Regardless of your thoughts on the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, I think we can all agree that Jelly Bean Android 4.3 isn’t exactly worth wetting your pants over. My reaction to Martin’s article? ‘Thank furg I didn’t have to cover that.’
More interestingly, now that developers have had some time to pore over Android 4.3, there are hints about a couple of features we might see in Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie), namely granular app controls and 4K display support.
The first discovery from Android Police is something called “App Ops”, which allows you to manually tailor permissions for apps, such as “read calendar” and “modify calendar” and that.
With apps categorised into Location, Personal, Messaging and Device, there’s even a timestamp for the last time permissions were used.
App Ops is reportedly mostly functional, but isn't quite ready to make its public debut just yet.
Sticking with Android Police, they’ve also discovered 4K display support, though we’re getting a tad ahead of the game there. Having said that, Qualcomm reckons there’ll be 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) displays later this year.
Finally, there’s the news that tapping up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right and subsequently B, A then Start (the “Konami Code”) in Google Play Games gets you the achievement “All your game are belong to us” – a reference to the Mega Drive game Zero Wing. Brilliant.