After weeks of speculation and leaks, the next version of Jelly Bean is finally official
Google has announced a new version of Android — 4.3 Jelly Bean — at its breakfast event in San Francisco today.
As expected, version 4.3 brings new features and tools for developers, including Bluetooth Low Energy support and new for devs to interact with Android's notification center. OpenGL ES 3.0 is on-board, making Android the first platform to support the new standards. New DRM APIs allow content providers to deliver more options, for example Netflix has released a version of their app that streams in 1080p.
On the tablet side, "restricted" user profiles are pretty big news. They have built-in parental controls, and limited access for things like kiosk systems. This opens up a new way to use an Android tablet.
Primarily, though, this is another maintenance release for Jelly Bean, and the 4.3 release builds on what was already there in 4.1 and 4.2. Most of the new additions to the Android code base are focused on getting the OS prepared for connecting to wearable devices (with Bluetooth LE) and helping developers make even better applications.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will be hitting Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 10 devices from today, so now's the time to start hammering that "Check for updates" button, if you're into that sort of thing. Google Play edition phones are promised updates "very soon."
We'll bring you more on the new release as it comes. In the meantime, share your thoughts down in the comments.
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