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Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Editions Get Android 4.3

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Over the weekend, owners of Google Play Edition of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 started seeing Android 4.3 hit their devices, only about a week after the newest version of the OS was announced. Android 4.3 (still Jelly Bean) didn’t bring too much in terms of features, but did pack in Bluetooth Smart, autocomplete for the dialer and a virtual surround sound driver for compatible devices.

If you own one of these devices and have yet to update, what are you waiting for? Head into Settings > about phone > system update and grab Android 4.3.

Via:  AnandTech

  • Mansgame

    Updates and no junkware makes google phones and google edition phones worth it.

  • Justin

    Is this 4.3 AOSP or stripped down TouchWiz like 4.2.2 on The GE GS4?

  • LiterofCola

    If only the Xperia Z got the Google Edition treatment as well….I would have left the big V and be on 4.3 right now :/

  • Justin W

    “and a virtual surround sound driver for compatible devices.”

    Aka, the HTC One.

    • JamesU513

      And the 2013 N7

      • Justin W

        Yes, but I was referencing the GP Edition devices. Of the two, the only one that can work with virtual surround is the HTC One because it’s stereo.

  • esquivel

    Kellex, are you going to flood us with pent-up reviews for the Google Play Edition phones and the new Nexus 7 one of these days?


  • John Burke

    My favorite new feature is the Notification Listeners.
    Makes clearing Notifications way easier (assuming the Notification Apps have been updated to support it).

  • Kelly OBrien

    Knew we would never hear the end of the iPhone debacle. Moving on !

  • Gnex

    My next phone is gonna be an iPhone, but you guys should totally get the S4 and the One.

    • Mike Hilal

      what you did there, i see it

    • mustbepbs

      This is the next fackwors.

      • JoshGroff

        I thought fackwors was the next fackwors, I need to get with the times.

      • Gnex


        Just read dem comments.

    • mustbepbs


      • TheRunner024

        Perfect lol.

  • UpdatesFromHTCAreAJoke

    The power of Google Play / Nexus devices!

  • Xious

    I think the biggest thing added to 4.3 was TRIM. It has added life to my GN and N7 which come at the perfect time. It looks like I may be waiting to see if the Moto X GPE works with VZW (not getting my hopes up), when will that and/or the Moto X DE to come out, or just waiting for the N5.

    • EC8CH

      Exactly what you just said… word for word.

    • Josh C

      So 4.3 is definitely worth grabbing for my toro for now?

      • EC8CH
        • Josh C

          Anything I need to be cautious of with the flash? Would be nice not to have to wipe.

          • EC8CH

            Backup first.

            Try it without wiping data first if you want.

            Worst case… restore your backup.

          • Gnex

            I flashed the 4.2.2 factory images beforehand and did a data wipe/reset before flashing the ROM. Gapps are included!

          • EC8CH

            You should only need to do that (flashing 4.2.2 factory image) if you are trying to flash the 4.3 update.

          • Gnex

            Yeah, but a few people over at RootzWiki were having connectivity issues after dirty flashing or whatever… And I am not :p

      • Xious

        4.3 has sped up my Galaxy Nexus more than any other update. I am running CM10.2 but any 4.3 ROM will probably be good.

      • j

        Yea def. Running shiny Rom 4.3 on my GNEx.. awesome.

    • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

      I would love to pick up an N5 if they bake in touchless control to KLP. I love vanilla android, but I do also love some of the custom features that come with the Oem skins.

    • starnovsky

      I really liked Bluetooth AVRCP support. Now I finally can see the track names on my car stereo.

      • EC8CH

        I know… finally!

        Seems like something that we should have had for years.

        • Justin W

          Some manufacturers included this already with their skins. I know HTC did, but I’m not sure about others. I agree, though, that should have been one feature included with Honeycomb or ICS.

        • starnovsky

          I had it for years in Liquid ROM. 🙂 It wan’t a part of stock Android though.

    • JamesU513

      I’m someone who does not mess with the bootloader and roms (if I even said that right)… I have an unlimited GNex on Verizon, what the hell am I going to do? I want a new phone because mine is so slow, but don’t want to lose unlimited… I know I know, since I have a nexus device I’m not using it right… Not everybody messes with that stuff…I’m afraid to leave Verizon, but I could certainly use the money saved on another carrier

      • EC8CH

        if you don’t mess with the bootloaders and you just want vanilla android any of the new Droid phones or the Moto X should work for you. All of them are basically stock android.

        • LiterofCola

          Yep, it’s a necessary evil.

        • michael arazan

          Since We can’t get a Moto X costumed out for a long time, think I’m just going to find a used GS3 for $250, unless I hear of the next nexus coming back to vzw.

          I also bought a GNex because I like stock android and just wanted updates by Google faster than OEM’s were willing to do

      • Tom Luley

        There are many ways to not lose your unlimited, the worst case being that you have to buy a phone at retail…Which many people, including myself, think that is worth it.

        I was lucky and have a smartphone user on my account that DOES NOT have unlimited. So I went to my Verizon account online and switched my upgrade that was due to that line, upgraded to the phone I wanted (at the on contract price of 250), it came in the mail, I activated the phone on MY LINE, reactivated her phone and was able to keep my unlimited. There are other ways to do it as well, this one being probably the easiest.

        Do this with the Moto X and I think you will be a happy man!

        • JamesU513

          That’s awesome! Unfortunately for me, the other person on my account has unlimited as well. Staying with this theme of trickery, I have a cool workaround for apps that I pay for… In order to get my paid app on my girlfriends device, I’ll add my Google account to her phone but without syncing anything… Then go to the play store and switch accounts and download it… Maybe everyone knows about this, but I just figured it out the other day when I was setting up my new 2013 N7 and giving the OG to The GF

          • T4rd

            I do the same thing on my wife’s phone; add my account to her phone so she can share my paid apps and also use my Google Unlimited Access music streaming. I just don’t sync anything from my account on her phone. It works pretty well!

      • j

        Factory refresh.. bam. back to being fast and smooth. You’ll just lose some stuff like MMS/SMS history, call logs, etc. The hardware is fully capable of running android fine, it just needs a clean up every now and then.

        • JamesU513

          You’re right, I did that a little while ago and it was smooth for about a week haha

        • woodraskam

          I suggest Helium by Koush for backing up call logs and messages. Great app.

      • Stewie

        Yes, we know that story, but if you have been around long enough, you CAN unlock the bootloader (of course now you would lose data, back up first) and can root, and then flash a 4.3 Stock ROM which is what you would get in 2015 if VZ sticks to any type of schedule.

        I’m sorry to hear your phone is slow, but it doesn’t have to be, and it costs you nothing to take care of this. Tremendous community support at XDA, and at least 2-3 vanilla OS ROM’s there to share. If you can create an account here and post, you can root and rom your phone and then wait for a phone that interests you.

        Lastly, if you use wifi at all, then check your mobile data usage, you may be using less than you think. I’ll be leaving VZ soon because of all the BS, currently evaluating a couple units from other carriers to see how it will be (thanks to those who know who you are if reading this …) and with wifi I know I might save a bit if I have to go tiered.

        Not yet, but nice to know.

        Or grab another phone, your choice.

        • JamesU513

          I’m definitely considering it… Dammit I just want another Nexus on Verizon!

        • Goldenpins

          you can only get so much speed from a phone based off hardware. Especially old hardware. 4.3 did improve the GNexus. Eventually, its going to slow down just swapping ROMS doesn’t magically fix hardware. I do admit some ROMs have improvements but they can never fix hardware.

      • Justin Herron

        verizon wireless has a program called DEVICE INSTALLMENT PLAN. you can buy the phone out right and still keep ur unlimited plan. just call or go too a verizon store and ask about it. it’s what i did.

        • JamesU513

          I said screwed it and got 2 moto x’s for $139 each… Gave up unlimited data and went with Share Every with 6 GB (2 lines) … I’m not a heavy data user so I’ll be alright… Ends up being the same price if not a little cheaper than what I’ve been paying

  • rals

    God,I can’t wait for the day that the Play Store will carry a Verizon capable device. I’m lucky for now to pull of unlimited data on the S4 I have now from them.

    • JimmyHACK

      The time I lose unlimited data I will probably just go to ATT

    • j

      Gotta totally ditch CDMA first. Play store will NEVER sell a phone that requires CDMA radio code.

  • JimmyHACK

    Time to get the new camera apk for all of us other phone users again!

  • ddevito

    Play Edition HTC One or Moto-X?


    • JamesU513

      I’m thinking of a GPE device as well, but I’ll have to leave Verizon :-

      • Ej McCarty

        Don’t leave if you are good with their network. I kinda left, i purchased an N4 and tried out t-mobile for a month. Worst time of my life, besides being in a city, edge is what you are stuck with. Verizon’s coverage isn’t even comparable to anything else. If they eventually make us drop unlimited I’m just going to have to be more conscious of the data I use because I’ve been with them for over 12 years and haven’t had any problems.

        • jbdan

          This is the furthest thing from the truth……ready for it?…..in my location.

        • starnovsky

          It depends where you live. I did the same and T-mobile is working for me very well, not any worse than Verizon. Getting HSPA+ pretty much everywhere I go.

        • PhoenixPath

          Please do not assume your experience is the only one.

          Edge is what *you* were stuck with….keyword: you

          You see; it depends totally on where you live. Verizon is faster over-all here, but constantly drops out. I lost data and voice connection completely at least twice a day. On T-Mobile, I have HSPA+ at home, and on the way to work, and LTE at work….and I have yet to lose connectivity.

      • PhoenixPath

        Give others a try. Most carriers have a 14-day return policy, so don’t drop VZW, but take some others for a test-drive.

        You never know…you might be one of the lucky few to get decent T-Mo coverage. 🙂

        I was on VZW and hit up T-Mo for $99 and a One. Best decision. I lucked out and actually have pretty darn good T-Mo coverage here; better than VZW actually. Dropped VZW like a hot brick and am in the process of porting the rest of the family over now as contracts come up.