With Android 4.2 Jelly Bean stepping out the door and onto devices, eyes are slowly focusing on Google to see what their next major mobile OS, rumoured to be called ‘Key Lime Pie’, is all about. Playing along these lines, Google employee Manu Cornet has drawn a comic on his Google+ profile showing the evolution of Android, and the last Android mascot is depicted eating a Key Lime Pie. This has prompted the Internet to go into a flurry and state that this is a confirmation that Google will indeed call its next mobile OS ‘Key Lime Pie’. However, Cornet has dismissed this and stated that people should not read too much into it as the comic was drawn merely for fun.
Though it is widely speculated that Google will name its next Android OS Key Lime Pie, there is no confirmation regarding the same. It should also be noted that Cornet is part of the Gmail team and would not have much insight into the plans of the Android team, and hence you should take it with a pinch of salt.
The drawing as seen on the Google employee’s Google+ profile
However, if the next Android does turn out to be called Key Lime Pie, this would be the place where it’s been first revealed.
Google announced the latest version of Android OS, 4.2, in late October, and like its predecessor it too was named Jelly Bean.
The camera app on Android 4.2 features what Google calls Photo Sphere, which enables users to take high resolution, 360-degree photographs on all axes, resulting in pictures that look very much like Google Street View. You will instantly be able to share the photograph on whatever medium you desire, including Google Maps, if you want to make the picture public.
The new keyboard on Android 4.2 also supports gesture-typing. This allows you to type out words by sliding your finger across the keyboard over letters that are part of the word, without having to tap individual letters on the screen. This is a lot like Nuance’s Swype keyboard that’s commonly found pre-installed on Samsung devices.
Another big feature in the new version is the ability to have multiple user profiles on tablets. This allows users to share their tablets without fear of their privacy being compromised due to another person using the same device. Users can have a separate profile with different accounts, settings and apps for different members of the family, for instance. Schools could use the same tablets for different children from different classes.
Another major feature of the latest version of Android is the update to Google Now, a service that Google introduced with Jelly Bean. The service now alerts you of flight and hotel recommendations, nearby attractions, photo spots, movie times, and concert timings. All this comes thanks to the new Knowledge Graph, which, according to Google, gives you more information on things you didn’t even know you were looking for. While looking for websites, the new Knowledge Graph could lead you to more in-depth information on subjects that are closely related to your search.
The update will also add Miracast functionality to the Android platform. It will allow users to display the content playing on their screens to a TV, DVD Player, or any other device that supports Miracast. A trade name for Wi-Fi Direct, Miracast is an 802.11n compatible network for display-sharing.