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Google’s(s goog) 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.
My 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.