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Hello and Welcome! Android 4.1.2 hit yesterday, and, in record time, we are pumping out a new version of everyone's favorite series. If you want to know about everything new in 4.1.2, you've come to the right place. To be perfectly honest, there isn't much to cover. 4.1.2 is just as minor as its 0.0.1 version bump would suggest. I've gone over all 164 system APKs (old and new) with a fine tooth comb, and this is all I could come up with.

First up, by now you've probably heard of the new, one finger notification expansion trick, and that the launcher has finally learned how to rotate. We saw the commit log earlier, which was a big help for this article. The one thing I can't test is the fixing of this bug, which has to do with connecting to WPA Enterprise wireless setups. I don't have one of those, so I'll just have to take Google's word for it.

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As usual, the old, 4.1.1 stuff is on the left, and the new 4.1.2 stuff is on the right. The About screen now shows the device's FCC ID, IC number, and "Model." Yes, there are two fields labeled "Model" now, apparently the one under the IC number is for the actual model number, and "Model Number" is really the market name of the device.

Update: This changed actually kicked-in for build JRO03D, which was still 4.1.1. (Thanks to Rob Aymett)

Phone Stuff

Phone stuff is going to be a little iffy. As I'm sure you know, the Nexus 7 is not a phone. Some phone stuff has changed, though, so my best option at this point is to flash a CM10 nightly and hope it's accurate.

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The commit log tells us a CDMA 1xRTT connection will now show a "3G" icon instead of a "1x" icon, but, in CM10 anyway, that doesn't happen. The Cyanogenmod guys didn't mess up, this is actually a configurable option now. OEMs can toggle this on and off in their Android builds. The variable for this setting is pretty awesome: "mShowAtLeastThreeGees."

1x is slower than real 3G, (it's closer to 2.5G) so this is the previous generation's equivalent of the "everything is now 4G" controversy.

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The commit log vaguely states something about  adding "contextual 'Voice Mail' text" to the dial pad. It turns out this means that, when calling your voicemail, you'll see "Voicemail" above the dial pad. Handy.

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Long text messages will no longer get converted to MMS, which was annoying quite a few people. On 4.1.1, after a certain amount of characters, the "send text" button would click over to "MMS" and you'd get a toast popup explaining how Android was going to ruin your message. That doesn't happen now.

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One of the commit log changes was "Disable [text] messaging in global search," and, sure enough, it doesn't work, but text message searching also isn't available on a stock, 4.1.1 Verizon Gnex. So apparently it's been broken for a while. Modders will want to crack open /res/xml/searchable.xml in the Messaging APK and change "android:includeInGlobalSearch" from "false"  to "true." Yep, it's that easy - they broke it on purpose. *glares in Apple's general direction*

Location Settings

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Location Services is now called "Location Access." First in the new list of settings is a big kill switch for all location services. Tinfoil-hat types can now rest assured that the government won't be logging their trips to Walmart, or whatever it is privacy-conscious people worry about.

The Google location option has been rolled into the Google Account settings (see below), and its spot has been taken with an option that lets you turn off WiFi and cell tower location.  These changes are also mirrored in the initial setup.

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More location changes: In the Google account settings "Location" has changed to "Location Settings," and, for this screen... that's it.

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Whoa. What's going on here? The Google location settings are all kinds of different. We've changed from a dark theme to a light theme, and the title has changed from "Location" to the loquacious "Google apps location settings." There's another location kill switch specifically for Google Apps, and some text explaining just what is happening to your location info. The app icon is now a proper "Up" button, and there's a new "Location access" button that kicks you out to the normal location settings for everything else.

Bug Reports

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Developer options is now home to a new item: "Take bug report." It's right at the top of developer options, so even your less-savvy users can find it. Hitting it will generate a massive 60,000 line text file and email it to someone. The file contains everything you could ever want to know about a device: Build number, kernel information, uptime, all the Linux /proc stuff (meminfo,  vmstat, vmallocinfo, slabinfo, zoneinfo, etc), dsmesg, logcat, running apps, and a million other things. People who understand that stuff should have fun with it.

However, I'm not really sure why it's called a "bug report" - it's a system log.

Update! The always-helpful Dianne Hackborn (An Android Framework  Engineer) chimed in in our comments with this:

"This really is a bug report -- the same thing you would get with "adb bugreport" etc. One of the things it contains is various logs, but it also contains dumps of process states, networking states, system services, even third party applications can dump stuff to it when it is collected."

Thanks Dianne. <3

System Button Glows

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Yes Google, I noticed this.

All the touch glows for Back, Home, and Recent are glowier, and the nasty vertical banding has been smoothed out. Yes, that's right, the banding wasn't due to poor screen quality, it was built-in to the UI assets. They need to do this in more places - the settings background, for instance, has a terrible gradient with banding in it.

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After seeing that they messed with the button glows, I was hoping that they would fix the menu button overlap they introduced in Jelly Bean, but sadly, it's still there.

That's it for now. Like I said earlier, there isn't much going on in 4.1.2 - it's mostly bug fixes. This is everything. Believe me, I looked for more, but it just isn't there. Hopefully, next time GTKA is back, we'll have more interesting things to talk about.  See you all for Android 4.2!

And special thanks to Artem, Liam, Cameron, and Jeremiah for providing all these screenshots and some other help; I don't even have a Nexus 7. <3

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • Sven

    "As usual, the old, 4.1.1 stuff is on the right, and the new 4.1.2 stuff is on the right. "

    WHAT?

    • http://cyanogenmod.com/ ciwrl

      Came here to say this

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      whoops, fixed.

      • Sven

        I just was a little confused. Thank you for that nice article! :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Android Police is always right.

    • wheatley

      Well duh, 4.1.1 stuff is on the right, and 4.1.2 stuff in on the right of that.. easy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6706714 Ofir Fatal

    Excellent job as always, "Eagle-Eye" Ron!

  • ddpacino

    Great report. I'm still holding out for at least a 32GB version. I have a 32GB Verizon Gnex, and don't want a device with less storage.

  • Pyngwie

    This is the way I hope google will improve Android in the next years. Yeah, the new major releases will have interesting new features as always, but this attention to user experience and details (who said Apple?) must be a part of Android development from now on. Go Android!! The best years have to come yet!

    • superbah

      Stuff like the Location Settings are drawbacks though..

      • dude

        Last I checked, improved privacy is a drawforward.

        • supahb

          I mean their look.. why is it white and strange? Such stuff should not happen

          • Freak4Dell

            Agreed. Totally strange that they switched UIs like that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/liahos Sohail Ali

    correction " the old, 4.1.1 stuff is on the right, and the new 4.1.2 stuff is on the right" .. one of them should be left !! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/liahos Sohail Ali

      Sven beat me on that :)

  • superduba

    My Nexus 7 on 4.1.1 also tells me the FCC/Device Information!

    • JonJJon

      Same here, I have all the info on the right on my 4.1.1 N7

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ kover

    I really feel that the larger glow for the menu button is so that you can see that you've pressed the button. Fat thumbs would probably cover the glow effect if it were to be made smaller so that it doesn't overlap.

    Furthermore, this will be a non-issue once the entire market catches up with design guidelines.

    • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

      It's been a year. Hard to see this ever happening sometimes.

  • The_Chlero

    I was hoping for the next Android version, Key Lime Pie, to introduce something like iOS's Game Center, but I think that its still a long way to go for that.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I was hoping for the next Android version to not be named Key Lime Pie.

      • Greyhame

        I try to explain android's penchant for naming their android versions after desserts, and I get a look of disbelief. That look turns to, "Dude, get outside much?", after I go through and name them all. It's starting to get a bit silly, ESPECIALLY Key Lime Pie. Now the shark naming convention in Nexus devices? THAT I can get behind.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          That's not why I want it to be something other than Key Lime Pie (I like the dessert naming convention). I want it to be something else so that everyone who assumes it's what it'll be will learn a lesson. Just stop calling it that until it's official or there are at least hints of it. KLP is purely made up at this point and has been for months.

          • Greyhame

            I see. Plus, how would they add KLP to the statues? Suggestions for a different dessert?

          • izzy

            it wasn't made up... it came from a tip from the same person who gave the tip on jelly bean before it was official. that doesn't mean it's guaranteed, but it is certainly different than it being made up. i hope google has no name for it and will name it key lime pie because that is what everyone's calling it and that you'll learn your lesson.

      • Freak4Dell

        What would you prefer? Just curious.

        • Abhigyan Banerjee

          I'd prefer 'Kulfi'. Indian dessert that sounds cute, and tastes heavenly! :) Pronounced 'kul' as in 'full' and 'fi' as in 'fee'.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Don't actually have a preference. Just anything but KLP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/omaraniff Omar Aniff

    Dude I love your posts! Keep them up.

  • Greyhame

    "Yes Google, I noticed this."

    Haha, as usual an impeccable attention to detail. Nice article. As was previously stated, this attention to the overall UEX can only mean good things to come.

  • VegasDude73

    Dude I love these in depth articles. Way better than any other android blog that just regurgitates changelogs!

    • BaconEater

      It's such a big up over any other Android blog for sure. I don't know how it doesn't drive them insane yet - constantly talking and reporting about mobile stuff. Props to them tho.

  • http://profiles.google.com/hackbod Dianne Hackborn

    Re:

    However, I'm not really sure why it's called a "bug report" - it's a system log.

    This really is a bug report -- the same thing you would get with "adb bugreport" etc. One of the things it contains is various logs, but it also contains dumps of process states, networking states, system services, even third party applications can dump stuff to it when it is collected.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks for pointing it out, Dianne.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Oh. Cool, I'll add that. Thanks!

    • S K

      Dianne, while you are here, a quick question on the bug reports. I often don't send bug reports to developers because I don't know how much private information would be leaked into the logs. Does Google have some privacy screening policy at least for the system apps and Google apps?

      For example, I don't want to send my IMEI number, or a list of my other accounts (email addresses), etc when I send a bug report. But it's way too huge to check for in a phone.

      • Mungo

        A developer here. I can't comment on which data Google actually collects, but what they share with developers is the bare minimum:
        - the version of the app that you were using
        - date/time of the report
        - your comment if you write one
        - a backtrace (= where in the program the crash occured, doesn't contain any personal data)
        Aaand...that's it. We also get a statistic of how many crashes occured on which device model, but it doesn't even say for individual reports on which device or which version of Android it occured (which is pretty bad, actually! There are so many reports I can't reproduce because I lack this information...). On most devices even the model is apparently not submitted, they're just counted as "Others" in the statistic

  • McLean Riley

    Why has google continually left out Group SMS? It is so easy to integrate as Go SMS and Handcent both have this. I just want to use the stock app and have Group SMS. Blackberry has it. Seriously, Blackberry has it.

    • mreid6

      Not just Blackberry; when organizing with some friends about meeting up I am the only one who can't get group messaging right on the stock application. The others in the group are two iPhone 4's (4 not 4s), one iPhone 3G (not 3Gs), and a LG Quantum (Windows Phone 7.5). They all can handle group text fine but the lone Android user can't without a third party app.

      • McLean Riley

        Exactly! I was mainly pointing out that BlackBerry is Crap and they had it haha. But you have helped prove my point.

  • S K

    Damn! You are impressive at this Ron! Google should send you a pay check for documenting their shit! This is why I love Android Police. You guys might not cover all the news, but pretty much all your articles are top notch.

  • Pete

    Nice article. Just one minor little thing:

    I notice the screen shot of the 'About tablet' screen shows JRO03C as your build number. Shouldn't you have been running JRO03D? The FCC ID is there on my Nexus 7 with JRO03D.

  • S K

    Ron,

    The location services changes makes me think that this update or near future updates will allow us to reject Location services on a per application basis. That would be awesome if it's true. Could you check if that's the case with the new update? Thanks.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      There's nothing in the APK to suggest that or anything, just the one switch for 3rd party apps and 1 switch for Google apps.

  • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

    WOW Ron, I'm impressed. I can only imagine how fun that was (and no, I'm not being sarcastic -- *I get it*).

  • Eye4Detail

    You forgot to mention that rich notifications can now be expanded/collapsed with one finger.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's in the first few sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/BeefIsForDinner Jason Pucilowski

    4.1.2 On my Verizon GS3. It's pretty cool I guess.

  • connormxy

    I really am almost certain the menu button glow you so hate is intentional... it is now a circle emanating from the center of the icon, just like like the home, back, and recents buttons. It used to be a weird fingernail popping out of the side. Now they all act the same. In tablet mode, the three bigger buttons' glows are likely to overlap, and if the menu button is set as separate from the recents, the glow has to be centered.

  • Ed

    Did they fix this? http://i.imgur.com/oqHkX.jpg

  • cdtan99

    It seems other sites are reporting a fix on high resolution contact syncs which you have not. Did you miss that one?

    • Spetsen #11

      This fix is not on the Android side, it's on the server side (of Gmail I think). That means that this fix is independent from the operating system. If I remember correctly 720*720 has been supported since Jellybean, but the Gmail servers had some other extremely small size. The servers have been updated but I'd guess the limit is still 720*720 on the phone side.

  • DeadSOL

    The article was pure-class. This is why I come to Android Police!

  • Bakaouji

    Great job finding all this :)

  • Alan

    Does anyone know if they fixed the Me card so you can join it with another contact?

  • http://twitter.com/josteinjostein josteinjostein

    I just tested WPA Enterprise (which has been broken since forever) on my Galaxy Nexus.

    Nope. Still not working.

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    My nexus 7 looks like the one the right for the 'about tablet' even though it's on 4.1.1

    dang it..I keep checking and checking and checking I can't get 4.1.2 grr!

    Say what you want about Apple, but when they announce an update, you get the update that day.

    • Sootie

      Google has not announced this update yet as far as I know, just rolled out to a few devices and clever people worked out how to do it faster

      • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

        Well, I think they did announce it. I just had a friend get it earlier today.

  • jpelgrom

    Just checked and it says it's up-to-date on my Nexus 7 with 4.1.1. It lies. Google, why is it taking so long?

  • wickets

    Excellent post....thanks a ton

  • Adi

    Does the Easter egg appear a little different to anyone else? It doesn't say android "Android 4.1 Jelly Bean" anymore..

  • Simon Belmont

    I love these articles! I actually look forward to them.

    Can't wait for Ron to pick apart Android 4.2. Gonna be a blast!

  • http://twitter.com/MysteryMannnnn Mystery Man

    The title mentions on-demand bug article doesn't mention anything anywhere?

  • Sootie

    You missed one Ron *insert massive shock!* the play store icons in the notification bar are now different much bigger play symbol and they just look different to me.

    They also haven't fixed the biggest thing that gives me the irrits, all this expanding notifications stuff is awesome but why when you pull down the shade on the lock screen and you still have your finger on the screen does it still bloody lock in about 10 seconds i shouldn't have to unlock my phone to read everything in my notification shade otherwise whats the point of being able to access it from the lock screen

  • Mark Jensen

    Excuse me, but the notifications for social apps such as facebook and twitter seems to be not working well with Android 4.1.2.Nexus 7 user overhere. :(

  • PersianMan

    Thank you :-)

  • http://twitter.com/CliveCleaves Clive Cleaves

    I noticed something else in 4.1.2 that I didn't see listed anywhere (and don't recall seeing in 4.1.1). In the battery section it now appears to have the jelly bean icon for System UI and the puzzle piece for Google Services. Not big if it is new, but still :P

  • julesOZ

    I just received OTA 4.1.2 for my nexus s and already installed it. Seems nice. But I noticed that "What's this song?" widget is disappeared. Does anyone also experience this and know how to fix that?

  • Spetsen #11

    Actually, they fixed the long text message thing somewhere between 4.0.4 and 4.1.1 I updated from 4.0.4 with MMS conversion to 4.1.1 without MMS conversion on my Galaxy Nexus (yakjuxw).

  • Marc

    Why did they get rid of Speed Dial in 4.1.2? It makes no sense. In a world where everyone is using their phone while driving its all the more reason to keep speed dial in there.

  • stacy

    how do you use speed dial? did they take that feature away!?

  • http://profiles.google.com/omegagames Callen Shaw

    I just came across this because since my Note 2 upgraded to 4.1.2 my location settings are f'ed up beyond belief! I have the white screen that controls Google's access to GPS, but in my regular location settings I only have WiFi, GPS, and Let Google Use for Search checkboxes, no switch to control non-google apps. So somewhere in my system all apps are being told they can't access location, even though GPS is on and Google Maps sees the location fine. And I can't seem to fix it :(

  • teriod

    The search feature now has a light grey font instead of black, which is difficult to read, esp outdoors. Bring back black or give us options.I'd also like to have more real estate when giving feedback i can barely see what I'm typing

  • disgruntled android user

    sounds close.....except all the things google broke when they shipped this POS. "Qslide" is a useless thing that is not removable. Music player equalizers no longer work, at all. The screen fades are slow and annoying. The "apps" button on homepages is no longer removable. Pictures cannot, cannot, cannot be sent or recieved with 4.1.2.....It throws error messages at you instead of sending and recieving the data. And my itty bittly little flashlight app just crashes after 10 seconds. How do you mess up turning a light on? seriously?

  • ct camp

    i have a question. What am i to do with 1 gig internal memory and no option of moving apps to sd card? i have endlessly searched the net for a fix for my xcover 2 S7712. Could you please advice on this lack of memory, not being able of taking advantage of the many google apps? Be blessed

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