Today in San Francisco Google announced Android 4.3, a sweeter version of Jelly Bean.
After 9 months since the last release, Google has officially announced Android 4.3 mobile platform and introduced a new tablet Nexus 7 on its basis.
Android 4.3 continues development of the 4.x branch, and offers users a series of innovations, such as support for OpenGL ES 3.0, the inclusion of SELinux, the possibility of access to applications and DRM-modular framework for the access of applications to protected content. Publication code Android 4.3 in a public repository AOSP is expected within a few weeks.
At the same time Google announced a new tablet Nexus 7, which is notable for a complete set of 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1920×1200 HD (323 ppi). Main features: quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (1.5GHz), GPU Adreno 320 (400MHz), 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of Flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, 4G LTE (optional), microUSB, battery 3950 mAh, which is enough for 9 hours of video playback and 10 hours of surfing the web, 5 – and 1.2-megapixel camera, size 114 x 200 x 8.65 mm and weighs 290 g. The plate was produced under contract to by ASUS. The device will go on sale on July 30 at a price of $ 229.
Key innovations Android 4.3:
– Provide tools for OpenGL ES 3.0 and EGL for developing games and applications;
– Support for Bluetooth Smart, Bluetooth option, low-power, widely spread in the various sensors, medical devices and security systems. Additionally, the support for Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 profile for management of multimedia devices via Bluetooth;
– Due to restrict access to applications. Tablet owners can create a limited profile to provide access to the device from other users. In this case, the profile can be clearly defined what programs you can use, and the access to which is prohibited;
– Integrating DRM-modular framework that allows developers to simplify the organization of multimedia applications access to protected content and to integrate support for DRM in their own streaming protocols such as MPEG DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP);
– API for access to the integrated video encoder VP8, support for video encoding based on the direct output of OpenGL ES and funds for the organization to capture video in high quality. New media muxer API to integrate audio and video streams in a single file;
– Funds for complete control over the application alerts, bred in the status area. The application can display a notice in any way (for example, to redirect to another device via Bluetooth), is derived cancel notice or update its contents;
– Improved tools for profiling, including the ability to track the load on the GPU in the form of graphs that appear on top of the screen. Extended the profiling using tools Systrace, added support for tracking activity modules interact with the hardware, kernel and Dalvik VM (including garbage collection and loading of resources). To simplify the application tracing added a new Trace API;
– Enabling SELinux for added insulation system services. The use of mandatory access control via SELinux can significantly improve insulation system applications by opening access only to the stated functions. All non-standard operations are blocked, preventing unauthorized actions in the event of cracking the application as a result of the attack;
– Update Android NDK (r9) with support for native applications to access OpenGL ES 3.0 API;
– The implementation of additional optimizations to improve performance through more active engagement monogopotochnoy processing and GPU to accelerate graphics operations;
– Supports Wi-Fi settings in the mode of WPA2-Enterprise.
New Google Nexus 7, Android 4.3 JellyBean, Google Play Apps Part 2
(Google Press Event 7/24/13)