We have all been waiting for Google to launch their latest incarnation of Android – Key Lime Pie. Until they do though we have to make the most of Jelly Bean, and you may not have noticed that they have just released version 4.3. I have just finished updating my first generation Nexus 7 and was pleasantly surprised to see that this is no small update, and has in fact bought with it a host of exciting new features.
The first thing you will find is that Android 4.3 now supports multiple users. This means that each member of the family can set up their own account in the same way that you do with a Windows powered PC. Admin gains parental controls and can customise things on a user level, so each person can have their own individual space.
The great thing about this is that parents can now restrict and lock apps that they do not want their kids to access. Fingers crossed this will put an end to those annoying stories in the gutter press where we see little Johnny’s mommy in tears because he has blown her life savings on Candy Crush!
Android 4.3 now supports Bluetooth smart technology (also known as Bluetooth low energy) allowing your favourite fitness apps to connect to the low power sensors that you find in a lot of modern keep fit equipment; Although we are not sure wearing a seven inch tablet strapped to your hip when you go for a run is a very good fashion statement.
If you use your Android powered device for gaming, you are going to love Open GL ES 3.0 as it brings with it a massive update in terms of graphics capability. You will notice that not only do your games run faster but also include a greater level of detail. If you use your device for watching movies, have no fear because the new DRM API allows content such as Netflix to be streamed in full 1080p.
Not all devices will be getting the update straight away though, my Nexus 7 has updated but my HTC One X shows no software updates available at the moment. If you own one of the latest phones such as a Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One then you should be able to update now, or in the very near future, depending on the network you are contracted to.