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Google Nexus 4 & Nexus 10 roundup: Anrdoid 4.2 Jelly Bean camera bug reported and product availability update

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by James Laird
, 23 Nov 2012News
Google Nexus 4 & Nexus 10 roundup: Anrdoid 4.2 Jelly Bean camera bug reported and product availability update

Go on, Apple fanboys, get your smug face on – it's the turn of Android users to suffer an OS-related camera bug.

We know by now that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is experiencing its fair share of teething problems, with the People app 'December bug' probably the highest profile issue reported to date. Other problems affecting the likes of the Google Nexus 4 handset and Nexus 10 tablet are thought to include an erratic Bluetooth signal, unexpected system reboots, and apparently random adjustments to brightness levels.

But the recently surfaced camera bug is potentially the most serious fault to date. A London-based Nexus 4 user was out and about shooting footage with their new toy and found that the device's nice sounding camera specs - built-in HD video at 30fps, an 8-megapixel sensor and the like - didn't hold up too well to real-world testing.

Specifically, the continuous autofocus appears to be very slow when exiting close up (macro) mode, which makes subsequent shooting blurry for some time. In a sample video (see below), the user demonstrates the problem, though this particular Nexus 4 owner was apparently benevolent enough to think that the problem was just an isolated incident specific to their device. Others may be more sceptical, given the patchy track record of Jelly Bean 4.2 thus far. 

Gametime for Nexus 10?

In other Nexus-y news, reports have surfaced indicating that Google is now processing Nexus 10 orders within 24 hours, despite a 2-3 week delay still being attached to the device on the Play store.

Citing reports from users on Google+, leading UK daily newspaper The Independent has revealed that the Nexus 10 is in fact arriving in buyers' hands within 72 hours of order placement.

Indeed, Google appears to have updated the UK version of its Play store to reflect an apparently improved availability situation: while a delay is still indicated in small print, a more prominent  statement says that the recently released 10in tablet "SHIPS SOON." By way of contrast, the Nexus 4 handset isn't even available to pre-order at this stage.

We've contacted Google and asked them if they can confirm the current status of Nexus 10 shipments (and update us on the Nexus 4), and are currently awaiting a reply.

Whatever the case, it seems to be a win-win situation for consumers ahead of Christmas: place your order now and, worst case, you still get the new Google tablet in time to play Santa Claus. Or, you might get a pleasant surprise and find it arrives at your door in a couple of days - giving you some time to play around with it before passing it on to the lucky recipient.

For more on the latest additions to the Google Nexus family, check out our recent feature content: the erstwhile Nexus 4 is one of our best smartphones for Christmas 2012, while its slate-like relative compares favourably to Apple's market leading tablet offering in a Nexus 10 vs iPad 4 spec comparison.

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