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May 4, 2013

HTC leaks features for Android 4.3


At Google’s I/O developers conference there is an expectation that they will debut Android 4.3, but we don’t know exactly what will be included in the new update. But hold on a minute, 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 hosted by The San Francisco Android User Group, on Thursday, May 16th, 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.

Speakers at the event will be:
Dario Laverde Developer Evangelist at HTC, Lance Nanek  Developer Evangelist at HTC and David Wu principal software engineer at HTC.
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.

Source: SFAndroid

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini