As always with Android updates, Nexus products get the latest upgrade first. So when our Nexus 7 said it was time to update, I downloaded and started snapping screen shots to show off the new features presented as on my Google Nexus 7.
First off, the most noticeable change is the lock screen. Previously, unless using a third-party lock screen app (like GO Launcher Ex Lock screen, an add-on to their launcher), there was only the clock and date available. Now, you’ll note that you can swipe to the left and there is a large + sign. This allows you to add several other widgets to the lock screen. You can choose between a calendar, inbox from Gmail or the clock. At the moment, these are the only ones from Google, but it appears that some app developers have the ability to make widgets for the lock screen, as I found a widget for Tweetings sitting there.
The second, and most welcomed, addition is that screen rotation is now system wide, rather than only certain apps and situations. This means two things. One, you can stop flipping your device up and down, and a more comfortable read. Two, when the device is in a stand/dock, you won’t have to crane your neck or move the device when to read some screens anymore. You can even unlock the screen with face unlock in portrait mode.
The notification bar at the top has two different modes. If you swipe down from the top right of the screen, you are given options to change things such as WiFi, Bluetooth, settings, etc. Swipe down from top left, and you are shown all the notifications your device has received. This is, of course, making the most of the Nexus 7 screen size. I’m yet to see what it will be like on a smaller device like a 4 inch phone.