Galaxy S4 Google Edition spotted running Android 4.3
First screenshots of an early Android 4.3 build running on the Galaxy S4 GT-i9505G Google Edition emerge. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC.
It looks like OEMs (at least one, for the time being) have been lucky enough to get their hands on early Android 4.3 code before even Google offically announced the new version of the OS. Screenshots reveal a Galaxy S4 Google Edition GT-i9505G running on an early Android 4.3 Jelly Bean build.
The screenshots don’t reveal much, except the Android version. A breakdown of the build number “JWR66N.S005.130625“ gives us “JWR66N” as the Android version and “S005.130625″ as Samsung’s internal test build number. Another screenshot shows off the updated camera UI which we’re sure now will hit all Android 4.3 devices running on stock. Sadly, the linux kernel version remains stuck at 3.4 which sucks because we were really hoping for quicker adaption of newer linux kernels like version 3.6 and 3.8.
It’s great to see OEMs get their hands dirty with an unreleased version of Android OS. This would greatly help towards faster updates for devices, which would ultimately lead to lesser fragmentation. At least Google seems to be doing something to reduce this major issue, perhaps Apple’s own fragmentation charts released last week spurred the company into top gear.