Multiple account support and more inside Android 4.2

As well as blowing our little minds with the new Nexus 4 and its insanely low UK pricing, Google has also filled the world in on what changes they can expect to see when the Nexus 4 and the new Nexus 10 arrive next month running Google’s latest Android 4.2 code.

The biggest new feature to be added to Android’s core mobile OS is support for multiple users on the same device, with developers now able to allow one copy of an to app create multiple data file for specific users and switch between them on the fly. For some reason, this feature is only available to tablet users of Android 4.2.

Here’s Google explaining it:

With support for multiple users, you can give each person their own space. Everyone can have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games – even individual high scores and levels! And since Android is built with multitasking at its core, it’s a snap to switch between users – no need to log in and out. Available only on tablets.

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We also see Swype-style gesture typing included in Android 4.2′s default keyboard, a 360-degree photo app called Photo Sphere that creates Street View style panoramas, a weird thing called Daydream that’s sort of an interactive, modern take on the screensaver, expandable notifications and more. Turns out it’s quite a big release.

Read all about what’s new in Android 4.2 here – android.com/whatsnew/

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  1. Andy Burns

     /  October 31, 2012

    If *only* android would support authentication to proxy servers the multi-user feature would help acceptance of android into corporate networks …

    I cheered when they added proxy support in honeycomb, then booed when it was clear it didn’t support NTLM.

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