Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: all the new features

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



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

XDA will be my best friend these next few weeks. :) But 4.3 hasn't been pushed to my N7 yet. :/

17. Igneel

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 23, 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

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

22. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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!!

23. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012


15. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

You're correct Papa

2. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

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

3. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

6. AndroidistheFuture

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

its called Shadow Gun

7. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

Shadow Gun.

9. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

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

10. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Wouldn't *

18. Igneel

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

20. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Oh cool thanks, I'll check it out

21. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

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

11. beasteator

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

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

16. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

You can see them but can't send them

29. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Root it

12. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

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

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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)

24. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

Makes ios look plain and boring.

25. LukeTT

Posts: 13; Member since: May 03, 2013

Ahhhh yessss, the perks of being a Nexus user!

26. solomonsteve

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

Nothing really new in this update for a leyman

27. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

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

28. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Cool. Every update is special.

30. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 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

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