Features of Jelly Bean 4.2

It was October 2008, when the first android powered device was sold. Since then the android application development industry has seen many changes. On November 13, 2012 Google released the much sought after upgrade of Jelly Bean 4.1.

The first devices to run jelly bean mobile platform were LG’s Nexus 4 and Samsung’s Nexus 10. Some other smartphones have also joined the list and some are expected to join it soon. HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Sony Xperia Ion are some of the most popular devices working on the new flavor of the Jelly Bean.

The Jelly Bean 4.2 has come up with many new and amazing features to make the platform even more exciting. The silky smooth performance of the new android Jelly Bean platform has added much more gloss to the Jelly Bean. So let us take a glance of some of the best features of this mobile operating system

Go Wireless:

This version of Jelly Bean supports new wireless display settings through which you can share whatever is there on your device on your HDMI enabled TV. All you need to do is just connect a wireless display adapter to your TV to mirror what’s running on your screen. You can display images, YouTube videos or movies to any TV that is HDMI-enabled.


Daydream is one of the most innovative features of this updated version. It is an interactive screen saver mode that starts when the device is docked or being charged. In this mode, the device displays useful and pleasing information.

With this built-in application, the device can be turned into a picture frame or you can customize it to show most recent news from Google Currents. However, this change in the system is better suited for devices having a larger screen.

Widgets on Lockscreen:

Widgets are very easy to manage with this version of android. When the user places the widgets on the screen, everything else moves automatically to make space. In short, they get resized on their own if they are too big in size.

Moreover, these widgets have been brought to the lockscreen. So now, users can add their desired widgets to the lock screen. Hence, they can access widgets just by swiping to the left or right without the need to unlock the device.

Gesture Typing:

Google has made writing messages on the go, a much easier task. You just need to glide your finger over the letters you want to type, and keep lifting after each word. the keyboard has an ability to anticipate and predict the next word, so that the user can finish the whole sentences just by selecting the predicted words.

Also, you don’t need to worry about spaces as they are automatically added. Furthermore, voice typing feature has also been improved with better speech-to-text capabilities and more accurate and relevant dictionaries. You do not need a data connection for typing with your voice.

These were some of the best features which have been added to the updated version of Jelly Bean. Android game developers all over the world have already started taking advantage of jelly bean 4.2 to enhance the game UI/UX.

So, if you want to capitalize on this new android OS to develop amazing game or outstanding apps , hire android developer who is an expert in android game programming.

written by for Mobile Development section(s).