Android 4.3 firmware for Google Play Edition Galaxy S 4 leaks— for developers only!


We’ve known about the Google Play Edition Galaxy S 4 for a while now, but had pretty much assumed at this point that it would launch with Android 4.2.2… up until now. SamMobile has received the firmware for Android 4.3 to the Google Play Edition Galaxy S 4 and has since placed the file on their site— and it’s completely stock. Android 4.3 has only a few minor improvements over Android 4.2.2, but keep in mind, all of this is coming before Google even announces the new version of their mobile OS.

We (and SamMobile) advise you not to install this firmware to your standard Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505/GT-I9500) as you might brick your device. If and when we receive firmware for other versions of the device (and other devices), we will let you know. For now, this firmware is ONLY for developers.

So for all you developers out there, the information (and files) from SamMobile you’ll need to get the firmware is after the break.

This is not flashable through Odin.
This will void your warranty.
– Don’t attempt this if you don’t have the skills to flash a custom ROM
– You are doing this on your own risk
– This version is 100% original, we have made zero changes to it

System details:
Android version: 4.3
Build ID: JWR66N
Build Date: 26 June 2013
Changelist: 968842

– Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505)
– Custom Recovery

– Copy Google Play Edition ROM to your internal SD Card
– Enter Recovery (Power + Volume Up + Home)
– Do a Wipe/Factory Reset (Necessary due to new Android version)
– Flash Google Play Edition ROM
– Reboot your device!

Download: (Choose either one)
MD5: 363ED9CC32A841A512E72372A19C7D05

MD5: 74D241B64266220161018EB98A19F279

Sources: SamMobile / Download Links and Instructions

About the Author: Harrison Kaminsky

Harrison is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh completing a major in communication and a minor in economics. Aside from writing for TalkAndroid, he is the managing editor at The Pitt News, a digital marketing intern at Buzzhoney in Pittsburgh, founder and owner of He's currently using an HTC One (M8) and Nexus 7 (2013). Harrison is excited for the next release of Android, and for whatever the future holds for the tech world. Tweet him at @Harry_Kaminsky.

  • SF

    You completely copied my entire post from SamMobile. Paraphrase. This is complete bullshit plagiarism Harrison.

    • Harrison Kaminsky

      I’m sorry, did you not see me specifically cite and give credit to SamMobile four times throughout the post?

    • RobertNazarian

      There is no plagiarism here. The SamMobile site was mentioned more than once and sourced.

  • ShapesBlue

    So he is correct he did mention sammobile more than once and the picture itself has sammobile right in big letters so maybe we should find something better to waste someone’s time on

  • Zeus

    Will 4.3 include Samsung Knox? Does anyone know when we will be able to use Knox at all? I was expecting it with launch, and would love to use it with my job! haha

    • Harrison Kaminsky

      Since this version is completely stock 4.3, it does not include Samsung Knox or any other third party applications that Samsung devices are sold with. I’m sure that when 4.3 is released OTA by Samsung to the standard version of the S 4, it will more than likely include Samsung Knox.

      • Zeus

        Right. That makes sense. Does anyone expect knox to be released wit the official 4.3 or will it just become available in Google Play since the kernal is already built into the S4?

        • Harrison Kaminsky

          Not on the Play Store most likely, Samsung normally reserves their apps for their own devices and not for others. It will probably be released with the official 4.3 update.