Google has made the just-unveiled 4.3 version of Android Jelly Bean available for its most recent Nexus smartphones and tablets, once again underscoring the benefits of vanilla Android gadgets and that the fact that they’re always, always first in line for software upgrades.
Owners of the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones and the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets will receive Android 4.3 as an over-the-air update today. And although it’s not the most extensive system bump ever, it’s not without its charms either.
Features the freshly baked software, which debuted on the Nexus 7 2 yesterday, adds includes restricted profiles. Aimed at families, this enables device owners to amend app functionality for some users and set some apps to be off-limits entirely.
Bluetooth Smart support is also new. This lets owners sync Bluetooth-enabled device, such as exercise and heart-rate monitors, and is a lot kinder to batteries than pairing over 3G or even standard Bluetooth.
And rounding things off is the addition of dialcomplete, which suggests contact names and numbers while users are typing on the keypad, and the option to control status bar notifications.
According to Google, the Galaxy S4 Google Edition and HTC One Google Edition, neither of which has yet had a UK release, will be joining the 4.3 set “soon”.
The next major new version of Android, aka Android 5.0 or Key Lime Pie, is expected to land around November, most likely along with a new Nexus-branded smartphone.