Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Nov 2012 17:23 UTC
Google As the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 go on sale, several Galaxy Nexus owners are already getting the update to Android 4.2. Luckily, updating your Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 manually is easy - download the update file from Google, and install it through adb. I did so earlier today, and it all went smoothly. Chrome seems to perform better (yay!), but for the rest this is clearly a point release. Two issues for me: the new lockscreen with widget support is a joke (only three Google-sanctioned widgets are available), and on the Nexus 7, Google did something I just can't wrap my brain around. Whereas on phones you open the new settings dropdown with two fingers, on the Nexus 7 you swipe down with one finger on the right to get the settings dropdown, and one finger on the left to get the notifications panel. Unintuitive, and incredibly cumbersome and confusing on a relatively small device like the Nexus 7. No more one-handed operation, either. Why Google didn't just employ the same two-finger gesture on the Nexus 7 as they did on the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus is beyond me. Such a massive UI fail - it almost makes me want to go back to 4.1.2. Luckily, my new HTC 8X will arrive in the mail tomorrow to distract me.
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by JLF65 on Tue 13th Nov 2012 18:32 UTC
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Why Google didn't just employ the same two-finger gesture on the Nexus 7 as they did on the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus is beyond me.

Because Apple holds a ridiculously broad patent on using more than one finger on touch screen devices and has shown itself quite willing to sue over it. I'm sure there will be a way for the user to change that behavior, but Google has to concern itself with how Apple will respond to the default settings.

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by Radio on Tue 13th Nov 2012 19:18 in reply to "Because..."
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Is this patent only valid on large screen touch device? Because, you know, it works with a two-finger swipe right now on both the updated galaxy nexus and the nexus 4.

I regret too Google's choise, but not for the same reason: they had another way to pull down the settings tab on a previous "alpha" build, which seemed better to me:

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by henderson101 on Fri 16th Nov 2012 16:55 in reply to "Because..."
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I'm going to be honest - I didn't even notice the lack of 2 finger swipe.. I just did it naturally. That speaks a lot more to me. I's actually find 2 fingers unnatural. I can only assume the 2 finger on the Nexus 4 was because of the low screen size.

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