Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update in testing phase
Google is testing an Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update which will arrive before Google I/O, reports claim
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is currently being tested by Google personnel on a range of Nexus devices.
Google employees are testing the build on the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, according to IBTimes’ anonymous ‘inside sources’.
The report indicates that the majority of changes are bugfixes and security tweaks and that the update is expected to land before Google announces Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie at Google I/O in May – version 4.2.2 could arrive as early as mid-February.
Apparently ‘no one has really found any major changes to the user experience,’ implying that the serious feature updates are being saved for Key Lime Pie.
Not much has been said about 4.2.2’s bugfixes but it’s been noted that a known Bluetooth streaming problem on the Nexus 7 has been fixed.
While Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is expected to appear officially at Google I/O on May 15 it’s thought it won’t start rolling out to existing hardware until June at the earliest.
The build would of course appear sooner by shipping pre-installed on whatever devices Google launches at the same event, which currently encompasses a range of possible candidates.
Google may be re-releasing the Nexus 10 with updated internals, but likewise there are rumours of a Nexus 7 successor from Asus.
Additionally, LG is believed to be working on a Nexus 5 handset based on its own LG Optimus G Pro model and Motorola is rumoured to be building a Nexus X, previously thought to be the Motorola X or Motorola X Phone.
It’s rather unlikely that all of these devices will turn up at the event and it’s quite likely some of them don’t even exist.
We think given that Google re-booted the Nexus 7 at its last event the same happening for the Nexus 10 is quite realistic in principle, however, it’s already leagues ahead of most other devices in terms of spec so on that note an update wouldn’t be on the cards.
Information about a Nexus 7 successor has only just started to emerge, implying it’s probably in the very early stages of development.
Both rumours about a second LG Nexus smartphone and a first-time Motorola Nexus have a certain air of truth about them but we doubt if both would appear simultaneously.
In addition, many of the rumours about the LG Nexus 5 seem way-off the mark in terms of realistic spec, so we think the Nexus X is a more probable candidate.