More Rumors and Details Regarding Android 4.2: Project Roadrunner, Refreshed Google Now and More
This past week has been filled with rumors regarding the future release of Android, be it Key Lime Pie 5.0 or Android 4.2. Now it appears that the release will actually be Android 4.2 and we also have a bunch more details leaking out, including the possibility of LG Optimus G Nexus being the next Google phone. Now let’s see what the new Android brings.
An anonymous tipster was quoted as saying that Android 4.2 will bring a new customization center, one that involves new skins or themes and also a new Google Play Store. Android and Me is the source here and the tipster is theirs, but they have a good track record, so it’s hard not to believe them. The customization center in the new Android will be the same area we know for settings, wallpapers, ringtones and stuff like that. This time around it will include templates, themes and similar features.
This same customization area is the place where stock Android will always be updated to the latest version by Google. You’ll be able to choose stock and updated Android or simply wait for the manufacturers and their updated skin to come up. As far as the name Project Roadrunner is concerned, this one is basically the follow-up to the Jelly Bean Project Butter. Roadrunner is a big project, that’s focused on improved battery life, actually significant battery life updates and all of that through software.
Google Play is once again being changed, bringing a bit of confusion to the users, since it’s constantly changing format and design. Rumors say that the new Play Store will bring personalized search options, personalized ads for apps you may want (in the notification bar), more billing options and easier in app purchases. Google Now will be updated with system level functions, allowing the user to ask stuff like “how do I turn down the brightness” or other simple system level tasks.
The same will be applied to setting the alarm or making a calendar entry. Other rumors include a new video/media player, but you should take all of that with a big old grain of salt.