Last Updated: February 20th, 2013

Android 4.2.2 is out, and while an OCD-fueled 4.2.2 edition of Getting To Know Android is on the way, we figured it would be a good idea to highlight the big user facing changes that came with this release. We already covered the new ADB Whitelist and posted the raw developer changelog, so this should be the last of the important stuff.

New Download Notifications


First up is the new notification for in-progress app downloads, which now shows the percentage and an estimated time remaining for your app downloads while they are happening. Or, if you want to be technical about it:

Calculate speed of in-progress downloads and estimate time remaining
until completion.  Uses a moving average that is weighted 1:1 with
the most recent 500ms sample.  Funnels timing data to notifications
through DownloadHandler.

That's the way Google put it in the commit for this change, which you can find right here.

Quick Settings Toggles

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The second change is a tweak to Quick Settings. You can now long press on the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi squares to use them as actual toggles. This is, of course, different from how every other set of power controls works (it's normally press to toggle and long press for settings), but, still, it's progress.


That sad part is that this means Google has introduced another wacky rule to keep track of when dealing with Quick Settings. Airplane Mode is still a single press toggle, and it's still the only one. So some of these are single press toggles, some are long press toggles, and some will only take you directly to a settings screen. Good luck keeping track of that.

New Sounds

There are also a few new sounds. The first is for Wireless Charging, which until now, made no sound at all. I had actually rigged up a Tasker profile to make my Nexus 4 make a sound whenever it was wirelessly charging, so I'm glad to see this.

There is also a new low battery sound, which replaces the horrible "farty" noise Android used to make. This version is much more pleasant.

That's it for the big stuff in 4.2.2. I'll be back later with all the little details as soon as I get 4.2.2 up and running on something I actually own. (Come on, Nexus 4 update!)

Stay tuned!

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.
  • Casper

    Not much, but in this update I think the devil(or sweet stuff) is in the detail.

  • http://twitter.com/chri5_c chri5_c

    Single press toggle & long press toggle with no signposting?

    • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

      It's as if Google just wants to troll with us, right?
      Just kang CyanogenMod's Quick Settings options, Google!

      • http://www.prosoftstudio.com/ Brandon Enriquez

        Yeah I am so used to CyanogendMod but hey at least it's progress.

    • joshstan

      Yeah, confusing

      • Alan

        Not really, if you think about it Airplane Mode wouldn't have any settings associated with it anyway.

        • FlamingoAttack

          I wouldn't mind if there were settings though, I'd like to change it so that it doesn't toggle WiFi off by default (without downloading one of the apps that resolve this).

          • tomk

            If it didn't turn off WiFi, it wouldn't be "airplane mode" any more. The requirement is that all radio transmitters turn off.

          • airforce tech

            Both tx and rx is shut off in airplane mode. Not just the tx :)

        • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

          Yes, Airplane Mode on itself has no settings; but on Cyanogenmod, long-press on the AM Toggle brings you to the "Wireless & Networks" screen where you can configure VPN, Tethering, and Network Selection. So, it provides some usability.

  • Chris Bossardet

    Great coverage so far guys. Thanks for this. Can't wait to see my Nexus 4 get this update. Wonder when it will roll out.

    • jm9843

      Considering that it's the only Nexus device that has inductive charging and the charging orbs are shipping this week, I'd hope that it's soon!

  • Kcls

    I like that new install notification... What I'd really like to see is that Google Now widget though!

    • MikeCiggy

      Think the new and larger features will be released at i/o with a new device. Just guessing though. I think 4.2.2 was to address bugs and fix some quirkyness with the newer features

  • Django

    I just want my nexus 7 to stop randomly soft-reseting itself every couple of hours...

    • Pmrush

      I would get your N7 checked, my N7 never soft resets its been running perfectly since the 4.2.1 update

      • QwietStorm

        Well then plenty of other Nexus 7 owners should have theirs checked too. Oh and Asus Transformer owners. And some Nexus 4 owners..

        • deltatux

          Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and ASUS Transformer Prime owner here. No issues found on my end.

          • PrinterPaper

            I actually have all three as well and can say the same.

        • Jose Alberto Abreu

          Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 owner here. No random resets.

        • Ed Baker

          Nexus 10 and n7, both reboot all the time. Especially when several chrome tabs open and low wifi signal... Can't stand how often the n10 was doing it... With 4.2.2 haven't had it in a day, which is a miracle!

          • Dan Owen

            My Nexus 10 hasn't rebooted yet. I got one of the first.

    • http://twitter.com/buddaboy Mike Carter

      Is this the soft reset caused by dhcp lease being renewed on your wifi? I have this on my gnex and worked around it by setti a static ip on the wifi networks which have the problem. It's not on all wifi networks for some reason!

    • eezzr

      Mine performs terrible as well. Still no mentioning of performance updates. Today I didnt even recommend the device to a friend, since that would be simply a lie.

      • PhilNelwyn

        I feel sorry for you, but if your device doesn't work the way it should, complaining won't fix it, have it replaced.

    • mgamerz

      I want them to fix ICS -> 4.2 wifi direct invitations

    • babaibhat

      In my case, "HD Widgets" was to be blamed. It had some bug that caused the random reboot. They recently updated the app, now it's running fine.

      Check if you have "HDWidgets" installed (may be running as background service)

  • Russ

    The Nexus 4 already replaced the farty low battery noise with a chime-y kinda noise, so dunno why that's not being kept.

    • maxauthority

      Because if you listen to the new wireless charging sound and the low battery sound, it's actually the same sound but just "up" vs. "down" --> so it's a good detail to keep consistency.

  • http://twitter.com/ArtVandelay440 Nathaniel Webb

    Can't we all just be grateful for the AOSP team's hard work in pushing an update?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      As opposed to what? And who do you see complaining?

  • JordanMcRae

    My Nexus 4 just restarted randomly as it does once a day...come on 4.2.2

    • Razormike

      Mine has never ever done that. You must have a faulty one.

      • Matthew Fry

        Not necessarily. The Nexus 10 is plagued with it. There are at least 2 commits that refer to fixing problems relating to location services and rebooting.

    • TK

      Yeah that's definitely not natural

  • joshstan

    I recently converted to android from apple... From iPhone to GS3 and iPad to Nexus 7, I LOVE both devices especially my Nexus but always remember the first time I pushed the wifi button on the settings drop down... I couldn't believe that it took me into the settings instead of being a toggle. Adding long press for some and single tap for others seems really backwards to me, for an OS that is otherwise amazing and leaves apple for dead.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      I approve of your pandering. I would try it myself, but the people around here are way too good-looking and smart to fall for something like that.

      • FlamingoAttack

        I agree with everything you said since it includes me being smart and good-looking.

    • iKumar

      Pure nexus have this limitation which might be taken care in 4.2.2 with long press.
      otherwise use Notification toggle, it very good indeed.

    • Rodrigo Bittencourt
    • Michael Grove

      You would think that they would just do tap for toggle and long press for settings.

  • Brad

    Also files are listed and a time remaining is given when downloading multiple files from a browser.

    • mgamerz

      Maybe one day the download manager will actually get a progress bar... or indicator someday?

  • Blaze

    Any signs of AVRCP 1.3?

    • http://www.facebook.com/sebastian.kleye Sebastian Kleye

      I would like to see that too. Not using it actively though but in a car not having this on an actual phone this is a major step back coming from an innovator like google... can't be too hard to implement (again).

  • heat361

    My battery is draining slower. I read somewhere in their code that they have been merging some battery fixes.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    O_o Long press for toggle? WTF!!

    • jalal

      Perhaps ، because patented or like this !!!

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    In my opinion, the long-press-toggle is backwards. It should be the other way around: tap to toggle, long press to bring up the relevant settings screen.

    After all, the all-permeating concept of touch interaction is that one taps on something to initiate a default action, and long-presses on that thing to bring up a menu.

    • MikeCiggy

      Never even knew I could long press those!! Thanks... although ive gone so long without needing that I might never use that long press.

      • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

        The Bluetooth long-press is especially useful when you need to make your phone discoverable... no more digging through the Settings screens :-)

  • paul4id

    A short press to toggle and long-press to get detailed settings would be more logical, especially given that you are going to want to toggle more often than access the detailed settings (and also given that the detailed settings a are easy to access through the main settings shortcut anyway).

    • Jordan Czajka

      cm10 works this way

    • عبد القادر

      اندرويد 4.2.2 لا يقبل تثبيت الالعاب الرجاء اريد حل لهذه المشكلة

  • Freak4Dell

    The long press to toggle really annoys me. They claim they want to make things simpler and more user-friendly, but then they go and do things like this. If tapping it takes you to the settings, nobody is even going to think of long pressing it to toggle it. They'll just assume there's no way to directly toggle it. Google really needs to get their act together when it comes to consistency.

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  • Simon Belmont

    Haha. "Farty noise."

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who called it that. Nice.

  • mgamerz

    Can you post the farty sound so we can compare?

    • mgamerz

      *the low battery farty sound compared to the new one

      • Razormike

        Use a file browser, go to /System/media/audio/ui/ and click LowBattery.ogg

  • Marat Levit

    Who in Google thought it was a good idea to mess around with the Quick Settings toggles? Single press is a toggle, long press is the settings menu. Really a no brainer.

  • Mike

    Anywhere us non-4.2.2 ppl can download those new sounds?

  • MacMan156

    Ermagherd- Google talk messages are not longer "clickable"

    • gmosaretasty

      And what's up with gtalk contacts getting placed out of alphabetical order? Does the white highlighted contact above the rest mean I chat with that person more or was the last person I talked to? (and I get that the greyed contacts below are obviously not online) It's just irritating as #$%@.

      • http://twitter.com/5011 Alex Irvine

        it means that conversation is still 'active'. Hit the overflow button and "end chat" and it'll return to its "rightful" alphabetically-ordered-place.

        The assumption is that if you haven't deliberately ended the conversation, you'll want to find it easily to continue it. .. not dive through your (albeit nicely alphabetised) giant contact list.

  • Oren Natan

    can someone explain how to add the clock to the quick settings menu, as seen in the image above?

    • Melissa Peterson

      The clock only shows up if an alarm is set.

  • Daniel

    Has someone the link for the ota update for nexus 4?

  • http://twitter.com/yorichunt Yoric Hunt

    I hope they've sorted the security permissions issue with Airplane mode. Since 4.2, third party apps have been unable to toggle Airplane mode which has been a major inconvenience.

  • Ilya Linnik
  • daniel brenha

    why am I on the mobile version of the website?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001702987293 Philipp Koschinski

      Check your useragent.

      Btw.: Nice wallpaper.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeroen.jacobs.184 Jeroen Jacobs

    "Not a Toggle" "Single Press Toggle" "Long Press Toggle" That's kind of stupid. Has nothing to do with professional software. Maybe they think it's "funny". I will stick to my perfectly smooth 4.1.1. I still think the new Android from 4.2.1 on up is a joke. Sorry guys!

  • Sathiskumar.V

    I have been waiting for a long time for this update. Soon will do the same in my device.

  • Sven Leichsenring

    So I am getting a Nexus 7 in the next few weeks. Am I correct that 4.2.2 is on the Nexus 7 as well?

  • Jack Roberts

    The Network Signal Toggle Opens Data Usage

    I Can't Wait To Get The Update On My Nexus 4

    • Razormike

      It always did that I think.

  • Scott

    I mean have they even SEEN cm's implementation of toggles? Who in their right mind would change it to this?

  • http://twitter.com/spackmanstephen BIG UK

    Still waiting for the update to hit my Nexus 7...patiently

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1660901409 Steve Coller

      Go to Setting > Apps > All
      Scroll down to Google Services Framework > Stop then > Clear Data
      Go back to > Settings > About Tablet > System Update and click Click now.
      I did this and it updated right away.

  • Jack Roberts

    I've Notice That The Glow When You Tap The Up Icon Now Fills The Up Icon And The Title

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    Android 4.2.3 fixes stupid toggle behavior and fires the guy who came up with it.

    • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

      AOKP. Single tap toggle for everything in the quick menu.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        Oh, I know I have Cyanogen Mod on my phone. Stock on my Nexus 7 though. It's such bad functionality.

  • Floris

    Wooohoo, I discovered a really, really, small change, the plus icon to add widgets on the lockscreen now light up blue when selected, and the widget selection menu over there looks a bit speedier to me. It may be almost nothing, but polishes are mostly for the better though!

  • letsplaaay

    YES, the "farty" noise was truly horrible indeed. Made me hate the number "14".

  • Pierre

    I can confirm that AD2P audio in BT has been fix with this update. Before 4.2.2, it was impossible to listen to music using a BT headset. Now, no skipping for ... 1 hour straight.

  • Benjamin LE CUN

    Hey guys, just noticed another change to Android 4.2.2 that I haven't seen anywhere else.

    It looks like the Up button of the ActionBar also takes the title by default, which makes the clickable area bigger. The cool thing is that it does it for 3rd apps as well. Developers be aware.

  • jalal

    "Long press toggle" !!!!!!!!

    Perhaps ، because patented or like this !!!

  • maxims

    yakju can update via OTA...from malaysia

  • http://www.facebook.com/camilobmx Juan Camilo Giraldo Chaverra

    anyone noticed the new lockscreen widget for mail (Not the gmail one)?

  • Rahmatullah Mamma

    i don't know its new or not, but now i can add more widget on my Lock screen (google Now, UCCW, Widgetsoid, etc)

  • Gary Wilkinson

    I just updated an app and the new download notification just looked bad, the eta was jumping around everywhere;12 seconds remaining, 14, 9, 16, 3, 7, 1... I appreciate it's difficult with such small files and download speeds can take a while to stabilise but they may as well have not bothered if it's going to be like that consistently.

  • blackalltrac

    On my stock gnex with 4.2.2 the lockscreen clock formatting sometimes changes. Seems to switch back and forth every other lock. I first thought they might have finally got rid of the bold minutes but it is probably just a bug...

    • Michael Grebner

      Having the same issue on my Nexus 4.

    • http://twitter.com/dommg Dominic M

      This was one of the first things I noticed after I got the update today. (yep only got it today!) But I was hoping that Google would retain displaying hour in bold.

  • Marvin

    the vibrating patterns have been improved, with SMS and gmail is slower two vibrates, with some other apps it's quick two vibrates.

  • cody Menlove

    Is it just me or is the boot time improved on the Nexus 4 in 4.2.2?

    • FrillArtist

      How did you get the update on your N4? I am yet to receive mine?

    • FrillArtist

      WOW! Never mind. As soon as I typed that ^, I opened my phone and there was a notification for a system update. HAHA!

  • Chaw Rash

    Cool, but what about the Bluetooth issues?

  • paul4id

    Another more logical way (apart from the superior Cyanogenmod approach) to deal with this would be to make a pull-down menu like left-hand Quick Settings home screen on Motorola's latest skin. This is more logically explicit with both quick toggles and access to the full settings.

  • JonJJon

    Just received the update on my Nexus 7 here in the UK, will see if it pushes to my Nexus 4 which actually gets delivered tomorrow/Saturday :D (less than 24 hours after ordering and it's shipped, so much for the 1-2 week wait haha)

  • Ali

    how can i use the new wireless charging sound as a notification sound? i cant find it in the sounds list

  • Oren Bengigi

    No display auto rotate settings ?! :(

  • alastair murchie

    I must say I am so unexcited by these non life changing updates. I want some colour for my 4...

  • Razormike

    After using it on my nexus 4 for a while, battery life is definitely improved.

  • Youri van Dijk

    Still waiting! And I agree and the quick settings.. why make it more difficult? are they not thinking and looking to what is done to improve with customs?

  • http://twitter.com/sagarmakkar Balvinder Makkar

    Hi @ron did you notice these things after updating to 4.2.2
    1) while downloading or updating the app when you pull down the notification tray to see the progress and tap on the app it do nothing but in the previous version when you tap it it opens the play store.
    2) in previous version it was possible to adjust the ringer volume without unlocking the device i.e without slide to unlock but now it is mandatory to slide unlock
    I found these things a step backward and quite annoying

  • Chromejob

    I like the "farty sound." It's unique, distinctive, recognizable. The
    replacement sounds like I just undocked my PocketPC or PInterest sent
    em a hot update. :P

  • Michael CoZ

    I just got my Nexus Wireless charger and I'm on 4.2.2. Mine makes no noise when I place it on the Charger.

    • Jim Yee

      Same here

  • http://www.facebook.com/badrisrivasan Badrinath Srinivasan

    google should have addressed & fixed the Bluetooth bug than making interface changes

  • hurric

    thanks for the summary just got it today

  • Nathan Lunde-Berry

    Thanks for laying these out to me instead of writing a sensationalist opinion piece about how useless updating Android is, you rock!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.j.st Robert Steele

    Can confirm my first random restart, screen started spazing, then reset.

  • peter

    how do i disable the wireless charging sound without affecting other sounds?

  • SenseOffender

    Am I the only person who uses the stock android power widget? Why all the complaints about the toggle? The power widget does it all; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Sync and screen brightness.

  • SenseOffender

    Why oh why is my chromebook still not recognising my Nexus 4 when I connect the 2 by a cable? That's the one thing I want fixed, it recognises other devices but not my Nexus 4.

    With the Chromebook having no Bluetooth support, this is a really bad experience if you need to transfer a file from one to the other with going through the internet.

  • jackennils

    I think I found something else. The digital clock widget is 3x2 on my Nexus 4 and also was 4x3 on my Nexus 10. Now after the update it's 5x3 and I can't resize it. :( Using Chronus widget now, as it fits perfectly.

  • someone

    A further change: it seems that when you select an app in the playstore in landscape mode, you'll see the same information like in the protrait mode. in the previous version 4.2.1, in landscape mode, i had to click 2 times to see the same information about the app as in the portrait mode.

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

    Wow. Can't wait to get these updates never on my HTC. Must be crazy to work at Google and actually get software updates.

  • mikeym0p

    If you sign into a second gmail account you can now specify what to sync right there in the setup. Instead of defaulting to sync everything and having to race to accounts & sync to disable what I don't want.

  • Lawk

    Still think 4.2.x sucks. Especially that layer of useless extra redundancy with the lockscreen widgets. Calendar I alredy have on my homescreen, Messages I can just pull down the notifications from the top... And it flickers the homescreen for like 0.5 of a second....when launching something from there... Apps can't be organised like I want them to be in the app drawer, no landscape mode.

    and then that new Clock, totally looks like third party, grey background....RED fonts ...

    For me it's just crude and not polished. I mean my Windows Phone lacked many features and apps but it was consistent and clean (also never lagged) Android manages to have lags on a quad core.

    There is room for improvement! ill stfu in the meantime, I know nothing about developing an OS prolly a very complex thing and such, just saying.

  • Guest

    so good

  • http://www.facebook.com/hafizal.johari Fizal Johari

    New hidden option on 4.2.2, did you guys found any developer options & performance settings?
    i found it. just tap on a Build number [Settings>About phone>(scroll down) build number] it will automatically enable it...jyeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

  • nickmorgs

    Still waiting for an OTA update for my Nexus 4.........

  • http://www.facebook.com/arpit9mittal Arpit Mittal

    You forgot that the changes for alaram snooze & dismiss looks changed from previous. I found that change for my nexus 7,

  • maximg

    Come on google, what's wrong with you. Nexus 7 3g still no tethering hotspot after this update...!

  • Adrian Sprucer

    about the quick settings:
    There's Airplane MODE, so only a short press
    An there are Wi-Fi OFF and Bluetooth OFF
    or Wi-Fi ON and Bluetooth ON
    so these OFF/ON toggleshave to be pressed long ...

    Not too hard to learn, but still seems unnatural imo

  • http://www.facebook.com/prima.king.37 Prima King

    How do you add GPS option in the quick settings ? Thanks

  • commentPB

    After my Galaxy Nexus was updated with 4.2.2 on 3/24/13, the phone could no longer be paired with the Hands-Free profile of my car audio. Samsung's advice was: (1) this was a known issue and (2) to have the dealer "update" the Bluetooth profiles of my Lexus. The Lexus dealership told me this could not be done. My wife's iphone pairs perfectly. Any suggestions to solve this problem other than switching to an iphone?

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  • mhmd

    ((( O people Say No God But Allah, Achieve Eternal Salvation )))

    " Laa illaha illa lah ." (There is none worthy of worship except Allah.)

    ( I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger )

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  • Chris

    You all are so ridiculous! Quit bit.ch.ing about how hard it is to long press a toggle for it to toggle and be grateful that it even has this function

  • Teron

    Not sure if this is verifiable by someone, but I'm positive 4.2.2 has increased the max volume of my Nexus 5. It updated this morning and it was *immediately* noticeable that the key presses and other sounds were louder/richer than pre-update.

    • Peter

      you got 4.4.2, and yes it fixed up the speaker and added some new sounds.

      • Teron

        Thank you. 4.FOUR.2.... oops :)