What's new in Android
Whether you're new to Android or an avid user, check out some of the new features in Android 4.1 and 4.2 (Jelly Bean). For a comprehensive list of all changes since Android 4.0, see Android 4.1, Jelly Bean and Android 4.2: A new flavor of Jelly Bean.
- Gesture Typing (Android 4.2) - Instead of typing each letter, use Gesture Typing to input a word without lifting your finger. You dont need to worry about spaces because theyre added automatically for you. Glide your finger over the letters you want to type, and lift it after each word.
- Photo Sphere mode (Android 4.2) - Use Photo Sphere mode in the Camera app to capture 360-degree photos. Touch the Camera icon to open the app, then touch the mode options to select Photo Sphere mode.
- Google Play widgets - New widgets on your Home screens display recently used apps, music, movies, books, or games you already have - including preloaded content that comes with your device. Other widgets offer suggestions for browsing Google Play. Touch a widget to access its content on Google Play. Touch & hold a widget to resize it or remove it.
- Quick Settings (Android 4.2) - Use Quick Settings to easily access Wi-Fi settings, manage display brightness, open the main Settings menu, and more. Swipe down with two fingers from the top of any screen to open Quick Settings, then touch one of the boxes to open a specific setting.
- Expandable notifications - Expandable notifications were introduced in Android 4.1, including the option to perform actions from the notification itself. In Android 4.2, you can expand notifications more easily with a swipe of your finger. Swipe down the notification shade from the top of the screen, then glide your finger down the notifications to expand them. Touch an icon inside a notification to handle a task directly.
- Rearrange Home screens - Slide an icon slowly to move other icons or widgets gently aside. Touch & hold an icon and slide slowly to the location of your choice. Slide an icon quickly over another to create a folder.
- Screen magnification (Android 4.2) - Users with visual impairments can enter full-screen magnification by triple-tapping the screen. Go to Settings > System > Accessibility > Magnification gestures to turn on screen magnification.
- Google Now - Google Now shows you information at just the right time, such as todays weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, and even your favorite teams score while theyre playing. Swipe up from the bottom center of any screen, or touch the Google Search bar at the top of any Home screen.
- Say Google to search - When the Google Now screen is open, you can say "Google" to activate a voice search. Open Google Now, then say "Google" and your query to search.