Next Android version with Bluetooth Smart support coming in a "couple short months"
The new version of Android however will support the power efficient new Bluetooth specification, and while for such a minor thing we’d expect the update to be called Android 4.2.3, social circles are abuzz with the Android 4.3 name.
Of course, chances are if we see Android 4.3 in the coming months, it won’t be an update for just that one feature.
Right now, judging from its previous pace of development, it seems that Google is either deliberately slowing down Android updates so all manufacturers can catch up with current Android and the image of the operating system could improve. Or Google could be doing some bigger changes under the Android head Sundar Pichai who admitted he was surprised to get his new position at Android. Whatever it is, we should know in a couple of months.
source: Android and Me, @v_mi
1. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
The problem is : When manufacturers (Sony& HTC) will update their phone (Xperia Z& HTC One) to Android 4.2?
3. saenaedewe (Posts: 62; Member since: 01 May 2013)
Then, just buy phones that already comes with Android 4.2.2 out of the box... hehehe...
4. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
The problem #2 is : When you bought a phone with Android 4.1 out of the box, will you waste more money to buy another phone with Android 4.2.2 out of the box?
5. lonestrider (Posts: 85; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)
Buy Nexus, then. It'll just get the update. :D
But now I'm worrying my Galaxy Nexus... I hope the next iteration update is coming to this phone. Haha.
6. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Of course the update will be coming to the Galaxy Nexus, because it is a Nexus! DUH! :)
11. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
1GB RAM, dual core A9 CPU, HD720P display....The Galaxy Nexus should be fine for the next 18months I'm sure, it's specs are still good. These things must be going for quite a bargain now I'm sure.
9. saenaedewe (Posts: 62; Member since: 01 May 2013)
Android 4.2 has been released since November last year (with the latest 4.2.2 released in February 2013), then why wouldn't HTC/Sony just release their new smartphones with Android 4.2 out of the box...?
13. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Precisely!! This is what i asked when the Xperia Z was unveiled, I was then told "4.2.2 will arrive shortly after release, long before the GS4 arrives", what happened? The GS4 was later announced, the XZ got released, we waited to see 4.2.2 for XZ, next? The GS4 was released, still no 4.2.2 for XZ, and here we are many months since XZ release and no 4.2.2.
7. rgxVOiD (Posts: 435; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
And that raise a question. What does 4.2 have that's significantly different than 4.1? I've tried both phones on 4.1.2 and GSIV that's on 4.2.2
All are smooth, no problem whatsoever. Z just got an update too, and that made it better
10. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Google add some special features on the 4.2, all I know is that the camera has a feature called Photo Sphere, you can take immersive 360º images and wide angle shots.
Both 4.1 and 4.2 are smooth of course. Z got a firmware update, and it's still 4.1, and it improves the camera quality etc.
But nevertheless, both (4.1 and 4.2) are great.
14. BesnikRrustemi (Posts: 44; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)
As xperiaDROID Mentioned Photo-Sphere
Lock Screen Widgets
Improved Gallery and Photo editing
DayDream to display information when idle or docked
Multi-User for Tablets
and many other features for developers that take to long to write.
those are the changes in 4.2
15. rgxVOiD (Posts: 435; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
No photo-sphere & lockscreen widget in 4.1.2
They had lockscreen widget in 2.3 and 4.0.4, don't know why they removed it
Sony has their own photo editing software.
Gesture was implemented in Sony keyboard since Gingerbread
display information when docked (no idle)
One-Touch mirroring for Sony
Multi-User for tablet since 4.0.4
12. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
EXACTLY!! Sony are dragging their feet to update the Xperia S, Ion, Acro S etc... To 4.1.2, until those get 4.1.2 the XZ users will be waiting for 4.2.2 and will only get it after XS and the other 2012 models get 4.1.2. Weird I know, but that's how Sony are doing it.
2. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
I love how people always try to blame Google for their phones not getting updates. Its the OEMs fault, if they wouldn't change the framework so much it would be a lot easier for updates to happen... but w/e people vote with their wallets...
8. erikiksaz (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)
No, it's the carrier's fault. Unlocked phones typically get their updates much earlier than carrier-locked devices.
18. lsutigers (Posts: 739; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Exactly, it's all about the carriers, at least in the US. Fortunately, things have improved somewhat. Except for maybe Verizon, they are the worst when it comes to timely updates yet they claim it's due to testing?? What a joke!!! I love how the software has no issues on any other carrier and the Verizon version that was "thoroughly" tested happens to have a bunch of their own apps/bloatware to sell you crappy Verizon services.
16. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Could it be possible to see 5.0 instead?
17. djripster (Posts: 130; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
Its a bad deal for Nexus users, who purchase their devices hoping for quick updates :(