Google Android 4.2 and New Nexus Devices to be Shown Off at Oct 29th Event

October 22, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Head for the October 29th Google event, and you are sure to see the roll out of the Android 4.2 OS, as well as its new devices. An internal video that details and confirms speculations about what might be revealed at the upcoming event has been reported.

The video reportedly discusses the launch of a 32GB version of the Nexus 7 tablet, as well as one with 3G support. It also indicates Google is working with manufacturer Samsung to release a 10-inch tablet called Nexus 10 that will run Android 4.2 (Key Lime Pie), and a Nexus smartphone manufactured by LG.

The Android 4.2 OS is expected to have a lot of new features. One most obvious inclusion is a quick settings section in the notification bar.

The quick settings are rumored to get activated with a double-swipe mechanism that would bring down a block of settings. We assume that the quick settings refer to toggles for things like GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, a feature currently available via many third-party applications.

Another exciting and much-anticipated addition to Android OS is the ability to handle multiple user accounts. Each user will have a user name and photo, and they can add and delete users at will.

Apps will be kept track of through the Play Store so each app list will be customized based on the corresponding user’s chosen applications.

Account-specific parental controls will also be supported, allowing the lock down of Play Store purchases or limiting downloads based on content ratings.

For this to work, Android 4.2 would need to be some sort of lockscreen interface, but there doesn’t seem to be any evidence to suggest exactly how to switch between users.

It would be really nice to see face unlock be implemented across accounts, as well as separate Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts and saved passwords.

Finally, the Gallery app is being redesigned to more closely resemble the photostream of Google+, bringing even more of a unified look to Google’s various software products.

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