While we were hoping that the LG Nexus 4 would launch with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, the update that it did launch with, Jelly Bean 4.2, has its own bag of surprises too. Some are just minor, while others are worth getting your hands on the update. Here are just 4 reasons why you’ll want the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update.
4 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean features to look out for
Lock screen widgets – widgets have always played an important part in Android OS and up to now these have only been available on the home screen. Users will now be able to add widgets on the lock screen to preview things such as Gmail, Calendar and others. The camera can also be launched with just a simple swipe, once the handset is awake.
Photo editing improvements – it can be easy to start editing a photo and then forget what the original one looked like. You can then make the photo worse than what it started out. With just a single gesture users are able to take a peek at the original photo and edits will not be lost.
Daydream of Jelly Beans – there is a brand new screensaver which is activated whenever the handset is charging or it is docked. However Google have named it a Daydream, not just a live wallpaper. There are five Daydreams pre-installed and you can unlock a 6th through a secret method, which is not actually secret, as most users know about it.
Photo Sphere and Google Maps – Photo Sphere allows users to take 360 degree photos and you can then view it on the handset using the gyroscope. You can also choose to upload the photo to Google Maps, where other users of the Maps app can see it.
At this time, other than the Nexus series only the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 have been confirmed officially to be getting the Android 4.2 update.