Android 4.3 and Updated Developer Tools

SONY DSCToday in San Francisco, Android 4.3 was announced. This is a sweeter version of Jelly Bean that includes great new features for users and developers.

For developers, Android 4.3 includes the latest performance enhancements to keep your apps fast, smooth and efficient, together with new APIs and capabilities to use in your apps. Here’s a taste of what’s new:

  • OpenGL ES 3.0 – Game developers can now take advantage of OpenGL ES 3.0 and EGL extensions as standard features of Android, with access from either framework or native APIs.
  • Bluetooth Smart – Now your apps can communicate with the many types of low-power Bluetooth Smart devices and sensors available today, to provide new features for fitness, medical, location, proximity, and more.
  • Restricted Profiles – Tablets owners can create restricted profiles to limit access to apps, for family, friends, kiosks, and more.
  • New media capabilities – A modular DRM framework enables media application developers to more easily integrate DRM into their own streaming protocols such as MPEG DASH. The app can also access a built-in VP8 encoder from framework or native APIs for high-quality video capture.
  • Notification access – Your apps can now access and interact with the stream of status bar notifications as they are posted. You can display them in any way you want, including routing them to nearby Bluetooth devices, and you can update and dismiss notifications as needed.
  • Improved profiling tools – New tags in the Systrace tool and on-screen GPU profiling gives you new ways to build a great performance into your app.

Check out the Android 4.3 platform highlights for a complete overview of what’s new for developers. To read more about the new APIs and how to use them, take a look at the API Overview or watch the new DevBytes videos.

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About Pavan Shetty

Masters in Embedded systems, Intern Embedded Engineer.

One thought on “Android 4.3 and Updated Developer Tools

  1. Bharath Bhat

    I updated my Nexus to 4.3 and I have seen a lot of improvement! My battery back has increased substantially. The options in camera were organised better and I felt the image quality has improved when I use the camera. Over all a very good work. Had to do a factory reset to realize the full potential of the update though.

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