For other uses, see Jelly Bean (disambiguation).

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is a version of Android. Google was expected to announce Jelly Bean 4.2 at an event in New York City on 29 October 2012, but the event was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Instead of rescheduling the live event, Google announced the new version with a press release, under the slogan "A new flavor of Jelly Bean". Its predecessor was Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and its successor was Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The first devices to run Android 4.2 were LG's Nexus 4 and Samsung's Nexus 10, which were released on 13 November 2012.

New Features and Changes Edit

  • Photo Sphere panorama photos.
  • Keyboard with gesture typing.
  • Lock screen improvements, including widget support and the ability to swipe directly to camera.
  • Notification power controls.
  • "Daydream" screensaver, showing information when idle or docked.
  • Multiple user accounts (tablets only).
  • Support for Miracast wireless displays.
  • Accessibility improvements: triple-tap to magnify the entire screen, pan and zoom with two fingers. Speech output and Gesture Mode navigation for blind users.
  • New clock app with built-in world clock, stop watch and timer.
  • All devices now use the same interface layout, adapted from phones on 4.1 for smaller tablets (with centered software buttons, the system bar at the top of the screen, and a similar home screen), regardless of screen size.
  • Increased number of extended notifications and Actionable Notifications for more apps, allowing the response to certain notifications within the notification bar and without launching the app directly.
  • SELinux.
  • Always-on VPN.
  • Premium SMS confirmation.
  • Phone-like launcher for small tablets in Android 4.1 extended to larger tablets, as seen with the Nexus 10.


  • Fixed a bug in the People app where December was not displayed on the date selector when adding an event to a contact.
  • Added Bluetooth gamepads and joysticks as supported HID devices.

References Edit

  1. "Android Code Analysis". Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  2. "Licenses". Android Open Source Project. Open Handset Alliance. Retrieved September 9, 2012. "The preferred license for the Android Open Source Project is the Apache Software License, 2.0. ... Why Apache Software License? ... For userspace (that is, non-kernel) software, we do in fact prefer ASL2.0 (and similar licenses like BSD, MIT, etc.) over other licenses such as LGPL. Android is about freedom and choice. The purpose of Android is promote openness in the mobile world, but we don't believe it's possible to predict or dictate all the uses to which people will want to put our software. So, while we encourage everyone to make devices that are open and modifiable, we don't believe it is our place to force them to do so. Using LGPL libraries would often force them to do so."
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