Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: what's it got and when's it coming?

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: what's it got and when's it coming?So Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is with us, launched at the “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” shindig over in the US that also saw the new Nexus 7 unveiled as well as a Chromecast USB thingy – more on that tomorrow.

It's not a massively big deal, either, hence the lack of Android 5.0 designation or specific Key Lime Pie tastebud-baiting, but let's run through the details anyway so you know what to expect.

We'll start with what for gamers is the chief improvement, and that's support for the new OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics standard.

In truth it's more of a long-term thing as far as the end user is concerned, as it just means Android can now work with the newer standard, so developers can now write games utilising it. In the long run it will lead to better graphics in games, though, which is the main point.

There's also a couple of improvements to Android's media capabilities in the form of a modular DR framework, plus better profiling tools and notification access.

Probably the change that'll be the most obvious to most users will be what Google's calling the Multi User with Restricted Profiles feature. It's an added level of customisation to individual profiles that allows you to specify which types of content specific users can access.

It's the kind of thing that'll suit parents looking to keep their, er, home videos clear of junior's eyeballs, or restrict their ability to purchase content of their own without permission.

The other significant add-on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean brings to the table is support for low-energy Bluetooth – or Bluetooth Smart.

It's a mild step forward all told, but it's one rolling out immediately to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, plus the current Nexus 4, 7 and 10 devices. Needless to say, the newly announced Nexus 7 will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on board.

Probably the Google Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One will be next, though with neither being sold in the UK that doesn't really mean much for us.

That aside it'll be the usual changing winds of carrier and manufacturer announcements that'll carry news of the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update's rollout to your specific phone, so keep 'em peeled for news as it emerges.

So... when are we getting Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, then?

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mrew42  Jul. 24, 2013 at 19:58

UI definititely seems even smoother (than butter) on my Nexus 4
Best bit was the new Radio which gives much better 3g signal

Stelph  Jul. 25, 2013 at 09:42

"So... when are we getting Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, then?"

Probably when they work out what the next big feature is going to be, I have to admit after the damp squib that was NFC im not sure what the next big change will be that will warrant an upgrade to verison 5.0


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