New Android 4.3 build available for Galaxy S4 Google Play edition (version JWR66V)

July 20, 2013
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Android 4.3

A newer Android 4.3 build version has been found for the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition, even though Google is yet to make the new Android update version official.

Apparently built on July 11 and leaked a week later, Android 4.3 version JWR66V is available for Galaxy S4 Google Play edition users to install on their devices. The existing leaked Galaxy S4 Google Play edition Android 4.3 version has build number JWR66N.

Xda-developer member Jah0n posted installation instructions on the forum, and listed improvements, bugs and app performance for the new Android 4.3 version, as discovered during testing. Should you choose to install version JWR66V on your device, we’ll remind you that you’re the only person responsible for whatever happens during the process.

The new JWR66V brings battery improvements and lets the handset wirelessly charge even when powered off. Furthermore, Google Wallet now apparently works for non-rooted devices. The same goes for Dash Clock widget and the IMDb app.

However, there are also bugs with this unofficial Android 4.3 version, affecting SIM unlock but also issues with various apps including GTA Vice City, CNN, Apex launcher, HBO Go, Titanium Backup, and others.

While you can already flash this new ROM, your best bet would be waiting for Google to roll out Android 4.3, at which point Samsung will likely release the appropriate Galaxy S4 Google Play edition software update – because this isn’t a Nexus device, it’s up to Samsung to do it.

Google is rumored to unveil Android 4.3 on July 24, during its special press event, alongside a new Nexus 7 model.

Comments

  • Daniel DS

    “However, there are also bugs with this unofficial Android 4.3 version, affecting SIM unlock but also issues with various apps including GTA IV, CNN, Apex launcher, HBO Go, Titanium Backup, and others.”

    GTA IV?!?!?!

    • nicholas vanni

      gta vice city

      • Daniel DS

        The typo is fixed now :)

    • Bone

      The app bugs are not really ROM bugs but compatibility issues per new Linux kernel version.

  • http://www.mobileappsdevelopmentteam.com/ Madt Team

    That’s very good news for the latest Samsung Galaxy S4 users. Amazing news!!!