A man by the name of Jeff Williams purchased a Nexus 4 from a Googler and posted to Google+ asking if Android 4.3 was already out. Of course, it wasn’t, but his screenshot showed Android version 4.3 on the device. As expected, many called him a liar. Changing the build.prop was quite easy. But many also noticed the new kernel and radio, making the possibility that it was real much higher.
Those who believed him started trying to help, and the learning process began. Eventually, they moved to IRC and a bunch of developers taught him how to do a system dump. In the end, JWR66N proved to be a legitimate build of Android 4.3.
Developers have released flashable files based on this dump, so if you’re willing to get your hands dirty, you can get this ROM running on your own Nexus 4. If you want to give it a try (and remember, it’s not quite a finished build), head to XDA in the source links and get flashing!
Now we wait to see if Google will even acknowledge the existence of Android 4.3. They have an event scheduled for July 24, which will probably see the announcement of Android 4.3, but it’s strange to see it leak and Google to say nothing. Hopefully we’ll get a final build and source next week. Other devices need some lovin’ too.
If you’re a Nexus 4 owner, will you flash this? If you already did, what do you think? Is it a big update? Leave a comment with your thoughts!