
- Google Now can use Gmail as a data source for new cards, including improved flight tracker, hotel and restaurant reservations, movie and music recommendations. Photo Spot card recommends interesting places to take photos based on your location.
Devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 will see Android 4.2 updates in the coming weeks, with the rest of the top-tier Android phones some months after.