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Last Updated: July 23rd, 2013

Some devices get all the ROMs. Of course, for the Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, that's kind of the point. Late last month an early version of Android 4.3 was leaked for the phone right around the time of its Play Store debut, and now an even newer build labeled "JWR66V" has popped up. According to XDA Developers forum poster Jahon, it was build on July the 11th, and now it's been re-packaged into a ROM file flashable in the custom recovery of your choice.

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Details are scarce at the time being, as users are still testing to feel out the extent of the changes. Notably the Galaxy S4's wireless charging feature now works even when the phone is off, and battery life and charging rates seem to be improved. Google Wallet now works (if you're not rooted) as do some third-party apps like DashClock and IMDB. There are a few bugs with other apps and SIM unlocking, so it may not be ready as a "daily driver" just yet.

Even the most flash-happy ROM addicts may want to wait a bit before flashing a new 4.3 build. Google's event on Wednesday may reveal some new Nexus 7 hardware, and possibly the formal release of Android 4.3 as well, which should come to Nexus and Google Play devices without too much delay.

Source: XDA-Developers

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Misti curia

    That's a decent antutu score...

  • ddpacino

    I was excited until I seen S4 in the title, lol. Impatiently waiting newer/final build for my N4.

  • epsiblivion

    so aside from the rom, is the GE S4 identical in hardware to other S4? international, at&t, tmo, etc.

    • jeff

      I think the ge s4 has a bit faster processor I think

      • jeff

        I said I think twice. Woops

    • NexusKoolaid

      Same hardware.

    • ProductFRED

      Yes. Best model to get is the T-Mobile model because it works on AT&T and T-Mobile HSPA+ and LTE out of the box. You can also buy the AT&T model for cheaper and enable the AWS for T-Mobile HSPA+ via a simple flash that doesn't even require root or a custom ROM.

    • Rodolfo Lopez

      International uses Exynos the others Snapdragon

      • Hans Pedersen

        No, The Exynos isn't an international version. It's been a really limited release. The S600 is really the international version this time around.

        • Heon Jun Park

          No.... i9500 which is still international device is the one with Exynos... the only reason its not wide spread is due to manufacturing problems with the CPU. That and Exynos isn't friendly with LTE.

          • Aymen Fadhel

            The i9500 is the international 3G model (Exynos) but the i9505 is the international LTE model (S600)

          • Heon Jun Park

            I thought Exynos also came with LTE in some markets...
            Hmm why can't Samsung just make all of our lives easy and stick to one thing......

  • Rodolfo Lopez

    That score it's almost the same that S4 with Snapdragon 800 gets Android 4.3 seems it will realy improve perfomance

    • Ricardo Neves

      Cant really compare AOSP vs skinned scores they are usually different

      • io53

        Shoudn't be a difference in-app really.

  • masterxchief

    Did the camera app version change at all with this new leak?

  • Paul

    Where's my Note 2 4.2.2 (or I guess based on the last article about the Note II, where's my 4.3 leak)! You S4 and N4 users have all the fun.

    • Ricardo Neves

      No leaks for the One GPE either. But sense is good enough for me anyways :)

  • Paul

    Does the S4 in any of it's various official ROM's and leaks, does it have Multi Window support? Or is that a note 2 only thing?

    • Moch7

      The S4 does have multi Window and even the older S3 had it added in an update.

      • fixxmyhead

        I think your retarded ass meant multi-user because it's had multi window

    • ddpacino

      That's Touchwiz. Unrelated here.

  • edzuslv

    Juicessh recently updated with support to 4.3. :)

  • Carlos

    Nice Nice... -_-

  • io53

    HTC, loosen up a bit. Where is our HTC One GE leak? Pictures just doun't make good dumps :>.

    • Mike Reid

      HTC has an IMO surprising amount of closed source stuff in the GPE.

      It takes HTC extra time to port it without Google's help.

      Will be VERY interesting to see the 4.3 race for Samsung and HTC GPE. I think Samsung may have at least 1 month advantage on HTC.

  • Pałac w Słobitach

    Wallet works on my GPE S4 out of the box. Were people having problems w/it?

  • XDATIP

    The proper thanks/credit aren't given where they're due by the OP of that ROM release thread for the system dump or most of flashable zips. System dump was released by XDA user karoolus, Profile link http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=4916773 and here is post where he originally did the system dump I believe: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=43713708&postcount=120.

    AP might want to look in deeper by actually talking to the person who made the leaks. ;)

    • Joe

      Yes, but the poster spent a lot of time making this rom available for the masses to readily flash.

      • S4guy

        Agreed.

      • Phillip Alarcón

        Being the joy of xda it is only fair to credit those who supplied the build or leak. It doesn't take much to do what he did.

        You can practically use a kitchen that uses the system/data ext from the tar to build a flashable zip. It takes and hour at most on an average computer. I wouldn't call that spending a lot of time. Thereforee I agree with the OP of this comment, lol.

        • Jonathan k

          It takes a lot longer than an hour to put together a thread like he did as well. It's a joint effort. It also doesn'ttake much effort to create a ssystem dump.

        • dudewithaballers4

          What am I missing here? I see credits given on the post...

    • Phillip Alarcón

      I agree with you but at least the rom works great. It seems many users who release a rom.don't care to give credit anymore from.whom they accuire work or.zips or leaks from.

  • Boris Levitin

    Does this mean that Android 4.3 on the T-Mobile version (SGH-M919) will support Google Wallet without rooting?

    Thanks. Boris Levitin, Audiresys, Inc.

  • Mohd Danial

    Is this phone used to flash the rom an exynos octa or the snapdragon 800 variant?.. cause my s4 international snapdragon 600 , 4.2.2 jb able to have a score between 25000-26000 range.