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Android 4.3 Announced by Google at SF Event

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Well, Android 4.3 is finally here and official. Google’s Hugo Barra took the stage to announce the newest version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system. As for what is inside and how it differs from 4.2, Google highlighted restricted multi-user profiles for tablets and support for Bluetooth Smart aka Bluetooth Low Energy. 

Google also added support for OpenGL |ES 3.0, capable of allowing developers to bring more highly-detailed games and apps to Android. Google is bringing DRM APIs in partnership with Netflix, which will allow for streaming full HD movies/shows from the provider via an updated application.

Updates to Android 4.3 should hit the older Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus starting today apparently. That was fast. The Google Play Edition devices should be receiving the update sometime very shortly.


Via: Google

  • This really should have been 4.2.3 to help lower Android fragmentation.

  • #2 pencil

    bionic is hung like a pencil eraser

  • TimTheK

    “Android 4.3 adds built-in support for Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3”


  • Scott

    I’m actually back on stock for the VZW Gnex. I tried a few ROMs, most of which were generally great. However, there was always some obnoxious bug with every update, that stock didn’t have. I’m going to wait it out and hope for the best.

  • joejoe5709

    Anyone want to pour out a bottle of bubbly for our dear friend, Jelly Bean? Jelly Bean’s been good to us, but it’s time to move onto Key Lime Pie. 🙂 Cheers!

    • Terrance Steiner

      I like the sentiment but the 4.3 update is still Jelly Bean. Our little buddy Jelly Bean will be around for a little while longer.

      • joejoe5709

        Right. But what I meant was this is probably the last (or darn close to it) update to Jelly Bean. Ready for KLP. Jelly Bean’s days will soon be over. So that’s why I’m a little sentimental about it.

  • joejoe5709

    Thank goodness they’re still updating the GNex. Long live the GNex! Well… I mean I have the Verizon GNex so who knows how that will go. I feel bad for those who aren’t rooted. Thank God for the dev community. I bet most AOSP ROMs will have an update within a week. It’s a minor update and that doesn’t usually take very long.

  • Travillion

    Let me guess, DRM APIs with Netflix will mean no more rooted devices…again?

    • Daistaar

      Probably more like no MHL.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Such a minor update for a whole new “version”. Easily could have been 4.2.3

    • JWellington

      Just because these are features you can’t appreciate, doesn’t mean they aren’t worth the version bump. These are pretty major advancedments from a Software Architecture POV.

      • It will do nothing but hurt the Android OS fragmentation.

  • Adamania

    Woot for Nexus 4!

  • jack

    4.3 revealed finally. Well now here comes a bunch of more leaks and rumors of KLP

  • akazerotime

    Let me finish this sentence correctly: Updates to Android 4.3 should hit the older Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus (sans CDMA varient) today.

    • mustbepbs

      It’s starting to ROLL OUT today. Meaning that those devices will be updated over the next few days.

  • Now the wait game for Sprint and Verizon to “approve” the OTA update for Gnex 😛

  • tyguy829

    Forget OTA updates. Did they say when 4.3 is being pushed to AOSP?

    • Terrance Steiner

      It is already posted

  • Dave

    Does that include T-mobile Nexus 7?

  • JonathonFlores

    Yay I have a Galaxy Nexus!!!……wait..it’s a Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

    • Jeremy Martin

      Yay for AOSP then you can still build it yourself! 🙂

      • JonathonFlores

        I can’t build it but I’m sure thankful for the dev community.

        • Jeremy Martin

          Fair enough. Really though its not hard to build for these devices. Most of the binaries needed are posted on the AOSP site and there might be a few you need to pull from your phone using a script but its a fun process. I actually enjoyed building it for myself but then got hooked on CyanogenMod. Now i use my Razr HD MAXX with CyanogenMod 10.1. I might break out the GNex though to build an AOSP build once Android 4.3 is posted.

  • ToddAwesome

    When you say the GNex will get it today, you mean October for the VZW model, right?

    • Qwerty

      Even then that’s being too hopeful unfortunately.

    • Jason Kahn

      Don’t forget it will come with an older kernel, have bad radios and be generally buggier than the gsm Galaxy Nexus

    • watson111505

      Yah Oct 2015

  • Tyler Durden

    Took Xbox and Playstation 8 years to get native 1080p and only android a few years. cool

    • cortesjues

      what do you mean by native 1080p? ive been able to get 1080p on my ps3 for many years now

      • Tyler Durden

        that’s up-scaled 1080p

        • cortesjues

          nope native 1080p, most games didn’t support native 1080p but the console did.

    • Daistaar

      PS3 has been native 1080p since launch in 2006. It didn’t have all of the audio profiles like DTS-MA and Dobly TrueHD but has always since the very first Blu Ray Disc been 1080p. The games have been upscaled but that’s because of developers. Konami and Polyphony Digital both showed you can do 1080p without upscaling. In short, your info is incorrect Fight Club..

  • MooseCat

    Anyone want to take a guess at when the VZW Galaxy Nexus will get the update?

    • Tyler Durden


    • Blue Sun

      Good thing I will get it when CM 10.2 comes out. I’m done waiting on VZW for timely, buggy updates.

    • T4rd

      Probably around the same time Verizon launches their next Nexus phone and brings back unlimited data.

      • Shawn Pourhosseini

        day after never right 🙂

    • NexusPhan69

      Actually, it’s been almost two years since the GNex came out. It might not get it ever.

      • Timothy Sternig

        Did you read the whole article? It said, “Updates to Android 4.3 should hit the older Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus starting today”…

        • NexusPhan69

          Did you notice how I was replying to the Verizon GNex comment? You actually think the Verizon Gnex will be updated soon? We all (except you apparently) know that Google saying Galaxy Nexus does not include the Verizon GNex.

          • Timothy Sternig

            All that really matters genius is that your device is officially supported for the new update, so that means you can quite easily get the update in one way or another for your device. You don’t have to wait on Verizon for the update. Especially with a Nexus.

            Besides, saying that Verizon won’t push the update at all because the phone is almost 2yrs old is only an assumption and not based on anything substantial. Verizon has updated devices that old in the past. Even though Verizon has a bad track record of getting the latest and greatest Android OS to their variant of the Galaxy Nexus in a timely manner you have always gotten all updates. The last update Verizon pushed to that device was just in March wasn’t it? That isn’t that long ago, so why would they suddenly cut it off from updates now?

          • tims.a.genius

            Timothy…. YOU are the GENIUS!

          • Timothy Sternig

            Lulz thank you. Thank you.

            I’m just saying, with the update to 4.3 only bringing very minor changes in this instance I’d say it’s safe to say that sooner or later Verizon will get around to pushing it to the Gnex. They won’t abandon that device over this little minor update. Maybe if the update was the jump to 5.0 they would, but not over something as small as this. I’m betting Verizon Gnex owners will see it.

          • JonathonFlores

            This guy

          • NexusPhan69

            That’s not true. Verizon Gnex missed at least one update.

          • Timothy Sternig

            Cool. You win. The Gnex on Verizon is an old P.O.S. and your carrier doesn’t care about it, so eff it. It won’t get any updates anymore and you might as well throw it in the trash.

            Sorry for being optimistic and somewhat sensible. Continue on…

          • Guest

            Cool. You win. The Gnex on
            Verizon is an old P.O.S. and your carrier doesn’t care about it, so eff it. It won’t get any updates anymore and you might as well throw it in the trash.

            Sorry for being optimistic and somewhat sensible. Continue on…

          • Timothy Sternig

            Oh, I just read this too:

            “While Google didn’t explicitly confirm the Verizon Galaxy Nexus
            Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for arrival, the update has seemingly been confirmed by a listing on Google’s developer page that lists binaries for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.3 update, a sign that the update will indeed be coming to users at some point down the road.”

            So…in the end perhaps I was right?

          • Timothy Sternig

            And this:

            “we know that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.3 will
            roll out at some point, it’s just not entirely clear when. The Verizon
            Galaxy Nexus, also known as ‘toro’, has its Android 4.3 (JWR66V and
            JSS15J) update clearly listed on there (a listing on Google’s developer page that lists binaries) which is great news for owners of
            Verizon’s Nexus smartphone”


            But nah, you won’t get the update or anything. The phone is too old.

          • NexusPhan69

            The binaries have always been posted by Google at the same time as the other binaries. Unfortunately its not up to Google to decide when or if the update is tested approved and pushed out to the Verizon gnex.

          • Timothy Sternig

            I just read over at XDA:

            “The fact that binaries are available indicates that a build was completed and is now in the Verizon approval process.”

            They say it’s definitely coming and that the wait could be long but it’s pretty much a sure thing.

            In any regard the chances of people getting it on Verizon are more likely to happen than not, and that’s what this started over in the first place. You made a statement that claimed Verizon owners of the Gnex wouldn’t get it because the phone is too old. As it stands it seems like they will.

          • NexusPhan69

            “in the Verizon approval process”
            That says it all right there.

          • deebo

            shut up, you stupid troll. you look like an idiot and you sure as hell sound like an ass. now kill yourself.

          • yougotknockedthefookout

            man deebo, i heard someone took a dump in ya Mom’s vagina and then 9 months later you were born. now flush yourself you P.O.S.

          • deebo

            haha! who are you? robin coming to aid of batman? NANA NANA NANA NANA DUMB-ASS!!! hey, why won’t you stick to just talking about how much you know about android? stop regurgitating crap you read, you unoriginal, lame, troll. nexusphan69 was referring to the verizon gnex and it’s only being rolled out to the gsm model for now. you tried to sound smart, but you only looked like an ass, just like your real-life pic, because what he said was TRUE! kill yourself. today. right now.

            omg, trash talking online is SO FULFILLING!

          • Timothy Sternig

            It’s not true. What NexusPhan69 said is an assumption. He’s assuming Verizon will not have this update for the Gnex. How is that truth at this point? No one really knows for sure yet. I know what’s he’s talking about. It’s not that hard to follow, and from what I’ve seen and read it is indeed going to be released, so it doesn’t appear to be true to me or to other people, and really it’s not even that serious.

            When it is released then what will you have to say? All that huffing and puffing and there’s a pretty good chance you will be wrong. I know it’s all the rage nowadays to talk down on Verizon and the way they handled the Gnex, but in reality the owners of this phone are going to see the update through Verizon at some point in time.

            When it is released I’ll be sure to come back here and rub it in your faces. That might not be anytime soon, but I’m pretty positive I’ll get to do that.

          • deebo

            yes, that is the rage for the verizon gnex. and by the time it rolls out through verizon, you’d probably have a nicely working custom rom by that time. all the while, it’s basically aosp. so you can come back and rub it in at that point, but no one will care, except for you.

            s’all good. your post pissed me off for a sec, so i responded. now i don’t care, because you were not a huge d this time. good day.

    • Higher_Ground

      my guess is they deny the existence of either

  • Timothy McGovern

    My poop smells like ball sack

    • ToddAwesome

      Wouldn’t that be a slight improvement?

    • S2556

      Probably from your boyfriend?

    • Timothy McGovern

      Why is everybody such a hater?

  • chris420o