Thursday, July 25, 2013

Android 4.3 announced, Rolling out to nexus devices

Finally, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is coming out. Soon Nexus devices will be out with the new version of Android OS. 

In yesterday's Google event, the developers officially announced the next version of Android OS, the Android 4.3. Although it is still called Jelly Bean, there are a lot of changes that Google is bringing around in this version.



So what’s new in this latest flavor of Jelly Bean? Here are some of the key changes, courtesy of the Android Developers blog post


OpenGL ES 3.0 — Game developers can now take advantage of OpenGL ES 3.0 and EGL extensions as standard features of Android, with access from either framework or native APIs.

 Bluetooth Smart — Now your apps can communicate with the many types of low-power Bluetooth Smart devices and sensors available today, to provide new features for fitness, medical, location, proximity, and more.

Restricted profiles — Tablet owners can create restricted profiles to limit access to apps, for family, friends, kiosks, and more. Your app can offer various types of restrictions to let tablet owners control its capabilities in each profile.

New media capabilities — A modular DRM framework enables media application developers to more easily integrate DRM into their own streaming protocols such as MPEG DASH. Apps can also access a built-in VP8 encoder from framework or native APIs for high-quality video capture.

Notification access — Your apps can now access and interact with the stream of status bar notifications as they are posted. You can display them in any way you want, including routing them to nearby Bluetooth devices, and you can update and dismiss notifications as needed.

Improved profiling tools — New tags in the Systrace tool and on-screen GPU profiling give you new ways to build great performance into your app. 


More details in Android website here and here.


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