Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Google this morning have held a Press Conference in San Francisco where they have announced the new 2013 Nexus 7, Chromecast and Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), so what’s new in Android 4.3?

Multi-User Restricted Profiles
If you remember when Google announced Android 4.2 last year, they introduced Multi Account Support. With Android 4.3 they have pushed it to a new level by allowing the owner of the Android device to set up restricted profiles. These restricted profiles work in the same way as multi user accounts and include the functionality to remove access to certain features from apps such as in-app purchases, or other features that you may not want other users of the device to access.

Google have also introduced OpenGL ES 3.0 the latest industry standard for 3D graphics, into Android 4.3 making it the first platform to support this new standard. So what is OpenGL ES 3.0?

Android 4.3 is the first mobile platform with OpenGL ES 3.0. This brings the next level of complex graphics to mobile devices, with updated shading language, enhanced floating point textures and texture compression.

This has big implications for game developers and gives great opportunity for photo-realistic games and rendering to advance on Android.

Bluetooth SMART
Another feature introduced with Android 4.3 is Bluetooth Smart technology (Also known as Bluetooth low energy). Bluetooth Smart technology allows devices running Android 4.3 to connect to low power Bluetooth devices such as smart watches, pedometers and heart rate monitors.

Lastly Google have introduced Media DRM support to Android 4.3, this will allow media providers to easily secure content that they provide through their applications on any Android device.

If you own a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 or a Nexus 10 you will be getting the update to Android 4.3 from today.

If you have managed to get your hands on a Google Play edition of the Galaxy S 4 or the HTC One, the update to Android 4.3 will be available in the coming months.

What are your thoughts on Android 4.3? Is there anything that you think still needs to be improved on from 4.2.2?

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    Greg
    Greg
    7 years ago

    Really hanging out for restricted account settings

    baxiwolecexo
    baxiwolecexo
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    7 years ago

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    Well, It took 3 months for my
    Sony xperia z to get 4.2 from 4.1 ( unofficially) using xda, there is
    no official update yet from Australian carriers, also updating to 4.2 is
    not a small update, u have to download the whole firmware, it’s not
    like a patch, they have to test everything again 🙁

    Hi
    Hi
    7 years ago

    “Lastly Google have introduced Media DRM support to Android 4.3, this will allow media providers to easily secure content that they provide through their applications on any Android device.”

    That doesn’t sound like a feature to me and represents a big step backwards IMHO.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_rights_management

    I may not install 4.3 for that very reason.

    JeniSkunk
    JeniSkunk
    Reply to  Hi
    7 years ago

    I wonder how the idea of closed source consumer rights removal malware being baked into 4.3, will be received by the AOSP.

    MrJayTee74
    MrJayTee74
    7 years ago

    I disagree, not going to KLP means manufacturer’s can still advertise “most recent android”. I suspect we’ll see a slow down in named updates and more of the incremental ones to allow them to catch up

    vijay alapati
    vijay alapati
    7 years ago

    What the fck……..4.3 ….. This makes manufacture go crazy,….. Why make these mini releases and create more fragmentation…. I’m sure not many phones will get this update, only flag ship devices

    Alexei Watson
    Alexei Watson
    Reply to  vijay alapati
    7 years ago

    this helps fragmentation – it’s a much smaller task to upgrade a device from an older jelly bean to a newer jelly bean, and those that have been working on going from gingerbread/ICS to jelly bean, can continue with that work. you will see jelly bean have a major market share = less fragmentation.

    vijay alapati
    vijay alapati
    Reply to  Alexei Watson
    7 years ago

    Well, It took 3 months for my Sony xperia z to get 4.2 from 4.1 ( unofficially) using xda, there is no official update yet from Australian carriers, also updating to 4.2 is not a small update, u have to download the whole firmware, it’s not like a patch, they have to test everything again 🙁