Thoughts on 4.2?

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#1 Posted by WiiRocks66 (3488 posts) -

I've been running 4.2 on my Galaxy Nexus for the past few days and I'm kind of disappointed. For one, the new lockscreen is awful. It looks ugly and is a mess to use. It feels like it was rushed. The new clock, though they finally added the timer and stopwatch functions from AOSP, is hideous and frustrating to use. It's red and gray. Where did the red come from? It's the only stock app that's primarily red instead of blue. It feels out of place.

Other than that, 4.2 is nice. I love gesture typing. It works much better than Swype and now I don't have to go through the PITA process of installing Swype every time I flash a new rom. The new camera and icon are nice, and photo sphere is cool. And the GNex seems to take slightly better pictures. The camera focuses a lot better. And it's about time they added something like quick settings, which works great.

So what are your thoughts on 4.2?

#2 Posted by flipin_jackass (9726 posts) -
I agree with regards to the lock screen. I know it was meant to be more convenient, or accessible, or whatever, but it's just annoying. I've seen better from GO or AWD. I haven't used gesture typing yet though. My tab (N7) doesn't have back camera, so I don't think I can use photo sphere (not that I've tried). I'm not using the quick settings as much as I thought I would. Also, I have no need for multiple accounts. Overall, the upgrade wasn't something that really did anything for me. It's still stable and fast, and that's all that matters to me.
#3 Posted by imprezawrx500 (19187 posts) -
From what I've seen it looks like a steep backward for the tablet ui. What they have now is really good. You saying stock 4.1 didn't have a timer to stopwatch? It really goes to show how different the skins are than stock android, I though those were part of android but appears they are just something htc has added.
#4 Posted by WiiRocks66 (3488 posts) -

From what I've seen it looks like a steep backward for the tablet ui. What they have now is really good. You saying stock 4.1 didn't have a timer to stopwatch? It really goes to show how different the skins are than stock android, I though those were part of android but appears they are just something htc has added. imprezawrx500

No, stock 4.1 didn't have timer and stopwatch. However, it's been in AOSP for a while now. So the function has been there, it just wasn't added until now. I'm not sure why.

#5 Posted by Gambler_3 (7566 posts) -

[QUOTE="imprezawrx500"]From what I've seen it looks like a steep backward for the tablet ui. What they have now is really good. You saying stock 4.1 didn't have a timer to stopwatch? It really goes to show how different the skins are than stock android, I though those were part of android but appears they are just something htc has added. WiiRocks66

No, stock 4.1 didn't have timer and stopwatch. However, it's been in AOSP for a while now. So the function has been there, it just wasn't added until now. I'm not sure why.

There are lots of apps for it anyways.

#6 Posted by rgsniper1 (9350 posts) -

I'm sure there are a lot of differences under the hood, but I honestly don't see/use them if they are there. I will agree the lock screen is far more ugly :(

#7 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
I hate it, the clock is bullcrap, and the alarm application setup is stupid now.
#8 Posted by Pittfan666 (8532 posts) -
Not a fan of the clock text.