Google finally announced Android 4.3 , a sweeter version of Jelly Bean.It includes great new features for users and developers. Android 4.3 powers the new Nexus 7 tablet that’s coming soon to Google Play and retail outlets, and it’s rolling out now as an update to Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices across the world.

For developers, Android 4.3 includes the latest performance enhancements to keep your apps fast, smooth, and
efficient, together with new APIs and capabilities to use in your apps.

So, What’s New ?

OpenGL ES 3.0 — Game developers can now take advantage of OpenGL ES 3.0 and EGL extensions as standard features of Android, with access from either framework or native APIs.

Bluetooth Smart — Now your apps can communicate with the many types of low- power Bluetooth Smart devices and sensors available today, to provide new features for fitness, medical, location, proximity, and more.

Restricted profiles — Tablet owners can create restricted profiles to limit access to apps, for family, friends, kiosks, and more. Your app can offer various types of restrictions to let tablet owners control its capabilities in each profile.

New media capabilities — A modular DRM framework enables media application developers to more easily integrate DRM into their own streaming protocols such as MPEG DASH. Apps can also access a built-in VP8 encoder from framework or native APIs for high-quality video capture.

Notification access — Your apps can now access and interact with the stream of status bar notifications as they are posted. You can display them in any way you want, including routing them to nearby Bluetooth devices, and you can update and dismiss notifications as needed.

Improved profiling tools — New tags in the Systrace tool and on-screen GPU profiling give you new ways to build great performance into your app.

Wi-Fi “scan-only” mode – Lets your device use Wi-Fi to scan access points and improve location gathering without requiring Wi-Fi to be turned on or connections to be established. This should make a noticeable difference in
both location accuracy and battery life.

Smart dialer – It has autocomplete capabilities. When you start entering numbers or letters, the dial pad will begin suggesting names from your contacts.

Virtual surround sound experience – For devices with compatible hardware.

Via Google

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