Android 4.3 is scheduled to hit the Samsung Galaxy S4 this month, according to a roadmap which leaked in September, and it seems that this information has now been proven accurate as a near-final build has leaked online.
According to SamMobile, which sourced the build from its “insiders” at Samsung and has been a reliable source on such matters in the past, the final rollout build will be virtually identical to this leaked test software, with no additional features expected when it rolls out aside from minor bug fixes and tweaks.
That should mean that, as per the leaked roadmap, the Android 4.3 build will be made available within the next couple of weeks.
The presence of the leaked build on the web means that if you really can’t wait for Samsung’s official rollout you can flash the test build onto your phone already, however, only do so if you’re absolutely sure of what you’re doing, as making a mistake could cause some serious issues.
For most users though, it’s going to be worth holding off for the official build. Android 4.3 generally is an update which adds a lot of back-end tweaks but not much substantial for the end-user – stuff like support for Bluetooth Low Energy. Meanwhile, Samsung’s firmware reportedly doesn’t make any major changes either, according to SamMobile.
“We have tested this firmware for 2 days and haven’t noticed any major changes so far, but there are minor improvements here and there,” the site reports.
That said, one significant change in Android 4.3 will be the addition of support for pairing the Galaxy S4 with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch. This is tied to the Bluetooht 4.0 functionality. However, for functionality like this it is probably best to wait for Samsung’s rollout to avoid any problems.