A quick look at what's new in Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2

Google has started rolling out the latest Android update to Nexus devices, and we recently got our hands on it. Numbered at 4.2.2 and still named Jelly Bean, the update has many minor quality-of-life changes. Most of the bigger changes are just for developers working on AOSP. Here are some of the changes we noticed in the update.


Google had introduced the Settings pane in the notification drawer back in Android 4.2.1. Many found Google's execution of this pane to be flawed. It had buttons that one would assume to work as toggles, but instead, took you to its respective settings page. Google seems to have fixed that with 4.2.2, as a long press on the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons act as toggles. While this is a step in the right direction, the settings pane still doesn't have the utility to make it more useful than the default Power Control widget.

Another nice change in the update is that when you download an app or game from the Google Play store, you now get the estimated time remaining displaying below the download progress bar in the notification drawer. The only indication as to how long it would take for a download from the Play Store to finish before the update was to look at the download progress of the app.

Activating at a breath taking rate

Activating at a breathtaking rate


With the inclusion of the new build in the Android Open Source Project page, it can be assumed that the update is being rolled out to devices other than just the Galaxy Nexus.

Recently, a Reddit user had posted a thread about the update. He had added a screenshot that reveals that the phone is a Galaxy Nexus. This was rather odd, as one would expect the current flagship Nexus, the Nexus 4, to be the first phone to get the update.

The update retains the Jelly Bean codename, as a 0.0.1 update is too minor to qualify for a completely new name. The user reports that the update has patched some bugs, such as when streaming music over Bluetooth. Other less noticeable changes include the notification drop down animation being slightly slower.

According to AnandTech, the update has blocked a workaround for the Nexus 4 that made LTE work on the handset. Before the update, the Nexus 4 would quickly attach to Band 4 LTE. After the update, the handset doesn't attach to any LTE network. Therefore, if Nexus 4 any users out there use LTE, you would be better off refraining from the update for now until a new workaround is developed. Knowing the ingenuity of developers on the Internet, this will no doubt happen in a very short time.

Published Date: Feb 14, 2013 11:43 am | Updated Date: Feb 14, 2013 11:43 am