On Wednesday at Google event, Google Executive Huga Barra confirmed the fact that Google’s Nexus family will have the first priority starting today to the new unveiled Android’s Jellybean 4.3 with the Google Edition phones waiting a little longer. Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 smartphones, original Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10 tablets will be getting the update via OTA. The new Nexus 7 will however launch in six days, on the 30th of July running Android 4.3 operating system out of the box. Android’s new features include new restricted profiles for kids, OpenGL|ES 3.0 for game developers, a redesigned camera interface, Bluetooth Low Energy support and general performance improvements.
The Multi-user restricted profile is an upgrade from the multi-user feature that branded the 4.2 version of Android only adding the parental feature that seemingly borrows from the Windows phone version of the Microsoft’s kid’s corner. This controls enable the user to change the performance of the apps and other devices based on the person that has logged on-top-of-which is an option for provisioning in enterprise settings and controlling app purchases.
Bluetooth improvements are also worth mentioning as Android 4.3 introduces built-in platform support for Bluetooth Smart Ready as being the focus point and provides a standard set of APIs that apps can use to discover nearby devices, query for GATT (Generic Attribute Profile) services, and read/write characteristics. You can read or write standard characteristics or add support for custom characteristics as needed. Your app can function as either client or server and can transmit and receive data in either mode. The APIs are generic, so you’ll be able to support interactions with a variety of devices such as proximity tags, watches, fitness meters, game controllers, remote controls, health devices, and more.
The new Nexus 7-inch tablet has a better screen as well apart from running the best and latest Android (4.3) version yet. It has gone from offering 1,280×800 pixels in the prior model to 1,920×1, 200 pixels in the new one and from 216 ppi to 323 ppi. The RAM sees an improvement from 1GB to 2 GB making it easier for multitasking and the multi-user functionality to come alive. The tablet has a 1.2-megapixel camera in the front and a 5-megapixel camera in the back. The new Nexus 7 will be available in three flavours: A 16GB Wi-Fi-only model for $229, a 32GB Wi-Fi-only model for $269 and a 32GB LTE-capable model for $349.
The Google Play editions of the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One will get the software “soon,” Google Executive Huga Barra added. Barra didn’t mention when other Google Android devices can expect to get the new software. Meaning customers buying the recently launched Galaxy S4 and HTC One devices from wireless operators will likely have to wait awhile for the new upgrades, as will people buying the new Motorola Droid smartphones announced Tuesday for Verizon Wireless’ network.