Google has just announced their new update of their Android mobile operating system, bringing it to version 4.3. While rumours have been circulating for months, and many expected the elusive “Key Lime Pie” update to hit, we’re still pleased with what this updated version provides. While the new Android 4.3 version does not offer a different user interface, and much still remains the same at a first glance, there are a number of updates that go on behind the scenes.

Many of the updates that were introduced with Android 4.3 have been speculated before, but nonetheless, we are happy to see these features finally be announced officially. They definitely add much more functionality to the operating system and many users will be pleased with it. The new Android 4.3 will come preinstalled on the new Nexus 7, and other Nexus users will be able to install starting today.

What new features will Android 4.3 Bring?

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This new flavor of Jelly Bean does offer users some features that they have been asking for, as well as better performance and battery autonomy. All of these make Android 4.3 an excellent operating system for mobile devices, and paves the way for future innovations once Key Lime Pie will finally hit the market. But now, let’s take a look at what updates Google has brought to the Android platform:

Multi-User With Restricted Profiles

While Android 4.2 introduced Multi-User support for Android, today, Google has brought this feature one step further by adding Restricted Profiles. This will allow administrator accounts to block apps or features from other accounts. This will be a great addition for parents who have created user accounts for their kids. With the help of this feature, they will be able to block in-app purchases, so they will be able to rest assured that their kids won’t buy anything without their permission.

Bluetooth 4.0 LE

The technology for low power Bluetooth has been around for some time, and even implemented in many devices. However, Android lacked the proper software support for this feature. But not any more! As part of the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, Bluetooth 4.0 LE has received software support, thus making it available on all compatible devices.

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Updated Dialer App

Although not a major update, the Dial App has been fitted with an auto-complete feature. It only makes sense for a smartphone to know who you want to call and provide you with the number quickly. This new feature does add some functionality to Android 4.3 devices, as the Dialer App has not seen major changes in a while now. The new Dialer app also allows the users to add pauses and symbols, which can come in handy in some parts of the world. Apart from this, the Dialer App is still the same we are used to.

OpenGL ES 3.0

With the introduction of OpenGL ES 3.0, gamers will experience better graphics and much more realistic textures or dynamic shadows. We can’t wait to see games appear that will take advantage of this technology. At the presentation, we saw a quick demo of how games will look, and we were amazed.

Android 4.3 will be come preinstalled on the new Nexus 7 tablets, and it will also be available as an over-the-air update for Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus starting today.

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