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RTL improvements

Android 4.3 includes RTL performance enhancements and broader RTL support across framework UI widgets, including ProgressBar/Spinner and ExpandableListView. More debugging information visible through the uiautomatorviewer tool. In addition, more system UI components are now RTL aware, such as notifications, navigation bar and the Action Bar.

To provide a better systemwide experience in RTL scripts, more default system apps now support RTL layouts, including Launcher, Quick Settings, Phone, People, SetupWizard, Clock, Downloads, and more.

Utilities for localization

Pseudo-locales make it easier to test your app's localization.

Android 4.3 also includes new utilities and APIs for creating better RTL strings and testing your localized UIs. A new BidiFormatter provides a set of simple APIs for wrapping Unicode strings so that you can fine-tune your text rendering in RTL scripts. To let you use this utility more broadly in your apps, the BidiFormatter APIs are also now available for earlier platform versions through the Support Package in the Android SDK.

To assist you with managing date formatting across locales, Android 4.3 includes a new getBestDateTimePattern() method that automatically generates the best possible localized form of a Unicode UTS date for a locale that you specify. It’s a convenient way to provide a more localized experience for your users.

To help you test your app more easily in other locales, Android 4.3 introduces pseudo-locales as a new developer option. Pseudo-locales simulate the language, script, and display characteristics associated with a locale or language group. Currently, you can test with a pseudo-locale for Accented English, which lets you see how your UI works with script accents and characters used in a variety of European languages.
Accessibility and UI Automation
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