Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has been rumored for quite some time and recently caught in the wild, from the leaked camera apk we could deduce that some notable changes were incoming. Now comes the time for a full leak! Yes, it happens that Android 4.3 for the Google Play Galaxy S4 recently popped out & is available for download!
At first glance it doesn’t appear too different from the second Jelly Bean release except for the new Camera UI, minor changes to the system settings and the apperance of the controversial NSA SELinux module. It appears to be a minor incremental upgrade over its predecessor. Leaked images of the software running on the phone show that the update dated June 26th bears the build number JWR66N. – This fully functional test build was ported to the Snapdragon 600-powered Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505).
Users can flash it like a custom ROM via ClockworMod. We would like to remind you that the firmware package isn’t officially endorsed by Samsung but popular fansite Sam Mobile asserts that absolutely everything works as expected, and that the build wasn’t tampered with in any way. A discussion thread on XDA has also been created for the ported ROM.
Download original Play Edition ROM for the GT-I9505G.
Download ported GT-I9505 ROM. (Deodexed)
Note: Do NOT attempt to flash any of the above on the Exynos 5 Octa-powered Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500). Be warned however, installing this ROM onto your phone will almost certainly void your warranty so do it at your own risk.
Google has yet to officially announce Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but all reports and a recent confirmation point to a potential July release. Google was supposedly going to unveil during Google I/O but lazy manufacturers with their late updates forced them to push back the release date. Both Google Play Galaxy S4 and HTC One are scheduled to receive the third flavor of Jelly Bean next month, a general rollout for Nexus devices would happen around the same time.
Android 4.3 isn’t expected to be a large update, in fact, it’s supposed to be a Jelly Bean update. Contents of the update are said to include updates to Bluetooth and quite possibly, deeper Chrome integration and some bug fixes for the issues that have lingered after the arrival of Android 4.2 on Nexus devices.