Android 4.2.2. Update - Nexus 4As you’ve probably already heard, Android 4.2.2 is rolling out. Google’s latest release is a minor one, as implied by the third digit counter, so there’s no new name, and, so far as I can tell, no major new features. Regardless, given the slow Android news cycles these days I’ll take anything.

I finally received the software update alert today on my Nexus 4 (an Android smartphone I’m lukewarm about, truth be told) and downloaded it via wi-fi el pronto. The process takes about five minutes, and includes a restart.

The first thing I noticed after the 4.2.2 update is that the notification animation is slightly slower. When you pull down from the top of the phone, the notification bar unfurls with (slightly) less hurry. Also, when it rolls back up, there’s no pause, or jerkiness – the motion is completely fluid. See, I told you this was a minor update!

SEE: Google Now, Search update reveals thinking behind Key Lime Pie user interface

When you download apps, the progress bar now also includes extra information such as percentage complete, and estimated time remaining.

I’m told there are new sounds. One is for low battery – it’s apparently more pleasant. A smart choice. The last thing we need as we scramble to finish an email or read the final directions while navigating before the juice runs out is an ingratiating wwwwaaaaahhhh tone. Also, there is a new tone that indicates wireless charging has begun. I can’t test this as I don’t have the wireless charging orb, and I doubt I’ll get one given my proclivity to swap out this LG Nexus 4 for a better Android at the next available opportunity. I do wish Google would bake in some new ringtones.

As for stripping away LTE capability, none of that matters to me. For starters I’m on T-Mobile and am perfectly satisfied with the HSPA+ network performance. Also, LTE is an infamous battery drainer, so I can do with out that… for now.

Bring on the Key Lime Pie!

Tech and Silicon ValleyWhat’s New in Android 4.2.2

Animation: Slower notification bar reveal, and smoother roll-up

New sound: battery low

New sound: wireless charging started

Alert: adb connection prompt (first time only)

App downloads: progress bar now shows % complete, estimated time remaining

Quick settings: long press wi-fi and bluetooth toggle service on/off

Animation: Gallery animations are faster (thank you!)

there may be more…

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  • Christopher Simpson

    People shouldn’t need to refer to the dictionary like they are needing a decoder ring to comprehend the message you are trying to convey. It’s a very ‘Billy Bullshit’ arrogant method of writing.

    • joe

      Lmao say what??? Maybe you were reading a different article.

  • Jacob

    50 MB isn’t that minor of an upgrade. My Nexus 4 which I was in love with has become MUCH slower and sluggish after this damn update. I’m fed up with these needless updates which end up screwing the performance of phones! They should be optional and not forced down our throats.

  • webdude20

    On my Nexus 7 I noticed the notification bar much faster. The tablet seems to be more stable now with apps.

  • Greg Keyes

    Not sure why you are so eager to move on from the Nexus 4. It’s an improvement over the Galaxy Nexus; for me it’s the best phone I’ve ever used. Fast and such a great design.

  • David Norwood

    Thanx for the update on the changes. I got the upgrade on a nexus 7 and could not see any changes.