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.
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
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:
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.