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Google I/O 2013: 3 Ways Android 4.3 Could Be The Best Jelly Bean Ever

By Dmitry Sheynin , May 14, 2013 01:30 PM EDT

Google IO 2013 is fast approaching, kicking off on May 15 and an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is likely to be the star of the show. It's looking less and less likely that Google will announce the rollout of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, but the Android 4.3 update will hopefully satiate your appetite, provided you're still in the mood for Jelly Bean.

We've rounded up three features likely to be baked into Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. What are you hoping for from the Android update? Let us know in the comments.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Features: Bluetooth 4.0

A constant source of criticism against Android has been the absence of a low-energy Bluetooth connection. The Google OS has been using outdated Bluetooth standards that are more battery intensive and have a shorter range than the latest version. A Bluetooth 4.0 update for Android is long overdue and it would be pretty surprising if it doesn't happen with 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Features: Better Graphics

A number of Google IO 2013 rumors have indicated that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will utilize OpenGL ES 3.0, an open-source graphics application that handles tasks like shading and texturing. This should hopefully improve graphics for games, videos as well as the general look and feel of Android devices.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Features: Version Consolidation

Another criticism often levied against Android is that there are too many versions, which leads to a host of issues like having to code apps and updates for each variation of the OS. It's unclear what strategy Google might pursue to unify various Android versions, but hopefully it will begin the process with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.          

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