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Samsung Testing Android 4.3 for Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2

On the day it makes a high end phablet Galaxy Note 3 (Note III) available, a device that is rolling out globally, there are reports that Samsung has embarked on testing the next major operating system software upgrade for a number of Galaxy devices notably S4, S4 and Note3 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Samsung is said to be testing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system and the question is when should the end user expect an official update?  Samsung has featured in the news lately, from its launch of galaxy Gear smartwatch alongside Galaxy Note 3 phablet to rumor of the company preparing to release a smartphone with a flexible screen this October.

Samsung Galaxy

The guys at Sammobile are saying that Samsung has just started the testing the system on these devices but it looks like a roll out may be a little farther away than the Samsung Galaxy S4, S4 and Note II owners would have liked.  Users in the US in particular may have to wait longer than international users as it is tradition for Samsung to start with international version when rolling out major software updates.

If you have a Galaxy S3, S4 or Note II and cannot wait to get the latest Android update which promises new features, look and feel, the guys at Sammobile places a rollout sometime between November and December – on the Brightside you may flaunt your Galaxy over Christmas with a new OS =).

What reasons are there to look forward to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean besides the new catchy moniker?  Unfortunately, Android 4.3 Jelly bean is not so different from 4.2.2 or whichever version of Android you are running – Android 4.3 is expected to come with the new Samsung UI TouchWiz which has all the features that Galaxy S4 came with.  We are unsure whether the Note II Android 4.3 will come with the same features yet though.

Google made significant under-the-hood improvements to Android 4.3 that should make it a more responsive and faster operating system.  We also do hope that Samsung has fixed the many bugs on its TouchWiz UI that many users have reported.  Whether we will be seeing an Android 4.4 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and NoteII is a discussion for another.  Samsung pledges its commitment to bring timely Android updates and software upgrades so let’s hope the major update rolls out soon.

Source: Sammobile via Android Headlines





How to Install Stock Android 4.3 on Samsung Galaxy S4 (Snapdragon Only)

The first test build of Android 4.3 is out, and you may be the lucky few to get to install it and try it out on your Samsung Galaxy S4.  If you are one of those people who just cannot wait to try something new, then this test firmware for the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505G) is brought to you courtesy of SamMobile.  The folks at SamMobile wanted to try out the Android 4.3 for Samsung Galaxy S4 but didn’t have the Google Edition SGS4, so they ported it to a standard Galaxy S4 powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip (GT-I9505) and they say it performed outstandingly well.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

The Android 4.3 OS ported from the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 is fully functional – everything runs smooth and all the features and tools are working.  This operating system runs perfectly despite the fact that no changes were made on the firmware or the operating system.  If you have a Samsung Galaxy S4 with Snapdragon chip, you can install Android 4.3 on it too.  Note however that just because the guys at SamMobile successfully installed it on their phone does not mean you are guaranteed the same results.  Before you proceed, there are a few things you need to bear in mind.

  • Results are not guaranteed.  We do will not assume responsibility for anything that may go wrong. Do this at your own risk.
  • You cannot flash this ROM using Odin.
  • Flashing your phone voids your warranty.
  • Do not try flashing your phone unless you are sure of what you are doing.  If you haven’t done it before, this is probably not the best stage for you to learn.



Samsung Galaxy S4 Model GT-I9505

Custom Recovery


System Details

Android version: 4.3

Build ID: JWR66N



Build Date: June 26 2013

Change list: 968842


How to Install

Step 1: Download the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 ROM from either of these links: (MD5: 363ED9CC32A841A512E72372A19C7D05)  (MD5: 74D241B64266220161018EB98A19F279)

Step 2: Copy the Google Edition ROM you downloaded to the internal SD card of your phone. Make sure that it is has at least 80% battery charge (the more the better).

Step 3: Enter recovery mode by restarting the phone while pressing Power + Volume Up + Home

Step 4: Factory reset the phone from the recovery menu.  You can navigate through the menu options using the volume up and volume down key and selecting using the home button.

Step 5: Install the new ROM.

Step 6: Reboot your phone

Google has not officially announced Android 4.3 yet, in fact it was just earlier today that the first public screenshots of the Android 4.3 made it to the internet (as we reported here).  It is however comforting that OEM’s already have the source code.  This early access to Android 4.3 means that by the time it makes it to the public domain, quick necessary updates will be available and there will be less Android fragmentation.

Note that Android 4.3 is still in development and may not have all the features yet.  For updates, be sure to check back or follow us on twitter.

Source: SamMobile