Google has introduced the next version of its well popular Android mobile operating system along with the mega launch of its brand new 2nd generation Nexus 7 tablet. The new version of the operating system is dubbed as Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and it is undoubtedly one of the finest (if not the best) mobile operating systems of recent times for sure.
Google unveiled the Android 4.2 around nine months ago, and since then almost every leading global smartphone making company has been adopting this version into their latest phones. As now the Android 4.3 has finally arrived, it is highly expected that most of the companies will be upgraded their upcoming devices with this cool OS for sure. It has to be mentioned here that Google’s new Nexus 7 will be running on the new Android 4.3.
Today we’ll talk about some major changes that the new Android version has brought with it. However, it is quite true that it doesn't bring a huge makeover as suggested by a series of leaks on the last few months. So let’s dig into top 10 best features in Android 4.3.
1. Restricted Profiles for Multiple users
Google introduced multi-user profiles in the last Android version, but this time the search engine king has moved one step further by adding a new feature called restricted profiles. It will surely enhance the user experiences in a positive way. With the help of this new feature users can easily restrict content consumption and app usage on a device that runs on Android. This simply means if a device is used by multiple users, then each user will be able to set profiles of their own. For instance, parents will be able to easily restrict their kids from accessing some of the apps or games on their tablets.
However, we should add it here that this feature is available on Android tablets only.
2. Dial-pad Autocomplete
Android 4.3 is coming up with the severely useful autocomplete feature in the dial-pad, which basically suggests phone numbers or contact names when users start type-in something over the dial pad. Now you must be wandering what is new in it as several OEMs such as Samsung and HTC had already added this feature on to their dedicated UI skins that run on top of Android, but the fact is devices running stock Android were missing this feature until the launch of new version of the Android.
If you want to activate this feature, then all you have to do is to go to the app settings and enable 'Dial Pad autocomplete'.
3. Bluetooth Smart Ready
It looks like the big G is preparing the way for wearable technology as it proudly introduced the advanced Bluetooth Smart Ready feature in Android 4.3. This feature will help the devices to support various low-energy Bluetooth Smart accessories such as pedometers, thermometers, heart rate monitors and a few others too. The best part, it won’t affect the battery usage of the device. Previously it was missing on Google's Android mobile operating system, but now the deed is done.
According to the experts, Google is only making ways for Android friendly wearable tech gadgets such as Google glasses.
4. Advanced Notification Bar
We all know that the Notification bar is one of the most popular and user-friendly features on Android, and now with the help of Android 4.3 users can control ad even easily interact with the important notifications of the status bar. This cool feature will help to decide how notifications are pushed to the primary and connected devices. By connected devices we are implying smart watches, fitness bands etc. From now on users will be able to check out all the notifications at one place with super ease.
5. Simplified Setup Wizard
Google has also simplified the main Setup Wizard for the well beings of the users. The new operating system supports corrections to the inputs provided by the users while signing-in to the device for the very first time. Now a user will be able to change/modify the information that was given during the first boot while accessing the device. The company has also unveiled ultra fast user switching feature from the dedicated lock screen in case of multiple users.
6. OpenGL ES 3.0
Are you gaming freak? If the answer is yes, then trust me this cool feature is dedicated to you only. With the help of OpenGL ES 3.0 the Android devices will be able to render high quality graphics in games and several apps to provide great gaming experiences to the coveted users. According to the claim of the Google, the Android 4.3 supports the updated version of the industry standard for all the for high performance graphics. In order to clarify this Google even came up with a demo of a certain game featuring lens flare, reflections and detailed textures.
It’s surely worth mentioning that this cool feature was not present in the Android 4.2.
7. Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 Version
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has brought support of syncing with Bluetooth-enabled car stereos in order to provide additional functionality. The modified Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 version helps stereos to showcase information like song names whenever the music is being played from a device that supports Android 4.3.
8. Location Scanning via Wi-Fi
With Android 4.3 version Google has given utmost priority to the location scanning feature. The company has urged to increase the accuracy of this feature of several high performing Android devices by enabling location scanning via Wi-Fi. This eventually allows the installed apps to get most accurate location data through Wi-Fi even when the actual Wi-Fi setting is turned off by the users and not being used for normal data access.
9. Upgraded Keyboard & Input
The search engine giant has added an advanced algorithm for tap-typing recognition in Android 4.3 operating system. This helps to make the text input much easier with respect to the previous versions while chatting or composing important mails. The new OS also sports a great emoji keyboard, which is one of the best elements of iOS. The new algorithm supports much lower latency input for joy sticks and gamepad buttons.
10. Additional Local Language Support (Hindi)
Since the inception of Android mobile operating system Google has been adding native local language support to it. This time the company has added some precious language support for Africans, Amharic, Hindi, Swahili and Zulu. The highlighting factor is that Hindi has finally made it to the stock Android operating platform, which is a great thing for sure. This also proves that the IT major has started to consider India as one of its major markets to promote Android devices.
With this Android update additional support for Hebrew and Arabic has also been added in main Home screen, Phone, People, Settings and apps.
We have tried our level best to prepare this list of 10 best features of Android 4.3. Do you have anything to add up here to enhance this list even better? Feel free to share them with us. What are your expectations of this latest update?
No doubt Android is still the best mobile operating system of the world, and with this update it is likely to strengthen its grip on the mobile market for sure.