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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean review

Google adds Bluetooth Smart and OpenGL ES 3.0 support to mobile operating system
Tue Aug 06 2013, 14:54

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google blew the technology world out of the water last year with the release of its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system (OS). Launched alongside Google's first ever own-brand tablet, the Nexus 7, Android 4.1 featured a host of new software features and services. These included Google's improving Now push update service and the company's performance optimising Project Butter buffering.

One year on, rather than release another radical overhaul of the Android mobile OS, Google has taken a step back with its latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version, releasing what at first glance is a minor update with most of its additions operating under the hood.

However, although the additions aren't as immediately obvious as those unveiled with Android 4.1, there's still plenty for users to get excited about in Android 4.3.

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Multiple account support was added to Android 4.2. The addition was a boon to users as it granted them account management powers similar to those seen on a Windows PC, letting IT managers set up the tablet for use by multiple employees and create separate work and personal accounts.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean user settings

However, the addition fell one step short of greatness as it didn't let users set up separate permissions for the accounts. This meant that while users could have separate login details, the tablet administrator or owner couldn't tweak what rights each account had. As a result they couldn't do things like block a user from downloading applications from third party marketplaces or block in-app purchases on one user account without doing it on all of them.

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