Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is barely a few months old now, but rumors have been swirling about a possible incremental update that would bring the version number of Google’s mobile operating system to 4.2.
We’ve previously heard of some possible features of the Gmail app that comes pre-installed in Android 4.2, but the latest possible new feature of the new Android version seems to be something named “Quick Settings.”
Android Police has supposedly taken possession of a Nexus 4’s system dump, which uses an Android build labeled “JellyBeanMR1” and has posted a video that shows off some aspects of this feature, albeit to a limited extent.
In the current builds of Android, swiping down on the notification bar opens up the usual menu. The early Android 4.2 build that was shown in the video allows the user to swipe downward again to open up the Quick Settings menu. Unfortunately, nothing is yet shown in that space, outside of a placeholder picture.
Jelly Bean’s notification menu was given plenty of additional functionality over previous versions of Android, and the Quick Settings menu would give users even less reason to go deeply into menus to get at some of the more readily-used settings. This could give roughly similar functionality to the notification menu power control widgets that could be found in custom launchers like Samsung’s TouchWiz or the CyanogenMod ROMs.
Android Police earlier showed off a number of Gmail features in Android 4.2, including pinch-to-zoom and swiping gesture support as well as a quick report option that would allow users to tag certain messages as part of a phishing scam.
Rumors indicate that the LG-manufactured Nexus 4 could be released along with Android 4.2 on October 29, which is just less than two weeks away.