Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition gets Android 4.3 build

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition gets Android 4.3 build
Considering that one of the reasons for buying the Google Play Store version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is to receive timely Android updates, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that a version of Android 4.3 appears to be ready for the device. Based on information outed on an AnTuTu benchmark test (on which the phone scored 27,352), the particular Galaxy S4 used on the test was running a version of Android 4.3 built on July 11th.

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

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

How is the gnex a fail, also why iPhone get a WP

5. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 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: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

is there a difference? google gave the carriers control of a phone, while still promising the nexus experience.

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

absolutely no way the note ii or s3 get 4.3 this month. no way.

7. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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 unregistered

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: Jun 09, 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: Jun 09, 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: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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: 82; Member since: May 03, 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.

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