October 13th, 2013
Force Update Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Official Firmware
Bonus: It works for Google Play Edition HTC One too. Android 4.3 is awesome update from Google. It includes TRIM feature to make the entire Jelly Bean OS to be even more smoother and faster. The benefit of having a Nexus device is to get the latest OS update once new OS is available. Android 4.3 for Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition is now available via OTA update. If you yet to receive the official update notification, good to follow us to force update your Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It has been proven working !!
Besides TRIM, Android 4.3 features the latest OpenGL ES 3.0 (Graphic Library). This new library support is definitely helps android developers to bring better graphic experience to Android 4.3 platform. Notable additional feature for user is the restrainable profiles to limited different users to access to your device with higher security engagement.
In this tutorial, we would share you how to make a force update to your Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition. We can’t 100% guarantee it will works but no harm to give a try. You will not see any effect on other devices, so i advise you not to waste any effort to try if you are not with Google Play Edition Galaxy S4. Let’s check out the tutorial below.
How To Force Update Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Official Firmware
Disclaimer: It’s always a risk to modify your device. We, Android Teen are not responsible for any damage or bricks on your device. Your device warranty may void with any mod. Check your devices warranty’s term & conditions before start. (HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola). Use this guide on your own risk, contact us for help if you face problem.
Pre-requisites & Requirements
- Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (Ensure correct device model and firmware; Check device model – Go to Settings -> About Device -> Model Number)
- Windows-based computer or laptop
- Download Nexus USB driver for Windows and install in your computer. Connect device to computer with USB cable to complete installation. Skip this step if you have installed the USB driver.
- Enable USB Debugging on your device. How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android Devices.
- Make sure your phone is charged to 60% 80% to avoid battery blackout and interruption during this tutorial.
- We recommend you make a backup on your data and media files before the tutorial. You may restore the data and files if necessary.
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Reminder: Firmware upgrade should not delete your device data yet you may experience inconsistent performance after upgrade. Optionally, we recommend you to make a backup and do a clean upgrade. Ensure you meet the requirements before proceed. Contact us if you face problem.
- Disconnect your device from internet. Recommend to switch to airplane mode.
- Goto Settings.
- Under Settings menu, select Apps.
- Swipe left to All tab. This tab shows all the running applications.
- Find Google Services Framework, tap on it.
- Click Force Stop and then click Clear data and Clear cache.
- Turn on and connect your device to internet again.
- Ensure you have stable internet connection (Wifi or data network) on your devices.
- Go to android apps drawer, select Settings.
- Under Settings menu, select About device under System.
- Select Software update under About device.
- Select Update (Check for updates).
- You should see an update available, press OK to download and install. (Caution: Download with 3G will incur additional charges to your phone bill!)
- Your device will reboot automatically and complete installation.
- If you fail to see update, try several times again.
- Good luck!!