Google Nexus 7 Jelly Bean 4.2 update release delayed

The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for the Google Nexus 7 by Asus has been delayed, having missed its original 29 October release date.

Asus says that the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for the Google Nexus 7 has been delayed by Google. The company says that “We’re still waiting on Google for the update”, putting the blame squarely at the feet of Google, rather than the tablet’s maker.

According to CNET, the update is “expected shortly”, although we’re unable to pinpoint an exact revised release date at this point. The Google Nexus 7 will be the second tablet to get the 4.2 Jelly Bean treatment, the new Google Nexus 10 having been used to debut the software.

New features introduced in Android 4.2 include Photo Sphere, Gesture Typing and multiple user profiles.

Photo Sphere is a bit like an advanced panorama mode, one that lets you capture a full 360-degree view of the world around you rather than just a letterbox crop of it. You wouldn’t want to try and print the thing out, but in Google Street View fashion, it’ll be fun to use.

Gesture Typing is Google’s own take on the Swype keyboard. Rather than tapping away on keys, you’ll be able to simply drag a path over the letters in words, letting you type a lot faster.

Although it adds a fistful of new and useful bits, Jelly Bean 4.2 is a minor update to the Android OS. The name hasn’t changed from Jelly Bean, and the version number change also suggests this is just a water-treading edition.

The next big edition of the Android OS is expected to be named Key Lime Pie. Google is slowly working its way through the alphabet with its Android version names, and each takes the form of kind of confectionary. As yet, we don’t know when it’ll arrive.

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