Last Updated: August 6th, 2013

We knew it wouldn't be long, and sure enough, the Android 4.3 update has started hitting Google Play Edition devices. Both the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 from Google Play are currently receiving update notifications. If you're lucky enough to have one of these devices, commence mashing the update button at your leisure.

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The updates for both devices are developed by the OEMs, but there are no modifications to the UI and no carrier testing to get in the way. As a result, we get this super-fast update. The HTC One kernel and framework source just dropped today, in fact. Hopefully all future updates come out this fast. The Nexus phones only started seeing Android 4.3 in the last week or so, and some users haven't gotten the notification yet. 

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The HTC One update clocks in at 185MB and the Galaxy S4 is a comparatively slim 150MB. We've got a mirror of the HTC One update below, but haven't seen the GS4 pop up anywhere. There are no official full factory images for these devices yet. Google clarified prior to release that the OEMs would be responsible for posting such images, if they cared to. It appears they do not, at least not yet. Also of note, the update enabled the One's IR blaster. Bluetooth tethering has been added to the GS4, but no word on IR yet.

[HTC One Update via XDA, Anandtech – Thanks, John Nichols]

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  • Djkleric

    This is the way it should be done. No Carrier to get in the way of updates. Now if this were for all phones.

    • sssgadget

      Let's see if they consistently maintain this promptness for future Android releases.

    • RajivSK

      With the moto X also joining in the GE fun I think this will probably be something we'll see more of in the future. I wouldn't be surprised if every major manufacturer would do this with their flagships from now on. Stock android is becoming almost as functional as the manufacturer skins but way more streamlined. This might be the most important development for android yet.

  • BrianLipp

    I guess this just solidifies how much bullshit the carriers to do slow down updates. id be surprised to see the Verizon GNex get this update before the next version of Android is announced, but i guess thats what the dev community is for.

    • Guest

      Yes the carriers slow down the updates, but keep in mind that these are stock android experience phone that are getting this update. If HTC or Samsung had sense or touchwhiz on these phones, it would take much longer than a week after and android update release before the phone would get the update even without the carrier slow down.

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

        He's talking about a Nexus on Verizon, not other devices with skins.

        • Guest

          Ah.. I see.. lol . I had the Verizon Gnex for a few months until they released the gsm Gnex in the play store...the Verizon Gnex is a very poor excuse of a nexus phone. complete fail. No NEXUS phone should have ANY carrier input.

    • challenge_accepted

      Carriers are to be blamed for like 75%. The skins take time too. The developer version of HTC One still doesn't have the update.

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

        He's talking about skinless updates, like the Verizon Gnex.

        • Björn Lundén

          Indeed. The difference in this case though is that unlike the Verizon Gnex that might needs changes to support CDMA etc. the version sold in Scandinavia is identical to the one sold with yakju and takju software. They even use the same radio images. Naturally, the yakju and takju images work just fine if flashed manually.

    • io53

      That's nothing. Here in Scandinavia Samsung handles the Galaxy Nexus updates and it is still stuck on Android 4.1.2! The worst part is that the software itself is the same as it is in the US. Great move there Samsung.

  • Stranger from a Far Coast

    Samsung's weakness.

  • Lupe Fiasco

    This is how updates for all phones should be. To this date I still don't understand why Android Manufacturers can't do the same like Apple and update it themselves with no carriers to get in the way. I think Android OEM are to lenient with Carriers and allow them to do whatever they want to much.

    • TornZero

      Apple forces carriers to do things their way. That's why there's no bloat, and that's why you can update directly through iTunes. Verizon and Sprint (possibly among more carriers) are actually in debt to Apple at the moment, as they have to purchase (and sell) a predetermined number of devices.

      • enoch861

        There is no reason why all manufacturers couldn't do the same thing.
        But at the end of the day, the updates would still take a while due to manufacturer skins and what not.

    • anezarati

      I don't think apple has as much power as you think. Even notice that ios upgrades are announced 4-5 months before they are released?

  • Goblueboy

    Glad to see that they are putting critics words to shame. This is exactly what I wanted

  • Mike Larrabee

    This definitely validates Google's promise of "prompt" updates. Makes me wish there were a Verizon GPe version. I'd HAPPILY pay full price for a One that worked on V.

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

    Impressive, only about a week behind the Nexuses. And both One and GS4 simultaneously!

    Good job, Google, Google Developers, HTC, Samsung Mobile!

    • angel_spain

      It should be this way, if you want more than a Nexus, buy a GE phone (better specs). But what you loose in a GE is so important (camera software and basically what makes it different) ...

    • RajivSK

      My 'regular' S4 has been running GE 4.3 leaks for some time now and although I miss some TW features, I'm not going back. I love the permissions manager in 4.3 and it just runs way smoother than the TW roms. I'm confident GE 4.3 final roms for the regular S4 will start hitting XDA very soon. These GE devices are an amazing step forward for android as a whole, not just the GE owners.

  • Matthew Gardner

    This bodes well.

  • David Margolin

    I doubt the next update will be just as fast but props on getting this one out quickly.

  • Simon Belmont

    I don't have a GPE phone, but I'm glad to see this. Just over a week after Android 4.3 dropped and it's going into the little hot hands of GPE owners.

    Well played, Google. Also, well played HTC and Samsung.

  • Wazzifer

    Well done, Google!

  • theching

    Anyone who has gotten the update: does the IR blaster on the HTC One work now?

    • enoch861

      Seems like it does according to the article.

    • Mike Reid

      Yes, with 3rd party apps at least.

      I'm interested to see the HTC One GPE has appeared to move to the open source AOSP/Broadcom BT stack, from the proprietary Broadcom BT stack. Breaks my app tho, LOL.

  • Kurt

    Great! I wish they would update the S3 instead of its going to be May no maybe July. O' I forgot know its going to be end of August or later.

  • Varun Priolkar

    Can't wait for a rom to pop up on xda

  • Philip Kahn

    Now, if only they had software buttons instead of hardware, I'd be sold.

  • Laura

    Why would Samsung have an upgrade for the GS4 and not the GS3?

    • enoch861

      Its the S4 GPE. It will ALWAYS get updates before any phone in their line up.

  • RaptorOO7

    I got the OTA, but after it installed I still had 4.2.2. Fortunately graffixnyc over at XDA-Devs created a recovery file for TWRP and CWMR so users can install it that way and of course install SuperSU 1.43 for root that works.

  • Stephan H Wissel

    Can I upgrade my S4 Standard to an S4 play edition? I don't care much about the Wizbang UI

  • io53

    People, we like this. BUY THESE PHONES!

  • Man of Persia

    What the hell?! S4 kernel is 3.4!!
    I was really hope so S4 Octa gets 3.4.10 in Android 4.3 but with this GPE kernel version i am little disappointment :(
    Good work HTC

  • Peter

    out of interest, who hosts the OTA files? is it Google or htc/samsung?

  • Michael McGrade

    Please post S4 update as soon as you find it...love digging through and finding the goodies inside.

  • GazaIan

    Not bad, not bad at all.

  • Bryan Sparks

    Can I flash this to my HTC M7UL?

  • Chris Stubbs

    ~ sent from my 4.1.2 Note II


  • Matt

    My HTC One GPe hasn't gotten the update yet :(

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