Android 4.3 is here, so what’s new?


Whats new Android 4.3

So you’ve heard about it, if you haven’t by now, whether you’re an Apple product fan boy or a Lumia Windows Phone disciple, the latest version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is here, and my, does it look good. Google on Wednesday, showcased its next generation Nexus tablet, which will make its debut in a few days, and yes it runs the latest version of Android 4.3.

Nexus 7 in all its glory
Nexus 7 in all its glory

Okay, truth be told,we still wanted to see Android 5.0 (key lime pie) but it seems it wont be available till fall. But hey,no one’s complaining, 4.3 is still pretty awesome, and while it hasn’t completely bombarded the Internet with its awesomeness  (as Android 5.0 probably would  have), it is still pretty cool. So lets see what Android 4.3 has,under the hood (or is it code?).

Restricted Profiles

With this new handy feature, you can restrict app usage and content consumption.  Lets say you share a tablet with your roommate or younger siblings, or…wait for it….PARENTS. You can now set up Profiles which will ensure that each person gets their own space. Everyone can now have their own games, apps, widgets, home-screen and even backgrounds. Parents can now place a lock on certain apps which they might not want their children accessing. This feature will mostly be available on tablets.

Bluetooth Smart Ready

Bluetooth low energy (re-branded Bluetooth smart) is support for low energy Bluetooth devices which you can now interact with.Devices utilizing Bluetooth smart technology can be found almost everywhere in devices such as fitness sensors, heart rate or glucose monitors, pedometers, thermometers,watches,game controllers, remote controls etc.

Built-in security protection

Security got a boost as well, in Android 4.3 (think about the KNOX feature on the Galaxy S4),according to the Android website

Every app runs in its own sandbox, a secure space isolated from other apps. And whenever you download an app, Android can automatically scan it for viruses, checking apps against a database maintained by Google. Thanks to Android’s multiple layers of security, you can browse the web and install apps from Google Play with peace of mind.

So now you can sleep easy knowing your droid is safe from the evils that troll the inter-webs, well, if it was an issue before, that is.

Gaming: Mobile gaming enhanced

Android Gaming,Modern combat 4
Android Gaming,Modern combat 4

OpenGL:ES 3.0 support in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean comes as great news for the gaming industry guys. Basically OpenGL ES 3.0 support brings with it enhanced graphics,with photo-realistic capabilities. Detail and speed are also massively enhanced. This means game makers like EA will finally start taking android a bit seriously and you can expect great games.

Mobile media streaming

With Android 4.3 you can now stream movies, YouTube videos, and anything that’s on your tablet or phone screen to a HDTV. Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 already support this feature.Google included DRM APIs that would make easier for media companies to show off their content.

Camera and keyboard updates

The camera features have been tweaked a little bit with the icons moved around a little bit,in a more simple, neater, arc.

As for the keyboard,its new with a changes here and there,expect better auto-correct responsiveness,you now don’t have to worry about the spaces between words because guess,it adds those for you as well. Text-to-speech now works without a data connection,so you can now use that feature everywhere you go,with or without a data connection.

Other features include a new fresher looking Google Search, which is more precise. Blind users can use Gesture Mode to reliably navigate the UI using touch and swipe gestures in combination with speech output. Moving across home screens is now faster,smoother,silkier with buttery movements which complement your every swipe and gesture. The WiFi feature gets a boost too through WiFi scan mode,this allows your device to pinpoint WiFi points,which in future may be used by Google in maps to aid in location finding.

There are many more technical updates which come with android 4.3,but hey better enjoy android 4.3 before android 5.0 debuts.