Published On: Sun, Jun 30th, 2013

Download and Install Android 4.3 on your Galaxy S4 GT-I9505

As many of you may know by now, a leaked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean ROM emerged a couple of days ago as a pre-release build for the ‘Google Play edition’ Galaxy S4 (it is also ported to the European LTE Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 in the form of a custom ROM by SamMobile, the source of the leak).

As the guys from SamMobile claim, Android 4.3 port from the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 is fully functional on the standard Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505), there is not even a single thing which isn’t working. It only works on the standard GT-I9505 (with Snapdragon CPU) and Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4. Keep in mind, this is not the U.S. models; only the European LTE Galaxy S4 I9505 model works so far.

galaxy s4 photo: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini_3 samsung_galaxy_s4_mini_zps23aa3457.jpg

The system details of the new Android 4.3 can be found just below:

  • Android version: 4.3
  • Build ID: JWR66N
  • Build Date: 26 June 2013
  • Changelist: 968842

The new pre-release of the Android 4.3 looks a lot like the current version of Android. This means that the changes made on this version are mostly under-the-hood. Web ring you a short overview of the changes we noticed:

  • Bluetooth Low Energy support is on-board in Android 4.3 (as well as Bluetooth tethering)
  • Google’s location service now scans for Wi-Fi networks even when Wi-Fi is turned off and not being used for wireless networking – part of Google’s battery friendly location services
  • New debug options for the new non-rectangular clipping feature
  • A button that lets you Revoke USB debugging authorization – it deletes the RSA key generated for USB debugging authorization from the phone (before you had to do it from your computer)
  • The Subject field is automatically inserted with the date and time of the shot when you take a screenshot and e-mail it
  • Reshuffled camera interface
  • Enable dial-pad auto complete and change DTMF tone lengths

As always, when we bring you news about pre-release builds, we should warn you about the following: this will void your warranty, you are doing this at your own risk and, unless you are experienced in flashing custom ROMs, do not attempt this by yourself before learning and obtaining some flashing skills. The ROM cannot be installed via Odin, and users will have to load it on their devices manually. Users will also need a custom recovery to have been installed on their devices for this to work.

However, if you want to proceed and try out the new Android 4.3, then these are the steps you should follow:

  • Ensure you have any important files backed up for safekeeping because this process will wipe all of your data
  • Download the Google Play Edition ROM of Android 4.3 and copy it to your device’s internal SD Card: Download
  • Put your device in Recovery mode (hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons all together)
  • Perform a Wipe Data/Factory Reset.
  • Flash The Google Play Edition ROM
  • Reboot your phone

Google hasn’t made Android 4.3 public yet, so it’s still considered an unannounced build. Keep in mind that Android 4.3 is still in development phases and does not have all the features which are yet to be implemented, so do not be disappointed if this pre-release does not have everything you had expected, there is still room and time for improvement.

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