Android 4.3.1 surfaces, but what’s new in this release?


A new version of Android is usually a decently significant deal, even when we’re only looking at an incremental bump to the version number. OK, maybe 4.2.1 wasn’t any game-changer, only doing a quick little bugfix over 4.2 and getting Bluetooth joypad input, but 4.2.2 had some good stuff, like USB debug whitelisting to boost security, improving the functionality of Android quick settings, and a number of other additions, beyond more bugfixes. Today, the latest such update arrives, and it’s got a lot of people wondering: just what’s changed?

Right now, Android 4.3.1 is on its way to owners of the 2013 Nexus 7 – specifically, we’ve heard of it hitting the LTE version of the tablet. While Google’s delivered little post-4.3 updates before, this is the first to advance the version number, so we’d assume it’s a little more meaty than a simple Nexus 7 bugfix, but so far we haven’t heard any good guesses at what in particular is changing.

It’s a small update, clocking in at under 10 megabytes, and doesn’t appear to update the Nexus 7’s radio at all, further making us wonder why the LTE edition of the tablet is seeing it first.

We’ve got our fingers crossed that a changelog emerges soon, curious as we are, and are anxious to see if this soon starts hitting other Nexus models. If you’ve already taken the update, please let us know in the comments if you notice anything different.

Source: Android Central

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