The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S4 is apparently getting closer, as a reportedly leaked test firmware for the handset has hit the web.
Build version I9505XXUEMI8 is available for download and install on the GT-I9505 version of the Galaxy S4. Like always with such leaked firmware versions, we’ll remind you that we don’t encourage you to install it on your handsets and that you’re the only person responsible for whatever happens with your devices in such procedures.
That said, if you do want to take this Android 4.3 version for a spin on your Galaxy S4, make sure you backup data and follow the available instructions as posted by Sam Mobile, the publication that got a hold of the firmware and which has provided similar test firmware versions for Galaxy devices in the past.
According to the website, even if it’s a test version, the Android 4.3 update is “really stable,” as performance has apparently received a “significant boost.” Sam Mobile also notes that Samsung Knox and Samsung Wallet are present in the update, although the latter doesn’t work, as it can’t be downloaded from Samsung yet. Also new is a screen Reading Mode which can be used by certain apps.
The official Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S4 is expected to arrive later this month, with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 to get their Android 4.3 builds thereafter.
Considering that this build has a September 20 build date, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more such test Android 4.3 firmware versions leak before Samsung and its carrier partners actually roll out the update.
Are you going to test out this leaked Android 4.3 update for the handset?