Android 4.3 Spotted on Galaxy S4 Google Edition, Official Update Next Month

The platform release has yet to be officially confirmed

Only one day after the official launch of the Google Edition flavors of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones, info on their impending upgrade to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean started to emerge online, suggesting that July will be the lucky month for enthusiasts.

Apparently, Samsung is already testing the new platform release internally as build JWR66N, which suggests that the official release is indeed near.

Furthermore, SamMobile managed to obtain a series of screenshots showing Android 4.3 running on Galaxy S4, and unveils that the test build was originally intended for the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505G) handset.

The leaked screenshots point at the same build number for Android 4.3, namely JWR66N.S005.130625, where “S005.130625” reportedly represents Samsung’s internal numbering of test software.

Although no specific info on the matter has been provided as of now, it is possible that HTC is also testing the upcoming operating system release on its own Google Edition HTC One, and that it would be set to make the update available in the near future as well.

Both devices were made available for purchase with the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system loaded on top, but with a series of minor tweaks compared to the initial platform release.

Unfortunately, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS isn’t official as of now, although it has been rumored for many months, and was even spotted on Nexus devices before.

We still don’t have a specific release date for the Android 4.3 update for the two Google Edition handsets, though more on the matter might become available in the near future.

It should also be mentioned that, provided that the OS upgrade is indeed set to become official next month, Google might have it delivered to Nexus smartphones and tablets first, especially given that updates for the Galaxy S4 and HTC One with stock Android will be handled by their manufacturers.


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