Android 4.3 Changelog Release;
Android is a forever changing platform, with constant updates modifications and tweaks. Not only from Google but the powerful and opensourced nature of Android allows power-users to make their own tweaks to their hearts content. We’ve all known Android 4.3 is imminent for a while, and not its here. Anyhow the new version is not going to make a huge difference to the user experience, whilst their is some UI (user interface) changes, most of the changes are under the hood. Don’t let this fool you though, Android 4.3 has received a huge amount of updates and changes, which you’ll see in the change log.
This latest update does bring changes and while the number is small, there are more changes than you might think so we’re going to go over them for you so you know exactly what’s changed or been added.
For starters, the interface is exactly the same, there are no changes to the design, so this list is a rather technical one:
- Restricted Profiles: This allows you to restrict what another user sees, even inside apps. It seems like a feature mostly oriented to parents as a parental control for their kids. Google did mention this would be handy for using in kiosk mode.
- Bluetooth LE: Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) is an improvement over traditional Bluetooth connections that uses less power and is more reliable, this allows the device to connect to accessories like heart monitors and other fitness tracking sensors.
- Bluetooth AVRCP: With added support for version 1.3 it allows for functions like the displaying the name of the song you’re listening in your phone in your car stereo display.
- OpenGL ES 3.0.: With support for version 3.0 apps will be able to take advantage of the improvements for better graphics, better rendering and better frame rate. Basically, our games are about to get much better.
- DRM APIs: By introducing APIs for DRM on the device, apps like Netflix will be able to stream you 1080p content that they couldn’t do before.
- Wi-Fi for location: When apps try to use location, Android typically uses the GPS, with this mode, when apps need coarse location, Android uses the WiFi, even if it’s off. This should help things faster and be less battery heavy.
- Autocomplete for the Dialer: Finally the dialer got the T9 auto-complete that’s been featured in almost every other dialer. Now you can just use the numbers to search for a contact.
- Notification list: Apps can now access all of your notifications, so apps like Light Flow or Tasker, which depend on them, don’t have to hack their way through Accessibility like they used to.
- Switching users in the lockscreen is now faster than before.
- Google worked with Fraunhofer to create a “virtual surround sound experience” on devices with compatible hardware.
- Improved performance in the shape of lower latency for third-party gamepads and joysticks.
- You can now view and manage all the apps you’ve disabled in a new tab in the system settings.
- Photo Frame Daydream screensaver has been improved and now you can navigate through your albums.
- The initial setup has been simplified, as if it wasn’t simple enough before.
- Apps can now tap into the Quick Response feature, so when you reject a call with a text message, you can handle that with any messaging app instead of the stock Messaging.
There will no doubt be more to the list when Android 4.3 is finally released, but for what is meant to be an incremental update Google really have packed some great features into Android 4.3. Now they’ve finally announced Android 4.3 and what it involves, we can all start speculating about Android 5 (rumored to be Key-Lime-Pie).
I personally think the Android 4.3 update is a great one, adding lots of functionality that many of us will no doubt use. I think Android 4.3 may be the last update within Android 4 and Android 5 will come soon. Android 5 will no doubt be a User Interface update with a huge range of additional features, but for now that’s just speculation.
What do you think about the Android 4.3 update, do you think its a good one and are you happy with the changes made within Android 4.3?