Aug 03 AT 6:51 AM Nick Gray 22 Comments

HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play editions now receiving Android 4.3 update


After Samsung and HTC shared their respective Android 4.3 source code for their Google Play edition phones, the OTA update for both devices started rolling out. Samsung build for the Galaxy S4 weighs in at 150.7MB while the HTC One’s is a but heftier at 185.5MB. The Android 4.3 update for both phones delivers Bluetooth Smart, OpenGL ES 3.0 for better 3D graphics, dial pad auto-completion and a few more technical changes like security and network enhancements. Other tweaks include larger app icons, a functional IR blaster on the HTC One and Bluetooth tethering on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

While the Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play editions has been available for nearly 12 hours now, we are still waiting patiently for our HTC One GPe. You can try to manually ping the download servers by going to Settings > About phone > System updates > Check now but there’s no guarantee that it’ll actually work.

Is a nine day turnaround time for the Android 4.3 update for the Google Play editions acceptable? Do you think Samsung and HTC will capitalize on this momentum to help them release the Android 4.3 update for their mainstream devices in a more timely manner?

Source: AnandTech

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • cornelius

    I will like to upgread htc pro2 online

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  • tetracycloide

    9 days is great and frankly should put a stop to the nay sayers that insisted involving the manufacturers would result in massive delays. Still have to wait and see if 9 days is the norm and how long it will stay the norm. If there starts being a GPE of more than one device for the same manufacturer, especially if the devices have different SoCs, it will be interesting to see if this pace is maintained.

  • monk

    9 days >> 9 months…
    The rumor is that 4.3 is ready since 3 months ago and htc and Samsung have access to the source since that time to code the update. This new closed beta program seems to be a good move from Google that will help the mayor manufacturers to speed up the updates

  • Mike

    Thats the fun in having a google edition phone “You will get the updates faster” but do they hav issues too with 4.3 like the Nexus 4

  • romy134

    nicely done HTC

  • clocinnorcal

    Very impressed!

    • Abdimalik Duale

      did you get the update? cause i have a galaxy s4 GPe and i haven’t got it yet.

      • clocinnorcal

        I have the Nexus 4. You can always force the update.

  • clocinnorcal

    I would like to see some benchmarks from these same devices on 4.2.2 and 4.3

  • Abdimalik Duale

    I have a Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition and i keep checking for the 4.3 update but can’t find it. It keeps saying “Your system is up to Date”
    Am i the only one having this problem? or does the update appear randomly?

    • DROID Sam

      You’re not the only one. Wife’s still waiting with her HTC One GPe

      • clocinnorcal

        If you are impatient you can force the update by restarting your phone, then go to settings/apps/all apps/Google services framework/clear data/ then check updates. It may take 2 or 3 times before this works; however, this may cause sync problems after the install. What I do, in this situation, is after the new firmware installs do a factory restore. You will lose all logs and app data, but I prefer a clean install as opposed to an upgrade.

        • Abdimalik Duale

          Thanks man, that rfeally helped. And i don’t mind factory restore cause i had the phone for about a week and my files are on sd.

        • Abdimalik Duale

          Thanks man, that really helped. And i don’t mind factory restore cause i had the phone for about a week and my files are on sd.

    • clocinnorcal

      It is mostly likely a gradual roll out update. You can always force it by restarting your phone, then go to settings/apps/all apps/google services framework/clear data/then check you system update again. It may take 2 or 3 times before it works. Warning: this may cause sync problems after the update. I usually, in this situation, perform a factory reset after the update; however, you will lose app data and logs.

      • clocinnorcal

        whoops double reply, sorry :(

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  • julian

    Hopefully 4.3 doesn’t cause issues like it did to my n4

  • alan fink

    Still no update for my HTC one gpe

  • donger

    Its still good these two got the update before others.

  • Oliver

    Updated my HTC One the other day, and since my phone does not charge unless it is turned off. Any suggestions on a fix let me know.