Software updates are on their way for users of Nexus devices. Android build JWR66Y started going out a little earlier this week, and is followed by JSS15Q for the new Nexus 7. The official release notes (especially for JWR66Y) are pretty light on details, so what’s Google changing here? A quick look at the AOSP offers us some insight into exactly what’s new.
The big news is that JSS15Q for the new Nexus 7 fixes the tablet’s issues with multi-touch performance, which we’ve mentioned earlier. The reason this device gets its own update is because these last-minute Nexus 7 fixes may not prove as ultimately stable as Google would like, and it wants to make sure they don’t break anything before merging them into the main Android tree.
JWR66Y was described only as a “security” update, but looking at code changes offers much more detail. We learn of specific fixes, like changes to how SSL is initialized, but it all seems to be pretty minor stuff. One thing Android Police notes, present in both JSS15Q and JWR66Y changelogs, is a lot of fiddling with how App Ops functions – that hidden-away 4.3 addition that lets users switch app permissions on and off. It’s not yet clear what the end game there is, but for the moment Google’s modifying the feature’s behavior, causing it to discard settings when app preferences are reset.