In Pictures: Android 4.2 - A visual guide to what's new

Google's Android 4.2 release brings bold new flavors to the Jelly Bean platform. Here's a look at the new and noteworthy features it'll bring to your device.

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Native gesture-typing

With Android, you're never stuck using the system keyboard (there's no shortage of excellent third-party options available), but as of the 4.2 release, you may not even feel the need to stray from the stock typing experience.

Android 4.2 introduces a new and improved virtual keyboard that offers native gesture-typing, where you input text by sliding your finger from one key to another without ever lifting it. It's very much like what you get in Swype, a popular third-party Android keyboard application.

Of course, you can still type the normal way, too -- and if you aren't thrilled with the new keyboard, you can still turn to alternatives like Swype, SwiftKey or TouchPal.

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