At Google Event held in San Francisco, Google has officially lifted the veil of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is the newest release of the popular mobile operating system debuted along with new Nexus 7 on the same stage.
Google executive Huga Barra announced the Android 4.3 and said that Google Nexus lineup including Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Galaxy Nexus and the first generation of Nexus 7 would be the first to get the latest version of Jelly Bean Android 4.3 via OTA update. He also added that the Google Play editions of the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One would get the update soon, but hadn’t mentioned the date of availability for Android smartphones and tablets of other manufacturers.
The latest version of Android is not a major overhaul of the operating system. The release comes with very few new features such as Multi-User Restricted profiles – that allows parents to control their children activities on the device. In this case, the apps act in a different way depending as per the limitations to the specified user profile. Besides, there is a feature that blocks the In-App Purchase so that the children can’t spend money without parental consent.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean also supports video-streaming at 1080p leveraging a new set of DRM APIs that enable hardware-based encryption for video. Barra revealed that Google and Netflix had worked closely on new Netflix app. Hence Netflix is one of the first to use Android’s new set of APIs to stream videos at 1080p.
It also supports Open GLES 3.0, which brings a greater graphics capabilities, and Bluetooth Smart technology. Thus, Android 4.3 is another incremental version of Jelly Bean with minor changes and Google fans will have to wait for Key Lime Pie.