Next Android version with Bluetooth Smart support coming in a "couple short months"

Next Android version with Bluetooth Smart support coming in a
The next Android version is coming with Bluetooth Smart support in “a couple short months,” according to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. The anticipated Android 4.3 did not get announced yesterday at Google I/O, but instead Google unveiled updates to many of its core apps, including Android apps.

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

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18 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

The problem is : When manufacturers (Sony& HTC) will update their phone (Xperia Z& HTC One) to Android 4.2?

3. saenaedewe

Posts: 72; Member since: May 01, 2013

Then, just buy phones that already comes with Android 4.2.2 out of the box... hehehe...

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 88; Member since: Mar 31, 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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Of course the update will be coming to the Galaxy Nexus, because it is a Nexus! DUH! :)

11. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 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: 72; Member since: May 01, 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: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 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: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: Jan 08, 2013

As xperiaDROID Mentioned Photo-Sphere Lock Screen Widgets Improved Gallery and Photo editing Gesture Typing DayDream to display information when idle or docked Wireless Display 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: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 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: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 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: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 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: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

No, it's the carrier's fault. Unlocked phones typically get their updates much earlier than carrier-locked devices.

18. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Could it be possible to see 5.0 instead?

17. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Its a bad deal for Nexus users, who purchase their devices hoping for quick updates :(

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