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Android 4.2 - are you finding it buggy?


Many Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 7 and 10 owners running 4.2 are raising complaints about bugs in Google's latest release.

Here's just a few of their gripes:
  • Missing December 2012 in contacts
  • Bluetooth broken
  • Severe battery drain
  • Slow charging times
  • Lockscreen issues
  • Erratic auto brightness
  • Random Reboots
Have you seen any of the above? Or maybe something different? If so, what device are you running and what are your symptoms?

Personally, i'm seeing lockscreen issues on my Nexus 4, it just keeps appearing/turning the screen on for no reason just sat on my desk. :(

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Battery is pants on N4
Random screen glitches
Apex launcher + stock launcher seem laggy as hell
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Some things are annoying with 4.2 on my Galaxy Nexus, running MCR.
  • Can't sync calendar to Outlook over bluetooth any more, using MyPhoneExplorer. Cable works but it's so 1990s...
  • Aeroplane mode, EasyProfiles can't toggle it any more. Apparently Google changed something and most things can't toggle it either. Well, the enhanced power menu in MCR works still but that's hardly the same thing.
  • Screen timeout, Easyprofiles used to be able to set it to 'never' which is great in the car. No go anymore, never is now about 10 seconds. The dev option to stop screen from sleeping when plugged in is a poor substitute since the screen still dims. But that's old.
  • Contacts (or People) crashes if I try to add an event to a contact so I can't see the "Decembergate". That may have to do with Touchdown though, it seems to meddle with my contacts more than it should.
Other than these issues everything works pretty much as before.

Nexus 7, I haven't noticed any problems yet but then I just upgraded yesterday. Running MCR on it too.
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charging to 75% then stopping unless you unplug and start again
Poor battery life
Nexus 7
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Well if anyone doesn't want their N4 then I'll have it!
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Nexus 7 (8gb) rooted and unlocked.
Had some issues on video playback (V Player)
A couple of reboots (strange crackling noise on restart)
Some lagging on certain apps - compatibility problems maybe.
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comicbookguy
Nov 27 2012 09:22 PM
airplane mode toggle now requires root privileges apparently
bluetooth stack & WiFi coding is different- Llama (an app that works like Tasker but is much easier to set up IMO) lost the ability to detect connected wireless networks and BT devices (wifi fix now in beta on the dev website)

Kobo lost my library & reading history

very erratic/intrusive auto brightness, on N7
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Bluetooth is the biggy for me, I thought my car stereo was buggered, but realised it was that A2D seemed really poor post 4.1. Going to assume its to do with the new bluetooth stack :(
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I have twice today had dropped data signal on my N4 ..once greyed out completely and once showing 4 bars but not actually working at all. :( N7 seems fine..apart from a little unresponsive issue earlier. Hopefully Google are made aware of it. ;)

Hmm..bit gutted.. Loved this phone when I first got it.. Now dropping signal.. In the middle of calls.. not sending texts.. *sigh* :-\
Hopefully it'll get sorted.. if it's a 4.2 problem, or it's back to an HTC methinks :-)
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crystalRose
Jan 08 2013 07:31 AM
My S3 is running on 4.1.1 and I wanted to upgrade to latest version thank god I read this pots about the bugs in the new update. I am happy with my older version and its working very fine.
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My S3 is running on 4.1.1 and I wanted to upgrade to latest version thank god I read this pots about the bugs in the new update. I am happy with my older version and its working very fine.


Remember that a good bit of these were fixed in the update from 4.2.0 to 4.2.1.

I'm not even running a stable build and it's just as good as 4.1 for me.
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4.2.1 fixed the december not being in the calendar and a small number of bugs, they released it quickly as there were only a few days left until december. I'd expect 4.2.2 to fix nearly all of the bugs whenever they release that.
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