The new Android 4.3 comes almost nine months after Google introduced Android 4.2. Google recently unveiled Android 4.3 with the launch of the new Nexus 7 tablet and will be available for update to the old Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 tablets. The new release doesn’t bring about much of a makeover but it does offer some great features. In this article, we will take a look at the 10 new features of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
10 Features of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Here they are:
- Bluetooth Smart Ready
The introduction of Bluetooth Smart Ready feature seems to be Google’s way to introduce wearable technology to the masses. All the devices supporting Android 4.3 will be able to support Bluetooth Smart accessories requiring like pedometers, thermometers, heart rate monitors and others. The syncing of low energy devices won’t affect the battery power of the device. This is a step ahead in the mass scale use of wearable tech in the near future.
- Auto-Complete Dial Pad
This is not a new feature exactly because HTC and Samsung devices already have this ability but it was missing from the Android OS. In this, the user has to use the dial pad to enter contact number or contact name and the auto-complete feature will automatically suggest numbers and contact names from the stored list. This feature can be initiated by enabling the ‘Dial Pad Auto-Complete’ feature from the App Settings page.
- Profile Restriction
In the last Android release, Google had added the multi-user option and in the Android 4.3 version, this feature has been enhanced with profile restriction wherein you, the user, can restriction the accessibility of apps and content consumption. In case you are using the multiple profile option, you can create profile and specify the functionalities the created profiles can access. This is really good for parents, enabling them to control what kind of content their kids’ access online.
- Access to Notifications
The notification bar has always been popular with Android users. In the latest Android version, you can interact with the status bar notifications and decide what notifications have more importance over the others. You can push the notifications to connected devices like fitness bands and smart watches for easy accessibility. All the notifications can be seen at one place now.
- Setup Wizard
For the first time ever, there is a correction feature in the Jelly Bean device signing-in mode. Further, you can also change information keyed-in when the device was first booted. Accordingly, Google has modified user agreements and has further introduced faster lock screen switching where the device has multiple users.
- Bluetooth AVRCP
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will be able to sync with other Bluetooth enabled devices like car stereos and also packs other functionalities. When synced with stereos, the Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 version will display metadata like song name and titles. This functionality will positively boost up usability.
- OpenGL ES 3.0
This is good news for gamers. The new version of OpenGL ES 3.0 will enable Android devices to display high quality 3D graphics in gaming modules and other apps. The new industry standard version has high performance graphics. When you use Android 4.3, you will find a demo game video highlighting all the new features under this such as better reflections, lens flare and others.
- Language Support
Another wonderful feature is the addition of language support. Some recently added languages are Hindi, Africaans, Amharic, Swahili and Zulu. Additional support has been included for Arabic and Hebrew. The language support can be found in People, Home Screen, Settings, Phone and Keep Apps options.
The keyboard has undergone a major upheaval. The tap-typing recognition algorithm will make the input of text easier while composing emails or chatting via messages. The new Jelly Bean also makes use of emoji keyboard, as seen in iOS. The joysticks and gamepad buttons have been given lower latency input.
- Wi-Fi Location Accuracy
Android 4.3 allows the user to use Wi-Fi in offline mode, that is, not in active mode for data access. The Wi-Fi can scan location more accurately and give better results. It will help Google to increase their location-based database. This feature will help to increase battery life.
These were the top 10 features of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Enjoy!
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