The new Photo Sphere feature on Android 4.2 takes 360-degree panoramas.

Android's latest Jelly Bean 4.2 introduces Photo Sphere—a new photography feature that creates 360-degree panoramas. Photo Sphere allows users to take and share their immersive panoramas privately on Google+ or publically on Google Maps to create a sort of crowd-sourced version of Google’s Street View map.

This photo, taken in Photo Sphere and uploaded to Google Maps, is viewed in Google Maps like a street view. While very similar in feeling to Google Map's Street View, the mapping precision in Photo Sphere is not as good. In this photo, a street runs right into the San Francisco Bay.

The photos can be seen on Google’s Photo Sphere map. When you are looking at an individual photo, you can see the photo’s exact Street View placement by clicking on the location link in the corner of the photo. You can also go to the photographer’s Google+ page by clicking on their name.

In addition to the Photo Sphere feature, Jelly Bean 4.2 introduces Gesture Typing to make touch screen typing easier and multiple user accounts. Jelly Bean 4.2 is also where you will find Android Beam to share photos instantly by touching your phone to your recipient's phone and tapping the image or file you would like to send.

The full version of Android 4.2 will be released with the launch of the new Nexus 4, 7 and 10, on November 13th. Android releases their software regionally, so it is unclear when Android 4.2 will be available for update-eligible devices, but Android users can always check for updates by going to Settings, then System Updates.