Android 4.3 comes with 4K resolution support and better app permission management


Like this, only 4K!

After Android 4.3 was released a few days ago people have begun digging through the lines of code and uncovering some very interesting tidbits.

The first discovery is that Android 4.3 now supports 4K resolution via its XXXHDPI category. Of course this isn’t destined for phones or tablets (hopefully!) but it’s aimed at TV sets. Yes you read that right Android now supports 4K TVs. How is this useful? Well it isn’t, at least not yet. But in the long run mirroring apps and content on TVs is bound to become commonplace and that's when this will come in handy.

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The second feature thats come to light, is better app control. This comes via App Ops, an app permission manager, that’s currently hidden in Android 4.3. App Ops will allow advanced users to customize what permissions certain apps get, and to restrict said permissions if the app isn’t from a trusted source. Users will also be able to toggle some of these permission during the install screen for the app.

Of course App Ops wasn’t made official by Google just yet, so we’re not sure when it’s going to go public, though judging by the state the app is in we’d guess it won’t be long now.

Source: Android Police | Image via Android Police

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Shadowzz said,

Weird that Nokia is working on Quadcore phone then and so is Samsung presumably, since GDR3 is a long time away.

How about we get the features most people want first? And not go hang around with niche features and later complain why we don't have separate volume levels or different notify sounds, a notification center etc.

Have not seen a 4k tv in the wild yet.
Not sure what bubbles some of you live in, but most people can't afford luxery TV's.


I am confused: in a previous post you stated that WP8.1 is not far away, now you are saying that GDR3 is a long time away. The latter will arrive before the former..... make your mind up. Besides I am not debating the usefulness of 4K support, just pointing out that what you said was inaccurate. And yes I totally agree that there plenty of features, among the the ones you mentioned, that I would like to have and are more important than 4K support.
Also, it is obvious that Nokia, and presumably other OEMs, are working on quad core and 1080 devices; GDR3, which I would speculate is in some form already available to them for testing, will add support for these features.

LUTZIFER said,
I haven't heard of anyone using 720p TVs.
Didn't those die out 10 years ago?

Erm, huh? Don't think so... Still had a lot of 4:3 TVs on the market at that time the HDTVs were still very pricey 1280x720 just wasn't the norm at that time.

It'll eventually happen but for now it's just pointless. Hell, 1080p is borderline pointless. 4K is just ludicrous even if you're outputting to a TV.

This was never meant to be a big update, that might be Android 5.0 here in a few months. Even with no breakthroughs to come, WP8 is still far behind in features. What does WP8 do well? Facebook integration and photos.

-=MagMan=- said,

Welcome to iOS 6 from last year

There were apps that existed to do this. Google just made it native to Android, that's all.

Root and flash a custom rom! My mum's HTC Wildfire S went from 2.3 to 4.2.2.

Shes very happy with it now, and thinks its much faster than the stock HTC Sense rom.

If your phone is still running Android 2.2 it's amazing that it's not old enough to be out of warranty by now. I guess you'd have to weigh having a phone you enjoy using versus the ability to have it repaired/replaced for free if you mess it up. If you're happy with it the way it is then by all means leave it alone. Personally I love tinkering with stuff and I rarely leave an android device with its stock ROM for long, but I realize that isn't everybody's thing.

lmaobox said,
I would lose my warranty.

I doubt a device that is running 2.2 still has its warranty.

You can also unroot it and relock the bootloader. Its impossible to tell (I have done it and HTC accepted my broken phone)

neohelp said,

You can also unroot it and relock the bootloader. Its impossible to tell (I have done it and HTC accepted my broken phone)

I curious but how did you unroot your phone if it was broken? Or did you unroot it and then break it yourself just to see if they would accept it or not?

4k resolution its madness, but well i rather have them improve multitasking...

and permission improvement its always welcome but miui v5 got those longtime ago,

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