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Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Features Leaked: New Gallery App, Multi-user And Parental Controls

A few days ago we found out the first solid details about Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the next release for Google’s mobile platform. At that time we were discovering that a pull down bar for quick settings might appear in the notifications, then we had a look at Gmail 4.2 app, which, subsequently disappeared from the radar, but now, the guys at Android Police have new details about Android 4.2.

It seems that Google’s software engineers have operated changes for the Gallery and Camera apps, which will receive new icons, and UI improvements you can see in the picture above, which is not the final graphical state of the app.

The Gallery will receive a new look, with a white Polaroid-ish area on the bottom and a new icon that adopts the same idea. It seems that you will still not be able to delete photos from Picasa or Google+, that there are no new editing options, and that you will not be able to rotate the photo with a simple gesture.

Another change in Android 4.2 spotted by the reputed Android blog, is the implementation of multi-user support, allowing you to create several user accounts. Different apps will have different permissions for each user, and Google Play Store will know which apps were installed on each account, showing the ones relevant for the user’s preferences.

Multi-user in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will also bring parental control support, a feature that will allow you to control your children’s actions on the smartphone. We are talking mostly about controlling the Play Store downloads, as the “parents” will be able to block app downloads using a password, or “censorship” them based on the rating.

I remind you that Google has scheduled an event on October 29th, where we might see the new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in flesh. As usual, the first users that will enjoy the new firmware update will be the owners of the nexus devices, with ASUS Nexus 7,  Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S in the first wave of updates.