It hasn’t even been released yet but Google’s next-generation operating system has been leaked online and is available to install onto the standard retail Snapdragon-powered GT-I9505 Galaxy S4 smartphone.
The new firmware was obtained by website Sammobile and designed for the new Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4. But Sammobile didn’t have one, so they did the next best thing – ported it to the standard retail version instead.
According to their report, the Android 4.3 release works perfectly – no features or functionality is missing. The Sammobile team also say they haven’t changed anything, so ‘port’ is probably a strong term to use here.
The firmware can be downloaded here - there are two versions available: one odexed and one deodexed. If you don’t know what that means, go for the deodexed version.
The new OS cannot be flashed using the standard Samsung Odin tool – you must copy it to your phone’s internal storage and flash it from there using the phone’s Recovery mode.
The full instructions, according to Sammobile, are:
- Copy Google Play Edition ROM to your internal SD Card
- Enter Recovery (Power + Volume Up + Home)
- Do a Wipe/Factory Reset (Necessary due to new Android version)
- Flash Google Play Edition ROM
- Reboot your device!
The download comes as a zip file and is 385MB. Be warned however – installing this ROM onto your phone will almost certainly void your warranty so do it at your own risk.
Samsung’s new flagship smartphone appeared as two versions – the I9500 with Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa 5410 SoC CPU; and the I9505 version with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC CPU. You must use this ROM only with the I9505 Snapdragon version.
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