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Google promised an OTA update that brings multiple user accounts to the Nexus 10 and lockscreen widgets to both the 10 and the 4 before the official launch date of November 13th. For two days now, Ron and I have been mashing the Check Updates button on our respective devices over and over hoping to get this update as quickly as possible... and we just got it.

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This, of course, brings both of our devices up to full retail, complete with the above mentioned features. Before today, we didn't have a whole lot of info about how lockscreen widgets were going to work, and it turns out they're pretty simple. For the time being the Nexus 10 has but four widgets to choose from: Gmail, Calendar, Sound Search, and the digital clock. The 4 has all those same widgets, as well as one for messaging.

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The widgets work just like homescreens - after you add a new widgets, just swipe through the lockscreen to access it. Tapping the widget itself will then highlight the unlock button - if you unlock the device while in this "mode," then you'll jump directly into the selected application. For example, if you highlight the Gmail widgets and then unlock the device, it will go straight into the Gmail app.

The other new feature is specific the Nexus 10: multiple user accounts. This feature has been a long time coming and will finally make it possible for a single family to easily share one tablet.

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That's all you get right now about MUA - expect a full write up on how they work sometime tomorrow. Until then, sleep tight - may your dreams be filled with the Nexuses of the near future.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • nhizzat

    Why no love for the Nexus 7???

    • Derek Duncan

      the Nexus 7 wasn't a new reviewed device.

      • The_Chlero

        He's talking about Nexus 7 no recieving any update at all, since Nexus 7 is just a lower version of the Nexus 10.

      • nhizzat

        What does that have to do with anything? Why are new devices that aren't yet in the hands of the public receiving OTAs while a Nexus that isn't even 4 months old left out? On top of that, there is all of 1 "official" accessory available that isn't even worth the money. Where is the dock using the pogo pins?

        Call it entitlement if you like, but there is no rhyme nor reason to the lack of official accessories for the best selling Android tablet. Not including the Nexus 7 along with the 4 & 10 is salt and lime in the wound.

        • Elias

          Easy, buddy. If you don't die from drowning in your own saliva foam right now, you'll likely see a update in a day or two. Google haven't forgotten n7 users, that's for sure. :)

          • nhizzat

            Seeing as how I don't see it listed in the title of this post, Google kind of did forget. I love this tablet but Google has put a sour taste in my mouth from the very start. Terrible launch, no accessories, price drop, and now this.

            I know it'll receive the 4.2 OTA soon but I don't see any reason why it isn't receiving it at the same time when there are already millions in the hands of people all over the world. Why is Google giving devices that aren't even in the hands of the public priority? Their largest target audience, the US, can't even order them yet!

          • Ryan Wallace

            This is how it works. Google will release Jellybean 4.2 after the Nexus 4 and 10 ship. That's how its always worked. It would make Google look bad saying that the Nexus 4 and 10 are the first devices to have Jellybean 4.2 and the Nexus 7 already have it. That would just be backwards. So in the meantime sit tight and just be patient. The Nexus 7 will be next on the list to receive the update. It's not the end of the world if you have to wait a day or two.

          • fixxmyhead

            Lol

  • TylerChappell

    Where is my 4.2 for my Nexus 7? D:

    • Johnny

      I just received the 4.2 update on my 16gb Nexus 7....just waiting on it to install...can wait to mess around with it!!!

      FYI I had to Clear data and force stop the Google Services Framework...it worked on my second try.

      • http://isradroid.wordpress.com/ Shay Levi

        Does the Nexus 7 support multi-user?

        • Johnny

          Yes it does! Its pretty awesome. The lock screen widgets are there as well.

  • Bariman43

    Now all that's left to do is wait for someone to leak the 4.2 system files and someone else to make a working ROM for the Galaxy Nexus.

    • James Deng

      orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. we could wait a week and have an official update...

      • squiddy20

        It took many months for Verizon to roll out 4.0.4 after it was released, and months for Sprint and Verizon to roll out Jelly Bean. Do you really think 4.2 will be released in "a week" for these CDMA carriers?

      • Bariman43

        Are you kidding? I'm on Verizon, do you realize how long it's going to be before it comes out for the GNex?

        • http://twitter.com/cr0w13y Daniel Crowley

          Nexus devices get updates directly from Google the moment they are released.

    • Elias

      Cdma? Good luck with that. You would be very lucky if you see any 4.2 before Christmas.

      • nhizzat

        Unfortunately true. My Galaxy Nexus will be collecting dust until then.

      • squiddy20

        And yet, CyanogenMod had nightlies for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus on 4.1 on or shortly before the official update from Sprint. CM also had their new M snapshot just 4 days after Sprint released the Jelly Bean update.
        Not to mention the myriad of other ROMs that had 4.1 for the Sprint Gnex long before it was officially made available by Sprint.

      • Bariman43

        Earlier this year, When Google announced 4.1 at Google IO, a stable build of 4.1 was hacked by developers for the LTE Nexus the same night, when it was released to the Google IO Galaxy Nexus phones. I'm not looking for a full featured ROM.

  • http://www.facebook.com/247arjun Arjun Go

    What about swiping to the camera? If I remember correctly, Hugo Barra showed it off when Josh Topolsky dropped by...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      yeah, swiping to the right on the n4 lock screen opens the camera.

    • http://www.themmteam.com RealtorRyan

      You can do that already... My Galaxy Nexus did this from day one (Dec. 2011) . Swipe left to open Camera.

      • JordanMcRae

        With a widget?

        • http://www.themmteam.com RealtorRyan

          No... stock android does this.

          • JordanMcRae

            No it doesn't. Completely different implantation in 4.2 than just unlocking to the camera. Check out DL's video http://t.co/cp66OqMp

          • http://www.themmteam.com RealtorRyan

            Current stock android OS... when you press the unlock circle, it gives you two options. Right simply unlocks. Left open camera app. Don't have to slide to the widget at all. Kinda prefer "slide to left opens camera app" than the widget thing in that video.

          • http://www.facebook.com/247arjun Arjun Go

            This is only if you do not have a security code to unlock your phone. If you do have a security code, your only option was to enter the security code to unlock the phone and then open the camera app.
            Now, with 4.2, you can enter the camera app (without entering the security code) by swiping to another screen that lets you take photos (just like how the iPhone does it).

  • deltatux

    Love the multiuser concept. Not loving the Windows XP approach where almost everyone's an admin. Where's the traditional UNIX user structure? I don't mind multiple admins, but there needs to be a way to limit users. What if a parent wants to give a tablet to a little kid but don't want them to screw with the apps and system-wide settings?

    What if a company wants to set up guest user accounts and have the Android tablets used in a corporate environment?

    Hopefully Android 5.0 will address this...

    • James Deng

      ...
      purchase restrictions come with the google account. nothing else is needed because each user is fenced from the others with the exception of app permisisons

      there's not much you can do with android to screw it up. worse comes to worse just switch users and start again

      • deltatux

        the issue I'm talking about isn't about adding new apps, it's about the existing apps. What if you have a rooted device and don't want other people to be able to access the root? If there's group policies, that would make it easier. It's baked into UNIX and Windows so it shouldn't be a hard thing to do.

        For a corporate environment, what happens if one of your guests started to play with the settings or be able to flush your device? What then? There's nothing stopping this person from doing so. Having multiple accounts is to set restriction on others or let others to have their own little corner. While it accomplishes the latter, Google needs to add code to do the former. This may just be the beginning but I hope Google goes further than the current implementation.

        • Jays2Kings

          Not sure about 4.2, but in 4.1 when multi-user was, extra users had a very limited settings, so I doubt they can wipe it, and if they would, they would be an asshole and could off wiped it on any version of android if you unlocked it.

          Also with separate user data, root control apps like superuser and superSU rely on their app data to know what has permissions for root and not, I'm sure a simple update can make it even more secure for multiple users.

  • http://twitter.com/mdiggty mdiggty

    Sleep. Not tonight Sandman.

  • Christopher Bement

    ERMAGERRRRRRD Where is the sauce!

  • http://twitter.com/Twitteninja ZZ

    Is it possible to have multiple widgets on one lockscreen? That 4x1 Sound search widget seems like it would be a bit sparse on its own.

  • Steven Benner

    Have they fixed anything mentioned from the "Stock Android Isn't Perfect" post?

  • Ollie_Topper

    Is video recording still a mess of stutters and hissing after this update? It's the one thing that would stop me buying it this week.

  • casinrm

    Has the thermal throttling bug weighing down performance been fixed? I want to see some new benchmarks as Anandtech discovered the benchmarks were much higher in the freezer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ROKeefe87 Ryan O’Keefe

    Just like accessories, it looks like they forgot the update for the N7, too.

  • S K

    It's not clear from the post -- do the lock screen widgets allow scrolling but at the same time can protect against accidental presses (by just highlighting the lock icon)? Say for example, scroll through the various calendar entries but not actually unlock/open the calendar app if I click on a specific calendar item entry.

  • Andy

    is it still the same with the nexus 10? ...hardly any apps working due to screen resolution? or did this update help that?

  • kellytony808

    I'm guessing not allot of you have an gs3.... we have had lock screen widgets just one and your choice of news, stock's, Facebook etc.....we already had quick power controls..... download gaps 4.2 and got the new camera, keyboard, new gmail,new market!!!! I would like to finally have a game center to back my saved progress for other devices I buy! Yes I'm rooted and use titanium back up but why should we have to have su for some basic functions?

    • Zaeem Shahzad

      Yeah, I completely agree. We really need a Game Center of sorts in order to save our scores to the cloud. Using Titanium Backup over and over again is a drag! I want to simply connect to the cloud and be able to retrieve all my data in an instance!

    • defred34

      Indeed, a Game Centre like service is much, much needed. Can't believe Google has been sitting on this for so long. Look where iOS gaming has gone as soon as the Game Centre launched.

      PS: For gamesave or appsaves, Game Centre is not iOS uses. It uses iCloud to sync progress across multiple devices.

  • Trent Dues

    4.2 will work great for the Tip Calculator Widget that I have

  • pat

    Why don't I have a users in my settings...NEXUS 10?

  • http://twitter.com/cr0w13y Daniel Crowley

    The lock screen widgets are damn annoying. When I lock the screen, it's because I don't want to use it, not because I want to view widgets.

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