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Last Updated: July 30th, 2013

Android 4.3 was officially unveiled and released today to the Android Open Source Project. In a surprisingly timely fashion, Google also released both the factory images and OTAs to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, and the Galaxy Nexus.

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Jul
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Here are the wallpapers from the new Nexus 7 that is now available for pre-order and was shown off in full detail yesterday. From what I can tell, there is only one really new wallpaper compared to what came with the previous Nexuses, and it's the one that the new Nexus 7 comes with selected by default. I ran it through TinEye and Google's Reverse Image Search, and it's the only one that returned no existing hits.

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Jul
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It's that time of year: a new version of Android is in the wild. Here's everything we could find that's new and notable in Android Jelly Bean 4.3. Most of it is for developers and gives the software a bit of spit and polish, and at least some of the new features require fancy new hardware. But if you want to get a quick overview of all the new stuff coming to a Nexus near you (and hopefully other devices) soon, this is it.

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Following the announcement of Android 4.3, the new Nexus 7, and the Chromecast, Google just started pushing the Android 4.3 open source code to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) under the tag android-4.3_r2.1. The push began several minutes ago and is expected to complete within a few hours. Additionally, factory images are already available for the Nexus 4, 7, 10, and the Galaxy Nexus.

Update 11:04am: According to JBQ, the push is complete: "All the files have been replicated to the git servers.

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Jul
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Last Updated: July 26th, 2013

Android 4.2 introduced a major change for tablets: multi-user profiles. This allows each member of the family (or organization), to have their own profile, complete with app, homescreen, and setting independence. Today, with Android 4.3, Google has taken multi-user accounts to the next level with restricted profiles. Essentially, this allows the tablet owner to have granular control over the other user accounts on the device.

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For example, let's say you're a parent and you share a tablet with a young child.

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Jul
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Android 4.3 factory images and driver binaries for most recent Nexus devices have just been published on the Google Developers site, and chances are if you've got a new-ish Nexus, the image you're looking for is there. The Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi and mobile data), and Galaxy Nexus (takju / yakju variants) all have factory image downloads available right now, here.

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Matching driver binaries can be found here, as well.

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Jul
7-24-2013 9-30-02 AM

As expected, Google [finally] took the wraps off Android 4.3 At today's "Breakfast with Sundar Pichai" event. On the surface, 4.3 is all too familiar, as it essentially looks identical to 4.2 in that there isn't a single distinctive thing to tell the two apart from a UI perspective. However, that doesn't mean there isn't anything new – it's all under the hood, baby.

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Let's take a look at what's new:

  • Multi-user with restricted profiles – content control on the user level
  • Bluetooth Low Energy support
  • OpenGL ES 3.0
  • New DRM APIs – Netflix is the first to support it, full 1080p streaming
  • ...a lot more new APIs

Android 4.3 will be available on the new Nexus 7 at launch, and will also be rolling out to the Nexus 4, current Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and the Galaxy Nexus beginning today.

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Jul
7-24-2013 9-15-05 AM

Google has announced the much-anticipated successor to the Nexus 7, released a little over a year ago, today at a small press conference. Hugo Barra introduced the device, which has been leaked extensively in the past month (several of those times being here, more recently).

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The new Nexus 7 is thinner by 1.8mm, and narrower by 2.75mm on each side of the bezel in portrait orientation. It's also 50 grams lighter.

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Jul
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The new Nexus 7, which has already been fully revealed and benchmarked earlier today, just popped up on BestBuy.com for pre-order in both 16 and 32 GB capacities. As expected, the refreshed 2013 N7 runs:

  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (you can read about some of the new Android 4.3 features here)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro @ 1.5GHz processor with Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 7" 1920x1200 IPS display with antifingerprint and scratch-resistant glass
  • 16/32GB internal storage
  • 5MP rear and 1.2MP front-facing cameras
  • SlimPort
  • BT 4.0
  • Notification LED
  • No SD card (did you really expect one?)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • Qi wireless charging-compatible
  • 3,950 mAh battery (up to 9 hours of active use)
  • 7.9" x 4.5" x 0.3"
  • 11.2oz

Wireless charging isn't mentioned, so I'm becoming less and less convinced it's capable of such a feat.

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Jul
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Google jumped the gun just a little bit and shipped tomorrow's version of Google Music today, which means we've got about 12 hours to spoil even more of the surprises Google has in store for us at their "Breakfast with Sundar Pichai" event. Let's get to it.

Chromecast

Music ships with all sorts of support for something called "Chromecast." It's basically Google's version of Airplay. Check this out:

<string name="error_start_session_failed">Unable to start a session with the Chromecast device.</string>
<string name="error_session_ended">Lost connectivity with the Chromecast device.</string>
<string name="error_ramp_command_failed">Failed to control the media.</string>
<string name="error_no_session">Not currently connected to the Chromecast device.</string>

Connect to a remote device, and start playing media!

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