Android 4.3 leak

Build JWR66V leaks out, and there's already a flashable zip for some TouchWiz GS4s

We're still a few days out from the event we presume will host the launch of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but in the meantime we're seeing yet another leaked built of the upcoming OS. The second leaked build for the Google Play edition Samsung Galaxy S4 was built on July 8 and comes with an accompanying kernel built July 11.

It originally popped up on the XDA forums as an ODIN-flashable image for the Google Play GS4 (GT-i9505G), however it's now been repackaged into a flashable ROM for the European variant (GT-i9505) and certain U.S. and Canadian GSM GS4s. That means many users with TouchWiz Galaxy S4s can now try out Android 4.3 on their devices.

Compared to the couple of Android 4.3 leaks we've seen previously, this build carriers a more recent number — JWR66V versus JWR66N — and it seems slightly speedier than the earlier Google Play edition leak. What's more, the battery drain issue noticed by some in that build, on account of the "Android System" process keeping the device awake, seems to be fixed. The new "Scanning always available" option under Wifi > Advanced, which lets the device use Google location services even when Wifi is off, is now explained as part of the setup process, too.

We'll dig a little deeper into this build and keep looking for new stuff, but for now what we're seeing is a faster, more stable version of the GPe GS4 firmware that leaked out a couple of weeks back. If you're adventurous enough to want to run this on your own device, you can hit up the source link for instructions. As always, proceed with caution and at your own risk when flashing leaked, unofficial firmware to your phone.

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Source: XDA

There are 17 comments

Taz89 says:

Lol wonder how many people will say that it's a fake just like when the first one was leaked.

TheDu9du says:

Google needs a stronger diaper.

S_C_B says:

Come on and OTA it to me, Samsung/Google!!

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still1 says:

this is good! even if its a leak its like beta testing for Google. if it was not leaked probably these issues would still be there and 4.3.1 would have been needed.

NoNexus says:

You are spot on. Leaks are a beta test for us serial flashers.

/happy to do it

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worknman says:

No, actually the official release on Nexus devices will be like beta testing for Google. And you don't get paid for it either :P

vladtdr says:

im reading this on my sad...

hodan says:

I am sure that my T-Mo HTC One will get 4.2.2...and the time 5.0 is out on Nexus devices...sigh. I still love you One!

Can my S3 get some love on this too? Oh wait I'm still on 4.1.2

NoNexus says:

I KNOW it will not happen, but ho funny would it be if Sammy beat Google to the punch on 4.3?

rootedVette says:

But the source isn't open yet, so would they even be allowed?

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NoNexus says:

What is stopping them?? They obviously have the code

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mputtr says:

does this have native support for bt4.0 BLE?
or is it still not baked into it yet..

Jowlah says:

It looks like a nice upgrade with some minor tweaks. But I address the 800 lb Gorilla in the room; will Samsung bypass the 4.2.2. Galaxy S III update and go straight to 4.3, or is that just wishful thinking?

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TheMimic12 says:

If like to see a version of anxious that lays me put live wallpapers on the lock screen

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RobAndrew says:

That's good, new version of Android 4.3 is faster than old version. Any other pros of this version.