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Introducing Android 4.3, a sweeter Jelly Bean

         

These days we’re releasing Android four.three — an improve to Jelly Bean that introduces a variety of new options, together with constrained profiles. Android four.three additionally provides Bluetooth Good improve (a.okay.a Bluetooth Low-Vitality); the most recent in 3D photographs thru OpenGL ES three.zero; and extra.

Limited profiles for tablets
Light-weight and transportable, tablets are excellent for sharing with others. Ultimate October we brought enhance for more than one customers. Every individual has a separate area and may freely customise the tablet expertise, from lockscreen to wallpaper, apps and folders.

In Android four.three, we’re introducing limited profiles, which allow you to take care of per-person get right of entry to to apps and content material. Limited profiles can be utilized in any choice of eventualities. For instance, constrained profiles allow parental controls, so sure members of the family are avoided from getting access to mature content material. Alternately, retail retailers can use tablets as kiosks that convey product data, or stores can use tablets as level of sale techniques, all whereas limiting get admission to to apps.

To arrange constrained profiles to your tablet, go to the Customers part beneath Settings. Learn more.

Bluetooth Smart support (a.k.a. Bluetooth Low-Energy)
Fitness sensors and other devices that use Bluetooth Smart technology open the door for a whole new class of mobile applications. Bluetooth Smart minimizes power usage while measuring and transmitting data, making both sensors and the phones or tablets connected to them more battery-efficient.

With Android 4.3, Nexus 4 can now connect to Bluetooth Smart sensors. Runtastic and many other developers are making Android apps compatible with these sensors.

Accelerated 3D graphics with OpenGL ES 3.0
Devices like the new Nexus 7 support OpenGL ES 3.0, the latest industry standard for accelerated 3D graphics. This brings photorealism to a whole new level in the games you’re playing: blades of grass on the soccer field come alive, asphalt on the street looks real as you screech by, stubble on a villains’ face almost pokes out of the screen. And with sophisticated effects like self-shadows, that villain looks even more menacing, casting a shadow on himself.

Dial pad autocomplete
With Android 4.3 we’ve introduced a new autocomplete feature in the dial pad. Just start touching numbers or letters and the dial pad will suggest phone numbers or names. To turn on this feature, open your phone app settings and enable “Dial pad autocomplete”.

Improved support for Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi, and more
We’ve made major progress on enabling right-to-left layouts across the platform user interface: dialer, home and lock screens, settings, and more. This work builds on the support that we introduced for right-to-left layouts for Hebrew and Arabic speakers in Android 4.2. We’ve also added support for Hindi, Afrikaans, Amharic, Swahili, and Zulu.
There’s more to Android 4.3 than we can fit in this post, so for a detailed list of changes, click here.
Android 4.3 is now rolling out now to Nexus devices, and will be available on the new Nexus 7 and Google Play edition devices soon. Let us know what you think on our Google+ page for Android.
Posted through Dave Burke and Gabe Cohen, Android Platform crew