Android 4.2.2 rolling out for Nexus smartphones and tablets

Google has released Android version 4.2.2 for its Nexus devices, introducing better A2DP Bluetooth support

12 Feb 2013
Google Android 4.2

Google has begun rolling out a software update for its Galaxy Nexus smartphone and Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, bringing the Android Jelly Bean operating system to version 4.2.2.

The update, released quietly this week and being slowly pushed out to Nexus models, provides performance and stability improvements with one of the biggest changes being a fix for widespread issues in streaming audio using the devices. Confirmed by Google as an issue earlier this year, the updated Android 4.2 software for Nexus devices other than the cutting-edge Nexus 4 smartphone causes audio drop-outs when streaming via Bluetooth using the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) system.

While present to a certain extent in the original release of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Android 4.2 update made A2DP streaming all-but unusable on some devices - leaving users clamouring for a fix.

While Google has yet to release an official log of the changes wrought by Android 4.2.2, a fix for the A2DP streaming issue is thought to be among them. "We have fixed the A2DP streaming stutter problem," a Google spokesperson explained back in January. "The next release should have the fix. Sorry about the problem."

Currently left out of the Android 4.2.2 club is the Nexus 4, Google's LG-manufactured flagship smartphone. With the Nexus 4 not thought to suffer from A2DP drop-outs, it may or may not receive the update, with Google possibly skipping it straight to the next version as and when that appears.

Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus owners should check their devices for any pending updates over the coming weeks to ensure they get version 4.2.2 as quickly as possible.

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