May 04 AT 11:41 AM Taylor Wimberly 36 Comments

HTC leaks new features of Android 4.3 [Updated]


Google is expected to debut Android 4.3 this month at their Google IO developers conference, but we don’t know exactly what will be included in the new update. Thanks to a meetup posting by HTC, we now have an idea of two new features that should be included in Android 4.3. At an event on Thursday, May 16th, in San Francisco, HTC will provide an overview of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Open GL ES 3.0, new features they describe as having “arrived” on Android (in the future tense).

Bluetooth Low Energy (or Bluetooth Smart) is aimed at always-on devices like heart rate monitors, key finders, and multi-sensor kits (temperature, pressure, humidity, accelerometer). A couple Android devices have supported it through their own Bluetooth stack, but it has not been an official part of Android til now.

OpenGL ES 3.0 is the latest mobile graphics specification and it’s currently supported by new chips from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 600, found in the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4, is the latest chip to support OpenGL ES 3.0, and we can’t wait to see what new games will be created to take full advantage of the new APIs.

We expect Google to unveil a ton of other mobile-related news (Ron Amadeo of Android Police has a nice list), so be sure to tune into Google IO from May 15-17th.

Update: HTC’s Dario Laverde sent the following statement to Slashgear. “To clarify, we’ll have some surprises for the meeting but we’re not claiming unannounced new features here — we’ll be demoing features and APIs already available on HTC devices.”

Source: SFAndroid

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  • fatspirit

    Not much yet.

    • Frog

      So, is 4.3 still Jelly Bean or already Key Lime Pie?

      • Abdur Rehman

        it’s hopefully still Jelly Bean as key lime pie takes place with Android 5.0…..

  • redraider133

    I will be interested to see what else they unveil. Can’t wait for Google I/O

  • Truth

    So pretty much barely evolves like iOS.

    • jamal adam

      The simple answer is NO, Android does not evolve as slowly as iOS. Rather the thinking, as stated by some sites (such as the Verge, Android Police, etc) is that perhaps Google has decided to go with 4.3 instead of Key Lime Pie in order to give OEMs more time to update their smartphones before the arrival of the much awaited and much anticipated KLP.

      • ashok pai

        absolutely! it is also easy on customers to not rush to 5.x so soon. let the users keep their phones for sometime at least! the arrival of openGL 3 itself will kick in another round of upgrades. all of this is fun for phone manufacturers, but I guess, if you upgrade one too many times – fatigue sets in

      • Ameya

        With just optimizations coming in with current update, key lime pie should really have more voice based controls for day to day operating without switching the screen on. That’s gonna be the easiest battery saver!

    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for HTC and Android 4.3

      • cro

        Death and Rebirth

  • benteers3

    Hope Google I/O will bring new technologies.

  • SanzaBlancoAkA2C

    I’m hoping for an update to the Google Music App. Something with a Google Now like UI would be very much appreciated imo.

    • jamal adam

      I couldn’t agree more. Google Music has always been behind in terms of design and functionality compared to the rest of the Google Apps and it’s about time it caught up to the rest of the crew.

  • Thinkingbrian

    I wonder, if Google decides to announce the Android 4.3 upgrade later this month which I would like to see multi-window included, then does that mean that Google will unveil Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie in October along with the next Nexus device? It makes sense. Personally I’m looking forward to seeing what Key Lime Pie has for features as Google continues to evolve Android.

    • David Knowles


      I suspect Google no long playing in the race for features in the OS, instead I expect this year Google will be focusing on services for Android and mobile phones generally.

  • romy134

    not much to be awwwing over, but its a start.

  • cthonctic

    BLE = yes please!

    Other than that, I’m more looking forward to updates on Gapps like the next GTalk (née Babel) rather than Android proper. The current Jelly Bean is excellent but I’m always up for a pleasant surprise.

  • James Ron

    Huawei and Samsung also leaked some stuff
    Hopefully the linux kernel comes faster. It would speed up ram so much more.
    Also can’t wait for face tracking

  • MG

    Finally, BLE! No Bluetooth Low Energy would be really embarrassing. It’s the only new feature that I really care about.

  • Nathan D.

    Google I/O!

  • Thomas

    What is HTC doing with 4.3 are they planning on putting it on a 2014 model phone cause I don’t believe any of their phone have even seen 4.2 yet. HTC what to do with you.

    • jonathan3579

      I seriously hope HTC gets their act together and speeds up their update process so they can shut all you naysayer’s mouths.

      • Thomas

        I have owned 3 HTC phones and I have witnessed their lack of support I have the right out of anyone to talk crap after having used the droid inc thunderbolt and the Rezound . All are OS behind phones released at similar times and Rezound got a horrible ICS build at that and so did the Thunderbolt. Please do a lil research before you speak up and assume I have not done mine, even the htc one is only on 4.1.2 not even on the newest android and that should prove it will never see 4.3 before their next flagship comes out. I too hope they get their act together since they already hit rock bottom with profits but only they are to blame. You wanna make my comments with a thumbs down go ahead the truth hurts sometimes.

        • jonathan3579

          Dude, if you’re that outraged over HTC and their software… Maybe it’s time to step away from the internet for awhile. I’ve been burned by nearly every manufacturer and the only option is to move forward and hope the next “flagship” gets it right so that we don’t have to bitch and moan about software updates. The only thing I’m truly missing out of 4.2 right now is PhotoSphere and native emoji support.

          • Thomas

            I thought the samething that HTC would get it right after the Thunderbolt, but the droid inc 2 had crappy build 3 people I knew had charger port break, and the Rezound was just forgot about after launch till Verizon decided to give it official global update just the other week. I don’t hate HTC I really wish Verizon didn’t hold them back and keep asking for exclusive phones like Droid, Thunderbolt, Rezound, DNA….I think HTC phones would have been top notch is able to release updates and phones as they wish without restrictions. I do wish them the best cause in the end it breeds innovation in software and hardware. But HTC has done similar software antics on at&t holding onto jelly bean for htc one x till right before the HTC one was launched, anyways I don’t wanna act like I gotta have the last word just wanted to show I am not talking crap only showing that htc needs to be more supported across all carriers. Not all phones need to be updated but when fixes are needed (see phones I have owned) they were not proved in a timely manner or at all. Also make sure u research the HTC flyer which was abandoned shortly after its updated ruined the tablet with no fix.

          • jonathan3579

            I see your point. I was not trying to make an argument out of things and I’m pretty familiar with those particular device’s track record.

    • rumi

      i have got 4.2.2 one week ago on my htc one

  • DavidL.

    VERY DISSAPOINTED that it looks like we’re only going to get a minor 4.3 tweak than the more widely expected 5.0 KeyLime overhaul. For everyone complaining about Lack of iOS innovation, Android forNexuS users will be let down. Plus while not exactly the save, Google apps are available on iOS.. from search to maps to YouTube to more obscure like Goggles… But for now there’s no Siri or 3d maps….I realize Google has a different businesses model but it’s just another thing weighing on my mind.. Now iPhone probably releasing a5S instead of a 6 had similar effect… A wider screen was even asked for by Apple store employees i spoke to last week…. But sounds like ios at least might look different….. Gonna be a hard choice for me. In so many ways, iPhone send like it will be more user friendly and having real k support is important… I’ve been using a Mac and an Android

  • donger

    Exciting news for Android.

  • calib

    i think they should make optimization for computer vision stuffs. But for a good result in android, I think Limopo is a good example and very useful app.

  • David Stanely

    Bluetooth Smart is a good addition in Android based smartphones. The addition of latest version of OpenGL is much better for high graphics games but all these updates a good battery.

    • David Stanely

      All these updates in Android requires a good battery.

  • Mike Jackson

    Still not confirmed about the news of HTC have to wait for the launch of it.

  • CJ LaFleur

    4.2 took a disappointing step back in terms of design i’m still using cyannogenmod 10.1 (android 4.1) because i hate the new text font an such. 4.3 does not look promising. i’m waiting for key lime pie, and there’s no way i’m buying a GS4 because of the locked bootloader. if i can’t install Cyannogenmod then it’s not worth buying (even if it’s the best device ever). we need key lime pie and a bootloader workaround.

    • Luis

      Are you stupid?10.1 is 4.2 lmao!!! That’s the biggest fail ever.

  • htcrezound1

    I’ve been reading the windows 8 phones run smooth smooth and with great cameras
    a new one is expected to released with new snapdragon 800 chip
    now that sounds sweet

    android has been a frustrating ride for many, including me
    still hoping though
    but there are always options, we just have to wait:
    snapdragon 800 chip phones
    windows 8
    ios7 (5s)
    KLP in Fall