After weeks of scouring the web among speculations about a new Android update, which people thought would be called Key Lime Pie, I can’t help but feel a bit let down after seeing that Google has decided to make a revision to Jelly Bean, adding very few outstanding new features.

Jelly Bean Android cabecera Jelly Bean 4.2 and its new features

Putting my subjectivity to one side and focusing on the fact that Jelly Bean 4.2 isn’t anything more than a revision, it changes things. They have improved the kernel regarding hardware use, which makes using the phone much more fluid because of its CPU management. This forces it even more when unlocking the phone, running apps, or switching between them, and reduces its use whenever necessary to improve battery life.

One of the best of all the improvements of the update is that they have integrated a multiuser system designed for the still very new world of tablets. This allows you to use your personal Google account on any Android device with your own account settings (backgrounds, widgets, apps, games, etc.), much like the ChromeBook that we were telling you about no less than a week ago.

The other great improvement according to my criteria is the introduction of a movement-based interface that includes an intelligent keyboard similar to SWYPE. From what I’ve read, this movement-based technology goes above and beyond, allowing you to use your own rules for something more than just locking your phone.

gesture Jelly Bean 4.2 and its new features

Beyond these two great improvements, the update only includes 360º photography with PhotoSphere, ability to send audio, video, and images to other screens, and new widget features, which generally are apps that already existed on GooglePlay but now they come by default on Jelly Bean 4.1. We’ll have to keep waiting for Key Lime Pie, and considering what has been considered, it will arrive along with Android version 5.0.


  1. I was hoping for a major update as well to Android 5 or something, but it still looks like 4.2 will have some welcome features. I still use my Nexus S which has a great camera, so at the very least, looking forward to experimenting with photo sphere.


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