Google introduced a new version of Jelly Bean – Android 4.3 alongside the new Nexus 7. The new Jelly Bean update mainly brings under-the-hood changes such as OpenGL ES 3.0 and Bluetooth Smart support.
For tablets, Google has also enhanced the multi-user support, introduced in Android 4.2, with restricted profiles. This will allow users to restrict access to apps, or even provide limited access to IAPs in games and apps. There is also support forBluetooth Smart or Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy devices.
What’s new in Android 4.3 -:
- T9 Dialler – Finally! The option is disabled by default, but can be enabled from the Dialer settings.
- The Camera app does not rotate completely like in Android 4.2. Instead, only the icons rotate.
- New camera app with the ability to take pics using the Volume
- The status bar clock is now hidden on the lock screen
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE support for Nexus 4
- AVCRP 1.3 support
- Many new Developer options
- New system apps like Google Keep, Hangouts
- New radio for arguably better battery life, better mobile data and Wi-Fi performance
- Smoother animations
- Improved touch screen sensitivity for Nexus 4
- Ability to scan for Wi-Fi location networks, even when Wi-Fi is switched off
- Many tweaks and improvements to the Dalvik VM. This means more butter for apps
- Hidden notification history
- Updated version of Google Keep and Play Store
- GPU rendering has also been greatly improved. This will help make apps smoother and faster, while saving battery
- OpenGL 3.0 support has been added to Nexus 4
- Newer graphics driver for Nexus 4 greatly improves performance in benchmarks
We complain about the lack of any major new features in an iOS software update, but it looks like it is the same situation in the Android world as well, which is due to the growing maturity of these mobile operating systems.