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Android 4.3 system dump leaked from a Nexus 4 bought on Craigslist, available to flash now

nexus 4 android 4-3 system dump

Ah, yes — there’s nothing quite like waking up to the system dump of a new version of Android that has yet to be officially announced or released. Late last night, a man by the name of Jeff Williams on Google+ revealed that he bought a Nexus 4 from Craigslist, and was a bit confused to find that it was running Android 4.3. People were initially skeptical, of course, as build.prop files are easily altered to show fake version numbers, but the community noticed that there were legit updates to the device’s radio and Linux kernel.

Google+ user Jason Newman and a whole community of tinkerers banded together to help Williams obtain the system dump from the phone. The group was up for hours through the late night and early morning, getting Williams up to speed on how to do a system dump and deliver other files the community could use. Then, it all came to fruition. The dump allowed XDA user GMillz to create a flashable .zip file for anyone with a rooted Nexus 4 to apply in ClockworkMod Recovery, and that’s where we stand right now.

We’re still waiting on the bootloader and radios from the latest build of Android, though with the straight forward instructions provided by XDA user efrant it shouldn’t be long before those items are available. If you want to take a chance and flash this thing before the radios are available you can grab the download here.

Remember that your device is your own responsibility, and while the ROM may work with the older radio you might still run into some issues. Give it a try, if you dare. We’ll be updating this post once more information about the rest of the dump becomes available.

[via Google+, thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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  • CerealFTW

    so what’s new in 4.3? I keep hearing the version tossed around but Idk what’s different besides better Bluetooth support and an updated Linux kernel

    • Lincoln M King

      Updated camera UI….

      • scoter man1

        Thank goodness. I hate jellybean’s camera. I hope it’s better…

        • Lincoln M King

          It’s nothing too different. The apk is available out there.

          • scoter man1

            Crap. I hate the unfixed buttons. Its such a pain in the butt to use the floating buttons (or whatever you want to call them) imho.

          • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

            Yeah, I think it’s the worst implementation of camera controls ever. So unuser friendly.

          • Anthony Tran

            I’m probably the only person who doesn’t mind 4.2′s camera UI, lol. Then again, I don’t use my camera too often. Maybe like 5 times a month.

        • NYCHitman1

          4.3 is still Jellybean…

          • scoter man1

            Indeed it is.

    • clemson77on

      If the ONLY thing this update contains is a fixed Bluetooth with AVRCP 1.3 I’ll be happy. Everything else is icing on the cake, including the camera I have already (which is much better than 4.2 IMO).

      • David Narada Brown

        clemson77on? im from clemson, did u go to school there?

  • Kyle Cordiano

    now if we can find a Nexus 7 2 on there, we will be set.

    • scoter man1

      You’ll find it within 10 minutes of release or after about a month. lol *bracing for 3rd major google launch fail*

  • supremekizzle

    I love a good system dump first thing in the morning….

    • David Narada Brown

      make sure you wipe your cache real good! lol!

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        I think it’s more likely this is
        not Android 4.3 and that someone simply sold an AOSP ROM’d phone and set
        the version number as 4.3 for fun.

    • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

      Win to the both of you.

  • malcmilli

    wait for new radios? i’d rather keep my LTE.

  • toomuchgame441

    I don’t see anything significant in 4.3

  • frhoward

    I wonder how the guy who sold the Nexus acquire Android 4.3?

    • scoter man1

      Google totally doesn’t have developers or anything…

  • Craig Becker

    I heard 4.3 gets Apple maps instead of google maps…

  • phinn

    I think it’s more likely this is not Android 4.3 and that someone simply sold an AOSP ROM’d phone and set the version number as 4.3 for fun.

  • james ortiz

    does anyone know if older radios will work with this version? if not then I’ll be staying in 4.2.2

  • Christopher Woodruff

    Anyone know if it’s got Bluetooth 4 LE support?

  • fly’nfree

    When do we xperience these regular update to our
    gnote 2 and hTc One?!? Sad! !!

  • Jo Munianga

    It doesn’t even boot!

  • Jay

    Pfffff We’ve had 4.3 on the galaxy s4 for a while now :)

  • http://techslate.net/ Techslate

    What a strange thing?