Android 4.3 leaks online, Galaxy S4 test firmware now available for download!

by: Bogdan PetrovanJune 28, 2013

android 4.3 galaxy s4 firmware

A juicy tip landed in the mailbox of the folks at Sam Mobile containing no less than a fully functional Android 4.3 Jelly Bean test firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505G).

According to the site, the build works flawlessly on the regular version of the Galaxy S4, which is, after all, identical to the Google Play Edition in terms of hardware. Sam Mobile claims that absolutely everything works as expected, and that the build wasn’t tampered with in any way.

Moreover, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware can now be downloaded, meaning that you can quickly turn your Galaxy S4 into a Play Edition phone running the latest version of stock Android without jumping through any hooks.

With the warning that flashing the firmware would void your warranty, and that you shouldn’t try to do it if you don’t have a modicum of experience in flashing custom ROMs, the firmware is available for download on Sam Mobile, along with installation instructions.

While we caught some glimpses of Android 4.3 running on the Nexus 4 before, this is the first time when a full flashable version leaks. The changes over version 4.2.2 seem to be minimal, and include a redesigned Camera app that is available on the Play Editions of the HTC One and the Galaxy S4. Check out this gallery of screenshots of Android 4.3, courtesy of Sam Mobile.

We expect to see a video walkthrough of the new version of Android Jelly Bean and more details about the changes it includes soon, so stay tuned.

Update: As some commenters pointed out, the lack of user facing changes in this firmware is a bit suspicious. We might be looking at a build that was modified to show version 4.3. On the other hand, it’s possible that all the changes are under the hood. We’ll keep you posted.

  • MasterMuffin

    Is this the first time a leak like this has happened?? A new Android version not even launched leaking as a flashable ROM for a device that’s NOT Nexus??? COOL, but is there any difference other than the camera app (which was already in the GE phones in 4.2.2)

    • Adam Koueider

      The reason for the ROM coming out (in my opinion) is that the GS4 Play Edition and HTC One Play Edition need to be updated by Samsung and HTC and therefore they’ve been given early access to the code and someone from Samsung has leaked it.

      As to the differences my guess would be mostly underhood. The Android 4.1 to 4.2 update was almost all under hood (except for Daydream, lock screen widgets and photosphere), since the new camera app has fixed one of my major gripes with 4.2 (a full circle settings bar doesn’t work when your finger isn’t transparent), here’s hoping for another fix for my other major gripe. Notification panel toggles: First off there needs to be a 7-inch tab mode (aka swipe from right to access toggles) and secondly make the toggles uniform. Right now some are quick tap some are hold some don’t toggle anything, it’s confusing.

      Remember that Google has pulled out most of it’s apps that made up Android out of the actual update and into the Play Store so updates won’t have as many features as previous updates.

      • MasterMuffin

        I believe so too, it’s good how the Samsung guys always leak this stuff :)
        That camera update was really needed and more butter is always welcome. I didn’t quite get what you were saying about the uniformity of the toggles. Only different toggles I can think of are the settings toggle which takes you to settings app and the brightness toggle which opens the brightness slider.

        • Adam Koueider

          Airplane mode is one touch to turn it on, really they should all be one touch to turn on and hold to go to settings, plus MOAR toggles!!

          • MasterMuffin

            Oka, and yes MOARH!!

      • APai

        “Google has pulled out most of it’s apps that made up Android out of the actual update and into the Play Store.”

        best decision ever. everyone gets the latest and greatest apps. save for OS level improvements, almost everyone gets access to latest and greatest sfware

  • Dart

    Sounds like not many user facing changes in this update. Probably mostly under the hood stuff.

    I look forward to seeing a detailed walk through though. I guess it’ll probably be released fairly soon.

    • Adi

      My bet is 10th of July or around that date.

  • Bas

    Cool cool cool!

  • Raul

    I feel like the guys at Samsung are going to get in trouble by Google for leaking their software versions

  • Mohd Danial

    its ok.. i ‘ll let good guy samsung do its thing and realease the update via kies.

  • Mohd Danial

    its ok.. i ‘ll let good guy samsung do its thing and realease the update via kies.

  • Cheeching

    So the update is only available for unlocked S4s?