Originally promised for a launch on October 29th for the Nexus 7, Google’s next-generation Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software update seems to have hit a snag as the tablet’s manufacturer, Asus, has confirmed that it is still waiting for Google to deliver the code to begin pushing out to consumers. According to Asus, the update may not occur now until mid-November, which marks about a 2-week delay.
Asus, speaking to CNET, seems to be placing blame on the software’s rollout on Google, citing that it is a software issue rather than a hardware issue.
“We’re still waiting on Google for the update,” says Asus, emphasising, “We haven’t put out an official statement as it is a software issue rather than hardware.”
The Android 4.2 update is an update to Google’s most recent version of the Android OS, called Jelly Bean and numbered as 4.1. 4.2 adds a number of new features to the operating system, including user accounts and 360-degree panoramic photos called Photo Sphere.
The former feature would allow tablets to be shared and used safely by different members of the same family, making Android tablets a part of the living room experience with profiles and separate log-ins. The feature, though new to Android OS, has been a feature of Barnes & Noble’s heavily skinned Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets, which rely on an older version of the Android operating system.
The latter feature will allow users to capture 360-degree panoramic photos and Google says that the feature was ported from Google’s experience with cameras in capturing Google Street View images for Google Maps navigation.
There’s also a new native software keyboard with the OS that brings Swype-like features called Trace.
In addition to the Nexus 7, Android 4.2 will also debut on Google’s newly introduced Nexus 4 smartphone, made by LG, and a new high resolution Nexus 10 tablet, made by Samsung. Both new devices will begin going on sale through Google’s Play Store starting today.