Google makes Android 4.3 official, intros Bluetooth Low Energy support and Restricted Profiles

by XB on 24th July 2013

in Android, Videos

Andoid 4.3_1Google has formally unveiled the latest update to its Android software in the form of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Yes, Google is continuing its Jelly Bean strand, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer for those wanting Key Lime Pie or its equivalent. This is not surprising given all of the Android 4.3 leaks we had seen up until now.

Most of the big changes in Android 4.3 are under the hood. Google has introduced a number of performance enhancements including OpenGL ES 3.0 extension support. A big new addition in Android 4.3 is platform support for Bluetooth Smart technology, allowing connectivity for small, low-powered Bluetooth 4.0 devices and sensors.

Andoid 4.3_2

Multiuser access in tablets was introduced in Android 4.2, but in v4.3 Google has introduced restricted profiles where owners can create a separate environment for each user, limiting the type of apps that each user can access for example.

Andoid 4.3_3

Andoid 4.3_4

With the new API, apps will also now be able to access and interact with the stream of status bar notifications as they are posted. The Android 4.3 update is currently rolling out to Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices globally. As to when we’ll see it appear on Sony Xperia devices is anyone’s guess.

Via Android Developers Blog and Android Developers.

  • SonyFan

    Google and Sony are the BEST
    please make a nexus device or…an Xperia Phone where u can switch between Stock/SonyUI !!!
    SONY and GOOGLE do that pleaseeee !!

  • Deck

    Waite for Xperia Z :D

  • Deck


  • Alex

    “As to when we’ll see it appear on Sony Xperiadevices is anyone’s guess.”

    That’s what I am afraid of!! 2016??

  • (C):stem

    A SONY Device + Android 4.3 Not even in my best dreams.

  • Pedro Cunha

    When JB 4.3 to Xperia S???? Just kiding… i think in one year from today after google anounce 5.0 KLP 4.3 will come to Xperia devices…

  • Chika

    Sony is good that’s true but Google sucks and very EVIL!

  • carlo

    Hope it includes xperia acro s..

  • SomeBody

    Nope, in one year from now they will release JB 4.2.

  • SonyFan

    so u dont use Google Maps,Earth,Play Store,Android,Hangout,GMail,Chrome should i continue? Why does Google suck? can u explain me…


    Sorry but this version still lags and not as smooth as iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10.

  • AsadMulla

    Xperia S owners. Start complaining about when you will get 4.3

  • AsadMulla

    I started watching the BLUETOOTH video. Then I realised its for developers. then I stopped paying attention

  • Hu

    LOL sure…..

  • >:[



  • Mercast

    I’m sick and tired of all these rage comments about updates. Just buy phones from a different brand if you’re disappointed with Sony.

  • seb

    is there a way to watch the press event later?

  • da god

    Stupid fanboys dislike this just because they mad and deceiving themselves… such a shameful LOL!

  • Pedro Cunha

    Probably not… i bet 4.2.2 to Honami!

  • QRIO


    SONY has its own vision and stock UI doesn’t deserve the magnificence, advancement and the soul of Sony at all.

  • Maxman

    I think google should start to focus on making android finally fluent and lag-free before adding new stuff noone really needs. I love Android and my Xperia Z and it`s not like my XZ is laggy as hell but it`s still far away from beeing as smooth like ios or WP8. And if the other OS`s weren`t so limited and restricted, I would actually buy one of those phones.

  • Vasilis K.

    When will my S get 4.3??? I need an answer NOW!!! LOOOOOOOOOOL!

  • torqe

    you answered yourself. “limited and restricted” is what makes them so smooth, which android is not..

  • Cristi13

    Sony: expect the 4.3 update to come soon after the end of August 2014. The devices that will be updated are: xperia z, z ultra, sp, a, zl. Unfortunately xperia t, v, tx, e, gx, sx will remain at their current firmware because, after a long testing session (5 min of intensive discussion), we found out that they didn’t met optimal performance (we we’re actually too lazy). You can also buy our new devices if you want to enjoy the latest. Oh and don’t bother posting on our blog, you’ll be granted with the same or no response all together. Thank you for your time (and money).

  • alaa

    Sony now Should working in the 4.3 jelly Bean for :

    Xperia Z – ZL – ZR – Tablet Z – Z Ultra
    and should for honami 4.3 no 4.2.2 !
    but i think honami launch with 4.2.2

  • alaa


  • danielx

    To bad u stuck with xperia s. Lol…. This kind of lame posting mostly from a people who had money shortage or maybe to obsess stick with a long telco contract just to had a phone with less money to paid. Go get a better job.

  • Billie13

    With this grammar I’m surprised you even have a job.

  • Andrie Putra

    Next Year Maybe ….

  • Sweet Tooth

    -Xperia Nagareboshi-

  • Trust Me

    Next year’s flagship probably launch with 4.2.2 and 4.3 update like 1-2 months after launch. Then 3 over months later for legacy devices

  • elbert einstein

    Lets get naked, and run till we die. Hhahhahahaha this scene start again when there is an update coming. Just let fuckn the man who invented a mobile phone for all of those complaining.

  • The New Upcoming 2013/2014 Sony Smartphones…

  • nandu

    Wer is the upgrade for Xperia e
    am using 4.1
    this is just a sucking phone

  • JG

    Oh, is this Samsung paid?

  • Lam_Ang

    As of now, I’m glad with SP.
    Very good quality. Even though I accidentally poured water on it, I still have no problems until now.
    But still hoping for a software update for a better camera picture quality.. :-)

  • ProWeirdo

    Sony will let you hope forever….

  • ProWeirdo

    You’re right, it’ll launch with 4.2.2 and with 4.3 update “just after release”.

  • With the new API, apps will also now be able to access and interact
    with the stream of status bar notifications as they are posted.

    I was waiting for this, now someone needs to do a small app that can display notifications! No more missing notifications while playing games!

  • Vignesh

    Sony Will bring update Xperia Z, I trust them Xperia Rocks

  • APai

    for all the sarcasm, it’s turning out quite true. google and the phone makers have to work out a strategy to make the update process faster. or the phone makers should give an option of vanilla phones like “google experience” at least to all flagships. It’s an awkward feeling when the chinese rebranded OEM phones are all around going from 4.1.2 to 4.2 while costing half as much! plain vanilla android might be a bit boring in comparison to sony’s UI – but hey, the incremental updates are appreciated!

  • APai

    yeah – rinse repeat the experience. they did that with T, and with Z, and now perhaps with honami

  • ProWeirdo

    And with S :) I experienced that too

  • APai

    :) it’s a bitter sweet experience wit sony, unfortunately. they are doing good, but there’s one side that keeps screwing up

  • niupai

  • tashi

    i install 4.3 version on my x10i but bluetoth not working and wifi connection showing truely

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