I had a feeling some fanboys would flame me for my critique I'm used to that sort of thing. I can't wait for y'all to point out the magnificent new internal improvements that justify a whole 0.1 version upgrade number. Please do tell, with specifics, other than the "project butter" humdrum we've all heard before from the google marketing team.
Here are a few more annoyances:
- New email, text, etc notification icon now has a big orange dot over the icon. This, I assume, is to show the number of new messages, but the number is so tiny it's unreadable, while the big orange dot covers the icon so extensively that you can barely see what the icon is. Extremely poor design.
- I manage my apps all the time, and the app menu item has been moved down the settings menu so it's harder to get to.
- I've realized that Google Now is merely a marketing gimmick. Yes I can turn off the "feature" of restaurants and tourist attractions popping up wherever I go, but come on google, you're not fooling anybody.
- Auto-brightness still sucks, but this is probably an LG thing.
- The News aggregator app is no longer included. I didn't think it mattered until I realized that this means it's not available anywhere. "News" was one bundled app I actually used frequently, now I have to use gReader or some such. Oh, and same with the "Finance" app that's no longer bundled.
- After the OTA update my Email app settings were completely messed up and I got a message saying "Unfortunately Email has stopped" over and over and over. I had to go into the app settings menu, force stop Email, clear the cache and all data, reboot the phone, and re-enter my (3) email accounts. (I read on another site how to do this -- the problem is widespread.) Fortunately it didn't do this for my K-9 Mail accounts, Yahoo mail accounts, and Gmail accounts. But still, really? How many people are going to upgrade OTA, have that problem, and not know what to do?
- Doing things (returning calls, text messages, etc.) from the notification pulldown is cramped and annoying. I find myself going into the app rather than working from the pulldown. So that "feature" is useless and merely serves to space the notifications out so that I have to scroll down to even see them.
Here are some good things:
- Data usage graph is no longer in that obnoxious logarithmic format.. now it's linear and easier to read.
- The recent apps menu has added functionality and is probably the best UI improvement in this update.
- The overall feel is slightly smoother, videos have markedly less lag. Though my eyes can't take watching videos on my phone so that's not very meaningful to me.
Keep in mind I'm not a fanboy of any corporation, I don't "love" my phone or any other electronic device I own. I use business machines and consumer devices all day long and I'm not averse to reporting both the bad and the good as I see them. I owned Blackberries for years and half my posts on the Crackberry forums were positive and half negative. Unfortunately, IMHO, Jelly Bean is mostly negative, at least as implemented on the Spectrum 2.