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

Related phones

Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop



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.

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.

7. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

So what is new in android 4.3?

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

5. ihatesmartphone unregistered

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

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

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

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