While Samsung will be rolling out Android 4.3 for Galaxy S4 users, Sammobile has already leaked a test firmware of Android 4.3 for the device which comes directly from Samsung. The company will roll out the final firmware in October/November but that is after they have tested their build many times. Before they roll it out via an OTA update, you can manually flash this test firmware for Galaxy S4 which will probably be the same as the OTA roll out firmware.
This update is a stable one and it does boost the performance of the device, making it perform much faster than it would on Android 4.2.2. This update includes two new apps – Samsung Knox and Samsung Wallet. While Samsung Knox works well, Samsung Wallet does not connect to Samsung’s servers at the moment. There is also a new reading mode which enhances your reading experience on the Galaxy S4 but it comes with a limitation. It can not be used on all apps, only few apps are configured with this reading mode. Sammobile also says that this firmware has improved colour reproduction of the display quite a bit and the text looks even sharper than before.
Full changelog is as follows:
- Autocomplete – just start touching numbers or letters and the dial pad will suggest phone numbers or names. To turn on this feature, open your phone app settings and enable “Dial pad autocomplete.”
- OpenGL ES 3.0 – Android now supports the latest version of the industry standard for high performance graphics.
- Additional language support – Android is now translated in Africaans, Amharic (አማርኛ), Hindi (हिंदी), Swahili (Kiswahili), and Zulu (IsiZulu).
- Hebrew, Arabic, and other RTL (right-to-left) – now supported in the home screen, settings, and Phone, People, and Keep apps.
- Easier text input – an improved algorithm for tap-typing recognition makes text input easier.
- Lower latency input for gamepad buttons and joysticks.
- Location detection through Wi-Fi – use Wi-Fi to detect location without turning on Wi-Fi all the time.
- Bluetooth Smart support.
- Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 support – display song names on a car stereo.
- Disabled apps tab – check which apps are disabled in Settings > Apps.
- Restricted profiles – put your tablet into a mode with limited access to apps and content.
- Setup wizard simplification – getting started on Android is easier thanks to the ability to correct previous input, and because of streamlined user agreements.
- Faster user switching – switching users from the lock screen is now faster.
- Enhanced photo daydream – navigate through interesting albums.
Country: Open Europe
Version: Android 4.3
Build date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:48:24 +0000
Product Code: OXA
Please note that flashing this firmware will not increase the binary counter of your device and it will also not void the warranty as it is not a custom ROM, it is a firmware from Samsung. In case you have already rooted your device, flashing this firmware will revoke root access. However, you may root it again to enjoy the benefits of your favorite root apps.
Steps to Flash Official Android 4.3 on Galaxy S4
- Download the firmware from the link above and place it in a folder on your PC.
- Make sure you have downloaded the necessary drivers for your device.
- In case you don’t want to lose data on your device, you can read our data backup guide.
- Download Odin3 v3.09 (From here or here). Extract Odin and run it on your PC.
- Boot your phone into download mode. To do this, press and hold Home + Power + Volume down buttons.
- Connect the phone to the PC via USB cable and make sure Odin recognizes the connection.
- Add AP_I9505XXUEMI8_1715731_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to AP
- Add BL_I9505XXUEMI8_1715731_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar to BL
- Add CP_I9505XXUEMI8_1715731_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to CP
- Add CSC_OXA_I9505OXAEMI8_1715731_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to CSC
- Make sure re-partition is not checked.
- Click on Start button on Odin and the firmware will be flashed to your device.
- In case you encouter any issue, boot into recovery mode and wipe data/factory reset. This will wipe all data on your device.
With this, you should be good to go and enjoy Android 4.3 on your Samsung Galaxy S4. If you face any other issues, feel free to comment below.