Monday, November 26, 2012


Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Bugs and List Of Known Issues

Android has now reached the point where it is now starting to make a dent in the iOS armor. More and more users now prefer Android over Apple as it is becoming more and more refined and because of its customizable nature. Google recently released Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as an incremental update over the 4.1 release. This new version of the OS however is proving to be one of the most bug-ridden releases of Google yet. This would have been okay if the OS was a complete overhaul of the previous one, instead the existence of bugs in an incremental update just screams carelessness on Google's part. Here are a list of known issues.

Missing December

One of the first bugs to be found in Jelly Bean 4.2 Contacts application was that the month of December was missing from the Calender. The Mayans might have made their calender up till December 2012 while Google decided to omit the whole month itself!

Battery Drain caused by services like Google Exchange

The 4.2 update has a major battery drain problem causing a lot of people to actually hate their devices. Not a good place to be when you're trying to make a name for your OS. Users are reporting their Nexus devices running down to below 10% without any use in a matter of 40 hours. Some users are having problems with the Exchange accounts which are causing a massive drain in their battery. Another issue which cant really be classified as a bug is that the LTE uses up a lot of battery. While alone that might not be an issue, add in one battery drain bug and you have a problem.

Auto-Brightness

The auto-brightness causes the nexus device to flicker randomly especially at lower levels. This problem has been present before too but it has become worse in the 4.2 update. The device adjusts the brightness even though there is no change in the lighting at all, as if the senor is extremely sensitive and is recalibrating itself on every minor change. The result is extremely annoying when you're trying to just get some work done while your device tries to mimic a poor disco light.

Random Reboots

This one is a serious bug. While the others may inconvenience you a little, random reboots are never a good thing, even when the device is idle. That's exactly whats happening, all the updated nexus devices randomly reboot themselves when its sitting idle with the display off. As its occurring in all of the nexus devices so its probably some piece of software conflicting causing a crash. This can be pretty unsettling for a first time user who is maybe trying out some new things or customization and then has to witness something of a kernel panic where everything freezes and the device reboots causing him to think he might have bricked the device and then realize it was a false alarm.

Broken Bluetooth

Disconnected Audio streams, broken connectivity with Apps that sync up to Wii controllers, errors while trying to connect to devices all these make part of an extremely frustrating user experience because there is no reason for a bug to be present in a technology that has been perfected ages ago.

Instability

4.1 was a huge success thanks to 'Project Butter' however this new release has made it less so thanks to the random lags and forcible shutdowns. The OS has gotten slower, the devices are turning on randomly without any interaction by the user and some users are reporting that Apps are forcibly closing for no reason.
Another inconsistency is with the Camera App. When switching from Portrait to Landscape mode the whole display is rotated instead of just the buttons and it takes the app a couple of seconds to even realize that it has switched its orientation.

Widgets

A new feature that was added in the Widgets department were the Lock-screen Widgets. However they are riddled with and glitches affecting them across all devices. Lock-screen music controls for Google Music are disappearing if a third party app is started, stopped, and then Google Music is started again, not reappearing until the device is rebooted.

Broken LEAP Wi-Fi

Another bug that's being brought up by a lot of users on the xda forum is that after updating to the stock Android 4.2, they are not able to connect to their WPA2-EAP Wi-Fi using LEAP. The status shows as 'connecting' for a while and then disconnects because of a time-out.


Even though most of the bugs aren't game breaking, its pretty frustrating to have an unstable device. This isn't a good thing for Google when its trying to make a name for itself with a competitor like iOS and that too when people are finally willing to give Android a shot thinking its come a long way. Google hasn't announced when it will provide a fix for the bugs but it has to be soon, based on the number of threads being created the users don't seem to have a lot of patience left.

If you know of some more bugs that haven't been mentioned, let us know in the comments and we will update our list.
Android has now reached the point where it is now starting to make a dent in the iOS armor. More and more users now prefer Android over Apple as it is becoming more and more refined and because of its customizable nature. Google recently released Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as an incremental update over the 4.1 release. This new version of the OS however is proving to be one of the most bug-ridden releases of Google yet. This would have been okay if the OS was a complete overhaul of the previous one, instead the existence of bugs in an incremental update just screams carelessness on Google's part. Here are a list of known issues.

Missing December

One of the first bugs to be found in Jelly Bean 4.2 Contacts application was that the month of December was missing from the Calender. The Mayans might have made their calender up till December 2012 while Google decided to omit the whole month itself!

Battery Drain caused by services like Google Exchange

The 4.2 update has a major battery drain problem causing a lot of people to actually hate their devices. Not a good place to be when you're trying to make a name for your OS. Users are reporting their Nexus devices running down to below 10% without any use in a matter of 40 hours. Some users are having problems with the Exchange accounts which are causing a massive drain in their battery. Another issue which cant really be classified as a bug is that the LTE uses up a lot of battery. While alone that might not be an issue, add in one battery drain bug and you have a problem.

Auto-Brightness

The auto-brightness causes the nexus device to flicker randomly especially at lower levels. This problem has been present before too but it has become worse in the 4.2 update. The device adjusts the brightness even though there is no change in the lighting at all, as if the senor is extremely sensitive and is recalibrating itself on every minor change. The result is extremely annoying when you're trying to just get some work done while your device tries to mimic a poor disco light.

Random Reboots

This one is a serious bug. While the others may inconvenience you a little, random reboots are never a good thing, even when the device is idle. That's exactly whats happening, all the updated nexus devices randomly reboot themselves when its sitting idle with the display off. As its occurring in all of the nexus devices so its probably some piece of software conflicting causing a crash. This can be pretty unsettling for a first time user who is maybe trying out some new things or customization and then has to witness something of a kernel panic where everything freezes and the device reboots causing him to think he might have bricked the device and then realize it was a false alarm.

Broken Bluetooth

Disconnected Audio streams, broken connectivity with Apps that sync up to Wii controllers, errors while trying to connect to devices all these make part of an extremely frustrating user experience because there is no reason for a bug to be present in a technology that has been perfected ages ago.

Instability

4.1 was a huge success thanks to 'Project Butter' however this new release has made it less so thanks to the random lags and forcible shutdowns. The OS has gotten slower, the devices are turning on randomly without any interaction by the user and some users are reporting that Apps are forcibly closing for no reason.
Another inconsistency is with the Camera App. When switching from Portrait to Landscape mode the whole display is rotated instead of just the buttons and it takes the app a couple of seconds to even realize that it has switched its orientation.

Widgets

A new feature that was added in the Widgets department were the Lock-screen Widgets. However they are riddled with and glitches affecting them across all devices. Lock-screen music controls for Google Music are disappearing if a third party app is started, stopped, and then Google Music is started again, not reappearing until the device is rebooted.

Broken LEAP Wi-Fi

Another bug that's being brought up by a lot of users on the xda forum is that after updating to the stock Android 4.2, they are not able to connect to their WPA2-EAP Wi-Fi using LEAP. The status shows as 'connecting' for a while and then disconnects because of a time-out.


Even though most of the bugs aren't game breaking, its pretty frustrating to have an unstable device. This isn't a good thing for Google when its trying to make a name for itself with a competitor like iOS and that too when people are finally willing to give Android a shot thinking its come a long way. Google hasn't announced when it will provide a fix for the bugs but it has to be soon, based on the number of threads being created the users don't seem to have a lot of patience left.

If you know of some more bugs that haven't been mentioned, let us know in the comments and we will update our list.

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