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Android 4.2 Now Rolling Out to Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus

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There's a new version of Android in town, and it promises better performance, multiple user accounts and more.

While I personally haven't seen this update hit my Nexus 7 tablet as of this article, Google is reportedly now rolling out its Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" update to its Nexus 7 tablets and the Galaxy Nexus phone. The news arrives by way of Google+ as the company announced the worldwide launch of its Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 products.

"There’s been so much interest for the Nexus lineup that we’ve sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries!" the company said on Tuesday. "We are working hard to add more Nexus devices to Google Play in the coming weeks to keep up with the high demand. You can learn more about Nexus devices and stay updated here."

According to Google, Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" takes the speed and simplicity of the Android 4.x platform to a different level by offering a completely new camera experience, a new form of typing, support for multiple users on tablets, Wi-Fi sharing and more.

"With support for multiple users, you can give each person their own space," Google states on its what's new webpage. "Everyone can have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games – even individual high scores and levels! And since Android is built with multitasking at its core, it’s a snap to switch between users – no need to log in and out."

One of the cooler aspects of Android 4.2 is "Daydream", a feature that displays useful and "delightful" information when the device is idle or locked. Info includes pictures stored on the device, news from Google Currents and so on. But Google is also pushing better performance as one of the update's biggest features, promising "buttery" graphics and "silky" transitions. Guess we'll see in a few hours, eh Google?

"More reactive and uniform touch responses mean you can almost feel the pixels beneath as your finger moves across the screen," Google states. "Jelly Bean makes your Android device even more responsive by boosting your device's CPU instantly when you touch the screen, and turns it down when you don't need it to improve battery life."

Android 4.2 will also provide the ability to "Beam" photos and videos to another NFC-enabled device, better widgets, better accessibility and more. A full list of features can be accessed here.

 

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    dogofwars , November 14, 2012 12:40 AM
    Yes another updates :) 
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    dogofwars , November 14, 2012 12:41 AM
    Yes another update :) 
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    dogofwars , November 14, 2012 12:42 AM
    Great that is a good addition to the Nexus 7 :) 
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    john15v19 , November 14, 2012 12:48 AM
    Woohoo! My Nexus S is running Jelly bean and it's already smooth as butter, I can't wait to get this update!
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    Anonymous , November 14, 2012 12:50 AM
    Waiting for it for my Galaxy Note.
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    Anonymous , November 14, 2012 1:18 AM
    http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/10/11/how-to-get-the-nexus-7-android-4-1-2-update-right-now/

    This works for the 4.2 update too
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    alextheblue , November 14, 2012 1:39 AM
    Multiple user accounts for tablets. Info on lock screen. They're catching up to... Windows RT?? Next you'll tell me the stock camera software doesn't suck and randomly make me wait anymore! :p 
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    notsleep , November 14, 2012 2:35 AM
    i love you google! my nexus 7 is now a delightful 4.2 device! :) 
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    Thomas Creel , November 14, 2012 2:50 AM
    I don't have any of these devices. Until it proves itself worth the hundreds of dollars of course I'm not going to buy it... But glad to see updates are at least frequent.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 14, 2012 4:09 AM
    Would love to see this on the DROID RAZR MAXX. :D 
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    Anonymous , November 14, 2012 4:11 AM
    I'm sure Thomas is sitting on his iPad, iPad2, and new iPad while he's writing that comment on either his 7 inch iPad or his 4th gen.
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    masterasia , November 14, 2012 12:52 PM
    Every time my GNex gets an update, it's like getting a whole new phone! Loving Android more than ever.
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    kawininjazx , November 14, 2012 12:55 PM
    With my Nexus 7 being rooted, I have to install the update off the SD card with clockworkmod recovery, they should put something int he update so it works over the air for rooted users.
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    amdwilliam1985 , November 14, 2012 1:46 PM
    "Woohoo! My Nexus S is running Jelly bean and it's already smooth as butter, I can't wait to get this update!"
    Sorry to disappoint you, I believe Nexus S will not get 4.2

    "With my Nexus 7 being rooted, I have to install the update off the SD card with clockworkmod recovery, they should put something int he update so it works over the air for rooted users."
    I thought it is very clear that rooted devices were not supported for OTA. With a Nexus 7, I have no reason to root. In fact, I don't even root my SGS3 because it's already doing what I wanted with 4.0.4.
    Can you be overrooting? is there a such term?
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    kawininjazx , November 14, 2012 3:17 PM
    amdwilliam1985"Woohoo! My Nexus S is running Jelly bean and it's already smooth as butter, I can't wait to get this update!"Sorry to disappoint you, I believe Nexus S will not get 4.2"With my Nexus 7 being rooted, I have to install the update off the SD card with clockworkmod recovery, they should put something int he update so it works over the air for rooted users."I thought it is very clear that rooted devices were not supported for OTA. With a Nexus 7, I have no reason to root. In fact, I don't even root my SGS3 because it's already doing what I wanted with 4.0.4. Can you be overrooting? is there a such term?


    I rooted so I could link my PS3 controller to the tablet for gaming.
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    notsleep , November 15, 2012 12:54 AM
    kawininjazx - just get on 'google play' and install the free 'voodoo ota rootkeeper.' i installed it on my rooted 4.1.2. after 4.2 push ota, all i did was launch the ota rootkeeper app and click on the 'restore root' button and that's it. i'm rooted in 4.2 in less than 3 seconds. no need to use complicated command lines, root toolkits, etc. :) 
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    Anonymous , November 15, 2012 12:53 PM
    Warning: Do not install this update! It will destroy your battery life. My Galaxy Nexus used to go 24+ hours between charges. Now it drains completely in less than four hours.

    Does anyone know if there's an ETA for a patch that fixes the battery problem?