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.

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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,

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?

-=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.

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.

Meanwhile WP8 is stuck with 720p, still. It don't even have HDMI or MHL TV output.

I want to switch to WP, but MS are seriously making things hard.

Ishanx said,
You want 4k on a phone?

4k TV output. The same reason Android supports it. It would be great on the Lumia 1020 for viewing its photo's on a large TV.

But WP8 first needs to finally support basic TV output or even 1080p.

I do question if phones really need TV out? would you guys actually have some use for it?

My Nokia N95 back from 2007 could do this. I tested it once to see how it worked then never used it again. Might just be me however i've never had any desire to hook my phone up to the TV.

My Galaxy Nexus can do this too, never had a reason to. I guess i could play games on the TV, but again never had the desire to.

Shadowzz said,
Windows has 4k resolutions, matter of time. Most people's TV's don't go over 720p. Few have 1080p, its very, very rare to see 4k.

Loads of people have 1080p TV's these days, it's common. Even large 40"+ 1080p TV's are very cheap now.

And it's always a "matter of time" with MS. WP8 has been out for a while now and what have we got with updates... pretty much nothing. GDR 2 brought almost nothing of use. WP8 is behind on so many things as it is, but MS make zero effort to catch up when i'm sure they could with all the resources, money, and experience they have. They should be leading the way, not constantly playing catch up. But the problem is how MS look at Windows Phone, they see it as a simple compliment to the PC, rather than something that can replace it.

Wheres 1080p, wheres support for modern SoC's, wheres a notification center, wheres TV output, wheres individual volume controls? The last one is so ridiculously easy to add. If WP had all this i'd dump the laggy mess known as Android in a second.

InsaneNutter said,
I do question if phones really need TV out? would you guys actually have some use for it?.

Yes i'd use it. I wouldn't have mentioned it otherwise. I'm sure many many others would use it too.

NoClipMode said,

Loads of people have 1080p TV's these days, it's common. Even large 40"+ 1080p TV's are very cheap now.

And it's always a "matter of time" with MS. WP8 has been out for a while now and what have we got with updates... pretty much nothing. GDR 2 brought almost nothing of use. WP8 is behind on so many things as it is, but MS make zero effort to catch up when i'm sure they could with all the resources, money, and experience they have. They should be leading the way, not constantly playing catch up. But the problem is how MS look at Windows Phone, they see it as a simple compliment to the PC, rather than something that can replace it.

Wheres 1080p, wheres support for modern SoC's, wheres a notification center, wheres TV output, wheres individual volume controls? The last one is so ridiculously easy to add. If WP had all this i'd dump the laggy mess known as Android in a second.


Lol, most people's TV's are quite old already, hitting the couple of years.
Not sure where you live, but here in the west people been losing their jobs, having a 'crisis' where people rather not do several hundred euro purchases when it is not required. And most people are stuck with the first 2 generations of flat-TV's. Few of which that go over 720p. The 1080p amount is growing, but not much. And many 1080p are stretched 720p.

GDR2 brings plenty of use to me. Better battery life, finally I can use my FM radio, it brings support for more modern soc's. And several minor changes that just make the overall experience of WP8 a bit better.
Which is what an update is meant to do.

Also just completely ignore WP8.1, which seem to bring a bucket load of new features, which ofcourse they are not going to release with the minor updates. If they keep releasing everything they are working on, they have nothing to show for when they release 8.1

I don't know anyone that doesn't have a TV with a 1080p panel. 1080p has been the majority of TV sales for years(above 40 inches).

Shadowzz said,

Lol, most people's TV's are quite old already, hitting the couple of years.
Not sure where you live, but here in the west people been losing their jobs, having a 'crisis' where people rather not do several hundred euro purchases when it is not required. And most people are stuck with the first 2 generations of flat-TV's. Few of which that go over 720p. The 1080p amount is growing, but not much. And many 1080p are stretched 720p.

GDR2 brings plenty of use to me. Better battery life, finally I can use my FM radio, it brings support for more modern soc's. And several minor changes that just make the overall experience of WP8 a bit better.
Which is what an update is meant to do.

Also just completely ignore WP8.1, which seem to bring a bucket load of new features, which ofcourse they are not going to release with the minor updates. If they keep releasing everything they are working on, they have nothing to show for when they release 8.1

1: You can buy a 40" full 1080p TV in the UK for under £280. Or smaller sizes for way less. Not exactly expensive. Everyone i know has a 1080p TV, even jobless people!

2: GDR 2 did not add support for modern SoC's, it's why the 1020 still has a dated SoC. Everything added is very minor. It didn't add anything people have been asking for for AGES. Just look how many people on the WP forums complain about features.

3: I'm ignoring 8.1 because it's not even close to release. And who knows what it will bring, theres just rumours. But in typical MS style i bet it doesn't do enough and is once again lagging behind. It's not like the competition are standing still either. And super basic things like individual volume control should have been added with WP7.

I only complain because i WANT Windows Phone to do well and catch up. If you like the platform you should also want it to have these basic features, not defending it like a brain dead fanboy.

Funny how you completely fail to actually know what the average Joe buys for a TV when you live in a bubble thinking 4K will be mainstream next year..

Seriously ppl. Most people will have a 720p 32inch screen at best.. Just go and actually look into this before making nonsense claims.

while hdmi out does kinda suck, i don't really worry about ONLY 720p on a 4 inch screen. having seen 1080p phones, i think it's a silly waste of pixels for the unnoticeable difference when it has a significant impact on battery life.

paulheu said,
Funny how you completely fail to actually know what the average Joe buys for a TV when you live in a bubble thinking 4K will be mainstream next year..

Never said anything like that. Thats just a stupid assumption by you. Windows and Android both support 4k and TV output. Some people will use it, like me.

But uh oh! I actually want a feature that an MS platform don't support so lets all bash me being as this is Neowin and full of sheep.

NoClipMode said,

1: You can buy a 40" full 1080p TV in the UK for under £280. Or smaller sizes for way less. Not exactly expensive. Everyone i know has a 1080p TV, even jobless people!


Haha, cause currently the lower income people can easily drop 350+euro's for a TV? Are you mad? While they have a perfectly fine TV at 720p, most tv-watching distances of 3-4m don't notice a massive increase in detail.
Not sure what people you have around you, but mine are from poor to rich, and yes, midclass and up, generally has 1 or more 1080p TV's. But these people are NOT the majority.

2: GDR 2 did not add support for modern SoC's, it's why the 1020 still has a dated SoC. Everything added is very minor. It didn't add anything people have been asking for for AGES. Just look how many people on the WP forums complain about features.

Yes it does, GDR2 brings quad-core support.
The 1020 is a Camera version of the 920. Giving it a newer soc will make the phone more expensive and not a 920-like version. Besides the camera has its own chip, the SoC isn't doing any of the graphical processing other then displaying it.

3: I'm ignoring 8.1 because it's not even close to release. And who knows what it will bring, theres just rumours. But in typical MS style i bet it doesn't do enough and is once again lagging behind. It's not like the competition are standing still either. And super basic things like individual volume control should have been added with WP7.

Half year from now isn't billions of years away. It isn't 'close' to release, but it certainly isn't 'far' from release either.
And the competition also uses their Point releases for bringing new major functionalities, even if WP8 is behind, why should MS do any different?
Even if it was added with WP7, it would've been scrapped and needed to be replaced for WP8 anywho. (Yes separate volume control is one of the features I miss the most)
But I understand technology and release schedule's. And went aboard with WP8 knowing "This takes some time". Just like iOS and Android did in its first few years.

I only complain because i WANT Windows Phone to do well and catch up. If you like the platform you should also want it to have these basic features, not defending it like a brain dead fanboy.

I'm not defending the platform for lacking basic functionality, I use WP8 myself and gave plenty of feedback to Microsoft and Nokia. And will continue to do so.

But I don't go around on forums/topics/blogs spreading my displeasure with the entire frigging OS while 90% of it is more then fine.
Also you seem very uninformed.

NoClipMode said,

Never said anything like that. Thats just a stupid assumption by you. Windows and Android both support 4k and TV output. Some people will use it, like me.

But uh oh! I actually want a feature that an MS platform don't support so lets all bash me being as this is Neowin and full of sheep.


Showing displeasure? You are demanding a feature that only a tiny...tiny fraction of the WP8 users will use more then once if at all. While you are aware the platform has some ground to catch, you are making DEMANDS that Microsoft should focus on niche's.

NoClipMode said,
Meanwhile WP8 is stuck with 720p, still. It don't even have HDMI or MHL TV output.

I want to switch to WP, but MS are seriously making things hard.


Miracast/DLNA will be more useful than any wired output which is useless on a phone.

Shadowzz said,

Showing displeasure? You are demanding a feature that only a tiny...tiny fraction of the WP8 users will use more then once if at all. While you are aware the platform has some ground to catch, you are making DEMANDS that Microsoft should focus on niche's.

You are right, WP 8 is now perfect and should not update it anymore. All the relevent features for its users are already there and perfectly implemented and will last the next 20 years.

paulheu said,
Funny how you completely fail to actually know what the average Joe buys for a TV when you live in a bubble thinking 4K will be mainstream next year..

Seriously ppl. Most people will have a 720p 32inch screen at best.. Just go and actually look into this before making nonsense claims.


I am afraid you are the one making nonsense claims.... Nowadays 1080 is mainstream and quite cheap as well....

Shadowzz said,

Haha, cause currently the lower income people can easily drop 350+euro's for a TV? Are you mad? While they have a perfectly fine TV at 720p, most tv-watching distances of 3-4m don't notice a massive increase in detail.
Not sure what people you have around you, but mine are from poor to rich, and yes, midclass and up, generally has 1 or more 1080p TV's. But these people are NOT the majority.

Yes it does, GDR2 brings quad-core support.
The 1020 is a Camera version of the 920. Giving it a newer soc will make the phone more expensive and not a 920-like version. Besides the camera has its own chip, the SoC isn't doing any of the graphical processing other then displaying it.

Half year from now isn't billions of years away. It isn't 'close' to release, but it certainly isn't 'far' from release either.
And the competition also uses their Point releases for bringing new major functionalities, even if WP8 is behind, why should MS do any different?
Even if it was added with WP7, it would've been scrapped and needed to be replaced for WP8 anywho. (Yes separate volume control is one of the features I miss the most)
But I understand technology and release schedule's. And went aboard with WP8 knowing "This takes some time". Just like iOS and Android did in its first few years.

I'm not defending the platform for lacking basic functionality, I use WP8 myself and gave plenty of feedback to Microsoft and Nokia. And will continue to do so.

But I don't go around on forums/topics/blogs spreading my displeasure with the entire frigging OS while 90% of it is more then fine.
Also you seem very uninformed.


GDR3 will bring quadcore.....Talking about misinformed.....

Shadowzz said,
Windows has 4k resolutions, matter of time. Most people's TV's don't go over 1080p. Very few have 4K, its very, very rare to see 4k.
Fixed it for you.

Fritzly said,

GDR3 will bring quadcore.....Talking about misinformed.....

Weird that Nokia is working on Quadcore phone then and so is Samsung presumably, since GDR3 is a long time away.
S7R1K3R said,

You are right, WP 8 is now perfect and should not update it anymore. All the relevent features for its users are already there and perfectly implemented and will last the next 20 years.


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.
DarkNet said,
Fixed it for you.

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.

Shadowzz said,
...

Obviously you lack reading comprehension. Re-read what I fixed for you.


Now.... Don't you feel so foolish.

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.

-=MagMan=- said,

Welcome to iOS from last year

-=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.

-=MagMan=- said,

Welcome to iOS from last year

Too bad iOS privacy control isn't as complete as android's as there is absent of many abuse control toggles like vibrate, cam, mic, brightness adjustment, phone stat and so on. Just look at the "spycam" app in app store. It would be terrible if developers meant to share your video.

Me neither. Getting kinda choked!! I want it bad.
I've tried to do the adb sideload many times, can't seem to get it to go.
I boot in to recovery mode, but doesn't do anythingFirst time I tried, got the right thing working, but didn't have the USB drivers installed, so adb didn't work.
Then got android drivers installed, etc. etc. but now don't get the same menu when doing the boot in to recovery mode.
I kinda gave up.

I've seen plenty of articles online about how to just get the update manually however I'm also concerned that I may just brick my phone so i'll wait for it to become available correctly.

oh trust me, I am tech savvy. In fact, I have released day0 hacks over the last decade. I was also the one who wrote the guide on unlocking the bootloader on the HTC Desire HD when it first launched, among other things I will keep quiet ;-)

That said, this time I will wait for the OTA update

LUTZIFER said,
Me neither. Getting kinda choked!! I want it bad.
I've tried to do the adb sideload many times, can't seem to get it to go.
I boot in to recovery mode, but doesn't do anythingFirst time I tried, got the right thing working, but didn't have the USB drivers installed, so adb didn't work.
Then got android drivers installed, etc. etc. but now don't get the same menu when doing the boot in to recovery mode.
I kinda gave up.

I'm going to take a guess and say you have a 64-bit machine. You need to modify the inf driver file for sideload in 64-bit.

glen8 said,
oh trust me, I am tech savvy. In fact, I have released day0 hacks over the last decade. I was also the one who wrote the guide on unlocking the bootloader on the HTC Desire HD when it first launched, among other things I will keep quiet ;-)

That said, this time I will wait for the OTA update

Seems kinda pointless.

Updated my Galaxy Nexus yesterday - to be honest I'm struggling to notice any differences but then I know it's "under the hood" improvements mostly!

... Not much else, from my understanding.

But I hadn't known about these features before I read this article, so perhaps there's more hidden things yet to be found.