The candy has finally been unwrapped—and it comes with another delicious delight.
At an event in San Francisco, Google officially launched the anticipated new version of the Android operating system alongside the new Nexus 7. Still bearing the Jellybean monicker—instead of the rumored Key Lime Pie—the 4.3 iteration of the Android OS doesn’t veer away too much from its predecessors, but it adds several noteworthy features.
The UI and some other features of the 4.3 give off a familiar feel if you’ve been using the preceding iterations, Jelly Bean 4.1 and 4.2. Google takes pride in their new enhancements; one of the biggest changes is the Multi-User Restricted Profile. The Multi-User feature allows multiple people to have their own personalized accounts on one device. The restricted profile addition lets the user control the usage of apps and anything under the user-level content.
Other upgrades are Bluetooth smart technology, its enhanced mobile gaming with the Open GL:ES 3.0 support, mobile media streaming, network setting boosts, and camera and keyboard updates.
By virtue of the Jelly Bean update, the new generation of Google’s flagship series, the Nexus 7, has also been released. Along with the integration of 4.3 Jelly Bean, the 7-inch Nexus 7 also comes with a 1920 x 1200 resolution update (323 ppi), Full HD 1080p video playback, a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, larger storage—now a choice of 16GB or 32GB—5MP rear and 1.2MP front-facing cameras, a thinner exterior, and a longer battery life, among others.
Bon travail, Google!