Google will fix Bluetooth audio streaming in the next update to Android, perhaps version 4.2.2

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One of the less evident bugs that came along with the Android 4.2 update to Nexus device is a slight problem with Bluetooth audio streaming. It was mostly overlooked, thanks to some fairly serious lag problems and an odd bug that left out December, but the problem has nevertheless been annoying quite a few users, myself included.

I use my LG Nexus 4 quite a bit to stream Bluetooth audio in my car, and at first thought that my self installed stereo had a problem when the audio began to lag and cut out. However, I soon realized that my new Nexus 4 was a likely culprit, and a quick search confirmed my suspicions. While most of the other issues were ironed out in the Android 4.1.1 update, the Bluetooth bug has persisted through the current version.

Fortunately, Google now has confirmed an official fix for the problem, which has been present on the Android Bug Tracker as “Bluetooth almost broken in 4.2” for quite some time. The actual bug posting has to do with the ASUS Nexus 7, but I have experienced the same problem with my Nexus 4, so the bug would logically be a part of Android 4.2, not just the Nexus 7. The fix for Bluetooth A2DP streaming will officially be coming in the “next release” of Android 4.2, likely with the version number 4.2.2

Along with the news from yesterday about leaked Android 4.2.2 builds, I’m inclined to think that a new version of Android with a number of bugfixes will be landing in the near future. It is clear that the Bluetooth fix will be in the new version when it is released, and I would expect to see some lag fixes and other small improvements as well. What I don’t expect to see is any new features, but who knows? Google may have a surprise in store for Android users.

[Android Police]
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5 thoughts on “Google will fix Bluetooth audio streaming in the next update to Android, perhaps version 4.2.2

  • Avatar of Rick
    January 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    It would be great if the random reboot issue is also resolved. That seems to be another big one that’s plaguing most Nexus 7 owners. I do not know if all 4.2 devices are experiencing this though.

  • Avatar of JRDemaskus
    January 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Hope they fix Bluetooth before my next purchase. That is something I use daily.

  • Avatar of brett
    January 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    some Samsung Galaxy Nexus also have this 4.2 problem with bluetooth.

  • Avatar of Steve
    March 1, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Phone: Nexus 4
    Problem: Bluetooth dropping
    Android Version: 4.2.2
    Kernel Version: 3.4.0

    The new version has done nothing to correct the problems with Bluetooth!

  • Avatar of Romie
    February 1, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Phone: Nexus 4

    Problem: Bluetooth cuts out mid conversation every few mins or so, call doesn’t drop, just the audio…. very frustrating!

    Android version: 4.2.2

    Kernel version: 3.4.0

    Additional comments: I hope the newest update irons out this bug its very, very inconvenient.


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