Android 4.3 begins hitting Google Play edition Galaxy S 4 and HTC One

Android logoWhen Google officially announced Android 4.3 last week, the company released operating system images for Google's Nexus phones and tablets almost immediately. But we had no frame of reference for how long it would take Google and its partners to whip up an update for the phones in its still-new Google Play edition program, the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One.

Well, it turns out we didn't have to wait very long after all. Reports that the phones were beginning to see over-the-air Android 4.3 updates began rolling in late Friday, just eight days after the official announcement. That's not quite as fast as a Nexus phone, but given how long it usually takes Google's partners and carriers to get Android updates out the door, it's nothing short of miraculous.

Android 4.3 begins hitting Google Play edition Galaxy S 4 and HTC One

These phones' updates include most of Android 4.3's key features—Bluetooth 4.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0 support among them—plus a few handset-specific enhancements. AnandTech reports, for example, that the Google Play edition HTC One's IR blaster has now been enabled, as has Bluetooth Internet pairing for the Galaxy S 4. Both phones were already using the new stock Camera app included with Android 4.3 on the Nexus devices, but they each come with a few minor cosmetic tweaks of their own.

As is normally the case when Nexus devices begin receiving over-the-air updates, Google appears to be rolling the update out in phases—our Galaxy S 4 has spotted and downloaded the new software, while our HTC One continues to run Android 4.2.2 in blissful ignorance. If you've got a Google Play edition version of either phone and haven't seen the update yet, good things come to those who wait. We're still digging into Android 4.3, and we'll put these phones through the same tests we're already subjecting the Nexus devices to.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Android, Galaxy S4, Google

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