Few days ago, Google announced the release of Android 4.3 operating system for Nexus 7 and since then the internet has been buzzing on what’s new in Android 4.3 and how to upgrade to Android 4.3. Google has said this is not a major Android upgrade as they are still referring to it as Jelly Bean but there are some features of the Android 4.3 worth noting. In this article i will try to highlight the Android 4.3 features and how you can upgrade to Android 4.3 operating system in your device.
Android 4.3 features:
Restricted Profiles: Android 4.3 has introduced something it lacked over the years, most corporate organizations use Blackberry because of restricted profiles and now Android has introduced it. Organizations can now set up their employees profiles to keep them focused on work during working hours; a parent can set up profiles for every member of the family. Restricted profiles simply restrict app usage and content consumption based on privileges.
Profiles and Users: Now Android tablets can have multi-user accounts on one device, thanks to Android 4.3 upgrade for this. Now one device can have multiple accounts, every account can have its own home screen; background, widgets, apps etc and you can also switch between users without even logging out or logging in from one account to the other.
Bluetooth Smart Ready Support: The new Android 4.3 now supports low-energy Bluetooth smart accessories like fitness sensors and some other Bluetooth sensor devices.
Project from your device to TV: Now you can project your favorite movies or videos from your Android devices to a HDTV with Miracast support.
Better notification: With Android 4.3 upgrade you can now see all your notifications in one place.
Faster and Smoother: The Android 4.3 is way faster and smoother than all its predecessors. With better graphics in games and videos and better responsive properties, your Android devices will surely perform better in this new OS version.
Beam videos and photos: Now you can easily share photos or videos by just touching two NFC-enabled Android devices back-to-back.
There are a whole lots of other interesting features that came with the Android 4.3 upgrade like smarter keyboard that lets you type by just making gestures, resizable widgets etc. So you definitely have so many reasons to want to upgrade to Android 4.3 operating system.
How to upgrade to Android 4.3
Google has already delivered the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade to Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 devices but it may take awhile for other Android devices to upgrade to this version. Some phone makers like Sony Corp has announced a lineup of smartphones that will receive the Android 4.3 update soon, these includes Xperia Z, Xperia ZR, Xperia ZL, Xperia SP, Xperia Tablet Z, and the newly launched Xperia Z Ultra. But if you are so curious to upgrade your Android device to Android 4.3 before it is official, then you can download the manual update files. Click here to download the Android 4.3 OTA update straight from Google’s servers. You can use Custom Recovery method (for rooted devices) or adb sideload command (for non-rooted or Stock devices) to install the Android 4.3 update on your device.
Note that before you can upgrade to Android 4.3, you must have stock Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 running on your device.
You can specifically search XDA-Developers forum for “how to upgrade to Android 4.3” for your device. There are a lot of tutorials on how to upgrade different Android devices to version 4.3 on the XDA-Developers forum, I can’t possibly write on how to upgrade to Android 4.3 for individual Android devices or phone makers in one blog post here.