Google held an event today in San Francisco showing off a number of new goodies including Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Mountain View’s latest mobile OS upgrade airs on the side of evolutionary rather than revolutionary, however the long anticipated release of 4.3 does offer a few much needed improvements.
To begin with, 4.3 will sport multi-user profiles. This will allow families to add a number of different users to any one device without hassle. Profiles can be customized in a number of ways, the most important of which is blocking in-app purchases. Now Jr. won’t be able to rack up a $200 bill buying gold in various games like Jetpack Joyride.
Additionally, Android 4.3 will include Bluetooth Smart. Basically Bluetooth Smart is a fancy way of saying, “using Bluetooth will now take up less battery,” which sounds pretty good to us. OpenGL ES 3.0 is also making an appearance which will pave the way for new graphics features in games, including lens flare (J.J. Abrams fans rejoice).
Google’s latest iteration of Jelly Bean will also come with 1080p streaming for Netflix.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will begin rolling out today to the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, first-gen Nexus 7, and the Galaxy Nexus. The play editions of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be updating “very soon”. Finally, the new Nexus 7, also announced today, will be shipped with 4.3.
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