You can install Android 4.3 on your Galaxy S4 right now
Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition was unleashed just two days ago, but some lucky guy have somehow managed to get his hands on an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean-running test unit of the device. The Android build however doesn’t have all of the features that will premiere within the official Android 4.3 though.
The Google’s edition of Samsung’s flagship is based on the I9505 model powered by the Snapdragon 600 chipset and normally runs on a stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean ROM.
However if you already got one or even if you own a regular I9505 Galaxy S4 and wonder what is to have the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, now you can experience it. You can now install the leaked Google Play Edition’s test Android 4.3 ROM on your device. We already tried it and found it to be fully functional, with only a minor glitch here and there.
Now there’s a chance that some creative developer with too much free time simply altered a few lines in the about screen of the existing 4.2.2 Android release and bundled it with the newly leaked camera and gallery apps. Still, even if it is a prank, the smartphone works as expected, so you can try it.
There are a few things you need to know before you continue. You need to root your smartphone and install a custom recovery and then flash the leaked ROM through it. Even the locked bootloader of our Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4 unit didn’t turn to be an issue.
More importantly, this ROM can’t be installed via Odin and will void your warranty after the installation.
If you accept those terms and all the risks they bring, then hit our source link below for the download links and instructions. We’ll be posting a brief hands-on with the Android 4.3-tasting Galaxy S4 shortly on our blog, so stay tuned.