New app notifications, quick settings toggles, security enhancements
Yesterday, Google started pushing out a new operating system flavor to its Nexus devices, namely Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which has been found in the meantime to sport various small enhancements and new features.For the time being, however, no official release notes for the new platform iteration have been provided, and users are still left in the dark regarding the novelties to expect.
In fact, Google hasn’t even made a formal announcement on the availability of the platform, though it might eventually acknowledge its rollout.
In the meantime, however, enthusiasts have started digging into the new release to discover some of the goodies it brings along, and appealing features and improvements have been brought to light.
According to Android Police, for example, the new platform version brings along better app notifications, now showing an estimated time remaining until the new app flavor has been downloaded.
Additionally, there are Quick Settings Toggles coming to users in this Android 4.2.2 OS flavor. People will be able to long press on the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi squares to use them as toggles. Airplane Mode is still a single press toggle, the news site notes.
The new Jelly Bean release also brings along new sounds to Android devices, one of them for Wireless Charging, and another for the Low Battery notification.
There’s also a new security tweak included in this platform release, asking for permission to allow USB debugging when plugging the device to a PC through the Android Debug Bridge, Android Police explains.
However, for this feature to work, the device must have an unlock pattern, password or face unlock set on it, and it must not be rooted or running custom firmware, as these could allow for a data thief to find a way around the aforementioned USB debugging security barrier.
In addition to these changes, Android 4.2.2 is also said to arrive on devices without the option to show all calls in the phone call list, but with faster loading in the Gallery app, due to a new animation.
No doubt that, should there be any other enhancements included in the small update that Nexus devices started to receive yesterday, they will be uncovered, so stay tuned to learn more on the matter.