Did HTC just tease some details of what Android 4.3 will offer?

by: Nate SwannerMay 4, 2013


First the pretty stellar HTC One, and now this? Thanks HTC! You’re on a roll.

On a meetup posting on SFAndroid.org, HTC seems to have given away a bit too much info. In the description, they mention two features that are currently available… just not on a wide scale. Considering the date of the meeting is May 16th, we’re led to believe this is subsequent to info we’ll get in the keynote speech at I/O, which is on May 15th.

The first of those technologies being discussed is BLE, or Bluetooth Low Energy. This technology has quite a bit to do with newer “always on” devices and features. We’d expect to see it at some point in the near future, considering Google Glass is coming soon (and needs to be tethered), so this isn’t a total shock. Whether it be on 4.3 or a later iteration like Key Lime Pie, we were anticipating its arrival.

Another tidbit of perhaps greater interest is OpenGL ES 3.0. OpenGL is a graphics specification (shading, texturing… stuff like that), and one that many of us with Chrome Beta on our devices have activated. You may remember our story a few months back about activating it to get full screen capabilities on the mobile browser. While that was WebGL, it operates on OpenGL 2.0… and has some of the same semantics for operation on mobile devices. Again, we knew this would happen at some point… but this is different.

With all the gaming sessions at I/O this year, we expected the overall missive and tempo to be cheerleading developers into more game development. With OpenGL, a slew of gaming-specific sessions, and Google having hired a new gaming chief… it could be a bit more serious than we originally anticipated.

Serious about gaming. I like the sound of that.

  • GO HTC

    • harrold

      For spreading only :)

  • I have the HTC one and currently using 4.1 so please get 4.2.2 soon.

    • Dean

      or 4.3 that’d be awesome if they did that

      • I think they’re going to do just that. Personally, I do not want that buggy 4.2 on my One. Its buggy enough on my Nexus 4.

  • whoknowswhereor

    but can it run sdcard!

    • nope

      No, because nobody needs it! there is plenty of on board space, unlike the GS4!

      • Reginald Spence II


      • whoknowswhereor

        lol.. keep dreaming. Ill take my external 64+ internal than you having what.. 1 more gb internal space? rofl delusional kids.

        • vampyren

          hehe exactly, 64gig vs 1gig, ok One comes as 32gig as well but still i prefer the SD. I like to have big media library for mp3, movies, pictures rather than 10000 apps so it fits me more with SD.
          And btw S4 is already 4.2.2 for some yummy screen lock option and i believe it has BLE but need to double check.

    • No one gives a shit about that, just ask Apple. Also, despite 64GB models being available, the sales of those models are so low that it shows a majority of people are okay with 32 or even 16GB of storage.

      How many 16GB iPhones have been sold? How many 16GB or even 8GB Nexus 4s have been sold? How many people use the 16 GB S3 without ever adding an SD card? Answer to all those questions: A hell lot.

  • It will be great for the OUYA!

  • disk Latvia
    • Jaime Larios

      Just posted the same without reading the comments. You win.

  • Jaime Larios
  • Nick Lambourne

    GLES3 has been part of the AOSP for a few months already ;0)