10 Key Android Jelly Bean Traits For VARs

Lock-Screen Widgets

Android's lock screen until now has served little purpose beyond its barrier to entry and battery drain. With Lockscreen Widgets, VARs can draw attention to their custom apps every time a device is turned on. Android 4.2 now permits as many as five widgets to live on (and be launched from) the lock screen, including Android stock and third-party apps. Each of the five widgets appears in a panel, and swiping right or left brings up that widget's other panels for input or interaction, for example, responding to a text message or skipping a song in the music player. Google Now, the Google answer to Apple Siri introduced with Android 4.1, is now launched by swiping the lock screen upward from the bottom.

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