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Several hours ago, an Android 4.3 system dump was leaked for the Nexus 4. As it turns out, even though the bootloader and the radios weren't included, the system dump is totally bootable. I'm running it right now. If you want to try it out, it's easy to do so, but be prepared to have your bootloader unlocked and flash some zips via a custom recovery. If you don't know what any of this means, I suggest you get familiarized with Android flashing first.

The Story (read this first)

  1. The dump was leaked as a TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) backup.
  2. At first, it turned out that restoring this backup straight in TWRP 2.5+ worked.
  3. Then gmillz (others may have done this too) created a flashable zip that you can flash in any custom recovery. This zip is pre-rooted. I flashed this.
  4. There's now a second version of the flashable zip, also by gmillz, that is deodexed and is running an insecure kernel (meaning you can do adb root). I flashed the non-deodexed one in step 3 and haven't flashed this one but I don't see a downside to flashing this one instead.
  5. You do not lose data when flashing either of these - they install right on top of whatever you have running on your Nexus 4 (not Nexus 7, not Nexus 10, not Nexus XYZ - Nexus 4 only).
  6. Some people, myself included, couldn't actually get root to work even though the zip was pre-rooted. Some people did, but some of us didn't. Don't fret though, after trying a few things, a working root is achieved by flashing another zip by Chainfire specifically crafted for Android 4.3.
  7. Bam, you're done - say hello to Android 4.3.

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A Few New Things

Ron will be ripping up the Android 4.3 leak later on today in great detail, but so far I've noticed these things:

  1. Persistent notifications for apps running in the background. This is new and kind of annoying - apps that run in the background and didn't used to show up in the notification area are now there. For example, my favorite Network Monitor Mini Pro, which has a setting to not show an icon in the notification, now started to in 4.3. Google Wallet was doing the same.
    There is, however, an easy solution to this - go to the app's info page and uncheck Show Notifications. Problem solved. See below for some screenshots. Never mind, this doesn't stick - the notification comes back after rebooting, even with Show Notifications unchecked.
  2. The Master Key exploit, at least according to Bluebox's own Security Scanner, is fixed, as we expected it to be. See below for a screenshot as well.
  3. The dialer finally has T9 dialing. You need to first enable Dial pad autocomplete in the dialer settings though - it's not on by default.
  4. Bluetooth Smart (BT 4.0 LE) should be enabled.
  5. AVRCP 1.3 should also be on now. Song info in your car via BT. Exciting! See below for a screenshot.
  6. There is a setting to keep Wi-Fi on at all times for positioning purposes, even when you disable it. See below for a screenshot.
  7. New camera and gallery, which were previously leaked from the i9505 dump.
  8. The dump comes with a new Play Store v4.2.3.
  9. Google Keep is now included as a system app. See below for a screenshot.
  10. OpenGLES 3.0 support seems to be in there (thanks, marcusmaximus04): /lib/libGLESv3.so.
  11. I'm sure there are more under-the-hood improvements (hopefully, some Wi-Fi and BT fixes at a minimum) and features I'm too tired right now to hunt down. Once again, I'll let Ron comb through everything.

Here are some interesting strings from the build.prop:

ro.build.version.sdk=18

ro.build.date=Sat Jun 15 20:02:08 UTC 2013

ro.build.description=occam-user 4.3 JWR66N 711294 release-keys

ro.build.fingerprint=google/occam/mako:4.3/JWR66N/711294:user/release-keys

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Download and Install

Disclaimer: Android Police isn't responsible for any harm to your device - proceed at your own risk.

So now that you've gotten a little taste of 4.3, let's flash it onto your own Nexus 4. And let's go ahead and make sure it's rooted as well.

Note: In order to flash this, you don't actually need to be rooted - all you need is an unlocked bootloader which allows flashing a custom recovery. Also, as I mentioned before, you don't lose your data.

  1. Make sure your bootloader is unlocked.
  2. Flash your favorite recovery. In my case, I flashed TWRP because CWM had some issues with a later step. Get TWRP here.
  3. Make a nandroid backup of your current ROM from within the recovery. Just do it. If something goes wrong, you will have an easy way back.
  4. Download either zip file from this xda post. Read The Story above for more info on these. I'd go with the deodexed one with an insecure kernel at this point.
  5. Hook up your Nexus 4 to your computer via USB and make sure you have the Android SDK installed and adb working.
  6. Reboot the Nexus 4 into recovery (easiest way is adb reboot recovery).
  7. A modern recovery like TWRP supports the adb sideload feature. Go to Advanced -> ADB Sideload within TWRP. Check both Wipe Dalvik Cache and Wipe Cache boxes.
  8. Open up a command prompt on your computer and type in adb sideload followed by the path to the zip you've downloaded in step 4. Alternatively, you could have copied the zip to your phone first and then flashed it using the conventional Install/flash zip recovery menu. adb sideload is a bit easier and more elegant in my opinion, but it's up to you.
  9. Watch the ROM slowly but surely get flashed.
  10. Reboot.
  11. Now check for root by starting Titanium Backup. A root checker application may actually tell you're rooted, but TB said it wasn't for me and some others, for example. Neither did ROM Manager. If root really works for you at this point, you're done. If not, proceed to the next step.
  12. If you're having problem with root, flash SuperSU from this post. I've seen people complain that doing so via CWM doesn't work, but flashing through TWRP and selecting Fix Superuser Permissions at the end does the trick. It's certainly done it for me and everyone who I saw try.
  13. OK, now you're really done. Go explore Android 4.3!
  14. Update: You can now flash the bootloader and updated .83 radio from the leak.

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • dnlkbox

    First! Good post. Cheers Artem.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks for tinkering with stuff in IRC earlier today. Do not downvote this man.

      • Sean Royce

        You're just asking for downvotes by telling people not to haha.

        • dnlkbox

          All teh votes belongs to me

          • Sean Royce

            But you're getting downvoted anyway haha.

          • dnlkbox

            Haters gonna hate!

  • marcellus00

    I'm pretty sure that "Show notifications" was there since 4.1

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I never said it wasn't.

      • marcellus00

        Actually, you said it's a new thing. It's listed under "A few new things" header. I just don't get it, why is it new?)

        • Josh

          Did you read it? It's different. I agree it's not the clearest description but it is definitely a new "feature"

          >Persistent notifications for apps running in the background. This is new and kind of annoying - apps that run in the background and didn't used to show up in the notification area are now there.

          • marcellus00

            Oh! Right. Yeah, pretty confusing.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          That's not the new part, but it's the workaround to handle the new behavior.

          • marcellus00

            Now I've got it

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Aaaand I'm going to backtrack on that. This doesn't stick - the notification comes back after rebooting,
            even with Show Notifications unchecked. Arrrrgh.

          • marcellus00

            Seems that google really wants users to see the active background processes and services.

          • Michael Ta
          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Ugh.

    • Russ

      It was, but this new persistent notification thing is new (and stupid)

  • quiro91

    Google Keep is version 1..0.79 in the play store. So I guess a update is coming

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Ah, the dump has 1.0.81. Nice spot. We'll dig into it.

    • Thx84

      I thought Google was trying to separe their apps from the platform. Adding Keep to the system partition is a step in the wrong direction.

      • Dominic Powell

        No it isn't. Because the app is attainable and updateable through the play store. It is just them adding a Google service to the source, it doesn't make it only updateable through new android versions

        • Thx84

          Ok, thanks for the explaination

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Doesn't look like much in it at all according to Ron.

  • totally_not_kurt_cobain

    What i'd like to know is if the new GPU acceleration features showcased at I/O are included with 4.3 or are coming later down the road. No good way to test this on such powerful devices as the Nexus 4, I suppose?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm not sure how to, but if someone does, I could give it a go.

      • Michael Panzer

        This can not be tested that easily because it's done on the GPU level.

        The question on hand is: Does it feel faster?

        • dnlkbox

          Honestly it feels no different at all..

        • Dominic Powell

          According to the talk at I/O he is referencing I imagine the easiest way to do it without the program they used to showcase the differences, would be to use a high speed/slow motion camera and compare the loading properties of a complex app (they used g+ in the talk) and see if multiple areas are animated simultaneously or in a row. The difference in the talk cut the drawing calls from the GPU from 84 to 33. Which although is more than 100% better may not be easy yo realize because these operations occur rapidly. I expect the play store with its high number of GPU calls will be the easiest place to notice the difference.

          • Michael Panzer

            yes! I want to see it on my Nexus 10 on the play store or g+ app... It's really working there.

          • Jordan Thoms

            Actually, that won't help since that drawing is happening into a buffer, which is then placed onto the screen all at once. However, you should be able to find the debugging program they used in the talk and check with that...

          • Dominic Powell

            During the talk they showed how android api level 17 loads each aspect of the Google+ to render iton your screen. They then showed the improvement from "a future mythical version of Android" which they alluded to as api level 18 and showed the differences in ultra slow motion. It seems like something you could detect without use of their app they used to profile the differences. an app that requires a ton of individual draw calls should make it noticeable in a side by side comparison of loading between 4.2.2 and 4.3

          • Jordan Thoms

            Yeah, you could tell by looking at scrolling performance in Google+. My point is that the difference in the drawing commands is not going to be visible even with a high speed camera, because the frame is drawn completely into a buffer, and then the result is sent to the screen all at one time. So the only visible effect of the change is a better framerate.

            That said, I'm 99% sure based on what they said that the drawing improvements are in 4.3

    • Zym0tiC

      Dutch website tweakers.net did run some benchmarks that do show improvements. go go google translate http://tweakers.net/nieuws/90305/gelekte-android-43-firmware-voor-nexus-4-verbetert-grafische-prestaties.html

      • totally_not_kurt_cobain

        Thanks for that link. It's nice to see some improvement, but it's hard to gauge how much of that is under-the-hood Android stuff and how much is standard driver/kernel optimizations that come with device updates. I'm hopeful, though.

  • Ashutos Don Jain

    When the leak update or leak for galaxy nexus is coming ? I can't wait ?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      We don't know.

  • Lucas93

    Can I flash this above PA 3.65 or do I need stock 4.2.2? Kinda new to this... Thanks in advance :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I saw someone say they flashed it on top of PA and it worked, but I'm not sure how well it would work until you wipe data, or if it would work for you at all. You can back up and flash away, then restore if it doesn't work.

      • Lucas93

        Aight, will just flash stock while downloading this to be on the safe side.. Thanks again :D

  • Steve Rodrigue

    For the persistent notifications, it's easier to long-press the notifications. Then you are prompted to go the "App info" directly to uncheck the "Show notifications" box. It works for all notifications in 4.2 (or what it introduced in 4.1... Can't remember).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's one way, indeed. What also works is if the app is running in the task switcher, right clicking on that. Or long-pressing the app in the app drawer and going to app info there. There are many ways. Thanks for the note though.

      • Russ

        How do you 'right click' something with your finger? :P

        • selonmoi

          Use a finger on your right hand?

          • GreenyO

            I lol'd at this. :D

          • Michael Ta

            how do you "click" it then?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Ha, that's what being up at 6am after an all-nighter does to you :P

          I meant long-press.

    • Carlos Rodríguez

      The problem is that sometimes the notification appears again after a reboot. It happens for example with RoundR. I have to actually re-enable the notification in App info and then disable it.

      Cheers!

  • Sarath Chandra Gullapalli

    I'm waiting for the Stock Android Camera to be better than.. or, at the least, be on par with the Camera apps on the GS4 or the HTC One.

  • ChochiWpg

    I heard that some people can't hear anything while making phone calls. Others said they can't restore apps with TB. Is this true?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm not sure - my Nexus 4 doesn't have a SIM, but since the radio isn't published yet, I can see how it may be one of the side effects.

      TB backups I can't test either - I don't have any TB backups on my Nexus 4 as it's just a test device for me.

      Maybe others can comment on this.

      • M1lkm4n

        They had this problem because they used the old LTE enabled baseband. There should not be a problem with the .48 baseband

        • ChochiWpg

          Awesome I am on the .48 radio anyway so I shouldn't have an issue. What about TB restore, any issues?

      • dnlkbox

        TB restores work with the new SU from CF.

    • asrat_24

      Yes you can't restore TB backups unless you go into preferences and detect and change to legacy, then it'll work.

      Also the colors are better on the 4.3 leak, I'm 100% positive of that

      The people having issues with in call audio are probably using the .33 radio, updating to a newer .48 or .54 radio should get it working again but no LTE

  • Alex Vainshtein

    There is Auto-complete in Dialer

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Not sure what you mean. Looks like a normal, crappy, limited AOSP dialer to me. Doesn't even have T9.

      • M1lkm4n

        It has T9. Try to enter a Name with T9 style if you had the option enabled.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Ah, I didn't have it enabled by default. What the hell - who wouldn't want this on?

          • Dominic Powell

            So there is T9? Confirmed?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Confirmed. And the animations are like nothing I've seen before. Pretty. There are 3 suggestions at a time, and it seems to know who I call most. The animation pops new suggestions up with every keystroke, it's really quite neat.

          • Dominic Powell

            Hooray beer!!!!

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
          • Evan

            Can you get a video of the animations?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            I don't feel like making fake contacts and getting them to not pop up with real phone numbers :P

      • DonPorazzo

        Yes, it has t9. Just go to settings in dialer :)

        Awesome

    • Dominic Powell

      What do you mean auto-complete? As in say I type the first three digits of a number in my contacts it will show the rest of the number?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Even that doesn't happen.

        • Alex Vainshtein

          Yes i forgot to mention that you need to enable this option first :)

      • Alex Vainshtein

        When you type numbers you get contacts that match this numbers

  • M1lkm4n

    I think the keyboard opening animation became smoother. Could be placebo effect, though ;)

  • Mauricio9308

    Any comments about battery life?

    • Dominic Powell

      Its been like four hours for most people and they have been playing with it constantly, there is no way to know this yet.

    • Bluewall

      Yeah it's now unplugged since 2 days and I'm still at 103% !

      (seriously the zip is out since less than 24 hours, what did you expect ?)

    • dnlkbox

      Yes I can confirm that there is battery life

      • Bluewall

        You made my day

      • tinky1

        Notbad.jpg :)

    • timrcm

      I'VE HAD IT INSTALLED FOR 10 MINUTES AND MY BATTERY ALREADY DROPPED 1%, WTF ITS HORRIBLE OMGOGMGOMG

      • Bluewall

        420 ROOT IT AND DONT FORGET TO WIPE CACHE 347 TIMES
        IS THIS DUMP LINARO BTW ?

  • Misti curia

    Please do some graphics benchmarks!

  • tymalo

    Artem can you confirm if the new bluetooth fixes pairing with a wiimote? You would need to use this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ccpcreations.android.WiiUseAndroid

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I don't have a wiimote, sorry.

  • http://calmblog.kingbrick.co.uk/ Jack

    The persistent notification is probably a new rule under the latter APIs that has been recently enforced by changing the behaviour of older apps. I noticed the latest build of AdBlock explains that the only way to stop it from showing in the notification tray whilst running was to disable its notifications via the app settings.

  • keanyiap

    I heard the color is better than 4.2.2..anyone can confirm that??

    • dnlkbox

      The colour is certainly different.. Better imo!

      • Ryan O’Neill

        Can you explain what you mean?

        • Carlos Rodríguez

          More saturated than before.

          Remember that one of the complains of the Nexus 4 was the washed out colors.

          It looks a lot better now. On 4.2.2 we had a little imporvement, now we have another one.

          Cheers!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I don't have a 2nd Nexus 4 to compare side-by-side, but I didn't notice the difference personally. But I don't use the N4 as my daily driver, so I don't look at it enough.

  • Navinthran Govindasamy

    New sets of Emoji

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Can you show the new ones please? I don't use emoji, or a Google keyboard.

      • Navinthran Govindasamy

        Here we go

  • Darkencypher

    You do not lose data when flashing either of these - they install right on top of whatever you have running on your Nexus 4 (not Nexus 7, not Nexus 10, not Nexus XYZ - Nexus 4 only).

    does this mean no system/data wipe? currently running carbon so does it mean i can "dirty flash it"?

    • Mike Harris

      Also, does anyone know where I can get the Nexus XYZ? It sounds fantastic.

      • tinky1

        Nexus XYU is better. Ah, the beauty of Russian language...

        • aurimokas

          its XUY in Russian

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      /system gets overwritten, that's kind of the point. /data doesn't.

  • Carlos

    And again "nexus 4" got newer version of android before nexus. -_-

    • Ivan Myring

      What... The Nexus 4 is a Nexus. Hence the name.
      Also this isn't official, so it doesn't really count

      • Mastermind26

        I think the point was that ALL "nexi" were supposed to be "FIRST" on the list for updates....on paper, there should be reason why other devices should not be updated as the N4.

        • Mike Harris

          Considering the way this was leaked, we really have no way of knowing that the entire line of Nexuses won't be updated simultaneously.

          • Mastermind26

            Understood.

          • CasperTFG

            Please Lord. Let it be the Nexus 10 first...because, it's like the best. And it's more important than the other family members.

          • Mike Harris

            That. Plus, it's the one Nexus that I own. =)

      • Carlos

        Nexus 4 isn't nexus. It's nexus 4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a nexus.

        • dnlkbox

          Er no? If the Nexus 4 isn't a Nexus, then following the same login, a Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and is therefore not a Nexus.

          Your argument is invalid.

        • Ivan Myring

          I didn't say it was nexus I said it was A NEXUS

        • Tony Sarju

          lolwat? You are hella confused.

          • Carlos

            Galaxy Nexus was released before Nexus 4!
            Also Galaxy Nexus is the first device which got ICS and hardware soft keys.. and you guys N4 lovers "fgots" say that Nexus 44 "the copy of Nexus" is the original and should have rights to use Nexus name! xD
            C'moon get a life. You don't have to reply to my post, I just said that N4 got again newer version of Android before Galaxy Nexus! -_-
            I have always hated the N4!

          • Tony Sarju

            What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      • Carlos

        Justbfcoff

  • Mastermind26

    Someone was do one sooner or later. LOL

    • Mike Harris

      I thought the consensus was that it was Nexuses?

      • Mastermind26

        News to me. :(
        (I never thought it mattered really. LOL)

        • Tony Sarju

          It's a proper name, a noun. So It's Nexus's

          • Mastermind26

            fine.
            Nexusssssssssss
            it is! Haha

  • mechapathy

    As someone who likes to keep a clean status bar, the persistent notifications thing is gonna bother the hell out of me. Hopefully this isn't final software, and the "show notifications" preference will stick in the OTA.

    • Paul_Werner

      I totally agree with you. I'm keeping away just because of this. I'll have to deal with it if 4.3 OTA has it too but I'm hoping that there's enough outcry to make them change that. I can't even see common users liking their notification bar filled up with notifications they can't swipe away

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Yeah, it's super annoying.

        • http://www.twitter.com/thewizkid95 Jesus Otero

          Why don't we just urge developers to create persistent notifications that don't show up in the status bar? I've seen this implemented a few times, but I can't remember where exactly. I know the "Connected as a media device" system notification has a greyish background behind the icon so it doesn't show up in the status bar. I'm not sure if non-system apps can do this, but maybe with root access it's possible.

    • Josh

      +9000 to this. it will irk the hell out of me as well.

    • Andrew

      Hopefully this will be easy for custom ROMs to disable.

    • Tony

      This is good. It means badly written apps that stay in the background sucking battery are immediately visible. It *should* be impossible for an app to continue running with no indication that it is doing so.

      • mechapathy

        That's all well and good. But give someone who has a deeper understanding than the average user the ability to effectively disable that behavior.

  • Ivan Myring

    Has this worked for anyone with CWM. I cant be bothered messing about with installing TWRP and then going back to CWM (So my backups work)
    Also, would Franco M-3 work with this or not?
    And what radio does it come with?

    • Forgotten Phatness

      No radios

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You can boot TWRP without flashing it using fastboot boot TWRP.IMGNAME

  • Kaan

    So, Wi-Fi or Data delay still have on 4.3?

  • Matt

    Oooh the correct AT&T "phone" APN is finally included. I don't have to input it manually every time I flash anymore!

  • Elliot Kotis

    Wow, these updates? We waited 9 months for these updates? Okay..... Key Lime Pie please.

    • Mike Reid

      If it ain't TOO broke,... don't fix it.

      • Elliot Kotis

        Yep, since I posted I really had a good ponder at the change list and it is such an under-rated update and will be very vital to my user experience, I have touch issues on the N4, this update is said to fix that! :D I was just expecting KLP.

  • Dan

    Off Topic, but thanks for the tip on Network Monitor Mini Pro. Would love to see a post on "Android Police Pack" that lists apps like this one. Thanks.

    • Matthew Fry

      They've done a series called What We Use (you can see it on the side bar), but I recall being sad that Artem never did one.

  • MrNinjaPanda

    So about those persistent notifications - right now I have about 7 apps running in the background, would that mean that I would have my notification bar cluttered with 7 different persistent notifications?

    • Carlos Rodríguez

      No, you can disable persistent notifications in the App-info setting. The problem is that it doesn't survive a reboot. So, you'll have to do the procedure again.

      I really hope it gets fixed.

      Cheers!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      See, it's not all background apps, it's only some. I'm not sure what the distinction is. Light Flow and Network Monitor Mini are some of these.

      • andy_o

        AFAIK Android for quite a while has required to have persistent notifications for "foreground" running apps, which means those which tell Android not to close it when RAM runs out. Which is why Tasker and other apps like VoIP ones tell you they require the icon for better stability. I'm not sure what would be different in 4.3 though. Wallet should not do it.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          That's not entirely accurate. The OS is less likely to kill the app if it's low on RAM if it's got a notification icon showing, but it was never a forced requirement that would persist such an icon without the ability to remove it. That's the change in 4.3 - it seems to now force the icon to be shown on foreground apps.

      • Shitiz Garg

        Light Flow is not persistent for me?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Are you on 4.3? If you are, looks like the dev reworked something about persistent notifs in the latest version according to the changelog. Curious what it was. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rageconsulting.android.lightflowlite

          • Shitiz Garg

            I am, and looks like it. I have nothing showing me anything persistent (although I don't have that many apps so that could be one of the reasons)

  • Matthew Fry

    Oh I hate that Wifi scanning thing. Google is very happy to eat about 16% of my battery and keep my phone from going to sleep to scan wifi networks. That option will be the first thing I turn off.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I don't know where you got those stats - the battery hit from that should be fairly minimal.

      • Matthew Fry

        BetterBatteryStats & GSAM Battery Monitor. It killed my S3 like no other. But it may be different on different handsets. For some reason CarrierIQ would eat into my battery too but my wife's S3 never had the problem.

        • kh5

          You've got 4.3 on your S3? The new scanning option wasn't there before.

          • Matthew Fry

            In 4.1.2 it's called "Google's Location Service" and does the same thing whenever your wifi is on.

  • marcusmaximus04

    Artem/whoever else cares: OpenGL ES 3.0 support is included. Look under /system/lib and you'll find libGLESv3.so. :D

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Nice spot, forgot about that. Added to the list.

  • blunden

    FusedLocation.apk is nothing new. It existed on 4.2 stock roms even before the announcement of the fused location feature in Play Services.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Ah, looks like you're right. Removed it from the list.

  • Marcus Townsend

    Here's something unimportant which you could add:

    The camera no longer has an animation for rotation from portrait to landscape. It just changes. There's a slight delay, so it is still noticeable (and still not as fluid as 4.1 or below), but it's definitely less jarring, and possibly faster since the animation probably took more time than it needed.

    This change did not occur for those who installed the camera onto 4.2 beforehand from the GPE leak. At least not on the Nexus 4.

  • Pedro Majano

    I think a lot of people are complaining about few updates, but honestly, being able to see the music in my car stereo, makes this update enough for me. :') all the other stuff is just a way of saying how good android has gotten, you see IOS for example, their BIG updates from 6 to 7 are just "Make Up" as of 4.2.2 to 4.3 is a small but big improvement, now just picture that if android updates take time, well android is almost perfect the way it is now, but it really makes a difference. I believe 5.0 will take some time and I really encourage the android time to take their time, so that they bring something significant, different, breakthroughs so that we all avoid saying, "is that it?", "is this all", "how is this different from 4.x?". So go on, take your time, I'm happy with 4.2, HAPPIER with 4.3 and not dying to get 5.0 but yeah I think it will be something...

    • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      I agree with you... But you do know the iTrolls will be using it in their arguments against us... I can already hear it... You guy weren't getting updates to your phones to begin with, now Google isn't giving you guys updates at all... Android is trash... At least we get something... :) I kind of rather get the little updates here and there, just so I don't need to hear that sht...

      • Pedro Majano

        true true... but why worry about a troll in general...

        • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

          That's true also... But they do trash the comment section... No matter the news...

  • Justin Crowley

    cannot get root working, flashed both apps through TWRP and flashes super user zip, still states binary not found...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You mean you flashed Chainfire's SuperSU and it didn't work? Did TWRP ask you to fix root after the flash like in the screenshot?

      • Justin Crowley

        no it did not, i booted back into TWRP and selected (fix permissions) not even sure what that did

        I remember using TWRP a while back on my Galaxy Nexus, and saw the prompt

        but not getting it now

      • Justin Crowley

        so i flashed deodexed again, (without Chainfire's SU) and i got the prompt to fix root this time, when i open SU it still states no SU binary installed and SuperSU cannot install it

        • Justin Crowley

          booted back into recovery (still on deodexed) flashed Chainfire's SU (never got prompt to fix root) booted back into OS, opened SU and same error

          I have wiped cache and davlik, and factory reset phone

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Hrm, that sucks. Try the non-deodexed version perhaps?

          • Justin Crowley

            yes, i have tried both

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I only got root fixed by flashing Chainfire's SU. TWRP prompted me to fix root only then, after SuperSU flashing.

  • Laurent

    Location reporting no more available in my region! Bummer! What is wrong with u Google ?

  • JonJJon

    So still no updates to the camera app with the naff Alarms UI :(, not looking forward to this persistent notification thing, I don't want lightflow in my view all the time, why did they think that was a good idea again?

    • Justin Swanson

      maybe to remind users they have specific apps running in the background? However... you would think you'd be able to disable it... Maybe you will be able to when it's officially released.

      • JonJJon

        Hopefully, tbh the only app I think I have that will show up is LightFlow but a "hide this app's persistent notification" toggle would be nice

  • http://twitter.com/dtourond Devon

    Does this support the Nexus 7 yet?

  • Alex Jordan

    I installed it, but when I try to play a video using a program that is not the stock gallery (MX Player, MoboPlayer, VLC...) it either force closes or I just hear the video, but I can't see anything. Why is that? How can I fix it?

  • arturodelac

    Thank god for no clock on the status bar on the lockscreen

  • mohit

    Is the Bluetooth on/off bug fixed?

  • rober1s

    This bug still exists with 4.3 pre. Apparently we need to new radio before bluetooth and wifi can work at the same time: https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=41631

  • Guest

    Here image from android 4.3 dialer

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