Android 4.3 leaks out for the Nexus 4, tells a story of chance

Ever wondered what it would be like to win the lottery? Well, the story of Google+ user Jeff Williams is just like that, with the exception of, you know, the money. But it did make a lot of people over at the XDA Developers boards very happy. And happiness trumps money. Mostly.

Anyhow, in a tale of chance, Jeff bought a Nexus 4 off Craigslist and lo and behold – a few weeks into his purchase, he noticed that his phone was actually running Android 4.3, because, well – it used to belong to a Googler, apparently. The rest is history – in a gesture to be remembered by the Android developer community, Jeff stayed up all night and, with the assistance of people over IRC, learned how to get a system dump on Android that would prove his screenshot wasn't a hoax. It turns out that it isn't, and developers have confirmed so. Moreover, a flashable Android 4.3 ROM for the Nexus 4 is now available on the XDA boards, though without a working radio or a bootloader (yet).

Just like an early build of Android 4.3 for the Google Play Edition version of the Galaxy S4 we showed you a few weeks ago, there's really nothing of note to report – most of the tweaks are under the hood. The summary below lists a few things we expect to come once the official 4.3 build from Google is released (hopefully in a week from now): 

To name a few. If you must have proof, check the video of an XDA user who managed to flash the new ROM on his Nexus 4.



source: Jeff Williams (G+), via XDA Developers

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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)

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12 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Same old jellybean? Again? Ain't nobody got times for dat...

2. zombiewolf115

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

complaining about little tweaks? ain't nobody got that time for dat

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

replying to her aint nobody got time for dat

4. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Wendy is a guy...lol

9. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Who cares about his/her gender? aint time that nobody for got

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wendygarret is juzwendy...both trolls

5. ihatesmartphone unregistered

The world's most advanced mobile operating system. :)

6. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

What i really want to be fixed in android 4.3 is BLUETOOTH INTERRUPTION when listening to music. It's there since Android 4.1

7. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

So what is new in android 4.3?

8. BesnikRrustemi

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

i wanted to see a quadrant benchmark score to know if something changed my nexus 4 on stock 4.2.2 scores about 4800 why does the HTC Droid DNA score 8230 the oppo find 5 7662 same 2gb ram,same SoC,1080p displays that are supposed to drain more resources,bloatware interface,etc. on stock android i see some lag while scrolling thru widget pages. i saw that those other devices with same SoC are a lot faster.why ??? its suppposed to be a nexus,get updates fast,and fix stupid issues fast,not to wait sooo long for a underthehood update.

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Thermal throttling. Once the Nexus 4 gets to a certain temperature, the CPU is limited to 1.2 GHz and the GPU clock speed is progressively cut in half.

10. JBGurl330

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Besnik,what difference does the score make?Nexus 4 is finally close to having 4.3.People should be happy(ungrateful *****)Kudos to the Guy for sharing his find to xda for those who really want this rom to test so they can develope rom's for us in the Nexus community.

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