10 Useful Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Tips And Tricks


Google has released its latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. Presently, only Nexus devices are running the new operating system, also, ZTE has released the update for its N880E smartphone in China. In the new Jelly Bean version, Google has resorted to the comfort of a smartphone like user interface. According to Google, “The new Android 4.2 takes the speed and simplicity of Jelly Bean to a different level.” Google brought in several new feature in this release, such as, Photo Sphere camera, Gesture Typing, Multiple Users, Wireless Display and many more. To know more about the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system click here.

Users might find it a bit difficult to discover the tweaks in the new version. So, we have complied a list of 10 useful Android 4.2 Jelly Bean tips and tricks:

1. Open Google Now in multiple ways

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean users can open Google Now in several ways. You can just drag the lock screen circle upwards to open Google Now. Other ways of opening Google Now include placing a Quick Search widget or shortcut on the home screen. You can also open Google Now by simply dragging up any of the three navigation buttons.


2. Pinch to expand or contract

If you wish to expand a particular notification, place both your fingers on it and just pinch out or if you wish to contract it, simply pinch in.

3. Better Facelock feature. Just blink to unlock

Google has introduced blink to unlock feature, so, that people cannot unlock the device with just a photo of the owner. The users are required to blink to unlock the screen. Go to Settings > Security > Screen Security and mark Liveness check to activate.


4. Locked screen widgets

You can have access to your widgets from the lock screen itself. You are not required to unlock the device. When the device is locked, swipe to the right and tap the ‘+’ sign to access the list of widgets. You can mark the widgets from the list to add to the lock screen.

5. Helpful interactions:

In the Nexus 4 smartphone, users can call back or message the person if they missed the call. Also, you can share screenshots directly from the notifications window. Additionally, you can observe below each notification to find helpful buttons.


6. Long press for info

If you long press a notification, an ‘App info’ button pops out from which you can learn more about the application. Additionally, users can clear the app’s cache, data, stop it, uninstall it or disable sending notifications.

7. Song search

Your Jelly Bean is now capable of telling you which song you are listening to. Just tap on the sound search widget to get the song info.


8. Camera swipe

Within the camera app, just swipe right to open the gallery. Just swipe left to go back to the camera app.

9. Drag and drop to create folder

You can create a folder by simply dragging and dropping an app over another. A folder is automatically created with two apps in it.


10. Improved screenshots feature

Just press the power button and volume down buttons at the same time for a short while to take a screen shot. The screenshot can be accessed from the notifications and you can also share it.


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