Bluetooth LE, OpenGL ES 3.0, new Wifi location settings and improved touch response
A week out from the likely announcement of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, we've just come across a second leak of the next version of Google's mobile OS. Android 4.3 (build JWR66N) originally leaked out for the Google Play edition Galaxy S4 a few weeks back, and today the same build is floating around for the Nexus 4. So we've decided to take it for a spin, and bring you some a quick look at how the next version of Android handles on Google's reference phone.
Check out our hands-on video after the break.
On the face of it, we're still dealing with a user experience that's very close to Android 4.2, and this build doesn't contain any major new user-facing features. You need to dig a little deeper to find what's new in Android 4.3, at least in its current incarnation. So far we've been able to dig up references to Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) and OpenGL ES 3.0 support, new dialer options, an "always on" option for Wifi-based location services and a new camera app. There are also new several new options for developers, and a hidden "Notifications" area in the Settings app.
But perhaps the most significant changes for Nexus 4 owners are the improvements made to touch sensitivity. Some have complained of low touch sensitivity on the device, particularly when tapping small on-screen items like the keyboard, and the 4.3 update seems to bring much improved touch sensitivity to the Nexus 4. (The difference on the leaked ROM is noticeable, and we've used the Nexus 4 for long enough to know we're not imagining this change.)
Check out our hands-on video above, and hit the comments to share your thoughts.