Everyone was expecting Google to announce Android 4.3 at Google I/O last month, but instead we got things like new developer-only tools that help smooth the development process and make better apps, and special Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Well, it has only been a month, and now we’ve got our first look at Android 4.3, albeit in unofficial capacity in the form of a Galaxy S4 Google Play edition (GE) ROM leak. As ever, we’re going to guide you through the process of getting it up and running on your Galaxy S4 GT-I9505, so read on after the jump for the instructions.
As it is usually the case with leaked Samsung ROMs, SamMobile’s Faryaab is the man who has released the ROM online. It has been extracted from a Google Play edition Galaxy S4, and is confirmed working on Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S 4 units (model number: GT-I9505). If you own a rooted GT-I9505 and have ClockworkMod Recovery installed, you can flash the ROM to your device by following the steps below.
Disclaimer: Follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will NOT be responsible if you damage your device or any data stored on it in the process of flashing this ROM. Follow at your own risk. This ROM will NOT work on the Exynos version of Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500), or any other variant/device.
- Installing this ROM will wipe all data from your phone, so make sure to back it up beforehand.
- Connect your phone to your PC via USB, and transfer the ROM’s ZIP file to your internal SD card (/sdcard).
- Shutdown your Galaxy S4.
- Press and hold Power + Home + Volume Up keys until you boot into ClockworkMod Recovery.
- You will need to perform a full factory reset in order to use this ROM. This will delete all data on your phone! You can do so from the “wipe data/factory reset” option.
- Go to “install zip from sdcard” > “choose zip from sdcard” and select the ROM’s zip file you transferred to your phone in Step 1.
- After the ROM has been installed, select the reboot option from the main menu,
If you followed the steps correctly, your Galaxy S4 will now boot into Android 4.3 from the Google Play edition variant. Feel free to play around with this unreleased version of Android, and don’t forget to let us know about any new features you find.