The leak stems from a Samsung insider with access to an early build of Android 4.3 (JWR66N) as the company adapts it to run on the phone’s hardware. This insider, who provided screenshots as proof, believes the phone will actually be updated with the latest “Jelly Bean” installment this July. That said, we’ll likely see the HTC One Google Play Edition get the same first-class Android 4.3 love next month along with the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.
The same source that provided the screenshots and insider info may have provided the firmware to download and test as well. As seen on SamMobile, it’s the very one fitted for the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, but the site ported it to a standard Galaxy S4 and reportedly received some “outstanding” results. The port is working perfectly, the site claims; nothing is apparently broken. The build date was June 26, so this firmware is essentially fresh out of the oven.
Android 4.3 test build firmware for the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505G).
Android 4.3 port from the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 is fully functional on the standard Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505), there is not even a single thing which isn’t working. No changes to the port, so it’s 100% original with zero changes.
– This is not flashable through Odin.
– This will void your warranty.
– Don’t attempt this if you don’t have the skills to flash a custom ROM
– You are doing this on your own risk
Android version: 4.3
Build ID: JWR66N
Build Date: 26 June 2013
– Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505)
– Custom Recovery
– Copy Google Play Edition ROM to your internal SD Card
– Enter Recovery (Power + Volume Up + Home)
– Do a Wipe/Factory Reset (Necessary due to new Android version)
– Flash Google Play Edition ROM
– Reboot your device!
Download: (Choose either one)
Download and install at your own risk!
Google hasn’t made Android 4.3 public yet, but it’s good to know that OEMs already have access to the source code. Early access will result in quick software updates and less Android fragmentation. Keep in mind, Android 4.3 is still in development phases and does not have all the features which are yet to be implemented.
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