Android 4.2 Jelly Bean looks to have a fatal flaw, if reports from irate Android fans are to be believed. It seems the spangly new software struggles to cope with Bluetooth, and stutters during music playback.
That’s bad news if you have a portable Bluetooth speaker or use the wireless tech in the car while driving. One person writes in Google’s coding forum, “When I stream music from my Nexus 7 to my Bluetooth speaker system it is stuttering every few seconds — unusable.”
Another says, “This is happening on my Nexus 7 as well. Very disappointed,” while one glumly notes, “I may just return this Nexus as I just bought it and get an iPad.” Meanwhile, on the XDA Developers forum, a Nexus 7 owner says, “I am highly disappointed in Google for this.”
The Nexus 7 is mentioned frequently in the forum, but there are other devices running Android 4.2 or about to be running Android 4.2 — namely the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 10
Some commenters’ posts suggest the issue could be connected to Wi-Fi, while many report the issue wasn’t present in previous versions of Android.
It seems glitches are common with new software or gadgets these days — hands up if you remember the Galaxy Nexus’ bizarre volume-dropping bug? They tend to be ironed out before too long, but that doesn’t make them any less frustrating for customers, and doubly grating if you’re one of the dedicated few who installed the new update at the first opportunity
That’s interesting; i don’t use bluetooth at the moment but was thinking of asking Santa for a bluetooth audio receiver specifically for sending music and stuff through. I’m sure it’ll be sorted by then, but if it’s as widespread as they say then it makes you wonder why it wasn’t caught in testing.
Still, at least nobody’s overreacting ;-)
I’ll test it as soon as I get 4.2, I have been using a logitech reciever (as mentioned in the blog somewhere) and really like it, now that I’m fully uploaded into Google Play Music I can see my Nexus becoming the only music player I use! Very cool and I recommend it (assuming it continues to work…??!).