Oct 14 AT 11:34 AM Dima Aryeh 9 Comments

Near final build of Android 4.3 leaked for the Galaxy S4 GT-I9505

samsung galaxy s 4

The rate at which Google updates Android is a bit ridiculous at times. The Samsung Galaxy S4 launched with the newest version of Android around, 4.2 Jelly Bean. Not too long after, 4.3 Jelly Bean was released to the world. And now, Android 4.4 Kit Kat is on the horizon, making phones seem more dated than they really are. Luckily, Samsung is doing a decent job of keeping up with updates.

Flashing leaked builds on Samsung devices, while potentially dangerous and absolutely warranty voiding, has always been fun to me. And the latest leaked build is of Android 4.3 for the international Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505. But it isn’t any regular build, but a nearly finished build that should be almost identical to the final release.

Despite this build not being the official update, it will not set off your flash counter or trigger your KNOX warranty counter. It will, however, wipe your device so a backup is necessary before flashing it. For the download and more instructions, hit the source link but do so at your own risk. And don’t go flashing the build on US Galaxy S4′s or the 3G I9500 model.

Along with this build came the information that the official update will begin rolling out to international Galaxy S4 devices sometime in the next two weeks. This means that US variants are not too far behind (though knowing at what speed US carriers update their phones, we might have a small wait ahead of us), and we might possibly see Android 4.3 builds for the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II pretty soon.

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Psicho

    Samsung doing a great job when it’s about phones update? In what world are you living? They suck big time when it’s about updates and SGS 3 is the perfect example. It was their flasgship device and they’re abandoning very soon.

    • Joel

      They USED to suck. Now theyre just about even with the competition. What version of Android is the One X on? Not to mention they have a bazillion devices on the market now.
      Considering the quanitity of devices they have, and the all the carriers worldwide that they have them on..and the ones they have updated so far, theyre trying.

    • Alex

      If you had a Sony, and updates are so important to you, you’d beg for a Samsung before you died waiting.

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    • damien

      Hold up, they are releasing 4.3 for the SGS3 in a month? HTC One X has no announcement, what other phones have 4.3 that are previous generation besides nexus devices? Samsung are doing great with updates, I would argue that they are the best for updates.

      • PaulieG

        I’d agree Damien. I used to own HTCs and switched to Samsung. Samsung are much faster and have a longer support life span than HTC with updates.

    • Kirtesh Kuckian

      Samsung suck at updates but they were better than other competitors. But now even that cant be said. The way they ignored their most successful phone S3 is completely unacceptable.

  • Oscar Castro

    Does it works with Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500 Int Version

  • kasim

    Guys……I agree samsung is doing good as of now compared to other competitors but do we guys have a choice….this is all business ethics where samsung is keeping on hold to all old high end mobiles buy gvng assurance to implement the upgraded version 4.3 where the competitors have already launched and most of them are enjoying
    Trusted samsung was the biggest mistake as note 3 is launched recently and they want maximum business to be first for note 3 and then if required will concentrate on s4, s3 and note 2 which is really pathetic.
    I have decided am selling off all my samsung device which is used by me and my family like s3, tab2, galaxy grand duos and note 2.
    Lets band samsung and force them to show the importance for our handsphone as we too are thier users