Samsung Galaxy S4 gets leaked Android 4.3 build, is now ready for the flashing

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Just because Samsung has been tight lipped on their Android 4.3 plans for devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 doesn’t mean they aren’t working on the update. In fact, it was during IFA 2013 that a Samsung rep was quoted as saying Android 4.3 would be rolling out to the S4 and S3 in October. It wasn’t until a few days ago that we saw further confirmation through a leaked Samsung slide showing October for the S4 (as well as S3 and Note 2 in November).

Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3

Here we are in October, and as Samsung patches up the final builds for the S4′s final Jelly Bean update, a leaked test build has just been picked up by the boys at SamMobile. Build number  has leaked out for the international Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505), so we don’t recommend flashing if you own the Snapdragon 600 model. We’re sure the boys over on XDA are busy porting this to other devices as we speak.

Model: GT-I9505
Country: Open Europe
Version: Android 4.3
Changelist: 1715731
Build date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:48:24 +0000
Product Code: OXA
PDA: I9505XXUEMI8
CSC: I9505OXAEMI8
MODEM: I9505XXUEMI8
Download: I9505XXUEMI8_I9505OXAEMI8_I9505XXUEMI8_OXA.zip

Changes in the leaked build include Samsung Knox, and Samsung Wallet (although S Wallet is currently disabled), a new Reading Mode that’s only available for specific apps, an improved Samsung keyboard, and minor UI changes. SamMobile says color reproduction has also been improved and that text is now “sharper than ever”. So, take that as you will.

Sounds like it wont be much longer before Samsung makes 4.3 official for the S4, of course, those of us in the US citizens need to take into account our carrier middle-men delaying things a bit.

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  • mrV

    i’m very surprised that this isn’t up on xda yet…
    also, hotfile :/

  • blest

    Verizon won’t be releasing 4.3 for the s3 until 6 months after the s4. I’m saddened but not surprised.

    • taye

      I feels for you bro verizon sucks with the updates

  • Matthew Dye

    GRR! An “improved Samsung keyboard” which we probably will never see in the US as Samsung — likely due to Apple’s loathesome patent-mongering — has to hobble their keyboard. I wish this got more attention.

    • No_Nickname90

      You can always just get the apk from a ROM. You don’t need root for that.

  • sesar

    I have the stock google keyboard from google wich u can download on play store. But the 4.3 is coming soon now waiting silently for kik kat

  • remnem

    its for the i9505 and u dont recomend to upgrade the snapdragon 600 ? the 600 is the 9505

  • Guest

    who cares if the phone is garbage rom is not going to let the lag go away.

  • Techrock

    I have spotted the leaked Android 4.3 firmware which
    has been installed in Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505, its working perfectly.
    The build version of this Android 4.3 firmware is XXUEMI8. You can
    check it out here its working perfectly on Galaxy S4 I9505 version.
    http://axeetech.com/2013/10/01/download-and-install-android-4-3-xxuemi8-on-samsung-galaxy-s4-gt-i9505/

  • saeed

    root is not working on thjis firmware

  • Necle

    Is 4G working? Someone from another forum has reported that 4G capability
    was missing in this firmware.

    • Necle

      Edit: installed this leaked 4.3 firmware last night. Haven’t tested everything yet but as of now haven’t exprienced any Fc.

    • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

      I have it installed to and my 4G works.

  • Jastin Cruz

    what about the Exynos variant GT-I9500..nothing yet?

  • MOHAMED

    WORKS BETTER.. BUT HOW TO ROOT IT.. THE ROOTING METHOD DONE IN 4.2 DOESNT WORK HERE,,,