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Summary:

Google’s Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 are now on sale and ship with Android 4.2, which brings a number of software improvements and new features to the platform. Older Nexus devices are getting the software too, plus you can manually install it on the Nexus 7.

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Google’s Nexus devices have started receiving software updates to Android 4.2, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. The updates coincide with availability of Google’s newest hardware: The Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet went on sale in the Google Play store on Tuesday. Google hasn’t officially commented on the roll-out plans or schedule, but it’s likely that Nexus device owners will see the software update in the coming days.

Previously, some Nexus devices weren’t updated for a few weeks after new software became available as newer devices were the first to see the updates. As Google continues to push the direct-to-consumer Nexus brand, however, it makes sense to keep the entire Nexus device line updated with software at the same time for a more consistent experience across the brand.

Android 4 dot 2 swyping keyboardMy Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 review units received the updates last night — stay tuned for the reviews — and both now have lock-screen widgets while the tablet gains multi-user support: Similar to the Chromebook I use, different people in the family can sign in to use the Nexus 10 and have a personalized experience.

Other bits in Android 4.2 include support for wireless video streaming to an HDTV; notification improvements; updates to Google Now and Google Voice Search; a 360-degree camera experience with PhotoSphere; and Gesture Typing for faster keyboard input using a single finger.

Nexus 7 tablet owners that can’t wait for their update can hit Android Police, where the download links and instructions to install Android 4.2 manually are available.

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  1. 4.2 pushed to my Nexus 3 last night.

    1. Me too. Wireless quit working right after the upgrade.

  2. Can we use Nexus 7 3G for voice calling over cellular n/w?

    1. Not for traditional cellular calls, but you can use it for VoIP calling apps.

  3. I’m not sure if it’s connected to the roll-out of Android 4.2, but my Nexus 7 wireless connections have been acting strange. I used to have no problems with my regular connections, and now signal strength comes and goes and authentications are up and down. Hope it clears up.

  4. Amanda Thornbro-Fernandez Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Got it for droid bionic. Jesus…. that update has pretty much made the bionic the slowest, worthless phone ever. it takes about 3 seconds from when i press to open an app until it does something. Internet, forget about it.

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