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.

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