Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Google on Wednesday finally unveiled Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the next update for its mobile operating system.

Taking the stage during the show, Hugo Barra revealed that the new Nexus 7 will be the first device to ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on board – just as expected, considering the numerous leaks we’ve seen – and explained some of its new features.

Android 4.3 will bring new capabilities to the multi-user mode that’s already available on Jelly Bean tablets: restricted profile. Thanks to the restricted profile feature, tablet owners will be able to customize the kind of access other people have on certain devices, a feature particularly useful for parents that share tablets with their children.

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In restricted mode, apps will be available to multiple profiles, but they will behave differently. For example, in-app purchases won’t be available to a restricted profile, so a child won’t be able to purchase anything by mistake.

Bluetooth Smart (or Bluetooth Low Energy) will finally be supported by Android 4.3 – just as previously rumored – which means users will be able to pair a variety of Bluetooth-enabled devices to their Android 4.3-running devices.

Android 4.3 comes with OpenGL ES 3.0 support, which means game developers will be able to offer even more impressive games to tablet and smartphone users that run the latest Android version.

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The new OS also brings new DRM APIs that will offer hardware-based encryption for videos, a feature that will be already used by the Netflix app for Android.

The company has listed several other Android 4.3 features without specifically stopping to detail them, including:

  • easier text input
  • faster user-switching
  • Hebrew and Arabic RTL
  • Bluetooth AVRCP
  • background Wi-Fi location
  • dial pad autocomplete
  • Africaans, Amharic, Hindi, Swahili and Zulu support

As you can see – and as we’ve seen already in those leaked Android 4.3 builds – Android 4.3 isn’t a major update, but rather a minor one that brings several improvements to the OS.

A full changelog for Android 4.3 was not available online at the time this article was written. The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean page went up.

New Nexus 7

Android 4.3 will be initially available on the new Nexus 7, but it will be rolled out to existing Nexus devices including Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10, Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Nexus devices will only get the OTA update later down the road.

  • Afrikaans is spelt with a K and not a C.

    • Sizwe Mlotshwa

      +1 that

    • Peter

      Okay, since we’re on the topic of spelling, I’ll add my personal beef concerning the ongoing and terribly annoying grammatical mistake that so many people make, especially those in the media.

      When you’re talking about human beings, the word is who (not that). Case in point in the original write-up above, the bottom of the 3rd paragraph. The phrase currently reads, “…a feature particularly useful for parents that share tablets with their children.” It should be, “a feature particularly useful for parents WHO share tablets with their children.”

      I tell you, Americans are bastardizing the English language so much so that, soon, no one else in the English-speaking world will understand them. Then again, maybe that’s a good thing. :) Okay, it happens a lot in Canada, too.

      • Trent Richards

        If you think Americans are butchering the English language, you should pay a visit to the English speaking Caribbean islands.

        • APai

          oh you guys haven’t seen/ heard of India as yet, every state has it’s own version of English :) I used to get worked up over incorrect usage, but, then WTH, people can do whatever they want with language.

          • Trent Richards

            Haha, I am American born but spent most of my childhood in the Caribbean. Because of that I have two different accents and can speak both like an American and a Dominican (Dominica is a small island between Guadeloupe and Martinique). When I speak like a Dominican to Americans, most of them think I am speaking a different language.

          • APai

            :) we have a LOT of the accent issue too. not to mention change of dialects – in India, on an average the dialect change every few miles you travel, so it’s a linguistic adventure :)

            many regions in the country , you end up speaking 5 languages – mother tongue/ regional/ state/ national/ English. some in the sales field, also pick up a few other regional languages, so they end up with around 6-8 distinct languages!

          • Trent Richards


      • Well spotted.

      • Who cares? If you cannot read an article and still understand the point being made, you have bigger issues.

        Most of us come here for tech news. If you want well-crafted and grammar free works of art, go to the library.

        • Peter

          Construction Contractor? Figures!

          • Leonardo Rojas

            It’s annoying for me as it’s for you n.n Grammatical mistakes are everywhere. Even in more mainstream media.
            One thing that’s specially annoying for me is the way English speaking people turn nouns into verbs. For example: “I like snow shoeing”
            Doesn’t it sound horrible?

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    Wondering, what the easier text input is going to be.

  • Tamadrummer94

    This was a pretty disappointing event in my eyes. Chromecast is cool and superbly cheap, but app integration is uncertain and non-existent at this point, and it doesn’t have the “Mirroring” functionality of the Apple TV (arguably the coolest part). 4.3 is such a tiny update unless you own a wrist band or Pebble. Either they’re slacking lately or 5.0 is gonna be HUUGGEEEE, and I’m really hoping for the latter.

    • MasterMuffin

      Nexus 7 was the only cool thing

      • Sheheryar Khan


      • Piyush

        and chromecast

        • MasterMuffin

          Well now that I read again of the Chromecast, it actually does seem like a cool device for those without (or even with) smart TVs

          • Trent Richards

            After reading and watching the presentation of Chromecast, I definitely am more interested in it than I was initially. I still wish Google would make Miracast a priority though. At least get it on all Nexus devices!

          • Morrissex

            It uses HDMI, so people should have a smart TV.

          • MasterMuffin

            Pretty much all modern TVs, smarr or not, have HDMI input

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  • TomONeill

    in-app purchases won’t be available to a restricted profile, so a child won’t be able to purchase anything by mistake.

    But the already purchased in-app purchases are available to them, right?
    Not really something to look out for in my opinion.

  • James Silva

    Now I’m just going to be waiting for Cyanogenmod 10.2…

  • districtjack

    I am anxiously waiting for the OTA update. My nexus 7 is on the charger. Am I overanxious to think it might be released by tonight?

    Someone please post it when you get the update.

    • Carl Hand

      just installed it on my Nexus 7about 10 minutes ago.

      • districtjack

        carl, do you have the old nexus 7 or the brand new one? I’m still waiting for the update on mine.

        • dad688

          just got my Nexus7 2012 update ota looking to see whats new i’m in south Florida

  • Bas

    Mostly interesting features for developers. Should have been introduced at I/O, so why the delay?

  • Tina

    I know this is probably off subject but I have a Samsung Galaxy s2 Threw Boost and Im trying to figure out how to fully set up Google Now can someone help? please

  • Tina

    It has jelly bean 4.1.2 also

  • John Fredricks

    So much for the nexus 4 and 10 being priority devices