Android 4.3 finally goes official

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The new Nexus 7 isn’t the only Android news out of today’s Google event, and alongside the new tablet, Google has just launched the new Android 4.3.

We’ve been seeing this build pop up in leak after leak over the past few weeks, wondering when it would finally go official. Sure enough, it’s shipping on the new Nexus 7, and updates to the original Nexus 7, as well as the 10, 4, and Galaxy Nexus are on their way out today. Google Play edition models will get it “soon,” but there’s no hard ETA.

So, what’s new? Well, there’s the new Bluetooth support we’ve been looking forward to, supporting LE devices.  Multi-user support is enhanced with some new protections, letting you hide things like the option to make in-app purchases from users you don’t want having those rights.

Graphic capabilities get a boost with support for OpenGL ES 3.0, and there’s a new DRM API in place that Google’s hoping will convince more content providers to stop being so restrictive with their HD content – Netflix is the first to take advantage of this new code, and an update to its app will support 1080p streaming on the Nexus 7.

As we heard rumored, apps are getting new access to how they can interact with your notifications.

Source: Google

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