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Android 4.3 Shows Up on Lucky Nexus 4, ROM Pulled and Available for Download

Nexus 4 Android 4.3

Last night during the DL Show, a reader tipped us to a G+ user who was claiming to have picked up a Nexus 4 from a Googler. Normally, this wouldn’t grab our attention except that he claimed the device was running Android 4.3 and proceeded to post the screenshot you are seeing above. Towards the end of the show, we continued to follow along and then jumped in an IRC channel with the G+ user as the development community worked for hours to try and coach him through a full backup of his system.Β At around 11:00PM west coast time, they were able to successfully perform a full backup.Β 

As the evening wore on, a couple of developers were able to patch the backup into a flashable .zip, meaning all Nexus 4 owners now have the opportunity to run Android 4.3.

At the XDA link below, you’ll find a couple of download links – one that is simply a rooted .zip, and another that is deodexed. Download them to your device, make a backup, and then flash through custom recovery.

More coming…

Via: Β +Jeff WilliamsΒ | XDA

  • mudleyblind

    I hope Google plans to lay some stress on a quality Phone directory, where linking and unlinking contacts, having Contact’s cell phone as default (instead of work fax), phone call and text track for each contact, and a link with facebook (instead of having haxsync) are much easier. It’s still a shame these are not still available in Google when Windows Phone contact book is much more superior in this respect.

  • Asmodai

    Has there been any confirmation that OpenGL ES 3.0 will be supported by Android 4.3?

  • Droid Ronin

    So if everything goes as planned, the Verizon GNex will get the 4.3 update by 12/2014.

    • beng8686

      Not if you are rooted and rommed…

    • Bootleg Zani

      Hah yeah right. More like 6/2015.

      • michael arazan

        Right after 5.0 is posted on aosp

    • joejoe5709

      Dude if you haven’t rooted and ROMmed your Verizon GNex yet, it’s almost your own fault at this point. I know some people don’t want to root and I get that, but I’m still much less sympathetic due to the massive dev community that some phones just don’t get to enjoy. So I’ll be looking forward to 4.3 within a week or two of release and 5.0 probably within a month after release (if I didn’t go out and buy the new Nexus). For those who don’t want to root, yeah it’ll be September at the earliest (if at all) and 5.0 sometime in early-ish 2014.

  • Ej McCarty

    Everytime Bionic makes a comment that gets more downvotes than upvotes, a baby gets kicked in the face.

  • joejoe5709

    I can’t be the only one who smells something fishy here right? Well I love my ROM far too much to flash something with very few changes – it’s not worth it. I’ll wait for the devs to pick this up. But I still maintain something very strange is going on…

  • Elliot Kotis


  • Mayoo

    Of course, a perfectly random screenshot with a phone that has no dust and no fingerprints on it. The guy also happens to be a hand model.

    I’m not saying 4.3 nor the phone are false. I am just saying stop pretending it happened to some dude who was kind enough and just say it came from a Google Employee that wants to make us believe someone found it.

    • Raj Bhatt

      This guy bought a device from a Google employee on Craigslist. He provided a system dump that proves it was authentic.

  • EnterTheNexus

    Here’s the list of changes for 4.3 if people are interested…


    • chris420o


      • EnterTheNexus

        Yeah, really. It’s not that amazing of an update, tbh. It’s not like 4.1 to 4.2 was…

  • Bionic

    Maintenance update in preparation for 5.0

    • mustbepbs

      You were cool once.


    • I-Troll-U

      PER SARGE!!!!!

    • Ej McCarty

      You have no idea how badly I would just love to punch you square in the jaw.

  • Bionic

    4.3 isnt special, per sarge

    • Thomas O’Brien

      I wish I could down vote 100000000000000 times

    • belsonc

      Random question – who is sarge? (I know it won’t be a specific answer, nor am I expecting one – just a general answer is fine – your drinking buddy who works for google, etc…) πŸ™‚

      • Ian

        I think they are more than drinking buddies πŸ˜‰

    • Blue Sun

      Does Disqus have an ignore user option?

    • Elliot Kotis

      So this is special, I am sure these are the things people complain about:

      1. Bluetooh/Wifi using too much battery

      2. Battery life

      3. non-sesitive touch (my only pick I have with N4)

      4. List goes on

      PLYS Some other stuff like the notif center history, for Google Watch and Glass.

  • Tyler Casilio

    What’s new?

    • Bionic

      nothing special

      • Blue Sun

        Not true. Back end improvements that will extend the life of my current device.

        • Chris Schmucker

          (Glares at Gnex)

          • Blue Sun

            Exactly. If you are holding out for an upgrade in the 4th quarter, this should help. Especially if the lower RAM usage rumors are true.

          • Chris Schmucker

            Yeah, im stuck with it till March. Its a love/hate relationship.

    • Nothing. I was all ready to have some fun in a video, but there is nothing to show.

      • Bionic

        LOL, i told you guys it was a maintenance update to prepare for 5.0 in October

        • T4rd

          If that’s the case, they should have named it 4.2.3 or something. Not sure why they would skip up to 4.3 if there wasn’t some sort of new functionality or tweak to the OS.

        • Michael Harrison

          It’s 4.3 because it incorporates the new API level.

          • tyguy829

            This. For Bluetooth LE

          • Michael Harrison

            Outside the rare occasion of API Level 9 to 10, which remained at 2.3.x, the second number is always increased with the new API Levels (unless it’s a new base of course) It’s got nothing to do with a possible 5.0, or even KLP (if it’s 5.x or 4.x) as KLP will most likely be API Level 19.

        • Geoff Johnson

          Per sarge?

        • Jason Downing

          I’m OK with this. October isn’t that far away.

        • bionic’s douche bottle

          you eat poop

    • apogee82

      T9 in the dialer is enough for me to be excited about. Enable autocomplete in dialer settings.

  • Walter Partlo

    Or Google is trolling us. How do we even know if this is a current (near release) build?

    • Elliot Kotis

      Well they are announcing it on that show in July 24th.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        We hope. There isn’t anything that says it will be announced other than the hopes of thousands of geeks on forums everywhere.

        • Elliot Kotis

          True. I was going to say, “Who would look forward to such a small 4.x”, but then I remembered, a small update with very important fixes. πŸ˜€ I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO IT, AND THEN TO KLP in OCT!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Called it.

  • Omar McFarlane

    Do you have to root your device in order to flash this update?

    • No, just flash a custom recovery (which can be temporary) and then flash the zip file in recovery.

      • Omar McFarlane

        ok thanks.

        • 4n1m4L

          Don’t count on it

  • gregmr

    Definitely fake. Google always has a x.x.x release. If anything it would be 4.3.1 for the actual release (see: 4.2.1, 4.1.1, 4.0.1/4.0.3 VZM G Nex)

    • Jeff Tycz
      • gregmr

        Please note that I specified “official release” before you down-vote me next time.

        • Guest

          I didnt down vote, but I did now lol

        • Jeff Tycz

          you called it fake, clearly its not

        • hawk

          You specified that the x.x.1 is for “official release” but you also stated that it’s “definitely fake”. This is obviously not an “official release” since it hasn’t been released.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          I just downvoted you because….

        • PhoenixPath

          unofficial != fake.

          • Elliot Kotis

            No………..Unofficial in this sense means not released.

          • PhoenixPath

            I was replying to the guy who said it was fake. It ain’t. (Nor does “unreleased” mean fake…)

          • Elliot Kotis

            Oh okay, nvm then πŸ™‚

        • Elliot Kotis

          No, not true.

    • Bionic

      no, not always. 2.0 on the OG Droid

    • Elliot Kotis

      You are a bloody idiot.

  • Raj Bhatt

    Ready to get this on Toro as soon as someone ports it!

    • LP @ThisisEther

      Toroooo!!! (spartaaaaa)

    • Blue Sun

      (how does this post have a negative one down vote? lol)

    • 4n1m4L

      Every body is reporting no differences. Pfft.

      • Raj Bhatt

        Really? I thought I saw a list of new system apps from the system dump. Dang.

  • mustbepbs

    I’m just hoping that Google is going to incorporate the new mali drivers in the Nexus 10 4.3 update to fix the memory leak issue. If not, I’m sure someone else will.

    • zaxwashere

      As long as we get the damn drivers from ARM I’m sure someone will. It was terrible for me on Carbon, cyanogenmod stable has been better, but I still get lockups and freezes.

    • CasperTFG

      You referring to lockups/freezes on a stock N10?

      • mustbepbs

        No, I’m referring to the memory leak that happens after a few days of it being on. You’re left with about >200 MB of free RAM and everything is constantly reloading.

    • Guest

      N10 2 will run on Key Lime Pie, not 4.3

      • mustbepbs

        What are you blathering about?

      • dill

        who said anything about a Nexus 10 2?

  • Kevin Bojarski

    build.prop edit