Chinese manufacturer ZTE has officially pushed its first Android 4.2 update– albeit to a device no one has really heard of outside of China at least. The lucky device receiving the update is the N880E, a mid-range device which was actually among the first devices to ship with not just Android 4.1, but a nearly stock build of Jelly Bean at that. So considering it runs on nearly a stock build of Android, ZTE probably didn’t need to do too much work in order to get the 4.2 update ready for the device. The update is rolling out as we speak, so most (if not all) owners should be getting a heavy dose of that Android 4.2 goodness before most other Android owners get a chance to enjoy it.
Yes— life is good for those of you who own the N880E smartphone. Hopefully it won’t be too long of a wait to see the same update for its other devices elsewhere in the world.
source: Android Central
ASUS is no doubt one of the more likeable Android manufacturers simply in part, because they push out timely software updates to most of its premium devices. So with Android 4.2 officially out, ASUS tablet owners are anxiously waiting on if/when their device will get the latest update as well and ASUS seems to have given an indirect answer. According to a recent phone call from a Transformer Prime owner to an ASUS customer service rep, ASUS is currently working on getting the Android 4.2 update out for its products, though the rep failed to mention specifically which tablet models would get the update. The hope is that tablets like the Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity tablets will see the updates since they’ve gotten lots of Jelly Bean love already, though it remains to be seen if devices like the Transformer Pad 300 will get the update.
Naturally, we’ll be on the lookout to post official guidance on its Facebook page regarding the Android 4.2 updates or hopefully see a leak or two in the meantime.
source: Android Planet
Google announced it will correct the bug which prohibited the entry of December events into the updated People app in Android 4.2. The good news came via a Google+ post for the official Android account. While no specific date was given we’re hopeful “soon” means sometime before December arrives.
Some people I still think this may have been Google’s attempt to prevent the end of the world by not allowing 12/21/2012 to come. Read the full statement below.
“We discovered a bug in the Android 4.2 update, which makes it impossible to enter December events in optional fields of the People app (this bug did not affect Calendar). Rest assured, this will be fixed soon so that those of you with December birthdays and anniversaries won’t be forgotten by your friends and family.”
Source: Android Google+
With the Takju variant of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus received Android 4.2 last week, it’s now the Yakju’s turn. To be specific, this 4.2 update is for the international version of the Galaxy Nexus not purchased in the Play Store and you should be running build JZO54K as a prerequisite before updating. Along with the 4.2 update, Google was also nice enough to provide the factory images to go along with the update. The OTA should be hitting applicable devices soon, or you could always try to fetch the update yourself via setting/about phone.
source: Google Devs
While we know that the new Nexus 4 will support the coveted Miracast feature thanks to Android 4.2, it appears that the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will each not support Miracast, despite operating on Android 4.2 as well. There seems to have been a major discussion on a Google Forum on whether or not the tablets would feature Miracast and while some users reported it worked and others didn’t— a user by the name of Eth@n took some time to confirm the following:
“Just wanted to confirm that Nexus 4 is currently our only Nexus device that works with Miracast wireless display on Android 4.2. There was a reference to wireless display on our Help site for Nexus 10, but we’ve since removed that reference. Our apologies for any confusion that may have caused.”
So there you have it— don’t try looking for Miracast for now— unless of course, you have a Nexus 4. Let’s see how Google handles this moving forward and wait for a possible update which should enable the feature for the rest of the Nexus devices out there.
source: Google Product Forums
The newest iteration of Android, version 4.2 Jelly Bean, seems to think there are just 11 months in a year, effectively leaving out December altogether. No presents? No Santa? What ever shall we do?
The updated People application found in the stock AOSP version of the software doesn’t allow users to select the 12th month of the year, meaning people who have birthdays, anniversaries or any other sort of special event around Christmas time aren’t able to have it recognized.
The issue has been reported to the official bug tracker and has already been acknowledged by Google. We’re expecting an update to Android 4.1.2 soon. Perhaps, before non-existent December rolls around?
Been fancying the new gesture-enabled keyboard that debuted with Android 4.2? There’s no need to fret; the stock AOSP keyboard is now available to download in the Play Store. The keyboard replacement brings all the same features you’d expect to receive if you were running it on an Android 4.2 device, including Swype-like typing.
Currently, the keyboard is officially supported on devices running Android 4.1 and above, though some users are reporting that they have been able to install it on earlier builds of Ice Cream Sandwich. Additionally, the developer hopes to backport the new AOSP keyboard to Gingerbread devices, but of course there are no guarantees. Snap the QR code or hit the Play Store download link below to get in on the action.
Play Store Download Link
With stable builds of CyanogenMod 10 being released yesterday to a select devices, more devices should start seeing support as the days go on. Today the U.S. Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note (1 and 2), HTC One X and S, and Sony Xperia T are now supported, among many others. If you’re curious about your device and if the CM team supports it, you can check out their website for further details.
In other news, with Android 4.2’s source code dropping yesterday, you can expect developers like CyanogenMod to quickly get their hands on that code and start working on their custom version of it. The CM team has revealed that it will be dubbed as CM10.1, rather than a whole new number such as CM11. Since Android 4.2 is still technically Jelly Bean, the team didn’t feel the need to bump the number up to 11. That will probably be saved for the next iteration of Android (Key Lime Pie perhaps?).
Check out CM’s official statement on the matter after the break!
Now that Android 4.2 is officially out, next comes the requisite statements from manufacturers stating which of their devices will and will not receive Google’s latest offering. In other words, the ones that will not receive the update are officially dead – at least officially in the manufacturers eyes and physically based on the devices’ hardware specs. Google’s lead engineer, Jean-Baptiste Queru , had this to say about the two devices regarding Android 4.2 and their compatibility:
“There is no support for 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should
continue using 4.1.2. I can’t comment about the future of Nexus S and Xoom, sorry.”
Both devices were recently given the upgrade to 4.1 but apparently that extra jump to 4.2 was just too much for the legacy devices to crunch. The devices certainly had a fantastic run and I’m sure users will continue to enjoy and use them in the coming year even though they won’t be rocking the shiny new OS.
source: Google Forums