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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: all the new features

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: all the new features
Google has officially announced Android 4.3 yesterday, and it’s another gradual update to Jelly Bean, but what’s really new about it? We've broken down the 10 biggest new features including the ones that made it into the highlights - the new multi-user system and the fact that with 4.3 Android should run even faster and smoother.

In reality, it’s clear that Android 4.3 is not a huge update from a user perspective. Google has already done the interface polishing with Android 4.0 and its beautiful Holo UI language and Roboto font.

Now, with 4.3 it is focusing on features that developers will appreciate and the ten innovations listed below will be of most interest to devs, not average users. With over 1 million applications in the Google Play store, Android now can finally say that it has the largest app catalog, bigger than Apple and needless to say multiple times bigger than Windows Phone.

Android 4.3 makes it possible for developers to bring really console-grade games with support for Open GL ES 3.0 graphics and many under the hood improvements in the way the system handles visuals. It is adding tons of possibilities for accessory makers with Bluetooth Smart and Low Energy support. It is opening a new realm for those that want to implement location in their apps with hardware geofencing. All of that is right below, with a quick explanation of each new features in Google’s own words, take a look.



source: Android Developer

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posted on 25 Jul 2013, 07:51

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I could have sworn an article was published yesterday on the same topic correct me if I'm wrong.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:08 6

8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3864; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Android 4.3 is a sweet update. I can't wait until the custom ROMs start to implement it.

Root-Box Android 4.3 anyone? I say in less than a week. lol

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:29 2

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


XDA will be my best friend these next few weeks. :)

But 4.3 hasn't been pushed to my N7 yet. :/

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:41 1

17. Igneel (Posts: 19; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


You can download the original firmware and flash it right away if you want. Did it on my Nexus 4 ^_^ It's now rooted too :D

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 09:04

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I don't want to delete everything from my N7 that's the thing. I'm updating the minute I'm able to.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 11:25

22. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 983; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


Im going to do the same for my Nexus7 PapaSmurf. I was looking for the update yesterday so hopefully I'l be able to update when I get home this evening!!

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 11:29

23. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 240; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Illusions 4.3!!!! ARRGGGGHHH *DROOOLING*. LOL

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:33

15. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


You're correct Papa

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 07:51 2

2. fistigons (Posts: 262; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


How's the improvement on battery life? Pocketnow mentioned their Nexus 4 saw a huge improvement. Of course that was the leaked version....

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 07:56

3. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Why call it 4.3? Why not 4.13, or 4.1.3? Every prior #.# iteration before 4.2 was a unique update.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 07:59 12

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


4.x are updates that bring in new features whether they include software or hardware support. 4.2.x are bug fixes and minor improvements basically.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 07:57 1

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What's the name of the game in picture 4? Reminds me of the Gears of War series on my Xbox 360.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:03

6. AndroidistheFuture (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


its called Shadow Gun

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:05

7. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 108; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Shadow Gun.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:09

9. blazee (Posts: 256; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


So no emojis after all? I don't understand why Google would add emojis to the android keyboard

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:10

10. blazee (Posts: 256; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Wouldn't *

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:44 1

18. Igneel (Posts: 19; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


There is. It has a specific keyboard for it included. It's called iWnn IME (Emoji). It contains tons of emojis but some of them are pretty weird. Haven't tested it to see whether it works with other messaging apps.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 09:31

20. blazee (Posts: 256; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Oh cool thanks, I'll check it out

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 11:04

21. datsyuk (Posts: 158; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Wish they weren't ugly :p I like the traditional colored ones

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:13

11. beasteator (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


My Nexus 4 running 4.2 seems to have Emojis. Is that unusual?

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:35

16. blazee (Posts: 256; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


You can see them but can't send them

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 10:45

29. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Root it

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:21 1

12. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Am extremely curious to see how Ingress will run once i get the update what with ingress currently being a huge battery drain.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:30

14. AfterShock (Posts: 2676; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


There's s couple things about this update I look forward to, it's not fluff and stuff for myself.

This will likely be last update I get on my phone once it bleeds through channels of red tape and other hold ups . (2012 One-X)

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 11:47

24. 1113douglas (Posts: 189; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


Makes ios look plain and boring.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 11:49 3

25. LukeTT (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Ahhhh yessss, the perks of being a Nexus user!

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 12:12

26. solomonsteve (Posts: 73; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


Nothing really new in this update for a leyman

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 04:58

27. Sondae (Posts: 185; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


Waiting for this update on s3, note2 or s2....

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 05:01

28. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2516; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Cool. Every update is special.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 11:24 1

30. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


the best thing is that its only 4.3 cant wait for key lime pie update ....this is why i luv my nexus ....apples ios is still behide can switch between apps ....theyre are trying to be like andriod but they cant ....ppl are paying for the name apple smh

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 02:44 1

31. Trex95 (Posts: 543; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


For the Nexus 4 update to 4.3

- Setting
- App
- All
-Google Services framework>clear data>force to stop> About phone> System updates

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