Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Announced: Multiple User Support, Gesture Typing, And Wireless TV Display

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.

New Photo Of Earth Shows Just How Large Hurricane Sandy Is

Some people scoff at the idea of Hurricane Sandy making landfall on New York City. While its intensity isn’t certain until is actually comes here, a photo taken by NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite this morning, October 28 at 9:02AM EDT displays just how massive it is. See that swirling, round white thing? That’s the hurricane.

Yup. That’s a big storm.

According to NASA, “Sandy’s western cloud edge is already over the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S.” ViaNASA Goddard Flickr

Google’s Monday Press Event Cancelled Due To Hurricane Sandy

Turns out, Google’s upcoming press event (probably for a variety of new Nexus devices) has been cancelled due to the intense rain and winds New York City plans to brace from Hurricane Sandy. And it also turns out that I’d find myself in the hurricane’s path, so everyone here in NYC is in free-for-all mode. Turns out Google would have been able to hold the event on Monday; it’s just that the venue was on the waterfront. But in San Francisco, Microsoft will be holding a Windows Phone 8 event — so it won’t be a total waste of a Monday.

Google Makes Video To Help Its Users Make Windows 8 More Excited

Windows 8 is available starting today. And Google? Well, it’s keen on getting users who enjoy Google products on with a more enjoyable experience. So, hilariously, Google is taking measures to keep users loyal to Chrome and Search, releasing a new instructional video to explain how to install the apps on Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system. Titled “Get Your Google Back,” the video directs users to go to GetYourGoogleBack.com. From there, links to Google products ready for Windows 8 can be accessed.

Apple Publishes Apology To Samsung For Patent Infringement Case, Per UK Court’s Order

This is — interesting. Apple, per a UK court order, has had to issue an online apology to Samsung for the Galaxy Tab vs. iPad patent infringement case. In the United States, Apple won, but in the United Kingdom, it’s very different: an apology, while delicately manicured to offer no sign of weakness, while telling the truth of the situation, according to the appeals court thought it so. Other European countries (namely Germany, for example), didn’t share the UK’s position with Apple and Samsung. The full statement can be read, after the break.

Via: Apple

Apple Makes Another Record Quarter: $8.2B Profit On $36B Revenue For Q4 ’12

Apple has released their Q4 earnings report for the year, bumping them into another record-breaking quarter. The numbers: An $8.2B profit on $36 billion in revenue, breaking its record Q4 2011 of $6.62b profit on $28.27b in revenue. The gains were almost entirely boost by a 58 percent increase in iPhone sales with 26.9M units sold, up from 17M last year, and a 26 percent increase in iPad sales with 14M sold, up from 11M last year.

So, despite the lack of what seems to be short-term favor, Apple has one again defied expectations and delivered. But keep this in mind: Mac sales were relatively flat, up just one percent to 4.9M, and the iPod line continued its standard decline, down 19 percent to 5.3m. Hmm?

Galaxy Note II Now Available For Pre-Order On Verizon And AT&T

Last night, press and public partied together for the Note II NYC city tour. From that event, I scored a Galaxy Note IIs handset on AT&T that we’ll review in the coming days, but fast-forward, Verizon is hosting the Note II for pre-order alongside AT&T, starting this Thursday morning for $299.99 on a two-year contract. It has the same specs as the other versions that make the Note II so special: 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display and is powered by a quad-core processor, with LTE-enabled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is available in both grey and white variants. AT&T’s models ship November 9th; Verizon’s on the 27th of that same month.

Via: AT&T, Verizon