Monthly Archives: July 2013

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on Nexus 4 – Preview

Finally the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is available now.After the update you will hardly find any major difference.But you need to observe carefully to find out the new features. The Apps open fast and the touch response  has improved a lot.Battery life seemed to be improved but too early to comment.

To get update on Nexus 4 – Goto Settings > About Phone > System Updates >Check Now

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Camera 

The Android 4.3  updated the Camera app that features a new arch based menu which makes it easier to control and switch camera settings.The rotation is quick and  no lag much faster and good. But still its not the best we expected.

 

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Auto-Complete 

Android 4.3 now adds the autocomplete feature in the dial-pad suggesting the contact names or phone numbers when users start keying-in something. Though this is not a new feature for people using Samsung and HTC. But this is new for Stock Android.

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To Enable Autocomple feature- Go to settings and enable Dial Pad Auto Complete.

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Restricted Profiles

With the new profiles feature, you can restrict app usage and content consumption. For example, a parent can set up profiles for each family member, and a business manager can set up profiles that keep employees focused on work.

It’s your fully customized tablet. And theirs, too. With support for multiple users, you can give each person their own space. Everyone can have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games – even individual high scores and levels! And since Android is built with multitasking at its core, it’s a snap to switch between users – no need to log in and out.

Profiles and users are only available on Android tablets.

Emoji Keyboard

Emoji keyboard,is one more new feature in Andorid 4.3 which  comes stock with the OS .When you open the message editor  long-press the spacebar key and select Emoji.

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OpenGL ES 3.0

If you are into Gaming, the new update will definitely excite you. This feature  lets the Android devices render high quality graphics in games and other apps.  Android 4.3 supports the new version of the industry standard for high performance graphics.  This was missing in Android 4.2 .This is currently supported only on the new Nexus 7, Nexus 4, and Nexus 10 devices.

Location

Location detection through Wi-Fi – use Wi-Fi to detect location without turning on Wi-Fi all the time.It now allows apps to get location data through Wi-Fi even when Wi-Fi is set to off and not being used for data access.

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Bluetooth Smart technology

The Bluetooth Smart technology is another feature to Android 4.3 It allows you to connect with the newer generation of power-efficient accessories that use Bluetooth Smart.Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 is now included which supports better metadata communication for car audio and other devices, as well as better remote control.

Certain Android devices, including Nexus 4, now support low-energy Bluetooth Smart accessories. You’ll find Bluetooth Smart technology in fitness sensors, heart rate or glucose monitors, pedometers, thermometers, and much more.