With two leaks of Android 4.3 on different devices inside of a fortnight, itís a pretty safe bet that Google is readying the software for a wider audience. First the Google Experience phones and now the Nexus 4 phone have Android 4.3 builds out in the wild. Google hasnít officially launched the software, but itís clearly testing a near-ready (if not final) build that could arrive as soon as next week for some smartphones.

So what can you expect in Android 4.3? Few new look-and-feel features; instead, most of the improvements are behind the scenes additions.

Android Central installed the software on a Nexus 4 and has a video walk though available to see. The overall touch sensitivity is reportedly improved and my hope is that enhancement works across all Android devices capable of running Android 4.3. Also verified is what we already knew about the new software: Android is getting an updated Bluetooth stack with support for Bluetooth 4 Low Energy. Thatís handy for a connected wearable device, such as the expected Google smartwatch thatís in the works.

I like the ďalways onĒ Wi-Fi location bits that Android Central pointed out. Often when using location-based software Iím on the road and have my Wi-Fi radio disabled to save on battery life. Yet, these location apps often suggest turning Wi-Fi on to assist in finding my location. With the new setting, you can allow Android 4.3 to temporarily use the Wi-Fi radio as needed for location-finding purposes. Google is also including support for OpenGL ES 3.0 and a history of notifications, based on the Android Central video.
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--jeremy