The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is finally here, as it was officially announced at today’s Google press conference that is currently undergoing in San Francisco. As you probably heard from the reports that made the headlines over the past few weeks, the Mountain View-based company decided to launch Android 4.3 Jelly Bean instead of the highly anticipated Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, probably keeping the latter one for Android’s 5th birthday in October.
Even though most of us expected Google to introduce Android 4.3 Jelly Bean at I/O event in May, the Mountain View-based giant decided to focus its annual developers conference on new services like, Google Play Game Services, Play Music streaming service, a new Google Maps, improved Google Plus interface and photo processing, all these being an integral part of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean along with the new and interesting features that were demoed on the stage of Google I/O in May.
As usual the smartphones and tablets belonging to the Nexus family will be the first ones to receive the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, along with the freshly launched HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition. The Google officials didn’t mention anything about the HTC One Google Edition, so we are curious to hear about it’s fate, too.
Just like anyone anticipated, the new Android 4.3 Jell Bean is just a minor update, probably launched to give the OEMs more time to update their devices to a later Android version before making the big jump to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Google seeks to reduce Android fragmentation and a move like the launch of Jelly Bean 4.3 might come to help: since the update is not that important the smartphone and tablet makers can skip it an update directly to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
What are the changes brought by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean? We’ve found out more from the previous leaks than what we’ve found from today’s press event. Google’s Hugo Barra wanted to mention that the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will come with support for Bluetooth Smart, OpenGL ES 3.0 (which will lead to improved game graphics), DRM APIs, Easier text input, Bluetooth AVRCP, and improved support for more languages like Hebrew, Arabic (RTL), Africaans, Amharic, Hindi, Swahili , and Zulu.
While all the above are less important for us, the end user (even though their presence improves our experience), Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will also come with restricted profiles for tablets, faster user-switching (also a tablet feature), and with Dial pad autocomplete which will help you find contacts without searching in the People app.
The new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will also bring an improved interface for the camera app (which for some reason was left out of today’s presentation) and Google Keep now became a system application. The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean build that leaked for Nexus 4 also revealed that it will bring various bug fixes for WiFi, Mobile Data and Bluetooth, smoother transitions between apps, and better battery management.
Talking about battery management, Hugo Barra announced that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will integrate background WiFi location, which will both improve your device’s battery stamina and enhance the Google Now experience. Of course, for the most accurate location you will still have to turn on the GPS.
Just like it happened with the previous Android releases, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Samsung Galaxy S4 will be rolled out in phases, the luckiest of you being able to update their devices as of today.
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