Jelly Bean 4.2: worst Android release since Honeycomb?

Jelly Bean 4.2: worst Android release since Honeycomb?Passionate, insanely thorough, pedantic… These are just some of the words used to describe the chaps at Android Police. You might recall their massive Things I Can’t Stand About Jelly Bean article from back in September.

On a similar note, they’ve gone through the latest release, Jelly Bean Android 4.2, and compiled a list of irksome quirks.

For starters, we have an Android 4.2 auto-brightness bug meaning brightness randomly adjusts even with no changes in ambient lighting. The technical term, used by Android Police, is “borked”.

Android 4.2’s Bluetooth is described as “basically broken”, and there also reports of random reboots (shades of Windows Phone 8 there).

Meanwhile, Android 4.2 battery life is said to be pretty terrible, and – worse still – charging can be on the slow side.

We also have lockscreen widget bugs, an issue when moving from portrait to landscape in camera mode, and – as Pondy was saying the other day – no December. That’s right; the calendar jumps from November to January.

Ultimately, the Policemen describe Android 4.2 as “one of the most bug-ridden releases since Honeycomb”, which had a semi-excuse in that it was the first version developed for tablets.

I should add that some issues are only applicable to particular Nexus devices, and a poll suggests not everyone is having problems. But still, it doesn't sound great, huh?

via: Android Police

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 20, 2012 at 12:46

Can't comment. At this point I find Android so bloated with redundancies, double-redundancies and the purely unnecessary, that I probably wouldn't spot an issue if it bit me. THERE: I said it.
Android is the new Windows. Ubiquitous like Windows, Kleenex and Cornflakes...

Use it, enjoy it. Just don't pretend it's perfect. Nothing is. Cause we need to buy the next big thing.

Pondlife  Nov. 20, 2012 at 13:15

Is odd that what is mostly conceived to be a minor update is causing so many issues. Rushed so they could get the devices out for christmas and possibly in reaction to wp8?

Lockscreen widgets I suppose is most understandable of the problems and the most easily not bothered about anyway, but as they only had to get 4.2 to work on Galaxy Nexus, n7, n4 and n10...
Charging issue seems to be that it's not properly recognising higher amp supply or that it's switching to trickle too early.
Auto brightness has never been greatly successful for me so seldom use it on anything.
Believe Matt uses bluetooth for audio so maybe just as well he couldn't get one yet.

I like the way they word it as if there have been such a plethora of releases since then... Today is the worst day since Friday...

Now what's wrong with kleenex?

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 20, 2012 at 13:17

Maybe I should clarify: the above is my personal pov. I prefer clarity and consistency - even if my posts here aren't always proof :p
Android has its strengths. I just haven't got much use for them right now. Can change any moment, though.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 20, 2012 at 13:22

Nothing is wrong with Kleenex, pondlife...
But when products reach that level of popularity... Things happen

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 20, 2012 at 13:32

I do use Bluetooth for audio, in fact, almost all my music listening is done via BT in the car.

I agree with Pondy, I'm surprised that this release has caused so many issues, it's one of Android's most minor releases ever (unless a lot of back end code has changed, which could explain all the issues). Things like forgetting to include Dec. in the calender is just sloppy and unacceptable, though, especially when the month after the software is released is December.

I'm quite glad I'm not stuck with a bug-ridden N4 now, I'll wait and see if they fix all the issues before upgrading/updating to any 4.2 device/ROM.

Pondlife  Nov. 20, 2012 at 13:32

Nothing is wrong with Kleenex, pondlife...
But when products reach that level of popularity... Things happen



True things happened with nokia, atari, sega, and sony and seems to be happening with apple

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 20, 2012 at 13:36

Nothing is wrong with Kleenex, pondlife...
But when products reach that level of popularity... Things happen



True things happened with nokia, atari, sega, and sony and seems to be happening with apple

I really hope Apple bounce back, if Apple are less of a threat, Google have lost all their motivation for being innovative. As for Apple's pathetic lawsuits, whilst they're not affecting the UK I don't really care about them.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 20, 2012 at 14:18

Agree with matt... Though, I don't believe #Apple really are in trouble - yet.
But Google/ Android need a strong 'nemesis' as you said. Whether Apple can be one is questionable. That doesn't mean Apple are in trouble, but its product range is too different and limited to keep Google on its toes and to offer an alternative for enough people. Lets face it, right now things are not great if you are tired of iSameness and Android droneclones...
I almost wish M$ turn WP8 into a hit, and open it up more - differentiation, personal touch.

I'm not kidding: if my N9 died right now, I wouldn't be able to choose a good replacement from this year's releases... More variety.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 20, 2012 at 15:47

If my S2 died today and couldn't be fixed I'd be seriously struggling to find a replacement that I liked as much.

It'd be between the N4, Note 2 and importing an HTC Droid DNA (they work on GSM networks via their LTE SIM card slot and said SIM slot is unlocked to any network). Saying that, all the above devices have compromises which I just didn't feel were there when I bought the S2.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 20, 2012 at 15:50

If my S2 died today and couldn't be fixed I'd be seriously struggling to find a replacement that I liked as much.

It'd be between the N4, Note 2 and importing an HTC Droid DNA (they work on GSM networks via their LTE SIM card slot and said SIM slot is unlocked to any network). Saying that, all the above devices have compromises which I just didn't feel were there when I bought the S2.

Know whatcha saying ;)
It must be exciting to be 18 now and get the first smartphone (or 16? )... But I feel we're at this point where laptops were a few years ago - certain basics covered by all, and from there it's: every single one lack something. That ONE thing...

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 20, 2012 at 16:00

If my S2 died today and couldn't be fixed I'd be seriously struggling to find a replacement that I liked as much.

It'd be between the N4, Note 2 and importing an HTC Droid DNA (they work on GSM networks via their LTE SIM card slot and said SIM slot is unlocked to any network). Saying that, all the above devices have compromises which I just didn't feel were there when I bought the S2.

Know whatcha saying ;)
It must be exciting to be 18 now and get the first smartphone (or 16? )... But I feel we're at this point where laptops were a few years ago - certain basics covered by all, and from there it's: every single one lack something. That ONE thing...

Or 10, when your parents decide the best thing they could get their primary school kid for Christmas is a several hundred pound smartphone.

Aye, we are at the point laptops got to a few years ago (the first generation of "Core i" processors from Intel is when I reckon it happened). You used to need a high end phone just to have a decent user experience (e.g HTC Desire/HD2 days) but now you can get that experience from a £100 G300 and the high end all seem to be lacking "something" on every model. IMO, Samsung come closest to getting it right, but even they mess up somehow (albeit less dramatically than HTC seem to be able to).

Stelph  Nov. 20, 2012 at 17:00

[quote][quote]Aye, we are at the point laptops got to a few years ago (the first generation of "Core i" processors from Intel is when I reckon it happened). You used to need a high end phone just to have a decent user experience (e.g HTC Desire/HD2 days) but now you can get that experience from a £100 G300 and the high end all seem to be lacking "something" on every model. IMO, Samsung come closest to getting it right, but even they mess up somehow (albeit less dramatically than HTC seem to be able to).

I agree that there is a "one thing" that is still out there to take smartphones to the next level (am rooting on foldable screens to make a smartphone/tablet truely portable) but I also think we have got to an interesting position with smartphone pricing

Smartphones for a long time have been "unreasoanbly" priced. It sems odd that a top of range smartphone can cost more than a perfectly good laptop and, more worryingly, a tablet that has a considerably larger and more expensive screen (yes I realise that miniturising products bumps up the cost but we were talking a siginifcant amount extra from an iPad to an iPhone for example)

The N4 maybe will start manufacturers down the road of producing good spec at a reasonable price, even with the N4 at £239 Apple could start pricing the iPhone at £299 - £359 still make a profit and build to a good quality.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 20, 2012 at 17:26

with the N4 at £239 Apple could start pricing the iPhone at £299 - £359 still make a profit and build to a good quality.
Apple won't, Samsung and HTC might.

Stelph  Nov. 21, 2012 at 15:18

Well they might not want to, but similar to the way that they have seemingly reacted to the Nexus 7 with the iPad mini, they may also react if Android drops its price (which would certainly increase the uptake of Android).

Cue next year when a "magical" lower price point comes out the with the iPhone 5s

freeweel  Nov. 24, 2012 at 02:09

4.2 is terrible! Some apps don't work, bluetooth is unusable, charging slow, etc. I loved my Nexus 7 on 4.1.2, and so I've reverted to it (which is not the easiest thing to do). The problems go away, but Google tells me at least 4x per day that I need to upgrade. If Google's going to put out incomplete releases like this then they need to at least let us decide if we want to adopt their "latest and greatest". I, for one, will always wait for a while.

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