By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 13, 2013 06:31 AM EST
The newest version of the Android Jelly Bean from Google - Android 4.2.2 - is already rolling out, with the Nexus devices boasting to be one of the first to receive it. The new version is offering some major new features for Android users, making it worth download.
This new version, 4.2.2, is a 0.0.1 update to the operating system and weighs in around 46MB, although this depends on which device the user is installing it on, so the update is not really a minor one for anyone wanting to upgrade the device. As the code is yet to hit the AOSP, custom-ROMs based on it are far from being developed at the moment.
Probably one of the most important fixes to arrive with the Android 4.2.2 refresh is the fix to the persistent Bluetooth problem that users have complained about for such a long time. The Bluetooth streaming bug fix was also one of the promised fixes in the then upcoming release of Android. Although this really isn't a fix, some people are reporting improvements to their devices' Bluetooth. Still it's not really a fix.
Primarily, the improvement helps to resolve an issue where audio streamed over Bluetooth would 'skip' or hiccup. WeeManFoo, one of the first to notice the update's availability on the Galaxy Nexus and write about it on Reddit, tested out the Bluetooth streaming in his car and reported: "Much less hicups when streaming from Rdio or GMusic, but still not perfect. I got disconnected from my stereo when it switched from WiFi to 3G."
Another feature worth mentioning is a newly made adjustment to toggles in the quick settings menu. If the user long presses the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi squares, he or she can toggle them on and off. In normal circumstances, with other power controls, users just have to press on the square to toggle the setting on/off, but this is still take a bit of time to appear.
"There's still a strange learning curve when it comes to the toggles. While you have to long press the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth squares to toggle them, you only need to single press the Airplane Mode to toggle it. Pressing on the 3G/4G toggle will only take you to the settings screen," Android Community states.
As far as performance is concerned, the 4.2.2 benchmarks, per a Pocketnow report, "are slightly slower on Android 4.2.2 than they were on Android 4.1, but close enough that you're probably not going to notice in day-to-day activities - at least on the Nexus 7."
"So far in Android 4.2.2 performance in Chrome is decent again, but it's still early in our testing and this could change as we use Chrome more."
Some new sound effects have also been added to the Android 4.2.2 update. From now on there will be a new sound effect for Wireless Charging, which was missing previously. Android Community adds: "There will also be a new low battery sound effect, which is much more pleasant compared old sound effect that used to play."