New Jelly Bean build, new tablet
Perhaps the No. 1 reason to buy a mobile device direct from Google is so that you can receive timely updates to new Android builds rather than wait around on a third-party hardware maker and your wireless carrier to get with the program. As it were, Google today announced the next incremental version of Android, version 4.3. It's still Jelly Bean, which means Key Lime Pie is still somewhere on the horizon.
Most of the changes are minor. According to our sister site, TechRadar , Android 4.3 includes support for multiple users and OpenGL ES 3.0. Multi-user support was actually included in Android 4.2 on tablets, but in 4.3, there are Restricted Profiles. Think of it as Parental Controls, as you'll be able to control access to content and apps, making sure little Johnny doesn't download or fire up an app that's above his maturity level.
Even better for parents is the baked in ability to hide in-app purchases from certain users. Little Sally may have been able to bat her pretty little eyes and claim ignorance as to the massive Google Play bill, but with Android 4.3, she won't need to do that anymore, provided her parents take advantage of the feature.
Not the least bit surprising, the first device to run Android 4.3 will be Google's second generation Nexus 7 . The new model will have a faster processor (1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro versus a 1.2GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip), twice as much RAM (2GB versus 1GB), a higher resolution display (1920x1200 versus 1280x800), a rear-facing camera, and few other odds and ends.
The new Nexus 7 models will be available at the end of the month starting at $230 (16GB).
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