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Android 4.2.2 is out, which means it's time for another edition of Getting To Know Android, the series where I impress/frighten everyone with my borderline-mental-disorder powers of observation. Fair warning: These are going to be very minor changes. If Google moved a pixel, you're going to hear about it.

We already covered the big stuff like the ADB whitelist, the new download notification, Quick Settings toggles, and sounds, so we'll skip those for this article.

As usual for GTKA, the old version, 4.2.1, is on the left, and the new version, 4.2.2, is on the right. This edition promises to be pretty screenshot-heavy, so I hope your internet connection is feeling up to it.

The Up Button

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This is probably the biggest change in 4.2.2: the Up button now extends to the action bar text. The highlight goes around the carat, icon, and the text; it's all a valid touch location now. This had the bonus effect of saving you an extremely far stretch for one handed use.

That's about it for universal changes, so we'll just jump into an app rundown.

Daydreams

BeanFlinger is now a daydream!

Nevermind. Apparently you have to unlock BeanFlinger via the Easter egg for it to show up. I did on one device, and not the other. Whoops.

If you haven't heard of daydreams, they're a new 4.2 feature. Think "screensaver" and you're most of the way there (sometimes they are interactive). Does anyone out there actually use Daydreams?

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In 4.2.1, Daydreams was internally called "Basic Sleep Mode Apps," now it's been renamed to "Basic Daydreams." This is probably the only screen you'll see it called that.

People/Dialer

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Here's a tough change to spot: the long-press tool tip for add contact has changed from "New" to "Add Contact." That makes much more sense. There are actually a few spots where they tweaked the long-press tool tips.

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Like here - adding a group changed from "New" to "Add Group."

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And here - "Favorites" is now called "Favorites and all contacts."

Clock

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The clock app has seen margin adjustments in a few places. There is now a little more space between the digital clock and the tabs, and the clock and the date. You can see this same spacing adjustment just about everywhere the clock displays.

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This one is so subtle it needs to be animated! The timer keypad has seen the 2 outer columns pushed out, along with the backspace button. The line between the timer and the keypad is longer, too. It matches the bottom line now.

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Stopwatch laps are now labeled "#1" instead of "Lap 1." The spacing between all the text is a lot tighter, too.

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All of the settings headers for the clock app have been toned down from THE SHOUTY ALL-CAPS VERSION to a more normal sentence case.

Email

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Email is another app with less-than-stellar long-press tooltips. The left and right arrows used to be blank, now they say "newer" and "older."

Face Unlock

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Here's another one that's so subtle it needs to be animated: The Face Unlock setup now has a bolder font. Every screen in the setup has changed like this. I'm proud of this one.

Gallery

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There are 3 new borders in the Gallery's editor (all of these shots are all from 4.2.2), internally they're called "Grunge," "Sumi e," and "Tape."

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You're going to see this one in a few places. "Choose ringtone" has been changed to "Sound" and displays the ringtone name, and Vibrate has changed from a pop-up menu to a check box.

The Vibrate menu used to have "Always," "Only when silent," and "Never" as options, but now you're only given "on" and "off" from the checkbox.

Strangely they removed the help text under "Notifications." That might be a mistake.

Lock Screen

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The add widget button on the lock screen now has a proper on-touch effect. It turns blue.

You can also no longer use the volume keys from the lock screen to change the ringtone volume. They only work when music is playing.

Phone

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The Phone app! The "Ringtone" settings header is now "Ringtone & Vibrate." Thrilling.

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Just like in Messages, "Ringtone" is now "Sound," and "Vibrate" is a checkbox.

Settings

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In the settings "Default notification" has changed to "Default notification sound." I can just hear the Google directive when they were building this release: "Add 'Sound' to everything!"

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This is the setup screen for a pattern lock. Do you see the difference? Do you see it? 4.2.2 added a colon at the end of "pattern." BEST. UPDATE. EVER.

They also killed the lock pattern tutorial.

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The Sync settings screen changed the account email from a weird grey to white, and added a little more padding in the email area. The color change was definitely needed, 4.2.1 looks like my account is disabled.

Setup Wizard

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Remember how the Swedish translation of the Wi-Fi setup screen called your Android device an iPhone? They fixed that.

Google Talk

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There are about a million text differences here. The "IM Notifications" description removed "when an IM arrives" from the end, "Video chat notifications" chopped off "when invited to a voice or video chat," "Notification ringtone" has changed to "Sound," again, and Vibrate is now a checkbox, again.

Another Android@Home Sighting!

Here's an interesting submission (via XBIRDIE98. Thanks!) Android@Home has been spotted in the comments of a diff file of a 4.2.2 change:

<!-- Allows access to the loop radio (Android@Home mesh network) device. -->
<permission android:name="android.permission.LOOP_RADIO"
    android:permissionGroup="android.permission-group.NETWORK"
    android:protectionLevel="signature|system" />

Apparently Google is experimenting with some kind of mesh network. That's interesting.

If you're keeping track, that makes two Android@Home sightings in 3 months. Is everyone's favorite stillborn project due for a come back?

Conclusion

That's about it for 4.2.2. The one other thing they changed that I really can't get a picture of is the color temperature of the screen. It's a little cooler. Mostly though, this was a few text consistency changes and a little bit of appearance polish - it's just an 0.0.1 update. Polish is great, but hopefully the next release is a little meatier. Wake me when Google I/O arrives.

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.
  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    I actually quite liked the capital letters in the clock app. Made it feel more digital, which I liked.

  • Carlos Rodríguez

    I don't know, but I had BeanFlinger in 4.2.1 on my GNex. Just saying.

    Cheers!

    • LAKAME

      AFAIK, if you open the easter egg once, beanflinger is enabled.

    • XBIRDIE98

      BeanFlinger Daydream is unlocked by doing the version number trick in Settings -> About. In the source, it's preceded by a comment with "ACHIVEMENT", So I guess the developers are having fun. :)

      Edit: Its been there since the 4.2 release.

  • Steve Rodrigue

    Wow! How have you found all these tiny changes!?!!?!?

    • John

      Just a long shot here....but he probably compared screens to a 4.2.1 install

      ;)

      • Daniel Wiggins

        Or dug through the files with a differentiator type program.

      • tony

        That would take too long and be too tedious. The better, and more likely, method is too go through the change logs and the commits so that he knows _which_ screens to look at.

        • John

          Well I thought that sort of went without saying

  • Simon Boulet

    You can also no longer use the volume keys from the lock screen.

    Wait what? Does that mean that if I listen to music will my screen is locked (or completely off), I can't change the volume?

    • Crazydog

      I'm running 4.2.2 via the latest Cyanogenmod Nightly for the Nexus 4. With this version, at least, the volume rocker still works on the lock screen and when the screen is off.

      • ltredbeard

        that must be why mine work

      • Zero Darker

        how did you set the volume rocker? im trying and cant find it anywhere

    • Yorick Reuvekamp

      This concerns changing the ringtone volume, which was possible in 4.2.1.

      • Simon Boulet

        Ah thanks!

        • Jeeves

          I already cant adjust ringer volume when locked.the update won't change that. He must be referring to music...

          • FortTech101

            Did you know you can on the S3 if you go into the shutdown menu and press the volume keys?

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

        Right. I'll clarify that. It only works when music is playing.

  • Crazydog

    I want shuffling of Daydream apps! I'd love to be able to enable multiple ones (i.e. Flipboard, Clock, Battery Widget Reborn) and have it randomly switch between 'em!

    • XBIRDIE98

      I have a feeling that this will be in a future release - it's the most logical extension to Daydreams.

  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    Lap times in stopwatch now also lack the leading zero.

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

      Temporary insanity.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Curious if anyone else is seeing this on 4.2.2: http://imgur.com/a/Fj5Uq

    My lockscreen clock (stock) keeps going back and forth between centered and right aligned, with the hour alternating between bold and not bold. Every time I turn the screen on and off, it goes back and forth. This is happening on my GNex and my N10.

    • Nicholas Carter

      You have the lock screen policy app to disable widgets and the camera correct? Enable the widgets and camera and it should stop.

      • RedPandaAlex

        I don't have the lock screen policy app. I just have a corporate email account that disables lockscreen widgets.

  • temp

    BeanFlinger was in Daydreams in 4.2.1. It's dependent on whether you've activated the bean flinger easter egg. I have a Nexus 7 on 4.2.2 that shows BeanFlinger in Daydreams, a Nexus 10 on 4.2.2 that doesn't, and a Nexus 4 on 4.2.1 that does.

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

      Oh. Ok, that explains it, I must have done that on one phone but not the other. Thanks.

  • OmarioAmriky

    BEST: UPDATE: EVER:
    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

      Reminds me of Barney on HIMYM - Best husband ever, best husband ever!

      • JonJJon

        Clearly the Android 4.2.2 update was a legendary one :)

        • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

          You mean legen - wait for it! - dary! :)

          • LiamBryant

            Legen - wait for it...and you better keep waiting for it because you're not going to get this update until December - dary

      • http://twitter.com/Michael97F Michael Fordham

        I WAS JUST THINKING THAT! Someone please make that GIF!

  • Athishay

    Ron I wouldn't be very sure about the 'borderline' :D
    Good stuff man. Keep it coming.

  • http://twitter.com/nirvanaman_1985 sam

    Lots of u.i tweaks then. I'd rather know how many of the more serious bugs such as bluetooth audio are fully or partially fixed. 4.2.x just seems so poor compared to 4.1.x

    • Update Schmupdate

      Bluetooth audio streaming still not fixed.

  • http://twitter.com/arghness Alex

    In Google Talk:

    > The "IM Notifications" description adds a "when an IM arrives" to the end

    It looks like it's been removed, not added, from your screenshots.

    Also, I spotted that "when invited to a voice or video chat" has also been removed from that same screenshot.

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

      Right. Thanks.

  • Sergey Otro

    Did they fix camera lag on orientation change?

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

      I think the best way to fix that would be to NOT have an orientation change. It's pointless on a camera.

      So no.

      • Sergey Otro

        It's hard to avoid orientation change when you're making photo of some document, which lies on the table. There always will be accidential orientation changes. It is my use-case, and it's pretty critical for me, but not for the most of users, so I totally agree with your opinion.

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

          I mean, they don't need to rotate the camera feed. You can reorient the buttons (which is what 4.1 did) but there's no point in spinning the entire camera feed, it will always be right.

          • Sergey Otro

            Oh, I misunderstood your first message.

            Yes, instead of recreating activity they should just rotate buttons. It's funny, but this fix takes only few strings of code.

  • nickmorgs

    Still waiting for an OTA update to 4.2.2. on my Nexus 4 :o(

  • Brat-Sampson

    I do love these. Such a delightful level of OCD that somehow makes them incredibly readable. Also otherwise I'd never really know what the updates did...

  • http://twitter.com/ericcamil Eric Camil Jr

    This is great, Visually I have no real reason to upgrade as I am still on 4.1 after getting 4.2 and watching my battery and lag become a problem. This much detail though is another reason I keep coming back to AP.

  • Kurt Gomez

    hey ron... great GTKA!!!! i look forward to these every new update... just a couple of mistypes on your part... the sync settings... account has been changed to white... you wrote blue...

    & in google talk... "IM Notifications" description gets RID of the "when an IM arrives"...

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

      Wow, I did write blue. What is wrong with me?

      I fixed both, thanks.

      • chandradithya

        You're just too excited about the new update, Relax, Take a deep breath. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/pravs.bsb Pravs Bsb

    All these things are fine but still bluetooth issue persists..Google still have not fixed it whats wrong with them?

    • Update Schmupdate

      Bluetooth issue persists on my Nexus 7 as well. It skips LESS after the 4.2.2 update, but it still skips. Pandora, Tune In and Google Play Music (especially this one!) are all still useless until this is fixed.

    • dobbsy

      I'm curious what the Bluetooth issue is as I haven't seen it reported. I tried a pair of those Parro Zik bluetooth headphones and there was a very dim hum in the background of all audio. I ended up returning the headphones.

      Is this the issue or is there something else?

  • Eduardo Espino

    BEST: UPDATE: EVER:
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :D :D :D o.O

    Great Job men, I love this articles.

  • http://twitter.com/chri5_c chri5_c

    Still says 4.2.1 is latest update for my GN :(

    I NEED that colon at the end of 'Drawn an unlock pattern'

    • Ivon Liu

      If you're on yakju or takju I think there is a way to manually update found on XDA, no unlocked bootloader or root needed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

    SToked about the volume buttons not working while locked. Before it appeared it was only when the screen was on but it seemed too easy to modify the volume. At least it didnt seem to be volume level but off->vibrate->on which I could see would be appealing to someone.

  • derek amengual

    Random Reboots on my Nexus 10 are Fixed <3

  • http://twitter.com/dje_tn dje_tn

    Also Google fixed this notification tray bug : http://i.imgur.com/EsF8Q9j.jpg

    • Max Barlow

      Ohhh! Never noticed that before

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

      Eww. I guess that's a Nexus 7 only thing? I never noticed it on a phone.

      • http://twitter.com/dje_tn dje_tn

        Yeah that screenshot is taken from my Nexus 7, I don't have any other Nexus device.

      • Floflo

        No it also does it on my Nexus 4 with Android 4.2.1

  • Max Barlow

    Probably changed more than Apple did from iOS 5 to iOS 6 though...

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

      B00M! right in the groin

    • MacVities

      Good to see extreme polish. Android 4.2 Jellybean is now extremely polished, more so than the hacky mess that is iOS6, where hacks upon hacks upon hacks mean that you can unlock an iPhone with certain sequences.

      It's quite clear iOS is now REALLY showing the strain against Androids progression forwards.

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      You don't want apple maps?

      • Alan

        Hell No!!!

      • teolinux

        Probably they were meant as an easter egg or april's fool. But got accidentally delivered as mainstream.

      • Chris Smith

        Mapples

    • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

      Yet somehow the best apps still launch on iOS first.

      • GGuser

        I think you're just changing topic now. He is talking about system, not apps and developers.

      • Obamney

        Oh you are so right! Google always launches their apps on iOS first.
        "Double face plant"

      • Adrianoid

        Minecraft PE updates come on android FIRST

    • http://www.mysgs2.com My SGS2

      Attention to detail is key. I love the semi-colon vs no semi-colon on the pattern lock screen. Can you imagine everyone sitting around the Google table and little shy Johnny pipes up... "We missing a semi-colin on the pattern lock screen... Lol

    • Can Altas

      Dude.. you made my day! :-D

  • moelsen8

    some of these changes make me scratch my head. taking away the option to vibrate only when silent? also the pattern tutorial? why? these things seem very useful/helpful.

    reminds me of when they removed the ability to use your volume rocker to go from completely silent to vibrate only.

  • abhisahara

    In Google Talk changes under the Voice and Video Chat they still call it ringtone instead of the "Sound" as against to the overall naming scheme they introduced to ringtone.

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

      Yeah, they are really inconsistent with that. "Ringtone" was fine, anyway.

      • connormxy

        I think it looks pretty intentional, as an attempt to differentiate Sounds from Ringtones, which are for calls that ring that you must accept or decline within a short period. They also removed the repeated reference to voice chat, so I think the basis of this movement may be to let those headings have more power to speak for themselves.

        • Freak4Dell

          But they changed the label for the true ringtone to read "sound" also.

          • connormxy

            Nope, look again, that was for voicemail notifications. The screen above shows phone, and under "Ringtone and Vibrate," you set the phone's ringtone for calls.

          • Freak4Dell

            Ah, you're right. My mistake. It makes sense, then.

    • http://www.diaz-caro.info/ Alejandro

      You should wait for the 4.2.2.1, they will correct it (and maybe add a colon at some other place).

  • ArKain

    How dare they release a polish update. The nerve on Google. And to go from 4.2.1 to 4.2.2? We were all expecting that extra 0.0.1 to add a metric ton of features, the sarcastic tone of this shitty article is clearly justified.

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

      I didn't mean to be sarcastic towards the updates, just the fact that I'm covering them. Polish is good.

      • Steve

        Well I just read your article and it didn't come off as sarcastic in the slightest. Thanks for posting your findings, and hopefully this UK'er will have the OTA update pushed soon!

  • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

    This article can be used as "Spot the difference" game.

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

      I was thinking of doing that. Just no text, a string of pictures, and we can keep score at the end.

      • The_Chlero

        Which will lead us inevitably to the "Spot the Difference Android Police Drinking Game"

        • Larizard

          No, I still want to see the "Everyone takes a shot every time Eric clears his throat Drinking Game"!

  • heat361

    I want a Google now day dream :)

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

      That's actually a great idea.

    • White Pawn

      Just a general question for Daydream users. Isn't it super unhealthy for the device?

      • Barton82

        If you have an AMOLED display it certainly is.

        • White Pawn

          No, I didn't mean only for the display. I meant for the battery. And also, for CPU etc. because of being in use for much longer than normal use.

          • Rox

            You are talking like that you are going to stick with Nexus 4 forever.

            Ever since I got my hands on it I have been wishing 'When the next one will come in' :D

      • Freak4Dell

        What do you mean? For the battery?

  • Garrison Boone

    If I'm not mistaken, 4.2.2 also changed the default vibration pattern as well as the addition of a next alarm panel in quick settings for the third party alarm application that I use.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roi.eisenkot Roï Eisenkot

    What about the most important thing of all - nexus 7 's constant stutter... Is it fixed?

    (For example, hit the app drawer, change tablet orientation, and then hit the home key. Stutterrrr)

    • JonJJon

      Not gonna lie but I do think my Nexus 7 is running better since the update. However this could just be me wanting it so bad that a placebo effect has happened lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/roi.eisenkot Roï Eisenkot

        I sure hope this is the case... Recently I've abstained from recommending the nexus 7 to friends who asked which small tablet I think they should buy, because it almost feels like a lie to recommend the nexus 7 with its stutter... I never thought it'll get to this.

        • JonJJon

          I honestly do think a lot of the stutter has gone, I just did a test of opening and closing several apps in quick succession and very little lag occured for most of the animations and flicking up and down, such as the settings list, seems to be just that tad more responsive. It's probably not as improved as I'm making out but it definitely has gotten better.

  • Air Rick

    WOOO! Google Chromefinally works without constant freezing on my Nexus 10

  • lee robson

    Did anyone notice the vibration changed for SMS notifications. It's shorter and sharper

    • JordanMcRae

      Yes for sure

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

    Looks like they're continuing the trend of making vibration an all-or-nothing ordeal. WHY GOOGLE, WHY? I just want my phone calls and text messages to vibrate, not my other app alerts!

  • Bob Someguy

    Missed the USB debugger security feature that drove me nuts for 4 hrs trying to reroot my Nexus 7.

  • Wan Mohd Amir Asyraf

    While downloading or updating apps i spot Estimate Time for the apps finish downloading.. It possibly from the OS 4.2.2 update??

    • White Pawn

      It was mentioned in the second paragraph of the post, in the introductory section.

  • chaizan

    Thats why its called 4.2.2 and not 4.3 or 5. Because its small 0.01 differences.

  • Dylan.mfh

    Is it just me or when you download apps it has a time remaining now? Was that always there?

    • Barton82

      Read the 2nd paragraph.

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

    rather than making these cosmetic changes google should have addressed & fixed the Bluetooth bug

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001157582796 Chris Ward

    Still haven't received an OTA for my Nexus 7.... *sighs*

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=771795572 Esa Edvik

    Utter shit these cosmetic updates. Why can't they fix any actual problems? Feels like Google is changing into Apple :(

    • Christopher Orr

      They did fix actual problems. This particular article just happens to be about the cosmetic ones.

  • christopher rizzo

    Still no update for me on N4. How can I force it?

    • kenn

      Force stop Google Framework Services > then disable it > clear all data from it > restart phone > enable Google Framework Services > then check for system update.

      • christopher rizzo

        thanks it did work.

  • cursed4eva

    Buddy you've left out my favorite part of the update, I daresay the biggest... the quick toggles are now actual toggles and not shortcuts to the settings menu... just tap and hold wifi or bluetooth toggles to know what am talking about...

    If you do edit your article to add this hope you can give me credit :D (Google me)

    • Barton82

      Read the 2nd paragraph: "We already covered the big stuff like the ADB whitelist, the new download notification, Quick Settings toggles, and sounds, so we'll skip those for this article."

      • cursed4eva

        Ok Ok my bad my bad, I just got the update 5 mins back, 1st thing I noticed... sorry u guys :'(

    • Freak4Dell

      Yeah, I'm sure he'll get right on that. We all want to see you get credit for not being able to read.

      Go take a look at the second paragraph of the article again.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    I wish they kept the ability to change volume while at the lockscreen. Is that only when a pass code is present or in general?

  • Freak4Dell

    Pretty minor changes overall, but at least they add to the polish of the app. It's like they were trying to do a final draft copy of 4.2.1.

    I do wish they would change that red font in the stopwatch, though, and some of these decisions seem to be a bit backwards. I think "ringtone" was fine for certain areas, and losing the options for vibrate sucks.

  • Al

    Your powers of observation are really strong, Google should hide a few Easter eggs in their releases to test you :p

  • James

    flash seems to work better with this update.

  • Spotter

    Things i've noticed on Galaxy nexus 4.2.2:

    1. notifications sound is still oddly low

    2.Gnex is still missing emoji keyboard

    3. It's still impossible to select any VPN to use the always-on vpn function.

    Can anyone on 4.2.1 try this?
    Go into menu - swipe to any page - go back to home - go back to menu.
    Does it remamber the page you were on?
    if not this may be the biggest change cause 4.2.2 does.

  • Ed Baker

    NO BEANFLINGER! The daydreamer option... Not on the n10 running 4.2.2. My son's n7 has 'beanflinger' but not the n10, so they are different versions of the same OS!

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

      Go mash the Android version field in About Phone -> Status and you will have beanflinger.

  • nexus guy

    They actually blocked the 4g chip set so you can't turn on 4g by calling the number anymore which doesn't matter because there was not a booster with it anyways

  • viba

    When I read that sentence about the added colon after 'pattern', I couldn't figure out what connection a lockscreen pattern might have with the human digestive system.. Med student through and through, I guess!

  • vitriolix

    I really appreciate the overwhelming OCD that goes into these posts

  • Tgbigmac

    The biggest change to everyone in Canada..... No more LTE on the Nexus 4

  • Daffe

    I also found a change after updating to 4.2.2 on my gNex;

    When i turn my screen on, on the lockscreen (pin code) the clock style alternates between two styles.

    • Daffe

      Also, the clock in the upper right corner is not displayed in one layout!

  • Taher Rangwala

    Also the Launcher shadow at the bottom has been beefed up. Makes dock icons looks a little less ridiculous against lighter backgrounds.

  • skeeterfood

    Most important fix is that my N7 no longer reboots itself twice a day. Haven't seen a random reboot since I updated.

  • Sorian

    Two things: First, Noticed the subject line at the very top for email must have changed as well, 4.2.1 is 2 lines, 4.2.2 is 1 line. Second is more a complaint, I can understand fixing the lane in the timer to match, but why not leave the columns alone? Now it isn't equal spacing.

  • Aditya

    Maybe you didn't notice a bigger change... You can now put 16 apps in a folder (Earlier it was 12)

  • lbrfabio

    Just updated and I noticed that Play Music in landscape is not in fullscreen like it used to be

  • http://www.facebook.com/llennyyyy Andy ‘Lenny’ Mclean

    you mean to tell me that with another update my nexus 4 still sucks at handling my HD vids? My s2 which was inferior played mkv's flawlessly!

  • Ivon Liu

    Polish is good. I feel that with 4.0, 4.1, and 4.2 Android has seen enough feature upgrades to last a while. 4.2 brought some interesting features and UI improvements to the table, but was extremely buggy. 4.2.2 seems to have fixed all that and brought back the stability of 4.1.2. If Google could learn anything from this, it's to have KLP follow the path of 4.1, not 4.2.

  • mikeym0p

    When you add a second gmail account you can specify what you want to sync BEFORE it starts syncing. You dont have to race to the accounts menu anymore.

  • Stromgarde

    This was really comprehensive. Thanks for the writeup!

  • Kuyam

    The other day there was an amazing post about the inconsistencies in 4.2 (http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/02/04/stock-android-isnt-perfect-jelly-bean-4-2-edition). 4.2.2. fixed one of them for me, the calculator clr button is now perfectly aligned.

  • kyle

    Got it the day it came out for my GSM Nexus. 9 hours of data on, constant video and picture taking, uploading all of it to Facebook and it only drained to 49%

  • Simon Belmont

    Not a lot of user facing updates, but desirable nonetheless. Polish is polish.

    I'm guessing the under the hood/backend changes are what really make this update an update. Good article, as usual, Ron.

  • TudalooMoFo

    Am I the only one who has GPS issues and server issues in the play market on the nexus 4 after the 4.2.2 update?

  • Sootie

    I like that android is using proper capitalization. Microsoft seems to be going backwards in office 2013 they seem to be going with CAPS LOCK FTW!, it irks me, I find it irksome!

  • http://about.me/jasontsay Jason Tsay

    Is it just me or do the shadows/gradients at the top and bottom of the stock launcher seem darker?

  • seedar

    Bluetooth is better but still broken on galaxy nexus...... :-(

  • Oliver

    Has anyone noticed a change of Notification vibration? On my Galaxy Nexus, after the update, the "2 short vibrations" appear to be much longer than before, the first sometimes even longer than the second.

    • vivi

      Yesss. It is very annoying. I have a galaxy nexus too.

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

    Enabling developer options and performance option : Go to Settings>About phone>Tab on Build number. There you go.............

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerry.kavanagh Gerry Kavanagh

    Camera access from lock-screen is gone. Although this may have happened with the 4.2.1 u/g

  • kyle

    What's the problem with Bluetooth? I have a Bluetooth dock and headphones and have never had a problem with connection. Even after the 4.2.2 update.

    • Gaspar M

      Problem with my Bluetooth is when I'm listening tho music through Google play and the screen goes off, the music starts skipping. It stops if I turn it back on. This started when I updated from 4.1 to 4.2. Haven't tried it yet with 4.2.2...

  • ST7

    My GalaxyNexus just got the message to download the update so thanks for this. (Are there only 2 phones with most recent versions - the 2 nexus phones? i wish the next nexus would be equivalent to S best); anyway - I wish when an update is issue, Google (or Apple in ios case) would just send you a link you can click on to find out whats new or changed. Otherwise people think somethings broken or they are only using about 20% of what the device and OS can do. Most people arent following these blogs and Ive spoken to people who had Androids and not a single one knew what OS they had and they had never heard terms like ics or jb or gb

  • Gaspar M

    Anybody know if this fixed the skipping when listening to music with Google play? Problem I've been having since 4.2 is music skipping when connected to any Bluetooth device when the screen shuts off. There's also the auto brightness that constantly adjusts the screen brightness even though there's no change in the ambient light.... Lol! I'm typing in the dark and my screen keeps changing brightness...

  • rohit

    did they fix the keyboard bug ?

  • Guest

    The E-Mail application, when setup with Exchange is having a slight issue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gedeon.charles Charles Gedeon

    Actually if you long press WiFi in the quick settings it actually turns on and off now!

  • Keep Ya Nut Down

    It has now stopped SkyGO again - Do Apple have any apps that are not compatable with the Iphone??? There seems to be soo many with the Up to date androids.

  • anon

    Also, an internal change in Phone.app means apps that track your prepaid phone account balance no longer work. The relevant commit is f9abded9b7253c797af8b01102c153227b09446f Makoto Onuki - Remove unused IExtendedNetworkService support. This was a very useful "bug".

  • Schuey

    Please HELP just got a Nexus 4 my first android phone and cannot workout how to save a photo sent to me by text

  • Tony

    Love these nuanced breakdowns. Keep 'em coming.

  • mike

    4.2.2 is awesome. I actually like it better running from a custom ROM on the gs3 though. Feels more fluid.... Also, pie controls are awesome, especially for you nexus 4 users. I would actually say a custom ROM with pie controls are neccesary when using 4.2.2 on nexus. Either way this is all great but bring me my gs4 and 5.0, I'm ready.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cakra.diaz.pratama Будет Филлипс

    Please someone upload the 4.2.2 DeskClock.apk and Email.apk

    • http://www.facebook.com/cakra.diaz.pratama Будет Филлипс

      PLease :(

  • santhi

    what are the disadvantages of 4.2.2?

  • Niyar

    Can i change os 4.1 to 4.2 on samsung s2?

  • Sara

    My Galaxy Nexus will not vibrate when I press the home button. What do I do to fix this?

  • Sharon

    Any idea how I can delete a message stuck in my outbox? I can not open it, when I try to select it I get this:
    "Cannot open message. Message is currently being sent and is unable to be opened".

  • soppa

    only thing that bothers me is than i cant C my phone contacts and i cant but different sms sound to contacs (i hav but my wife sms sound different etc. ) but not now i cant only i can but is different Ringtones to contacs..

  • turboeddy

    Since I updated to 4.22 I can not use screenshot anymore :-(

  • Jack

    Thank you for the detailed help you have given, regarding the Jellybean 4.2.2. It has helped/answered a lot of questions for me.

  • sudhir datta

    how to change owner details in setting screen ?

  • http://www.kertongroup.com Derek Kerton

    For this, AT&T pushed an update and spoiled my root? Sheesh. Here's my version of a complete changelog for 4.2.2, editing out any changes that don't really matter:

    1) Disables root.

  • scott

    on older version of the jellybean I could adjust brightness even when its below 5%, is there a way to do it on this version??

  • fallingdowntherabbithole

    I find that the music player disappears from the drop-down notifications if I pause it and the screen turns off. Does anyone know how to keep it from doing that?

  • Lashawna Lenoir

    CAN YOU HELP ME WITH A LOCK SCREEN ISSUE?

  • Ndeshi-pax Michael Amupolo

    4.2.2 for GT-9082:
    **does not screen shot. "Printscreen"
    **messages do not show to which sim card the sms was sent to
    **

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