Android 4.3 has already leaked a few times, first for the Google Galaxy S4, then for the Nexus 4 and so on. We are expecting it to be officially announced anytime now, but meanwhile let’s see what the new Android system brings in apart from the old features.
First of all, there are some changes in the Camera app. We can notice the new semicircle settings bar, different from the full circle one previously used, that appears when you touch the screen in camera mode. You can also capture photos by pressing the Volume buttons and you can take countdown pictures as well. Also when you go on landscape orientation, the entire screen will not flip anymore, but only the screen buttons. It was very annoying when the entire screen changed orientation, so a gold star for this change.
A new Bluetooth technology was also added, which makes it consume a lot less energy. This is very useful if you are going to use Bluetooth accessories a lot.
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The overall performance of Project Butter, which allows for a smooth and easy navigation on the device, has also improved. Animations are reported to work a lot faster, as well as the applications.
Do you know how in most non Nexus devices, you get a T9 dialer, that gives you contact suggestions as you type in the dialer app? Well it was now added in Android 4.3 for Nexus devices. This is a long awaited feature as Samsung’s Touchwiz has it since the beginning and it proved to be really useful.
An always on WiFi mode has also been added. This allows for apps that use Google’s location services or other features to scan for WiFi networks even if the WiFi is turned off. This improves the battery life by first using the WiFi location instead of the GPS and also because it only uses WiFi when necessary without needing to keep it turned on at all times.
What we can expect from the official Android 4.3 may be the same or may be entirely different from what we have seen in the recent leaks. It remains to be seen these days when we expect it to be officially announced.
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