Piggy-backing off the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One Google Play Editions is a rumor that suggests the "Nexus experience" smartphones may update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean sometime in July.
The devices are scheduled to ship to owners July 9. Google confirmed Thursday that the pure Android system updates for the Galaxy S4 GE and the HTC One GE will be pushed out by the smartphone's respective manufacturers and won't come out at the same time Google updates its Nexus brand devices but rather a little while after. If the current rumor is true, it will leave many wondering how long Google Play Edition smartphone owners will have to wait until they receive the newest vanilla operating system.
Tipsters shared with SamMobile information and leaked photos, which are supposedly of a Galaxy S4 Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 variant running stock Android 4.3 intended for the Galaxy S4 GE. The leaked images include a screen capture of the system Easter egg reading Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with a stock Android background, a capture of the device's "about phone" page showing the build number for the resident operating system as JWR66N and a third that is supposedly of the of the device's camera app.
The "about phone" page lists the device's model number as GT-I9505G, with the G indicating a Google Play Edition of the GT-I9505 Galaxy S4 Snapdragon 600 model number.
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The people at tech blog Myce recently discovered the build numbers JWR66D and JWR53F within its server logs, which are thought to be Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, running on the Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus 4 smartphone, respectively. Other tech sources have discovered build numbers beginning with the letter J (for Jelly Bean) as early as April, when rumors that Android 4.3 would be released instead of Android 5.0 first surfaced.
Many of the reports about Android 4.3 ultimately turned out false when the operating system was not unveiled at the Google I/O conference in May. While rumors for Android 4.3 slowed down, some continued to suggest an impending release on updated Nexus devices during the summer -- rumors that appear to have picked up where they left off.
Currently, we have no confirmation from Google, Samsung or HTC. However, SamMobile claims to have further proof of the existence of the soon-to-be-released Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, in the form of other server logs sent in by its sources.
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