Google has hit the button on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition phones, following through on their promise of speedier updates for both devices.
So this is what Google meant by “timely updates” for their Play editions (GPe) of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 – both devices are now receiving the Android 4.3 update, less than two weeks after Google’s Nexus devices hopped on to the latest iteration of Jelly Bean. If you thought the “Google Play Edition” experiment was doomed to fail, this should be enough to change your mind.
The update weighs around 150MB for the Galaxy S4, and 185MB for the HTC One. Among the general new features and improvements included in Android 4.3, the update brings increased icon sizes on the widget panels on both devices, working IR blaster for the HTC One, Bluetooth tethering is now an option on the GPe S4 and the background in the settings menu on the device has been changed to match that of stock Android.
While the update’s rollout is now live, you’ll probably need to wait a few more days before it shows up on your device, owing to the staged nature of such updates (you can try forcing a check from the Settings » About phone » System updates menu on your phone). Rest assured though: Google has no intentions of reneging on their promise of speedier updates, making sure your $600+ investment in these Google Play devices was justified.
Have any of you received Android 4.3 on your Google Play edition device yet?