Google Android 4.3 Update: Bluetooth, Profiles, and Other Minor Stuff

By Leslie Horn on at

Google is continuing the Jelly Bean reign with today's Android 4.3 update. It's shipping with the new Nexus 7, and is for the most part, very incremental.

Here's what's up: Google is adding restricted profiles, which are basically just more comprehensive parental controls. It forces an app to behave differently, based on what a parent has set up. So if a child is playing a game, you can say he or she can only see a couple of levels, for example. Using restricted profiles you can also set limits on transactions and other things you're using your device for.

Android 4.3 also features some Bluetooth updates that let you pair an Android device with low-power gadgets like fitness trackers. Got a FitBit? You can hook it up to your Nexus 7 to monitor your performance.

Additionally, Android 4.3 is getting a something called Open GLES 3.0 that's a big boost for graphics. Gamers, this one is for you. Most of all it just makes everything on screen look better, more detailed, and render quickly in native 1080p resolution.

There are a bunch of other minor updates to Android 4.3, which you can see listed on Android.com. It's shipping on the new Nexus 7, with other Nexus devices to follow suit. The timeline here was unclear aside from "coming soon".

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