Jul 24 AT 2:21 PM Dima Aryeh 40 Comments

Google Play edition devices won’t get the 4.3 update today


When the Google Play edition devices were announced, we didn’t know what “Google Play edition” exactly meant. Was it just stock Android? Was it a Nexus experience? Will it get fast updates? Those questions were somewhat answered with the realization that the manufacturers would be handling updates, not Google.

We had our doubts that updates would come to these devices as fast as they do to Nexus devices. However, an Android 4.3 build for the Galaxy S 4 GPe leaked before the Nexus 4 got any taste of 4.3. Maybe Samsung will release the update on time, if they already have builds ready? It was a big possibility.

It looks like we were initially right. Android 4.3 was announced today, and a bunch of Nexus devices will be getting the update. This includes the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus. Unfortunately, the GPe devices will be getting the update “very soon” instead of today. Even with early access to the code, the two manufacturers couldn’t make it in time.

Personally, I don’t feel like this is a big deal. The GPe devices are not sold under the Nexus brand, and should still get faster updates than other handsets. It is good enough considering it isn’t Google controlled. If you own a Google Play edition device, how do you feel about this? Were you expecting updates on par with Nexus devices? Or was that not part of your buying decision? Tell us in the comments!

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Chahk

    It’s alright with me. 4.3 dropped into AOSP today, so my S4 GPe will be getting it as soon as CyanogenMod merges it in.

    • Tarick Arnold

      It’ll be a while. There won’t be a stable Cyanogen Mod version until Android “5.0″ drops.

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

    We have to figure out what a fair amount of time to wait is. I’d say… within 2 weeks?

  • tmoore4075

    So it will start rolling out to the above mentioned Nexus devices today?

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      So they say!

    • Nope

      Not mine

  • ufmace

    I bought a HTC One GPE on release day, and I’m not worried yet. I did buy it assuming that they would get reasonably quick updates, but I don’t really expect same-day system updates. Give ‘em a little time. I’d start to get worried or disappointed if it goes a month without getting the update.

  • xPurplexAnarchyx

    I’m patiently waiting for the update to my Nexus 4!

  • paulertion

    Waiting for my n4 and n7 from Argentina :D

  • add

    I’m frustrated. I got the GPE s4 because of 1) stock android, 2) immediate updates, 3) external SD card, 4) removable battery. (weren’t there statements that GPE phones were supposed to come rooted too?)

    After 3 years on a stock android HTC G2 (supposed to have been a flagship phone!) that got updates months or years late, this is what I was looking for. And I paid a premium price for it.

    But it turns out that stock android doesn’t really support external SD cards anymore (you can’t even save photos to SD–you have to manually copy files over!). And we still haven’t received a patch for the 2nd BlueBox security flaw. I don’t trust “soon” when it comes to updates.

    So I feel like half of main selling points for the high priced GPE s4 were misleading. There isn’t functional expandable storage, and updates are not Google controlled, but still at the whim of the manufacturers.

    I’m glad I have a generally well functioning and gorgeous phone (my G2 was rebooting multiple times a day), but if they’re going to sell the phone at over 150% of the price of my laptop, they need to be forthright about the features and specs they’re touting.

    • Ray

      If you were expecting immediate updates, then you’re foolish. This was never going to happen. From day one Google said the updates were in the hands of the OEM’s.

      If you want immediate update, the rule has always been, and still is to this day – buy a Nexus device.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      It was well known that stock Android did not support the SD slot, and it would be disabled in the GPe device.
      Immediate updates were never promised, but fast updates were claimed. Considering that there is already a 4.3 leak, the update will be soon.

    • ihatefanboys

      I hate people that have a phone that was “rebooting multiple times a day” and they dont return it to get a new one, keep the phone for years, and just assume its the software and not a defective phone.

    • Nate B.

      Your entire post shows the ignorance you had assuming all of that when it was clearly debunked before it was even concrete. That’s like putting wishful thinking in your head and believing what you want to believe disregarding logic. Have you been living under a rock?

    • Tapewormlatvia

      As a GS3 user, I don’t trust updates in particular. Won’t buy another Samsung phone anymore, because waiting a year for a serious update to a phone that is not outdated yet is outrageous.

      • Jj

        To me it’s Nexus or iPhone

      • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

        Is it a carrier branded phone? Because that may be why you’re waiting.

        • Tapewormlatvia

          No, it’s not carrier branded. I never go for that kind of stuff. I have always payed the full price of a phone on the spot so that I don’t have agreements with anyone.

          When I said ‘A year’ I exaggerated a bit. I was talking about the fact that JB 4.2 was released November 2012. And November 2013 is the time when GS3 users are expected to get something (either 4.2.2 or 4.3). So technically it is ‘waiting a year’. And if I remember correctly after an earlier post, you are a Note II user, which means that you don’t have 4.2.2 either (if you’re sticking with TouchWiz).

          Though I can understand Samsung completely. If they update GS3 to 4.2.2 now, it would look almost exactly like standard GS4, and that would most definitely cut their GS4 sales.

          And I know all of you would now scream ‘CyanogenMod’, but to be honest, I do like TW. That’s why I’m sticking with it; although, the lack of serious updates makes me angry. Dilemma? Paradox? Call it what you will. Maybe I wouldn’t even be angry if I didn’t want to use DashClock so badly. Anyway, next time I’ll go for a Nexus, that’s for sure. :)

          • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

            Ah, I see what you mean! I definitely agree there, it’s a long wait. That’s what we do, wait for Samsung to port TouchWiz over to 4.2.2 while waiting for driver packages from the chip makers (like Qualcomm) and making it all work. Plus, it’s not #1 priority (GS4 is) so it takes a while. But I know what you mean, waiting is no good. DashClock would be awesome on my Note II. Luckily (or sadly?), Samsung is probably the fastest to update outside of Nexus devices, and its support for older devices is great.

    • krazytrixxxsta

      You’re frustrated because you are a fool and an idiot. Google Play Edition phones were never guaranteed immediate updates from google, external sd cards, removable battery, and being rooted. These things you mention never came up.

    • jerrbomb

      Sounds like you screwed yourself…

      • jerrbomb

        And by that I mean by not doing yours research because you thought one thing and got served a plate of in your face freshly cut dose of reality

    • Balaram Vineeth Venugopal .P

      No manufacturer sell the phone pre-rooted.

  • Dave LeFevre

    I will not be a big deal if it is a few days. If it’s a few weeks, however…

  • redraider133

    This is understandable since its not a true nexus and will have minor tweaks that will come from Samsung/htc. I’m sure it won’t take too long to get updated though.

  • ihatefanboys

    Tell me when this will be released for my T-Mobile HTC ONE.

    • Jj

      Don’t hold your breath

    • jerrbomb

      Yeah dude.. Don’t.. Hold Yur breath.. Lol.. Although surprisingly HTC and t-mobile have should that they can be quick with updates and fixes if they really want to.. So who knows..

  • jamal adam

    At least we know that these two GPe phones will receive the fast update by way of OEM’s in Android history lol. I think that within a week or so is a good time frame and anything longer is pushing the limits of user’s patience though it will still be better than their custom UI brethren.

  • donger

    Nexus FTW!

  • Steve

    My GSM Galaxy Nexus didn’t get the update either despite the promises it would. I hope if 5.0 is released, it will still get that. But they should do it before or at least within a week of the new IPhones release… Along with a new souped up Lte Nexus with some desirable features.

  • shrini

    My Nexus 4 got OTA earlier today. It was a smooth upgrade to 4.3. So, for immediate updates it has to be Nexus device (as of now at least). Google is going random in selecting ‘lot’ of devices for updates so that their servers wont crash…would go on at least for a week..
    Hard luck for S4 and HTC1…google did promise early updates..if it was not in their control…why did they promise in the first place? And apart from ‘starting’ AOSP rom on these devices, what is so ‘google’ about it if they can’t even update..

    • Pankaj Barnwal

      I am having nexus 4 but i am not getting update from my setting option. How did you update your nexus 4. Please suggest me how can i update my nexus 4?

  • yankeesusa

    I see no point in having a google edition phone if the updates don’t get pushed shortly after the nexus brand. If the manufacturer takes a long time there is no advantage. Especially the features that were taken away from the s4 to make it a “google edition”. I’d rather buy the original s4, root and install everything I want.

  • NuShrike

    So both Nexus and GPe are rubbish. GPe is rubbish like the HTC G2 and updates were.

    Nexus is rubbish because Google doesn’t have infrastructure to roll-out updates compared to Apple, Microsoft, Sony. I didn’t get an OTA on my Nexus 7 after waiting a week. Gave up waiting and side-loaded it instead.

    Then, the graphics optimizations in 4.3 are still rubbish. Nexus 7 skips and pops when scrolling as much as ever with no perceptible improvement in Quadrant benchmarks. Screen flicker from weak WiFi is still not worked around.

    • NuShrike

      S4 GPe update sucked. Had to side-load it also like the Nexus 7. The OTA failed due to incompatibility with CF-AutoRoot’s “stock” recovery partition.

  • rino tony

    Does it work on my s4??

  • rino tony

    Is tyere any problm in this 4.3??

  • rino tony

    Is there any problm in this 4.3??

  • Rodrigo

    Hi Guys. I am Brazilian and I bought a Galaxy S4 Google Edition. And he came in version 4.2.2, and is not updating at all for 4.3. Add me [email protected]. And please help me. Thank you friends.