Today, Google has officially unveiled the Android 4.3, along with the launch of the new Nexus 7 tablet. As visible from the version number, Android 4.3 does not offer a very drastic change compared to the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. But there are some changes that might be useful for both the users as well as the developers.

The newly added features on the Android 4.3 are listed below

Improved Multi-User Support

Multi-user support was first seen in the Android Jelly Bean 4.2. Now the latest update of the Jelly Bean OS further adds improvements to this feature. Android 4.3 sees the addition of the Restricted Profiles. These make it possible to do parental controls on the tablet, by changing the performance of apps and other services based on who’s logged in. It also blocks out access to stuff like in-app purchases.

Bluetooth Low Energy support

Bluetooth low energy makes it possible for the Android users to connect with other Bluetooth devices without eating too much battery.

OpenGL ES 3.0

This is huge for game developers, as it allows for much better graphics rendering. Now we can also see lens flares a la J.J. Abrams, and other very nice visual effects on future games. All of the above is rendered in real-time in native 1080p.


Google has teamed up with Netflix to bring higher resolution video streams to compatible devices. Netflix will now run at 1080p resolution on Android 4.3, with the video-streaming company one of the first to use the new set of DRM APIs released alongside the mobile OS update.

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