Wednesday, July 31, 2013

First Impressions : Android 4.3 JellyBean Mobile Operating System

Google announced a new updated version of its mass popular mobile operating system - Android Jellybean 4.3 on 25th July. This is the third iteration of Android which has JellyBean as its tagname. My friend’s Google Nexus got the update just couple of days back. Today I checked the phone and here are my initial findings for the latest Android on board.

As already announced by Google, Nexus devices are the first to get the latest OS update and later on other manufacturers will follow after integrating the OS with their own layers of user interface. That’s a good thing about Nexus devices, you get a pure android interface with no bloat wares and these are first to get the latest updates as well.

For a layman this is hardly an update. And mind you before I type any further this is not a complete revamp of the OS but just includes minor additions here and there which will be actually too hard to notice for some people.  As far as overall user interface and looks is concerned there is hardly any noticeable change.

Familiar User Interface with Minor Tweaks 

You will find the first visible change in the About section where you get a 4.3 label under Android version. If someone was using older google talk then that will be updated to hangouts which comes by default with 4.3 JellyBean. A person running JellyBean 4.3 on his phone will find a new app icon called as ‘Google Keep’ – this is android’s stock notes application and now you will not require downloading a third party notes application like evernote anymore.

Interface of all apps remains more or less the same. Dialer app now features an autocomplete feature which suggests names of contacts as soon as you tap a number.

Android 4.3 introduces native support for dialpad autocomplete, a feature that suggests names of contacts as they type a number in the Dialler. This feature is already present in many Android phones due to tweaks by manufacturers. This autocomplete enhancement is actually implemented on past versions of Android also – thanks to the proprietary user interface of mobile manufacturers, for example HTC Sense in my One V already has this feature.

Camera interface in Android JellyBean 4.3

Tap the camera app and you will notice a revamped interface. The camera controls are now arranged in Speedometer style. The person who implemented this design must be a petrolhead ;)

Performance wise there is hardly any difference but yes the phone has got a little smoother than before. Battery life should increase as it supports low power Bluetooth. Android 4.3 should run newer 3D games smoothly as it supports OpenGL ES 3.0 – the latest version of graphics application programming interface.

It also has a new feature called restricted profiles where you can manage your apps usage by restricting apps usage to certain users only. This is available for tab devices as tabs are often used by more than one person in a family. Good feature for multi-user devices.

UI of Android 4.3 JellyBean

Rest I could not find any other significant improvement or functionality added to the OS as far as the user interface/apps/performance is concerned.

After Nexus devices, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One will receive the update soon.

So can we say that this update is just for the sake of updating the OS as the 4.2 was almost ten months old? For me it’s kind of 50-50 situation rest I leave it to users to decide.

Thanks folks for reading! 

1 comment:

DroidUser said...

Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
thank you :)