GALAXY S 4 and HTC One Google Play Edition Android 4.3 update rolling out

August 2, 2013
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The pure Android-laden HTC One and GALAXY S 4 Google Play Edition of the two handsets are seeing a version boost to Android 4.3 this evening, with reports surfacing that some users have scored an over-the-air update. Though not every handset owner has received it yet, the details are already rolling out for all to see.

Those with the handsets will be seeing the OTA update showing up as build JWR66V - the Samsung GALAXY S 4 version is the larger one with a 180MB size, and the HTC One is a bit smaller at about 150MB. After updating, users are seeing several changes, including larger widget panel icons and the ability to tether with Bluetooth (for the GALAXY S 4, that is).

When using the Google Play Edition handsets in comparison with their regular-variety cousins, the pure Android software feels snappier with regular use, though the benchmarks betwixt the two show relatively the same numbers. Obviously, the lack of preloaded software reduces the overall file size - in the case of the S 4, it takes it down to the 6GB range. Meanwhile, the hardware remains relatively unchanged.

As we said, the update is arriving to users over-the-air, and not all users are seeing it yet - if you're one of them, hang tight. For those not familiar with Android 4.3, it brings several changes, including improved rendering, enhancements, and changes for developers. You can find out more from the full write-up from our friends at SlashGear.

SOURCE: SlashGear


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  • ggame

    That was actually quick!

  • http://picasaweb.google.com/JTHolroyd/TileStoneWork JessSayin

    Hopefully it’ll work better on theirs than on Google’s own Nexus 4.

    • Brandon Jiang

      you mean the update? I don’t see why the GE phones would work it better than any nexus for that matter

  • Peter

    On my HTC one (at@t) still has not gotten the 4.2.2 that I been waiting for much less the 4.3. Maybe I will see it next year.

  • Pegasus

    My Galaxy4s updated and windows 7 cannot open DCMI Camera file on sd card or phone memory.
    When I can view the files they cannot be transferred to my Computer hard drive. error message “data not supported” AT&T tech said it was a Microsoft 3rd party provider issue and given Microsoft support telephone #. Asked if the update could be rolled back I was told No.
    Microsoft Tech informed me that it was not Microsoft but the updated Samsung software and I should restore my phone to the earlier software version. Seeams logical if you know android operating system and but wait…AT&T Tech said it could not be rolled bacK???Well now I was offed to Samasung 800-726-7864. One hour 20 minutes later, I no longer have the will to continue. Is this anyway to treat your customers?