Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition gets Android 4.3 build
Directions on how to install Android 4.3 on the device can be found at the sourcelink. The version of Android leaked is JWR66V following up on the existing leak which is JWR66N. The update includes improvements to the battery (always a good thing), and you can now wirelessly charge the phone with the power off. Non-rooted units can now use Google Wallet. There are some bugs associated with this leaked build including difficulties with CNN and HBO Go.
Google is expected to unveil Android 4.3 at the same July 24th event that will introduce the new Google Nexus 7 tablet that should be powered by Android 4.3 out of the box. Since the update doesn't require testing by a carrier, it shouldn't be too long after the announcement that Android 4.3 is ready to be downloaded on the Google Play edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4.
source: XDADevelopers via AndroidAuthority
1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8833; Member since: 14 May 2012)
My N7 is ready for the 4.3 update and my S3 should get it not long after its released thanks to XDA so I'll just play the waiting game for a little. I would get the GE of the S4 but the price...
2. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
if i have to wait longer than a few weeks to get 4.3 on my nexus 4, im going to buy an iphone this fall and never look back.
imo, google is mishandling the nexus line. the gnex was a huge flop and the nexus 4 is existing during a long lull in significant updates to android. they seem timid to reward their customers that likely support them the most.
3. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
How is the gnex a fail, also why iPhone get a WP
5. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
they whored it out to the carriers. updates rolled out FAR later for some carriers, battery life was awful, build quality was bad.
my friends and family all have iphones. using imessage would make my mobile experience much easier. i prefer android and bought the nexus 4 for a few reasons. but if the iphone lite is a good phone for a good price, i might be going back to apple.
8. Alantef (Posts: 287; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
you mean Verizon or Google....i got all my updates on time with my gnex....i just upgraded to the S4 GE
12. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
is there a difference? google gave the carriers control of a phone, while still promising the nexus experience.
4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Samsung will shock many with all S4 variants, S3 and Note II getting Android 4.3 this month. Google pushed back the OS release for the very reason so manufacturers can prepare, and it's safe to say Samsung is ready to pull the trigger.
6. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
absolutely no way the note ii or s3 get 4.3 this month.
7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
The update team dedicated to those devices skipped 4.2.2 and has been working on 4.3. It's not a drastic jump anyway, so let's just hope they deliver on the fast update promise.
11. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2552; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I fully agree with ayephoner. Mark my words. I know Samsung is planning on skipping 4.2.2, but the earliest the Note 2 & S3 will see 4.3 in the States (sure, the international version will get it earlier) is November. Annoying, but I don't care because I'll be enjoying 4.3 on my Note 3 at that point anyway.
9. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
How about the old flagship phone like gnote2,
When to do you roll out the update!? I'm asking to Samsung!
10. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
You know how to produce a new one,
but forgot the update for antic one.
Every flagship phones are expensive,
And don't let us lose our patience and trust.
Have a happy weekend to all, and God bless!!!
13. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
that's just it. they intentionally hold off on updating older phones so that the newest OS can be used as a selling point for new phones.
they make more money when you pay a premium for their newest devices.
14. therealestboy (Posts: 47; Member since: 03 May 2013)
I am not excited about 4.3 at all. It's just a change in the version number. After a whole year this is what Google can come out with? Heck, even Jelly Bean wasn't that much an upgrade over ICS.