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Aug 3, 2013

Android 4.3 Now Available for Google Play Edition Devices

Google has started delivering the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system to more devices out there after pushing it to smartphones and tablet PCs in the Nexus lineup last week, as the owners of HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition have started receiving it.

The software update is being delivered to devices over-the-air, which means that users will receive a notification as soon as it has been pushed to their smartphones. According to AnandTech, there is a series of specific changes that Google Play edition handsets will take advantage of in this OS release, including larger homescreen icons. At the same time, HTC One users will be able to enjoy the infrared feature of the device, while Galaxy S4 owners will benefit from Bluetooth-based Internet tethering following the update, as well as a new background color for settings. Some other specific changes might have been included in the update as well, but no official changelog has been provided, and it’s still up for users to discover them.

The new software release will land on HTC One Google Play edition as a 180MB file, while available for the Galaxy S4 model as a 150MB download. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean arrives on these handsets as build number JWR66V. Until now, Nexus handsets and tablet PCs had been the only devices to get a taste of new operating system flavors so soon after a new version was released, yet Google did promise that a similar move would be made for Google Play edition phones, and it seems that the search giant kept its word.

It should also be noted that, just before the OTA update started to land on said HTC One variant, the source code for the software was made available for download through the HTCDev website. Those interested in grabbing it should head over to this page for that.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Image credits to Google


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