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Rumor: Android 4.2 (Updated: Fake Fake Fake)

Update:  Well, folks, this information about Android 4.2 is apparently all fake. Some random assclown spent hours of his time trying to deceive multiple Android sites and got one to bite, Android and Me. I guess that’s part of the game. So all of this Android 4.2 feature talk, ignore it. There is still a better than average chance that LG has a Nexus on the way and that it will run Android 4.2. It just won’t have anything that was rumored in this post.

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Since many of you will likely not upgrade to LG’s oft-rumored Nexus when it drops next month, you probably care more about the version of Android that will ship on it rather than the device itself. According to a massive rumor post today from our buddy Taylor over at Android and Me, the list of new features could be extensive, as the build gets bumped up to Android 4.2 (probably still Jelly Bean). 

Customization Center

The next version of Android may include some sort of customization center. The basic idea here, is to give average Android users a centralized place to go to change ringtones, wallpapers, and other settings that in the past, haven’t always been that easy to find. There may also be new “templates” that a user can choose from to quickly change the color scheme or appearance of the UI, including icons. In bigger news, this may be the location that Google allows OEMs to offer up their custom skin in favor of stock Android. There is a chance in either this version of Android or the next iteration, that users will have a choice between stock and a skin like TouchWiz or Sense. But wait, what about updates? According to this rumor, the device will receive stock Android updates quickly, just like Nexus devices do now. Manufacturers will still be able to update their skin on their own time, but the skinned version of Android may not be accessible until it has been updated. Either that, or the user can wait to update Android until the OEM has their skin ready. There is a lot going on there, but it could mean big things for those of us that hate skins and like timely updates.

New Google Play

We have always wondered why Google Play hasn’t been forced to the forefront of Android. With Android 4.2, that may change to include notifications for promotional campaigns (optional of course), personalized searches, more billing options, and easier in-app purchases. While I’ve never been a huge fan of advertisements in my notification area, I wouldn’t mind knowing from time to time if there is a sale on products in Google Play.

Google Now

Google Now may receive an update that allows users to ask it for guidance on changing settings on their phone. For example, one could ask Google Now to help adjust volume or brightness or turn Bluetooth on. Rather than solely being a Google Search tool, it could take care of simple device functions as well.

Project Roadrunner

You all remember Project Butter and its focus on improving UI speed, right? According to today’s rumor, there may be another special project named Project Roadrunner which has a focus on improving battery life. Details are scarce, but one of the number one complaints around these parts when it comes to Android has always been poor battery life. Rather than worrying about creating massive batteries in slim shells, Google may be trying to solve the problem on a software front. Talk about a wealth of info to digest. It’s tough to tell if any of it will come to fruition in Android 4.2, a later version, or at all. Most of it sounds like functionality that will make the experience seamless overall, something I think we can all appreciate. Anything in particular standing out to you? Via:  Android and Me

  • http://twitter.com/nklenchik Nick Klenchik

    Full of bugs and things not working, woohoo

  • michael arazan

    Verizon got JB out in 2 months, i was shocked at that speed. I thought it would’ve taken to december, even though they were still the last carrier in the world to update the Galaxy Nexus.

  • deltaechoe

    That’s what an unlocked bootloader is for, at least there isn’t a bunch of RIL shenanigans to muck around with (shudders as he remembers the thunderbolt)

  • shecalledmejay

    I hope the updated Google now, lets you make custom card, for websites.

  • KRS_Won

    So KLP will be the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything?

  • TrevorSP

    RAZR maxx

    • j__h

      Yeah, that is a major consideration. Even though i hate the battery life i still like my gnex.

    • DainLaguna

      except you gotta sacrifice camera and screen quality to get it

      • Matthew Merrick

        razr maxx HD ;)

        • DainLaguna

          eh…..still a pentile screen, and the camera is probably the same as the old razr/maxx.

          • DainLaguna

            lol awww who downvoted me? i was only speaking the truth! (as an ex razr owner)

  • JulianZHuang

    thank god i own a galaxy nexus, i can still enjoying 4.2 even when im joining i5 later this month.

  • Tony Pellerito

    I was kind of hoping that the next project they would work on was Project Bacon.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Sounds good to me.

  • SKAVENG3R

    MEEP-MEEP…I can’t wait for a ACME ROM!!!

  • wm snyder

    The custom center is going to be like htc templates in which the community can kick in and port extras. Me I prefer roms further more if this prolongs updates I’m out, don’t want anything to do with it. Now then it comes to mind of google taking verizon gnexus off aosp because of signatures so is this going to effect the new nexus? The 4G radios suck the life from your battery and hand, some say dual radios 3&4G, 4G is for Internet not phone calls so if iphone is getting better battery while staying in 4G then this needs to be look at, and background apps, have you seen how many run in background even if when you have turn everything off and widgets so if it’s Moto power management turn on and off to me is not a option just idol wheels turning. So with multiple carrier’s is the nexus going to be all the latest top technology or a mediocre phone for economy reasons a Trade off. To me nexus is to be best of the best and immediate updates until the hardware can’t comply. 4.2 will more than likely be like ics was to honeycomb a expansion package. 5.0 will be the game changer. 2 items frown upon un removable battery and no sd card! P. S. I am not confused google OG droid! And lastly the new nexus should be sold on play store unlocked all carriers. One minor point apps should stop when you stop not running in background unless you want it to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Trisjen.Harris Trisjen Harris

    Nexus devices are the future of Google! My Gsm Galaxy Nexus and Jelly Bean is amazing!

  • Steven Cornea

    I just hope verizon starts being a pal and just giving the work over to google and having them release the software instead of us having to wait. I like the coverage verizon has and i wanna stay with them but I REALLY want a nexus and I would really like google to keep supporting CDMA phones.
    please google, dont leave us out.

  • ddevito

    I imagine Roadrunner will be like Google Now in a way that it will “learn” how you use your device and adapt to the best available power savings. Anything with a “Project” moniker from Google usually means they’re throwing their best engineers forward on it.

  • William_Morris

    Usain Bolt is Jamaican.

  • termiNader

    try jamaican…all black runners are not kenyan

    • http://www.facebook.com/chqueed Charles Rogers

      and more importantly he s sprinter!

  • DJyoSNOW

    I’m praying that the market will show purchased apps like it used. With out the rooted app to do so.

  • Larizard

    Motorola RAZR NEXUS.

    We need a mock up. Stat!

  • MikeSaver

    If they update Google Now, can they please add the ability to create Calendar Events via Voice search?

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    And my Droid Razr is still on ICS………I would at least like a bump to Jelly Bean but hopefully Google in cooperation with Motorola have a plan for repaying us Droid Razr owners (considering they jipped us with the Maxx release the month after) with an update to 4.2!

  • Rich Koos

    They should have called it Project Energizer Bunny. So they can say Android phones keep going and going and going

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    I’m not sure but I think Google Now is what became of that project.

  • cobjones

    Did I read about some changes Google submitted to the Linus kernel that looked battery management related?

  • JB

    Yeah, that’s why the road runner got its name. Isn’t that fast but it doesn’t stop running (kinda like how the bird in the cartoon never stops running).

  • Alan Paone

    The thing about skins and updates is so ridiculously stupid and wrong-headed that i think this rumour is bogus. Skinning is *not* what slows down an android update. Its the hardware changes. Changing the kernel so that it runs on snapdragon instead of OMAP, writing camera drivers, getting the touchscreen to function. Thats what takes time, not changeing icons and adding extra buttons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002918282828 Christopher Grame

    yeah i traded in my rezound for a gnex and haven’t looked back since. Now with my n7 I am complete. Can’t wait for the next update!

  • UrDoGG

    Yeah exactly. But at least you have the option to install a rom of the newest Android version (like Bugless Beast) a few days after it is released.

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    Am I the only one curious why a new Android version (4.2) would remain as Jellybean instead of moving to Key Lime Pie (or whatever K will be).

    • Doan

      It’s only the editor’s assumption. These are all still rumors.

    • http://twitter.com/kashtrey Trey W

      It wouldn’t be the first time both Android 2.0 and 2.1 were both Eclair. Typically unless there are significant new marketable features it’s dumb to change the name because of the added expectations.

      From all the upgrades that are rumored, 4.2 really is more of an expansion pack to JB with some backend stuff that are awesome. Roadrunner and Customization Center are great features for power users but probably won’t radically change people’s perception of their phones. Better battery life is great but it’s not something I’ll pull out of my pocket and say look at this new OS and be able to show off.

  • UrDoGG

    In regards to the customization center… Even if it doesn’t mean timelier updates, hopefully it will at least provide users who get a non-Nexus device that is skinned the opportunity to change the interface over to stock Android. I have to admit that it would be pretty awesome if you purchased an HTC One X, even if you weren’t able to have the latest version of Android, at the very least you could have the option to ditch Sense and go with stock Android.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thelolotov Jacob Davis

    Now I just have to hope Motorola actually follows through with JB on the D4, and then again with JBv2. I’m running custom ROMs, of course, but…

  • NicholasMicallef

    This is awesome, hopefully they will add a few tweaks to the UI of google apps and make them more consistent and fix the back button along with other problems JB still has. Also, Google Play services and Turn by Turn availability in other countries would be nice.

  • brando56894

    The things that interest me the most are Project Roadrunner and the customization center. I’ve always loved vanilla Android but always hated that I was either limited to one phone that had it (the Nexus, which was usually available on carriers other than VZW) or would have to wait months to get AOSP roms.

  • http://twitter.com/bigknowzz JayL

    I’ve spent the past few weeks on a mission for more battery life. So far, not much progress. Last week, my colleague at work just got an iPhone 5 and it is lasting 2+ days mostly on 4G. For the first time, I feel like Android is inferior. Hopefully its Roadrunner to the rescue.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ab-Gar/538974072 Ab Gar

      You’re paying the price of being an early adaptor of technology. You knew that lte kills battery life. But you wanted it a year ago. The coming generation of devices will improve battery life devices will greatly improve on battery consumption in regards to lte.

  • http://twitter.com/canoy07 Eric G Canoy

    I hope this fixes the WPA Enterprise wpa_supplicant issue with many JB users

  • http://twitter.com/DavisDarvish Davis Darvish

    Touchwiz, sense etc are not just skins… they are complicated frameworks that handle a lot of the device functions in the background so that still wouldnt solve getting updates faster… For instance the putting the phone to ear to initiate call with contact shown on screen is a framework service that is independent of touchwiz

    • PhillipCun

      I believe that support is coming next year on 5.0, but they started to build in that functionality in 4.2.

      I don’t understand how they really work but I would imagine that its like those roms that offer a non-skinned rom with a flashable “skin”. I remember a few roms had that option when I had the HTC TB (crap).

  • fixxmyhead

    if i can get touchwiz on a nexus then i’ll buy it. sorry people but stock is boring its true

    • Tyrian

      So root your Nexus and put it on there. Now, go back to your room.

      • fixxmyhead

        haha haters

        but if they include this customization center and allow me to put tw then yea ill buy it. why is stock so ‘cool’ it has no features its just bone stock.

        • Doan

          What can Touchwiz do that stock can’t do?

          Whatever your answers is, there’s an app for that.

          • fixxmyhead

            turn over to mute, slide left to message or to call, better video player, file manager, built in toggles, statusbar brightness, pop up player (from the galaxy note). yea i know theres apps for some of these things but i like things built in. i like to keep my rom very slim and only have about 30 useful apps that i use. i dont like having tons of apps

          • LionStone

            Yea, me too…that’s why I prefer Sense…people gripe about it but I like having things built in too instead of adding 15 extra apps to make it like you want…ie. the camera app…

  • moelsen8

    Here’s hoping on the customization center, but I doubt it’ll kill skins as we know them. Every year we hear about Google doing something about them…

    • Doan

      When? I’ve never seen rumors that Google was going to allow us to opt out of OEM skins. I’ve seen suggestions, and hopeful ideas, but that’s not the same as saying Google is going to do something about it.

    • http://twitter.com/jbardrof Jeremy Bardrof

      Well, they did do *something* with ICS, for example I loaded the ICS leak onto my wifes bionic and they actually followed the ICS guidelines more closely. You can see they didn’t completely overhaul it like GB. At least motoblur has become closer to stock with ICS.

  • http://twitter.com/HELIO5ai Jon

    project roadrunner is good news for gnex owners too!

    • possomcrast1

      I don’t know what Samsung does with touchwiz, but the battery is insane. I have a nexus with an extended battery and galaxy S3 with the regular one and my S3 gets like triple the battery life of my nexus. Bigger screen, better radios but the same exact size battery and some how the S3 gets a much longer battery life. I tried using Cyanogen mod on the S3 too and the battery life was much worse.

      • Jim McClain

        The GS3 has the snapdragon s4 chip, that why its so much better with
        battery life,have to admit it is amazing,just think how great it would be if it had the razr maxx battery lol

  • http://twitter.com/mimrixmike Frettfreak

    And just like that Google swoops in and hopefully solves the oem skin/update /fragmentation problem with customization center. At least it would ina perfect world. However the problem comes when oems like HTC have things that need a separate framework but I will trust that the goog knows this and has a solution.

  • Jim McClain

    everyone seems to be missing whats right in front of them, to us, a Nexus means,above the rest,elite,best of everything etc etc, but to the folks that make them,all the Nexus name means is ‘no bloatware’ thats why we will never see a Nexus that has the best of everything,cause if they built it everyone will buy it and no one will buy all those phones with all the bloatware on them and that would be a big money loss for them, so Nexus will always be a sub par phone that you have to make better yourself, perfect example in the LG others will be the same

    • http://www.facebook.com/cush2push Geoff Wightman

      Pretty sure the nexus line meant to be a pure google experience

      • Jim McClain

        but will always be sub par,for the reasone I stated , just wait,no matter who makes the new nexus, the GS3 will be far superior,having the pure google expeerience is not worth having a sub par phone,I’ll take a bit of bloatware of I get the better build

        • http://www.facebook.com/cush2push Geoff Wightman

          No i will agree Samsung does have some neato features but the nexus is tops

      • Doan

        That’s exactly right. Google doesn’t advertise Nexus devices as being the best of the best, so I don’t know where he got the idea that “to us, Nexus means top of the line devices.” To you (Jim), Nexus should mean exactly what you say it means to the developer/manufacturers: No bloatware, Google stock apps only, no skin, etc.

  • Diablo81588

    When I think of a roadrunner, I think fast, not stamina. Why would they choose a roadrunner to showcase battery life? lol..

  • http://twitter.com/LeeNephi Lee Smithson

    Meep meep!

  • chris125

    Google isn’t messing around. I love that they continue to improve android and not just sit on their laurels. The battery life issue was always one of the biggest concerns and good to see they address it.

  • mustbepbs

    All I can say is this:

    Thank God I bought a Nexus.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=290601972 Justin Crowley

      i will never buy anything other than a Nexus…love being first to get updates :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/tyler.k.powell Tyler Kevin Powell

    Cant wait. I may have g nex but this will come to this baby.

    • Larizard

      And it’s now $1 at Walmart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tyler.k.powell Tyler Kevin Powell

    Thank god I have a nexus. I cant wait for this if this is true.

  • Dan

    mmmmm project roadrunner

  • http://twitter.com/jdk2 jdk2

    I just may grab this one. Looks nice, on paper anyway.

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    Good Guy Google!

  • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

    Love it. With ICS android become a very robust OS. Truly better than iOS. Now they are just adding to it and making it better everyday. This is progress.

    • Trueblue711

      Agreed. They’re finally defining the future, rather than playing catch up. I’m excited for this!!