Android’s new version of Jelly Bean comes with a number of new features and improvements that will help users and developers.

Android’s 4.3 Jelly Bean update, released on July 24, has been receiving some pretty good reviews so far. Although there has recently been some news surrounding incompatibility with Netflix, Android engineer Dan Morrill told Engadget that Google is aware of the Netflix issue and is working on a fix for it.

We would advise, as with any update, that you perform a backup of any data on your device before installing updates, to prevent you losing all of your saved data.

Although Android 4.3 isn’t offering drastic changes, it does offer a few useful improvements. Here’s a round-up of some of the changes you can expect:

Camera App – With each update coming from Android, we have seen camera updates being made. Android 4.3 is no exception. The circular menu has been replaced with an arc towards the bottom of the screen displaying the familiar icon options.  

Multi-User ability with restricted accounts – Multi-user ability was added to 4.2 and with Android 4.3, tools are offered to customize this. For example, you can restrict accounts enabling parent control and restrictions of specific apps for employees.

Open GL ES 3.0 – Open GL ES 3.0 is supported, which greatly improves the graphic ability in any device using this platform, with speed and detail increased.

Bluetooth Smart Technology – Bluetooth Smart Technology or Bluetooth Low Energy support (as it is also known) is supported, which saves on energy when connecting Bluetooth accessories and also measures the data being transmitted.

Auto Complete Dial Pad – When dialing in a number, your Android device will suggest contacts or numbers for you to call.  This is handy for frequent number re-dials.

Language Support – Android 4.3 has now included language support for Arabic, Hebrew and Hindi and added support for Afrikaans, Amharic, Swahili and Zulu.


Modular DRM Framework – Android 4.3 includes a Modular DRM Framework that allows media application developers to easily integrate DRM into their streaming protocols.

Notifications improved – Notifications let the user see updated information all in one place and with Android 4.3 apps it allows the user to see the stream of notifications (you can customize the way you see these updates too!) plus has the added bonus of sending them to other devices in the area over Bluetooth.

Easier text input- Improved algorithm for tap-typing recognition.

Faster user Switching- Now you can switch users faster from the lock screen.

Security – More security and performance enhancements and bug fixes.

Android 4.3 has made quite a few minor changes, but one of the most talked-about features is the addition of restricted profiles which, from a business perspective, could be very beneficial. With more employees needing mobile devices for work, this feature allows IT managers to set up devices for their intended use thus increasing security.

In sum, though Android 4.3 isn’t an essential update, it’s a worthwhile one.

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