Google releases Android 4.2 Jelly Bean SDK to developers

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In addition to the Google Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 devices that were launched earlier today, Google has also released the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean SDK to developers. It includes access to lock screen widgets, the Daydream interactive screensaver mode, enhanced support for external displays, and several more features open to developers for Jelly Bean 4.2 OS.

The Android SDK can be downloaded on the official Android Developers site. Google’s full release notes are featured below, as found at the Android Developers Blog.

Performance

We’ve worked with our partners to run Renderscript computation directly in the GPU on the Nexus 10, a first for any mobile computation platform.

New ways to engage users

Users can now place interactive lock screen widgetsdirectly on their device lock screens, for instant access to favorite apps and content. With just a small update, you can adapt any app widget to run on the lock screen.Daydream is an interactive screensaver mode that users can encounter when their devices are charging or docked in a desk dock. You can create interactive daydreams that users display in this mode, and they can include any type of content. 

New interaction and entertainment experiences

Android 4.2 introduces platform support for external displays that goes beyond mirroring. Your apps can now target unique content to any number of displays attached to an Android device.

Enhancements for international users

To help you create better apps for users in languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian, Android 4.2 includes native RTL support, including layout mirroring. With native RTL support, you can deliver the same great app experience to all of your users with minimal extra work. Android 4.2 also includes a variety of font and character optimizations for Korean, Japanese, Indic, Thai, Arabic and Hebrew writing systems.

What say you, developers, are you ready for Android 4.2?

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