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Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolls Out to Google Nexus 7

Google started rolling out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for its line of Nexus devices earlier this week. It’s not just an incremental update either, it includes a lot of fun and interesting features. Apparently the company stared with smartphones first, and then it started coming to Nexus 7 tablets.

When I picked my Nexus 7 up this morning, I saw the following message letting me know that the update was available.

Android System Update Message

Tap More Info to get a look at the new features the update will bring to your tablet. Some notable new features are a new keyboard with what Google is calling Gesture Typing – basically its version of Swype. Multiple user accounts that gives each user their own customized experience.

And of course the update improves overall stability and performance of the tablet.Tap Restart & Install and wait while your device is updated.

Android 4_2

Some notable new features are a new keyboard with what Google is calling Gesture Typing – basically its version of Swype. Multiple user accounts lets you share your tablet with more than one person, and gives each user their own customized experience.

Gesture TypingMultiple Users Android

A neat customizable DayDream feature that makes your lock screen live and provides updated info from you favorite apps, pictures and more. And of course the update improves overall stability and performance of the tablet.

DayDream with Google CurrentsMake it Google

The update took less than 10 minutes, but after Jelly Bean is updated, several of the installed apps will need updates too. If you have a lot of apps, you’ll be seeing quite a few update notifications.

Android App Update Notifications

If you don’t have the patience to wait for the Over the Air update, you can download and install the update manually. But if you’re new to Android, I suggest waiting for it to come to your tablet. By now I would assume most people should have it.

For a detailed look at the new features included with this update, check out Android 4.2 What’s New. If you’ve updated to the new version of Jelly Bean, leave us a comment and let us know your favorite new feature, or what’s not working right.

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5 Responses to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolls Out to Google Nexus 7

  1. john November 15, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    hey guys I’m liking the swipe to text feature but I have one problem. the app wp clock 2 will not open. its a wallpaper app that I have been using and it will not work with the update. if you could take a look at it that’d be awesome

    • Brian Burgess November 16, 2012 at 12:04 am #

      @disqus_bJZlbyPAoG:disqus that’s interesting. Have you noticed the update broke any other apps?

      This might be me, but one thing I think it’s doing better is switching from Portrait to Landscape view more quickly? But that might be a placebo effect of downloading something new 🙂

  2. Lefteris Gabriel November 16, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    Hi Brian from France. I have updated my Nexus 7 to 4.2 10 days ago with OTA. Problem is, gesture keyboard doesn’t work. I have activated from the settings all gesture related options. I have tried everything. My nexus is the 16Gb version with SN starting with C80K meaning year ’12 (Hex C) of august (8). Anyone else have the same problem? Or is anything I am missing?

  3. david reynolds November 16, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Updated to 4.2 on my nexus 7! Norton Security app will not run on this version so I have lost my tablet security. I can no longer access the system settings. Is there any way that I can revert to the earlier version. Also times app keeps stopping.

  4. Victoria November 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Hi Brian after the update I can’t find development options in the settings menu, is there another way to access this section

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