Android 4.3 available: conservative and evolutionary
The Google event that was held yesterday at 18:00 (Spanish peninsular time) allowed us to finally get to know the new Nexus 7 officially, but also stood out for the presentation of the unique Chromecast. Almost in passing, Google added another expected announcement: Android 4.3.
The new version of Google's mobile operating system was barely relevant in a presentation clearly dominated by the Nexus 7 - which simply had to confirm the numerous leaks - and which was especially relevant to Google's new commitment to the relationship. with television. Why was Android 4.3 in the background?
Google does not need an answer to iOS 7 at the moment
At least that seems to judge by the pace with which Android is being updated and by the release cycle of new versions. It has been talking about Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie for months, but Google has only released minor updates to a Jelly Bean that remains valid.
And it maintains it for its good performance but, probably also, because the competition is not threatening that strength either. Apple's latest bet with iOS 7 could have changed things, but what has been seen does not seem to have worried Android developers, who seem to have enough margin to work on a rounder version for when they really need it.
Jelly Bean has managed to grow consistently. Noteworthy features were introduced at launch, such as multi-user support (only for tablets), the arrival of Google Now or a more fluid user interface. Version 4.2 would arrive in November with more cosmetic changes than anything else - although there were important inclusions such as SELinux in terms of security - and that trend has been maintained in an Android 4.3 not especially notable in news.
Android 4.3 or Android 4.2.3?
The relevance of this version seems to be medium even as it was presented at the press breakfast offered yesterday. They only spent a few minutes talking about some of the news, among which the restricted profiles for applications and data and the support - this one, more interesting - of Open GL ES 3.0 stand out.
Those options are in addition to others such as support for Bluetooth Low Energy (or Bluetooth Smart) mode, improvements in the location system through the use of WiFi networks, or support for VP8 encoding from Android devices, something that adds to a new modular DRM management framework that video content distributors will take advantage of.
But those changes are not particularly significant and confirm that maturity of an Android that today is a solid platform and that at the moment seems to be assuming a more conservative attitude. A success, in my opinion. And in yours?
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