Android 4.2 the most Buggy Release since Honeycomb?

| November 19, 2012 | 72 Replies

It’s sure looking that way. Over the past few days we’ve seen numerous reports of bugs found in Android 4.2. A number of them are affecting all Nexus devices, except the Nexus 4 which is interesting. There are a few major bugs we’ve seen including December missing from the People app. Then there’s the random reboots, and battery drainage/slow charging as well. With all these bugs we are definitely expecting an Android 4.2.1 update pretty soon. Some are even saying that this is the most buggy update since Android 3.x – Honeycomb. Now that’s a pretty bold statement. Here’s a very quick rundown of all the major bugs that’s been reported to us.

December Missing in the People App

Affects: All devices running Android 4.2.

It appears this is a bug in the Android 4.2 core code, which means any ROMs with Android 4.2 will also have this problem along with the Nexus family. Guess Google was trying to forget about December 21, 2012?

Extreme Battery Drain and Slow Charging

Affects: Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 (can’t compare the Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 since they came with Android 4.2)

Complaints have been coming in that users are experiencing battery drainage more than usual in Android 4.2 and also very slow charging going on. Where’s Android 4.2.1?

Random Reboots

Affects: Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10

We are also getting reports of users on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, 10 are experiencing random reboots. Which is uncommon for stock devices. Have you experienced any of these?

This all leads us to question, is Google really testing their software before pushing it out? Normally there are a few small bugs that don’t get reported, but this time in Android 4.2 there are a ton of larger bugs that will hamper your Android experience. Are there any other bugs you’re experiencing in Android 4.2? Let us know in the comments so we can add them to this post for everyone to be aware of, also include what device(s) you are experiencing them on. And Google, bring us an update soon, please!

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Alex has been an Android user since the Motorola Droid back in 2010. He's been a huge Android fan ever since using many of the most popular flagships. He's currently rocking a Moto X and a G2.
  • Aaron Renzelmann

    battery charging is really slow on the nexus 10. also, i was having random reboots with the stock image, but after compiling aosp source & flashing my own rom/kernel i havent had any issues. im tempted to make a build from the 4.1.2 branch & see if battery performance is any better since you stated there has been a noticeable difference for the nexus 7… i dont mind the december bug. personally, i think its kinda funny haha

  • newguyy

    Battery drainage in nexus7. Also experienced screen flickering. After turning it off and on it went away but who knows if it will come back

  • Gem Jefferson

    battery drain is caused by Google now’s new features. Let it sit overnight and discovered the gmail and maps were running all the time because its looking for all those appointments and what not. Turning gmail settings of and a couple other features solved that.

    Battery is not as good as on 4.1.2 or any n custom ROM before 4.2, but a lot more is happening. Definitely a slower OS than the 4.1 series. No reboots yet though.

  • Garrett Johnson

    None of these issues affect my GNex xD. My battery is lasting longer than it ever has

    • Nicholas M

      Me too. My battery life is crazy good lately. Kernel/driver optimizations maybe?

  • spectremANDROID

    Battery drainage and EXCRUCIATINGLY SLOW charging are DEFINITELY noticeable on my Nexus 7. I haven’t seen any random reboots, but I expect it’ll start happening in a few minutes, just because I said it hasn’t happened. ☺

    Also getting a LOT of hangs and stammers throughout the UI. Jellybean used to be SO SMOOTH and FLUID! What’s HAPPENING?!?

    • spectremANDROID

      Random reboot… CHECK….

  • AmneonX

    I haven’t had any battery issues or random reboots on my Nexus 7 16G VB

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  • Luke Wiwatowski

    here’s one I’m experiencing. When playing music on my gnex through headphones when I rip out the headphones out of the jack the lockscreen widget goes nuts trying to expand and contract very quickly. Anyone else got this?

    • carve

      Yes I have notice the same and the phone is slower than ever and force close a lot on apps, with galaxy nexus

  • Bryan Walker

    For me I have only noticed the battery drain.the 4.2 launcher is faster to me than any other version.really like 4.2 on my galaxy nexus.

  • Lilly

    I got two nexus 4′s and both of them are experiencing extremely slow charging. My HTC desire hd can charge way faster. The battery life is not too bad. I’ve turned off the google now as well. I saw one of the comments mentioning the screen flickering on his nexus. I do experience a second or two of screen flickering during the startups of some games. But that doesn’t really bother me much though. The calender under People app is missing December just like any other phones running on 4.2. These are the only bugs I’ve experiencing so far. Otherwise nexus 4 is a pretty decent phone.

    • Alexander Maxham

      Hmm my Nexus 4 charges faster than my Galaxy Nexus ever did. Are you using the charger that came with your Nexus 4? Or a different one?

      • Lilly

        I used the charger that came with the phone. It took 4.5-5 hours for the phone to get fully charged :-

        • Alexander Maxham

          That’s odd. Mine will charge from under 4% to 100% in about 2 hours.

  • Christopher Kan

    My galaxy nexus works better than ever. Faster, more stable and smoother.

  • Atifsh

    Bull crap…… People are getting stupid and blame every new thing if they cripple it them self
    Other than people app there is no issue.

    • Peter Wells

      You do not know what you are talking about. 4.1.2 bluetooth perfect. 4.2 bluetooth broken.

      • Atifsh

        you are right!
        my phone doesn’t reboots itself
        my phone doesn’t charges slow
        my phone doesn’t discharges any faster than before
        my Bluetooth connects and send / receive files fine
        but as you say i know nothing !

        • Alexander Maxham

          And this is on Android 4.2? If so what device do you have?

          • Atifsh

            Galaxy nexus gsm unlocked running 4.2 factory image with root.

        • spectremANDROID

          Key words… “my phone”. Just because “yours” isn’t having problems doesn’t mean no one else’s is either.

    • spectremANDROID

      Nah, dude. Its far too pronounced to be imagination and far too constant to be user error. I’m sure not every device is having problems post update. If yours isn’t, then count yourself lucky and enjoy.

  • chris

    My Nexus 7 has become extremely laggy since the update and sometimes even locks up. Cleaning cache helps a little. Photo cropping really sucks!

    • steven jeffery

      Yep that’s the main difference I’ve experienced since the update. Lag. It flowed like gold before. The system was the only change I made. Too bad. I hope they reverse it soon.

  • Nico

    My Nexus 7 is a lil laggy when it comes to screen rotation. When i rotate it from portrait into landscape it takes a lil longer than it did when it was in Android 4.1. Other than that it runs fine, battery has been better and i love the new keyboard. Just wish that everything was just fine, how Android 4.2.1 comes out to fix this.

    • John Sanchez

      Ohh good Im not the only one. Yep the Nxus 7 is a bit laggy on lock screen and sometimes with the touch, overall its a nice update, but the laggy part is not good at all

  • dpushpavanam

    There’s also a bug with the Bluetooth file transfer on my Gnex.. …
    Its the God of all Bugs…

    • Alexander Maxham

      I did hear some rumblings of Bluetooth issues, but wasn’t able to find exactly what the issues were. Thanks for clearing them up for us.

  • Trace

    Can’t log in to Amazon app store app. Even when I could it wouldn’t keep me logged in. Random reboots too. Nexus 7.

  • Omario Amriky

    Other than December my Nexus7 is rockin gold.

  • Alberto Antonio Rocha

    people dont know how to factory reset
    fixes most problems

    • Alexander Maxham

      Yes it does. But most people have so much stuff stored on their phone that they don’t want to lose it all. And sometimes backups defeat the purpose of the factory reset.

  • Charles L

    None of these issues on N7

  • keeper .

    My Galaxy Nexus rebooted several times. It is pretty annoying because it reboots while I’m in the middle of something and it doesn’t say anything.

    • Alexander Maxham

      Have you tried reverting to Android 4.1.2 at all? Google is working on Android 4.2.1 with the fix for the December bug, so hopefully they fix all these other bugs as well. Should be out anyday now.


    I have an issue with my wifi on my nexus 7, it keeps dropping out so I have to keep turning it off then on to get it back. I love android and my nexus 7, so I hope Google corrects this quickly.

    • Alexander Maxham

      That one I haven’t heard of yet. Especially on the Nexus 7. Have you tried rebooting it yet?

    • spectremANDROID

      Funny. I thought it was just my imagination.

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  • anywherehome

    yes everything is right I hope they fix it soon

    • Alexander Maxham

      Google acknowledged the December bug today, so we should be seeing Android 4.2.1 in the next few days. Hopefully these other bugs are fixed as well.

  • Nicholas M

    I have no problems with the Jellybean update on my Nexus 7. In fact, on 4.1.2, my Nexus 7 became a bit buggy.The rotating launcher was very likely the main culprit, but regardless, it was somewhat problematic. The 4.2 update corrected all strange behaviors present from 4.1.2. Some of you guys are seriously obsessive. For instance, battery drains– so many people, when they receive an update, obsessively swipe their launcher back and forth, scroll menus up and down, mess with all the new features– everything opposite of normal usage patterns. Phone batteries are not capable of having 10 hours screen-on time, countless hours of non-stop touch-interaction with the UI, playing Andy Birds+Temple Run between every phone call and text message, etc.. You also can’t have the bigger screen options, with higher resolutions, and tons of live widgets on your home screens that are refreshing every ten minutes, and all the other indulgences you want, while still expecting the battery life of a 3.5 inch device that runs one app at a time.
    Android gives people enormous *potential* for powerful functionality. You can have countless threads and services going in the background, or you can limit certain activities. You can have it conserve our drain your battery as much as you decide. iOS has already made the decision for you. No platform or device has it all. Just relax and enjoy what you have. It can be as useful or as annoying as you want it to be.

    • spectremANDROID

      I kind of agree with you on some of your points. We have to be reasonable users to expect reasonable results, but another post suggested that the drainage culprit might be all of the new Google Now features that were active by default after the update. After switching off just about everything that wasn’t present before the update and using normally for a few days, I really think the guy was correct as both my charging speed and my drainage have returned to their original, highly respectable levels.

      • Nicholas M

        Fair enough. I see your point.

  • Michael Wang

    Anyone having issues with the Pocket reader app on the Nexus 7? Used to work fine, but now I’m finding that it terminates the program after about 4 minutes of reading, taking me back to the Pocket home page and I have to reopen my article from the beginning.

  • fizzy15

    Pptp vpn fail to connect with 3g. But ok on wifi. I just update to yakju 4.2 ota.

  • tbeta

    On Nexus 7 with 4.2 noticed that once in “Aeroplane Mode” you can turn WiFi on at the same time. Wifi works & both icons appear too. Is this just me?

    • Tom Dawson

      I’m fairly certain that this is normal behaviour throughout all Android, can do the same on my phone running 4.1.2 :)

      • tbeta

        That makes sense Tom. Having airplane/aeroplane/flight mode on a non-3g device is pointless really, right…

        • Tom Dawson

          Well, I think it’s more done so that it’s there for the average consumer “I downloaded a film to watch the plane, just throw it in aeroplane mode” but yeah I can see what you saying, seems somewhat superfluous

  • Peter Wells

    faster battery drain, no December, Bluetooth keeps dropping audio

  • DannyBanton

    Faster battery drain. Slow charging. Device seems a little laggy at times particularly when I’m typing. Galaxy Nexus.

  • Ryan Patrick McAvoy

    Anyone else have the album cover in the Google Music app randomly disappearing along with the ability to skip back and forth in time during one track?

    • Alexander Maxham

      I haven’t experienced that problem on my Nexus 4. But I have noticed it will play a song about halfway through and skip to the next. But it happens randomly.

  • flash713

    Has not been buggy for me on my Nexus 10. Day 3 stock rooted no issues. :D

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  • Damjan Svete

    I’m using 4.2 a week and work perfectly. In moment I have a feeling it’s go smoothly than 4.1.2. Battery charge is good, but I have 99% chargeing issue from 4.1.1. Screen can make 4 hours work, 1h beter than 4.1.2
    For me … :-)

  • Matthew Ponce de Leon

    Yesterday my N7 drained alarmingly. Now it’s taking forever to discharge.

  • Matthew Ponce de Leon

    I am experiencing random reboots, fast discharging (before today), and slow charging.

  • Marcus

    ….Practically everything up there applies to my Nexus 7 + Extreme laggy when using swype. :/ #Saddness

  • john s.

    Bluetooth has a major issue with chatter/ skipping when playing music. This did not exist on either device(N7 and GNex) I own until 4.2. Pattern unlock also has lag.

    I hope

  • NonHacker

    lockscreen takes about 4 seconds to rotate, Browsing chrome while connected to highpowered usb on computer and battery still drains, stock apps crash (timer, calander), youtube buffering still slow when sitting beside $200 router with super high speed internet on brand new, unrooted, not unlocked, stock rom, no modifications, stock keyboard, no alternative launcher, no lockscreen widgets(except for the ones already on it) nexus 7

  • tester

    Extreme battery drain… even while usb charging!!
    Charging can’t keep up with battery drain… phone laying on table doing nothing at all and hooked up with usb cable computer!
    Exchange service reporting 44 % of the battery drain!

  • Raúl Gómez C.

    Well, I’ve received Android 4.2 this Monday and to add to the list of glitches presented in this article my Galaxy Nexus (yakju) has become sluggish in general, when I open an App it doesn’t open immediately anymore as it used to open with Android 4.1.1, also, transitions between screen or windows are slower than before, and when I type anywhere (WhatsApp, Email, Catch Notes, etc) after pressing the “key” you can notice a little delay for the letter to appear on the screen. Apart of this, the word suggestion above the keyboard doesn’t show symbols after selecting a suggested word (like , ! ? . : ;) as it did in previous Android releases, now I have to long press the “.” key and select one from the list.

    I hope to see this fixed soon, it is now a little tedious to use the phone… :S

  • Francisco Villalobos G

    TROLL ANDROID 4.2: Used airplane mode once in my Galaxy Nexus and i went crazy. It goes from on to off an backwards by itself every TWO SECONDS!!!! … so, i cant make any calls or connect to the network at all. Try soft or hard reset you will say??? … I did. Still have the same issue … :S

  • andy193

    I do have this issues regurarly since updated to 4.2. On 4.1.2 i could use the tsf shell launcher and now i cant with 4.2 and random reboots and gmail automatically sending bug reports to google almost every time when i unlock screen. Plz 4.2.1 fix all of this and let the TsF Shell launcher work cuz i bought it specially for my nexus 7 use.

  • qgustavor

    There is a volume limit now? The Nexus speaker is low, so I use the equalizer to make it higher, even with the ricks. But it is not working now. And I’m not getting deaf, even my friends realized that the sound is low now.

  • matrix

    updated to 4.2.1
    now my phone randomly logs off when Im online… doc viewer no lo ger works…a d my screen never goes dark( battery save) despite the fact that I have it set to do so after 1 minute!!!
    please help what should I do.. is it possible to go back to the previous version .. wich gave me no problems? or how do I re-i stall this one?

  • aim54x

    Random reboots have been my bane intermittently even prior to 4.2. these reports of battery drain make sense now…my Galaxy Nexus did seem to chew through the battery a lot faster. Now i’m on 4.2.1 battery life seems to be better than ever

  • Julian

    Funny you should mention battery problems. I switched to nexus 4 from a LG esteem LTE (metropcs) and from my point of view the battery lasts a long time and charges quickly. N out experiencing any bugs related to that