So I bet you clicked this link because you were curious about the title. If you’re here that means my diabolical plan to take what +Armando Ferreira did here and apply it to this short article evil grin. So congratulations you fell for the click bait, but as a fellow lover of Nexus devices and Google generally; I would have clicked this link as well. Enough with the pleasantries, I brought you here today in an attempt to clear the air about this whole 4.4, 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 mess. So wipe the tears from your eyes, put the bottle down and give your poor touchscreen a rest, your phone isn’t lying to you; it really is “Up to date”. If you have 4.4 you really shouldn’t care about the last two updates.
So as the proud owner of the Nexus 5 and the Moto X i’m both ahead and behind in Google updates. Over the past couple of days I couldn’t help but notice the amount of posts -whining- I mean passionately expressing disappointment and sometimes flat out anger over the fact that their device has not received 4.4.1 or 2. Allow me to soothe your bleeding heart my friends by first providing you the patch notes for that release.
The Nexus 5 camera received a performance upgrade.
ART bugs have been fixed. These should solve all issues with WhatsApp not properly working with ART.
The Nexus 5 haptic feedback has been tweaked.
The Nexus 5 default mail client not syncing properly has been fixed.
The immersive mode that reportedly breaks while adjusting the volume level has been fixed.
The default Gallery app now is the new “Photos” app.
The Nexus 5 benchmark performance has undergone a slight improvement.
The transparent status bar that reportedly turns opaque sometimes has been fixed.
The navigation bar is now transparent on the Nexus 4 lock screen.
The Settings icon in Quick tiles has been tweaked.
The Miracast setting has been renamed to “Cast” setting.
We are all very smart people and are able to read (unless we are inebriated) which in that case you should walk it off. Did you see anything in those patch notes that your device couldn’t function without? As a Moto X owner I thought not. As a Nexus 5 owner I most certainly see a ton of fixes that will improve my experience. So if your non-Nexus 5 device doesn’t have this upgrade it’s ok you’re not missing anything. If you have a device other than the Nexus 5 that got these updates you’re probably trying to figure out what the hell changed. This was a Nexus 5 patch update with maybe 1 or two things thrown into Android generally. This is not an update OEM’s should be breaking their neck to push out to everyone because it really doesn’t benefit the majority. But let the Nexus fanboys tell you otherwise.
Not everybody fits into this category but there is a small but vocal minority of folks I lovingly refer to as “The Nexus Elite”. This cadre of dangerous, high skilled fanboys are trained in the art of annoyance. This is a hard cadre join but if you interested here are your prerequisites:
1. Must look down on all non-Nexus owners and devices
2. Must make a big deal of everything and anything Nexus related Google announces.
3. Must post screenshots of every update, benchmark, battery stat and Android update screen. Pictures of other materials such as Box covers, charging cables and balancing the device itself on edges of tables, window seals and books are highly encouraged.
4. Lastly, must truly believe that no other device in the world is better than a “Nexus” branded devices. Regardless of empirical proof to the contrary.
*See it’s a very hard group to join.*
Let me wrap this up into a little bow. Android OS updates are becoming more like under the hood refinement of the Android system itself. This is something I am very happy to see and is a sign that Android has officially matured to the point where specs really don’t matter. If you don’t believe me look at what Google has done with Android since ICS. Google started placing it’s apps in the Play Store so they can provide updates without needing a full Android version update. If the camera app and drivers for the speakers were in the Play Store we may not have even seen 4.4.2. Moto X users, will get an OTA to fix the bugs that were introduced by the 4.4 update under either the guise of a 4.4.2 update or simply a motorola update. Long story short, if you’re on 4.4 (which is like 5 people) you are not behind in anyway because the updates after 4.4 had nothing to do with any other device but the Nexus family (and only two of them). Ask Nexus 4, 7 and 10 owners what they got out of these OTA’s, they will look at you like a deer in the headlights. Android is shifting, and it’s shifting toward major point releases being some graphical UX refinements with more focus under the hood. OEM’s should follow Google’s lead and begin updating their own mods to Android via the Play Store and i’m sure we will see this shift in 2014. My advice. If you’re going non-Nexus look to see if you’re OEM is placing their apps in the Play Store. If they are that means longevity for your device because the mods will be updated far more frequently and more independent of Android itself. If you’re OEM is not doing this be prepared for the status quo. If you’re bragging about having 4.4.2 i’m happy you got the fixes you NEEDED, but for the majority it’s not that serious and will not be missed.