Android 4.3 improvements detailed in video including big battery boost

Android 4.3 improvements detailed in video including big battery boost
The general assumption is that tomorrow's Google announcement will not only feature the new Nexus 7, but that it will also show off Android 4.3. Android 4.3 is expected to be another incremental update to Jelly Bean, and we're getting to see some of the improvements detailed in a new video. The good folks over at pocketnow have loaded up a leaked ROM of 4.3 and gone through the various changes that they found.

The biggest improvement that we saw is the battery life performance. There had been a fake rumor a while back that Google was working on something called Project Roadrunner, which would do for battery life what Project Butter did for performance. The rumor turned out to be fake, but that didn't mean Google wasn't working on the fix anyway. According to pocketnow, battery life in an informal test went from about 4-6 hours of heavy usage to over 25 hours. A big part of the boost from the battery meter seems to be in much much better standby battery life. 

In addition, the Android dialer now has autocomplete for both phone numbers and names. This is a feature that has been in custom software from various manufacturers, but it is new for stock Android. There is a new Emoji keyboard with what looks like hundreds, if not thousands of emoji. The only issue is that it is unclear if the emoji are visible on any device, just Android, or just Android with the updated keyboard (since that has been decoupled from stock). 

Other than that are the smaller updates that we expected, like Bluetooth 4.0 LE, the new camera app interface, and increased performance. Overall, it's definitely not an insubstantial update, especially if the battery life claims turn out to be true, but it is certainly an incremental update since the new list of features is a bit light. It's mostly performance tweaks. 


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34 Comments

1. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

WAT? :D

3. Castro90

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly, wow. :)

5. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Too impressive to be true :3 Tomorrow is close...

26. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Thank GODDD they will have smart dial finally...

12. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

What a lie. 4-6 hours of heavy usage to over 25? With the same battery capacity? Heavy usage? What kind of trash lies are they spouting? Oh, most of the improvements come from better standby it seems. So it's not under heavy usage. In other words, not much difference.

15. proto

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

when you look at video... you'll see, that is actualy 10-14 hours of heavy usage..10 hours was phone on stand by. Still 2 times boost ... impressive :)

16. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly. The big dips were at the beginning and end of the day and in the middle valley was during work time. So overall, I'd say this is normal usage for most people. 25 hours is amazing. I'm pretty impressed when not just battery efficiency is improved but also performance as well. the thing was snappy and the benchmarks showed the improvements. Stock N4's get around 14000-14500 on antutu and this pumped it up by 2000 which is a big jump for only software changes.

20. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Just for a simple software update to a phone, I would be extremely impressed by just 2-3 hours extra of battery life.

24. mikeymop

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I think he means his smartwatch, not the phone itself.

2. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Thats great.

4. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

All I care about is a fix for the numerous bugs in 4.2 to 4.2.2. The rest is all icing on the cake.

6. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

A fix for the HDMI :3!

7. rtol1

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I find that very hard to believe, but if Google somehow managed to pull this off and demonstrates this tomorrow, I'll gladly reconsider.

8. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Can't wait to have 4.3 on my GS4. :)

23. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Can't wait to have unofficial 4.3 on my GS3 ;)

27. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Can't wait for unofficial rom on my gs2

29. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Can't wait to put it in my GS1 !!! .... :P

33. Hassan420i

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 23, 2013

Can't wait to port it in my 3310 :D

9. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Finally I can send emoji on a stock messaging app. I could on my liquid smooth 2.7 build but when I went back to TW I can only see them makes me mad

10. cashphama

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

Emoji is on Android 4.2.2 and that's nothing new.

11. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

If that amount of battery optimization holds true for more devices than just the Nexus 4, then Droid MAXX is going to sell like crazy, and the Notes 2 and 3 will hold a charge for days!

13. f1r3z0r

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

If only if this is true fact android will kill everyone market... But anyway I getting the lumia 1020 and the s4 Google edition

14. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Snappy as hell.

17. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Looking forward to this on my Note 2.

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yeah, especially since Sammy is going straight to 4.3 and bypassing 4.2.2.

19. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Let's see if those claims can stand up to an eight-year-old playing Minecraft and Doodle Jump :-)

21. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Hopefully they throw in a fix for the surfaceflinger problems with the nexus 10, and any word on reduced RAM usage?

22. bigstrudel

Posts: 602; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Honestly if you look at the battery info it looks like 6 hours of screen on time. Speaking of which he really shouldve just shown the on screen time instead.

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Rather unbelievable achievement. Hope it's true!!

28. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

any improvement in low-light performance?? or how about easier access to phone logs?? it takes three clicks to get there!!

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