Friday, July 19, 2013

Android 4.3 release date, news and rumours


Android 4.3 Coming Soon 


We're all waiting for the next big iteration of Android to hit us and while we already know it's going to be dubbed Key Lime Pie, it turns out Google isn't quite finished with Jelly Bean as Android 4.3 the next update on the horizon.
Don't go expecting huge changes from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, because as you can probably tell from the version number this is going to be more iterative, just like when Google jumped from Android 4.1 to Android 4.2.
Google hasn't officially revealed whether or not Android 4.3 actually exists, but from the number of rumours knocking around it's probably going to arrive at some point.
We've taken a look through all the talk on the web surrounding Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and pulled it together below to try and give you a clearer picture of what's going on over at Mountain View.

Android 4.3 release date

As we've mentioned Google hasn't officially announced anything on its next version of Android, so we don't have any firm release date just yet.
Many believed that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean would make an appearance at the search giant's annual IO conference which took place in May, but sadly no such announcement was made.
Apparently Android 4.3 was at the Google IO show however, with one reporter claiming he was able to get hands on with the software on a white Nexus 4 - although his prediction that 4.3 Jelly Bean would arrive on June 10 has turned out to be false.
This hasn't stopped the rumours popping up however with many suggesting we will be seeing it sooner rather than later with a July/August launch mooted.

Android 4.3 devices

Google is likely going to treat its own-brand devices to the Android 4.3 update first, with the likes of the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus all in line for the new software early doors.
As well as apparently running on a Nexus 4 at Google IO, Android 4.3 was also spotted on another Nexus 4 at Mobile Expo 2013 in Taiwan.
It's supposedly also shown up on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus after some leaked Bluetooth SIG reports from recent tests showed the aging handset being put through its paces once again - possibly because it has a new OS on board.
Some Google employees have also been a little lax when it comes to covering their tracks with another Nexus 4 and a Nexus 7 spotted in server logs running version 4.3.
There's also a suggestion that Android 4.3 will coincide with the release of the Moto X. A preview video showed off a host of new software features that might suggest that the 'Googorola' flagship will tote 4.3.

Android 4.3 upgrades and features

As we've mentioned the Android 4.3 update, if it actually exists, won't bring us a totally new operating system - instead you can expect some minor tweaks here and there.
One area which looks to be getting some serious attention from Google is the camera app, with snaps taken at Mobile Expo in Taiwan claiming to show the new design for Android 4.3.
While icons such as the shutter key and settings appear to be the same, the circular menu has been ditched in favour of an arc towards the bottom of the screen.
Update: Another shot of the camera app has been spied alongside a couple of other screenshots claiming to be from the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean - LEAK
Credit: SamMobile
Update: It looks as though Google will be giving the notification system a bit of love with tweaks to the service allowing apps to access notifications with the ability to read, dismiss and activate buttons on them.Other than that news on new features is thin on the ground, but we'll be updating this article when we hear more.

Via TechRadar

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