What’s new on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean?
Google has yet to officially launch Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but leaked Android 4.3 firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S4 started making the rounds this week. At first glance, there’s not much new in the next version of Android — Google has started making many of its updates available through individual app updates (Gmail, Calendar, Keyboard, Play Services and so on). But when you start digging beneath the surface, Android 4.3 has more than a new version number and a slightly tweaked camera.
Here are some of the things that are new in Android 4.3 so far:
Even when you turn off WiFi, it’ll stay on a bit in the background to help with location services — unless you dig even deeper into the advanced settings to really turn it off. Bluetooth Low Energy is now supported, allowing for wireless, short-range communications with certain devices (like smartwatches) while using less power. There are a few new developer options for testing/debugging. The default “Roboto” font has been updated. Android Police has an analysis of the new font, as well as download links for folks that want to install it on devices that aren’t yet running Android 4.3. Keep in mind, these changes were all found in a leaked build of a pre-release version of Android 4.3. It’s possible that some or all of these features won’t be available in the final release.
It’s also possible that we’ll see more new features if and when Google officially launches Android 4.3. We’ll probably have to wait until the launch of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie before we see more dramatic changes to the operating system!!