Android 4.2 rumors heat up, already running on Motorola devices? [UPDATED]


UPDATE: Android and Me has retracted their initial story detailing new features in Android 4.2. It turns out the initial source was feeding along bogus information, and as these things go in the fast-paced world of blogging several outlets picked up the story and ran with it. The rumors and speculation pertaining to new devices running Android 4.2 seem to have a bit more to them, however.


Some new rumors have surfaced pertaining to the next build of Google’s mobile OS, Android 4.2 in relation to both new features and devices possibly running the new version of Jelly Bean. In terms of what we can expect from Android 4.2, Android and Me has heard from inside sources to expect enhancements to Google Now, battery improvements thanks to something dubbed Project Roadrunner (think Project Butter), and a new version of Google Play in addition to an updated video player.

On the hardware front, Android Police has done some sleuthing to discover a few mystery devices from Motorola that could already be running Android 4.2. One, a phone, is cleverly codenamed the Occam, a reference to Occam’s Razor, which suggests the phone may be a Nexus-branded RAZR variant. A tablet codenamed Manta (manta ray, in the style of the stingray and wingray codenames of previous Moto tablets) also seems to be running the new OS.

For now all is rumor and conjecture, and it still looks like LG will be the first to launch a new Nexus device, unless of course Google surprises us with a new lineup of hardware from multiple manufacturers (as other rumors suggest). According to the latest reports, we’ll know by the end of the month.


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  1. Man, they need someone to put new grass there, I’ve been there, and it looks even worse in real life……

    1. Well, I’m sure they get a lot of foot traffic from tourists posing for pics. Maybe they should just get some of that plastic grass….

      1. Ya that would be good. I went there last December, at like 6PM, thinking i would find a cult circle with candles and black hoods, but turned out I was the only one……

        1. Bet you felt silly in your black hood & candles all by yourself… I would’ve joined you if I knew in advance!

          1. Just being there felt pretty special anyway….Though the exterior of the Android building seems bland compared to the main building.

          2. If your not having any fun standing around you can take a google bike for a spin!

          3. Ya I thought that concept was awesome… I’d give half a limb to work at Google……

      2. I’ve heard turf in 2012 has really come up from simply plastic…. That would be pretty awesome.

    2. The new feature in 4.3 will be “project grass seed”.

    3. Way to find a way to insert your having been to Google’s campus! ;)

  2. “4.2!?!?! And my phone JUST got 4.1!!!” #AndroidProblems

    1. Pshhh, just think of how many people that still haven’t gotten 4.0 yet…

      1. Most of them with LG Optimus One’s, EVO 4G’s, and Samsung Galaxy Prevail’s :p

        1. Nexus, baby! Nexus. I started with a G1, then Nexus One. I switched to Sensation and regretted it BIG TIME. Now I’m back on the GNexus. My wife has a MyTouch 4G that will forever be stuck on Gingerbread and that awful Genius Button that the iPhone ripped off and called Siri a year later. As soon as Sony comes out with their 4.2 Nexus, I’m getting one and giving my GSM Nexus to my wife. Free hotspots and fast upgrades for the WIN!!!!

          1. What’s with the BIG TIME regret of the Sensation?
            Been running mine for a year or so and although I wish I’d waited a couple of weeks for the GSII to come back in stock, I’ve been otherwise happy (aside from the volume rocker falling out a few weeks back).

          2. My Sensation 4G randomly rebooted all the time and the load screen for HTC was incredibly long. I fixed both of those problems with Go Launcher, but the HSPA+ was only 14mbps (which translates to 3mbps in real use) when other T-Mobile phones were rocking 42mbps. Battery life was horrid, so I had to buy an extended battery. Lastly, updates were incredibly slow. It took 6 months to get a Sense butchered version of Ice Cream Sandwich, and it’s not getting Jelly Bean. That’s not even mentioning the fact that HTC didn’t even have the decency to upgrade Sense to the latest version. Like you said, I wish I had waited for the GS2.

          3. Ah, fair enough, I assumed most people frequenting this site were custom ROMers, but I was clearly wrong (and now I come to think of it, I think there was a poll a while back that showed my assumptions suck).

            Been rocking JB for a fair while and the custom ROMs fixed most of the issues you mention (not sure about 3G speeds as 3G here sucks ass) and upgraded battery also helps with battery life (always carry a spare anyway as can be a very heavy user).

            Main reason for wanting the GSII is community support for it over the sensation, which is because it’s the better and therefore more popular phone along with HTCs disinterest in releasing drivers.

            Used to want Nexuses in future, till they’ve scrapped essentials (battery/SD expandability).

        2. Or recent Motorola flagship devices

          1. +1 sir. First comment to make me laugh…in my mind of course, because everyone browses with a straight face.

  3. LG Spectrum is yet to get ICS, makes me feel bad for not getting my wife a GNex like me. I know she will never see jelly bean.

    1. You’re a bad Android-husband. O_o

      1. I am the opposite. When I switched to Android I didn’t know better and got a LG Revolution, which I’m stuck with forever courtesy of VZW’s data plans. But I got my wife a GNex. Perhaps I could get a cheap GNex or Razr on ebayafter the new nexus comes out….

  4. Anyone know the screen size that the LG is suppose to be?

      1. That’s what she said.

      2. and that Sir is what she said!

      3. Why??? I where is my 4″ htc/lg nexus with 2gigs of ram, 16gigs internal memory with sd card, removable battery and most of all that gorgeous s4pro… Is that really too much to ask? :s

  5. my phone has not yet obtained ice cream but I’m in the evidence;

  6. Wouldn’t it be cool if the Occam was an existing Motorola phone that was being converted into a Nexus like the Sony phone. . . #wishfulthinking

  7. Please just give me some ICS love on my Bionic. I’ll get a newer flavor on the next phone, it’s cool.

    1. I have the Bionic

      1. I have a cool story too!

    2. Just download it. Been using it for months and nothing is wrong with it. Best thing I ever did!

  8. I’m still waiting for jb moto!

  9. Ill be really upset if I don’t get 4.2 on the gs3 #AndroidProblems #SamsungProblems

  10. Question. Since 4.2 will most likely have a customization center that allows us to choose themes like stock Android over touchwiz. If I buy the Note 2 and it is later updated to 4.2. Will I be able to turn touchwiz off? Or will it only be available for phones that ship with it

    1. 4.2?

      I may not understand Android (Nexus 7 is my first android device) but i imagine it’ll come with the phones that it ships with and the nexus devices (like nexus 7) first then regular phones and tabs.

  11. Root and install custom rom. My Galaxy S1 is on JB/CM 10. You can do it!

  12. Whatever happened to Majel that we were waiting for? I was pretty sure that Google Now wasn’t it unless I’m wrong here. Maybe this enhancement will take it to a full personal assistant rather than just cards?

  13. Can’t wait for Android 420 =D

  14. Multiple user accounts will go live in 4.2 for sure, the code was already imbedded in 4.1

  15. owning a gnex offers the following problem; it has everything you could want and software upgrades are automatic so getting excited about a new product isnt that easy anymore….. I do admit that the lg screen specs has me intrigued :)

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