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Samsung Ready to Update the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition to Android 4.3 the Minute Google Releases It

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A newly leaked system dump of Android 4.3 for the Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4 has hit XDA, reassuring buyers and the Android community that Samsung and Google are working together to ensure that as soon a new version of Android is released, these GPE devices will have it. 

This is the second leaked build of Android 4.3 we have seen for this device, with this one showing a build date of July 11. What this leads us to believe is that once Google “okays” Android 4.3, the Galaxy S4 GPE will be ready to receive it. Previously, it was somewhat unclear whether the HTC One and Galaxy S4 GPE devices would be first in line to receive the newest versions of Android alongside Nexus devices, but this a pretty good sign.

As for when Google intends to launch Android 4.3, they have scheduled a press event for next week on the 24th in San Francisco. We are pretty sure that this is when Google will decide to announce it. As a reminder, we will be on hand at that event to bring you all of the news as it drops.

If you are interested in flashing the 4.3 zip file onto your Galaxy S4 GPE, you find it on the XDA thread linked below.

Via: XDA

  • mike

    Samsung Ready to Update the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition to Android 4.3 the Minute Google Releases It – longest minute ever…

  • Brandon Golway

    I still love it how the GE S4 got the 4.3 leak before any nexus devices did!

  • RaptorOO7

    Ok so Samsung has it ready to go, but there is no sign that HTC is ready I mean if they drop the ball on the 4.3 update and let Samsung out play them then that is a bad thing in deed.

  • Villiam

    will it be out for the i9505 eupean s4 also ? or do we need to root and grab it that way ?

  • Cristina Hernandez

    mi samsung es 5270.

  • Mike

    Verizon fail.

  • Bill Hill

    My body is ready

  • http://www.friv-yepi.com/ Yepi Friv

    That’s awesome! Thanks for making my day!

  • AndroidShiz

    for the HTC version I wonder if 4.3 will bring a menu option to the home key so that swiping up opens Google Now and long pressing it will bring up a menu instead of having to have the menu take up screen space on the bottom for apps that don’t have a menu. also I’m really annoyed that Google Play Movies do not work on the HTC One Google edition which makes zero sense very frustrating because this is why I bought It, for the extra gigabytes/storage. otherwise I would have just stuck with my Nexus 4. If the Nexus 4 had 32 or 64 gigabytes in the first place, I would keep it since that is my only issue with it.

    • hkklife

      They really should have released a refreshed Nexus “4.5” this summer or spring with LTE, a slightly higher battery capacity and 32Gb of storage. That would’ve been the perfect holdover until the Nexus 5 arrives.

  • dwboston

    Nice! Just got mine yesterday. This phone is awesome. It’s easily the fastest Android device I’ve ever had, and battery life is phenomenal so far.

    • Aaron

      Why did this get a down vote?

      • Chris Hannan

        Because bitches

    • Brandon Golway

      I have to agree with you on that one, I haven’t been disappointed by this phone yet! I’ve had mine for over 2 months and it doesn’t lag or get stupid like all my other phones that I’ve had in the past. I’m running the 4.2.2 build of the GE ROM and it kicks the crap out of every rom I’ve ever run on any phone or tablet. The thing is blistering fast, I just wish there were the AOSP customizations :(

  • droidrazredge

    So this throws the notion out the window that Google Nexus phones will get updates from Google faster than Nexus Edition phones. They will basically get updates all at the same time.

  • user311

    In the other corner, HTC has chirping crickets for buyers of their GPE ONEs.

    • Frettfreak

      I would be willing to bet some serious cash that the s4 gets updates way faster than the one (the gpe editions that is). Well, as long as the oems are the ones responsible for it that’s the way it will be. HTC fn sucks balls on updates.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Perhaps HTC just has better security and fewer leaks. If it is on the Play store, it is Google who will get the bad rep if it isn’t updated promptly, so they should be riding HTC hard to make sure that it is available.

        The real upside to the GPE editions is that obviously those manufacturers are getting their hand on the new versions earlier, which means a lower lag time for updates (at least in theory).

        On a side note, bets that Verizon will be announcing 4.2.2 updates for their 2012 Razrs the day before? If so, I’d also be willing to bet the build date for those updates was at least 2-3 months ago, and they’ve been holding them so that they could make a big splash at the press conference. Then, 4.3 the next day makes Verizon look foolish, as Motorola announces the following week that the Moto X will launch with 4.3.

        Oh, my wicked pipe dreams……

        • RaptorOO7

          HTC does have to make a few more mods like Beats Audio to theirs so hopefully its not a big issue for them. But if they drop the ball it will hurt the positive feeling they have and the angry mob will be at their doors.

  • Chris

    I think someone should really see if the update gets sent out as soon as google releases it, or if its a minute to even an hour or two later. maybe these stock android nerds with no girlfriends and live at home with momma can shut up..

    • Justin W

      Nexus devices don’t even get the update at the same time. It takes time to alter AOSP to fit Nexus devices too, but my bet is that with these, since Samsung and HTC are doing the updates, they’ll get them out about the same time since they don’t have multiple GPE devices to worry about.

    • James

      Says the guy with your face. Lol.

      • Chris

        You realize your comeback made little sense.

        • youreadouchetool

          it made perfect sense, you just don’t get it.

  • Feed Jake

    Too bad they aren’t as keen on being so devoted to their other “hero” devices like…I don’t know…let’s say…THE GALAXY NOTE 2!!! Still sitting on 4.1.2. I want people at airports to ask for my number too dagnabit.

    • Justin W
      • T4rd

        Probably a good thing. Wasn’t there some major Bluetooth issue with 4.2?

        I’m content with 4.1.2 on my Note 2 though. All it’s missing is lock screen widgets, but I kinda have that already with Widget Locker.

    • wmsco1

      i read some where recently the gn2 will be getting the update but not 4.3 hmmm

      • jboogie1289

        I read otherwise. That Sammie is going to bypass 4.2.2 and release 4.3 instead. Not sure how official that is but it would be nice to get an update to keep up with the other handsets.

        • wmsco1

          you are correct, i digress thankyou

    • sk3litor

      I was just about to post this same thing. That’s why I love this site. Been looking for an answer to this for awhile now. Glad to know I’m not the only one in the dark about this. I too love sitting in airports giving strangers my phone number to show off features…. or just to make friends, whatever have you. ;)

  • ddeusserb

    will this work on my Droid X ?

    • tyguy829

      Lolol

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        also I’m really annoyed that Google Play Movies do not work on the HTC
        One Google edition which makes zero sense very frustrating because this
        is why I bought It, for the extra gigabytes/storage. otherwise I would
        have just stuck with my Nexus 4. If the Nexus 4 had 32 or 64 gigabytes
        in the first place, I would keep it since that is my only issue with it.

        • Tyler Durden

          did anyone ever tell you that your cousin is a whore

          • Jonathan Williams

            Reminded me of the Sean Connery joke from SNL

          • Brandon Golway

            “Rough. just the way your mother likes it!”

    • Sapko82

      lol good ol’ times

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Haha it might be a bit slow so keep that SBF handy. :)

    • Johanharis

      $85 an hour!
      Seriously I don’t know why more people haven’t tried this, I work two shifts,
      2 hours in the day and 2 in the evening…And whats awesome is Im working from
      home so I get more time with my kids. Heres where I went, http://www.bar28.ℂom

  • Fahad Beg

    It’s good to here this.

  • Zargh

    There was never any doubt.

    Google wouldn’t have put themselves in the firing line by supporting the GPes directly using same Google Play support phone/email services as the Nexus devices if they didn’t have some control over the product.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Wouldn’t it be crazy if VZW announces the HTC One with 4.2.2 before the other US carriers release it?

    • dtraini30

      Yes.

      • victorvics

        yup and i believe its going to be 4.2.2

    • Project Mayhem

      This would make up for the long delay…okay not really.

    • Eric R.

      They better so the DROID DNA won’t be much longer.

  • AndreKP2124

    I want to listen that from HTC!!!

    • n900mixalot

      I hope so, but I wouldn’t expect it.