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Google Play Edition handsets get Android 4.3 update OTA

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Google Play Edition handsets get Android 4.3 update OTA
The Google Play Edition of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 have each received the Android 4.3 update. This is exactly the reason why certain smartphone users are willing to pay full price for these handsets when subsidized versions are available. Since these phones are unlocked, carrier testing of the Android 4.3 update (and future updates as well), do not need to be made. This allows updates to be available for these phones faster than for carrier branded phones.

The OTA update weighs in at 150MB for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and 180MB for the HTC One. Among the changes in the new build are larger icons sizes for the widget panel on both phones, working infrared on the HTC One, Bluetooth tethering on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and a new background color on the latter for settings.  We knew that the update was coming for the Galaxy S4 since the same JWR66V build had been tested on a Samsung Galaxy S4 on the AnTuTu benchmark site.

Google has kept its word so far for speedier updates on the phones. For those who opted for the Google Play Edition of the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4, was it worth it to buy this version of the phone instead of paying the subsidized price for the carrier branded model? The Google Play Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is $649 from the Google Play Store while the Google Play Edition of the HTC One is $599.


source: AnandTech via Engadget

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posted on 02 Aug 2013, 23:41 9

1. PootisMan (Posts: 203; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I guess that was pretty fast considering there not nexus devices.

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 07:59 1

14. zhiae (Posts: 177; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


after a week we will be able to get it via rom

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 23:42 11

2. androidornothing (Posts: 143; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


It would be cool if Samsung would allow us to choose stock android or touchwiz on Galaxy phones from default out of the box. As much as i love this Google Play Edition phones i can never see myselff leaving my Galaxy Note 2. This phone grew on me from day 1 and holding anything smaller feels wierd.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 23:43 10

3. Shatter (Posts: 2030; Member since: 29 May 2013)


So the phones attached itself to you and started growing?

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 23:46 8

5. PootisMan (Posts: 203; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


He's talking about the size of phone aka the overall body and screen size.

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 07:49 2

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 11937; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Symbian life form.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 23:45 1

4. PootisMan (Posts: 203; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Well that's why manufactures make there phones with custom skins. I think it's very good because it gives consumers more choices, but right know as it stands I prefer pure stock Android on my Nexus 4. That's my opinion though.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 23:48 1

6. Shatter (Posts: 2030; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I have a Nexus 4 but im using Paranoid Android atm.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 23:49 1

7. PootisMan (Posts: 203; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Do you find it better than stock android?

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 05:43 1

10. moroninc (Posts: 181; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


yes it is

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 00:00

8. nothingmuch (Posts: 178; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Yeh quick for non nexus, too bad the rest of us wont see it until 5.0 heads out (coughat&t) !!

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 04:13 5

9. shamashu9 (Posts: 102; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


According to PA, update to 4.3 gives a slow user experience. Which is the trademark of android OS.

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 05:44 1

11. moroninc (Posts: 181; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


your source? link?

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 06:24 2

12. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


Troll

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 10:45 2

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8665; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Too bad my N7 is 2x faster than it was on 4.2.2.

-Sent from Asus Nexus 7 (4.3)

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 15:23

21. Tsoliades (Posts: 213; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


Same here. It's great!
On the subject of the Google Play Edition updates, that was fast. I'm surprised how well it went.

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 15:36

23. sprockkets (Posts: 1237; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


According to the web, some people have issues with their device.

It's nice to know that WP has no one,\ at all complaining about slowness on a WP device. Because MS is perfect. Yep.

Not one.

http://forums.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-8/207379-slight-stutter-lag.html

Oh wait...

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 08:09 1

15. shamashu9 (Posts: 102; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Here's the link. Second paragraph second sentence .
Experiencing-bugs-with-Android-4.3--You-are-not-al​one-heres-a-list-of-some-issues_id46024

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 10:12

17. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


I didn't xperience that in my gnexus i9250.

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 10:10

16. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


How about regular hTc One/S4 and gnote 2, when! ?

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 10:59

19. housry23 (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


I have an AT&T HTC One that I have fully converted to the Google Edition and I'm running Android 4.3. I love that these phones were updated so quickly! Stock Android with LTE and HTC One screen and speed is amazing!

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 11:54

20. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


I don't like rooting.
I did that on my old tab, that's the first and last doin' that thing.

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 15:26

22. Tsoliades (Posts: 213; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


I can't have an Android device that isn't rooted. :P
What tablet did you have? It's a lot easier on some devices.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 00:04

24. iliketech (Posts: 54; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


I have SGS4 GE and I like it. got it mostly for being able to tether on LTE speeds. I had the LG Optimus G Pro and it was nice but certain apps it was laggy. But it had a great screen. I like the sgs4 mostly because the back button is right below my thumb and I don't have to stretch for it in left hand corner... that was one reason I bought it... sad I know. But I am selling my Nexus 4 right now and moved up for bigger storage on phone, and bigger screen, removable battery, LTE, easier to operate than the Nexus 4. The wireless charging on it sucks though!. I am sending my Back S cover charging cover because when the phone is off and I put it on qi charger the screen turns white... but when phone is on all is well. other than that it will be my main phone shortly...

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