While Android 4.3 isn't a milestone for Google the same way 4.1 was, it still adds a host of new useful features. Chief of these is the addition of restricted profiles, a feature which greatly increases the OS' business appeal.
Restricted profile powers handy for SMEs, OpenGL ES 3.0 support for developers, improved notifications
Many of the updates are not immediately noticeable, benefits of Google's developer push will take time to appear
Will run on all Google Nexus devices initially; Android partner support to follow
Google blew the tech world out of the water last year with the release of its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Launched alongside Google's first ever own-brand tablet, the Google Nexus 7, the OS featured a host of new software additions and services. These included Google's ever-improving Now push update service and the company's performance-optimising Project Butter coding.
One year on, rather than release another radical overhaul to the Android OS, Google's taken a step back with its latest 4.3 Jelly Bean version, releasing what at first glance is a minor update with most of its additions operating under the hood. However, just because the additions aren't as immediately obvious as those unveiled on Android 4.1, there's still plenty for businesses to get excited about on Android 4.3.
Multiple account support was originally added to Android on version 4.2. The addition was a boon to business users as it granted them similar account management powers to those seen on a regular Windows PC. Specifically the feature let IT managers set up the tablet for use by multiple employees or create bespoke work and personal accounts.
However, the addition fell one step short of business greatness as it didn't let users set up separate permissions for the accounts. This meant that while users could have separate login details, the tablet administrator or owner couldn't tweak what rights each account had. As a result they couldn't do things like block a user from downloading applications from third party marketplaces or block in-app purchases on one user account without doing it on all of them.
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