Well, guys and gals, it's finally here: Multiple Users Accounts has made its debut on Android 4.2 tablets. I got the OTA update on my Nexus 10 review unit a couple nights ago, and as promised, I immediately dove right in to see how this fancy new feature works. The Nexus 7 also got this feature with its 4.2 update, which became available early yesterday morning. Now that I've had some time to mess with it on both devices, let's take a look at exactly what it's all about!
The Google Voice app received an update this morning, one that comes much to the relief of Android 4.2 users, who have been enduring crashes that have essentially made the app unusable since the OTA landed on Nexus devices. As far as I can tell, everything's back to normal in this update, as I successfully sent a text from my Nexus 7 running 4.2 just a moment ago. Head over to the Play Store to grab the update now.
Chances are, if you're picking up an 8GB Nexus 4, or even a 16GB Nexus 7 (or are stuck with an 8GB N7), at some point you might run low on storage. It happens to the best of us.
Fortunately, in Android 4.2, Google's given you a new way to free up some space with just two taps. Instead of having to trudge through your entire list of installed apps one by one, you can now clear all cached app data straight from the storage menu.
While Android 4.2 is now making its way into AOSP (Android Open Source Project), support for one device in that code is not, and won't be for some time: the Nexus 4. Android maintainer JBQ (an awesome guy we quote a lot on days like this) has confirmed that the "Nexus 4 is not supported in AOSP at the moment: no source files, no binaries."
JBQ is not able to comment on why this is the case, or when we might expect the Nexus 4 to join Google's big happy AOSP Nexus device family, though obviously if Google could merge it into AOSP today, they would.
Today, with the official release of the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 HSPA+, Google has released the Android 4.2 SDK, "a new and improved Jelly Bean."
Along with the SDK release, Google has made available SDK Tools r21, the Android NDK, and of course some helpful API documents. Highlighting some of the benefits of the new SDK (and, by extension, Android 4.2), Google touts "Renderscript computation directly in the GPU" for the Nexus 10, "a first for any mobile computation platform," lock screen widgets, Daydream, incredibly enhanced support for external displays, and optimizations for international users.
Hot on the heels of the official retail availability (and now non-availability) of the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 3G, Google has updated the Android Developers Nexus images page with brand-new builds based on Android 4.2. The images, for now, are limited to the Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi and 3G), and Galaxy Nexus (Takju) Play Store variants.
In addition, driver binaries for the aforementioned devices (except the Nexus 4 / Nexus 7 3G) and more have also been posted here.
The new Nexus devices just went live, and, as promised, Google has simultaneously started pushing the code for the latest iteration of our favorite mobile OS - Android 4.2 Jelly Bean - to the Android Open Source Project. Jean-Baptiste Queru, chief Android release engineer, announced the news via a post to the Android Building group.
Update 11:22am: Android 4.2 source just finished replicating to AOSP. "The platform source files for 4.2 have finished replicating, you can now sync." -JBQ
The build number is JOP40C, while the AOSP tags is android-4.2_r1.
Nexus 7 owners, it's your turn. Earlier this evening, before many countries even had access to Nexus 4 or 10 orders, Google began pushing the 4.2 (JOP40C) update to the Takju Galaxy Nexus. After some patient waiting, it appears the Nexus 7 is now ready for an update as well. In case you don't feel like waiting on the OTA though, we've got the download link and some super-easy instructions for manually updating your favorite 7-inch slate.
Sure, we're only a few hours away from the Nexus 4 and 10 launches, but that doesn't mean we can't have a software update or two while we're waiting. Some users on Google+ and Twitter are reporting that the Galaxy Nexus is receiving an update to Android 4.2 as we speak. Of course, if you're on a Sprint or Verizon device, you will probably be exempt right now, but if you see your
miracle upgrade, speak up!