Google releases Android 4.2 with multi-user support for tablets

Google has released an upgraded version of Android Jelly Bean, Android 4.2, less than a day after its planned unveiling in New York was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.

According to Google’s press release, a key feature of the upgrade will be the ability for multiple users to log on to a tablet at the same time, although this feature will not be available in smartphones.

The upgrade also allows users to share anything on the display of their Android device to a nearby HDMI TV with a Wi-Fi adaptor, with the display of their device “mirrored” on the TV screen.

NFC-enabled android devices will be able to transfer photos, videos, contacts, directions, web pages, apps and other content by being touched back-to-back through a feature called Android Beam.

Android’s camera has also received an update, with the new release adding a panorama camera feature called Photo Sphere, allowing users to take 360 degree photos.

Google has also overhauled the on-screen keyboard in the new release, adding a new swipe-like keyboard option called gesture typing.

Other features of the new version include Daydream, which displays information when a device is idle, expandable notifications, improvements to widgets, upgrades to Google Search, the Google Now information service and improved accessibility for visually impaired users.

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