How To Update Android 4.3 On Nexus 4

Android 4.3 system dump is leaked to internet and it is available for download. The leaked system dump is only applicable for latest Nexus device -Nexus 4. Great news is some folks from Xda has re-compiled the system dump to become flashable zip to your Nexus 4 device. The flashable zip is pre-rooted, however it may or may not work after installation. The brand new pre-rooted deodexed flashable zip is also available now. Check out tutorial below on what are new in Android 4.3 as well as the installation guide.

Great to know that Android 4.3 is even more closer to us and it should be released real soon after this leak. As I mentioned earlier, this leaked system dump is only applicable to Nexus 4 (Mako). In order to flash the system dump, you need to have bootloader unlocked as well as with custom recovery installed (CWM to TWRP). In this case, we highly recommend you to use TWRP as there are many worked and proven cases. Definitely, we will go more details in the instructions section at below.

What are new in Android 4.3?

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  • In this leaked system dump, we see some obvious changes for users and some background drivers changes which  are not so visible to most of the users. In Android 4.3,
  • T9 Phone Dialer Auto Complete – You need to enable the T9 dialer pad to use this feature, up to 3 suggestions will be show up in the contact when you start typing the dial pad.
  • New Camera, gallery and photo editor – The new camera app in Android 4.3 has some new UI changes, new animations and countdown timer. In photo editor, more photo frames are selectable to integrate with your photo below save.
  • Bluetooth Smart – New bluetooth 4.0 with lower power consumption
  • Always Scanning Wifi – Keep scanning to let OS to know your network location although your Wi-Fi is off.
  • New Google Play Store v4.2.3
  • Google Keep as system app.
  • New kernel, graphic and touch drivers.
  • Better audio latency to 40ms
  • Better overall benchmark comparing Android 4.2
[Source 1, Source 2]

How To Update Nexus 4 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

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,SamsungLGSonyMotorola). Use this guide on your own risk, contact us for help if you face problem.

Pre-requisites & Requirements

  1. Nexus 4 Mako with bootloader unlocked & custom recovery (Ensure correct device model and firmware; Check device model – Go to Settings -> About Device -> Model Number)
  2. Windows-based computer or laptop
  3. Download Nexus USB driver for Windows and install in your computer. (Installation guide)
  4. Connect device to computer with USB cable to complete installation automatically.
  5. Skip this step if you have installed the USB driver.
  6. Enable USB Debugging on your device. How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android Devices.
  7. Make sure your phone is charged to 60% 80% to avoid battery blackout and interruption during this tutorial.
  8. We recommend you make a backup on your data and media files before the tutorial. You may restore the data and files if necessary.

Reminder: You will not lose data after flashing. However, you are encouraged to make a backup before proceed. Besides that, ensure you meet the requirements before proceed. Contact us if you face problem.

Download:

Both deodexed or odexed ROM zip are ok to flash. You can choose either one for flashing. We recommend you to flash the deodexed ROM zip for better future development and modifications.

  1. Odexed Android 4.3 for Nexus 4 (mako-4.3-rooted-signed.zip | 346MB) – Source
  2. Deodexed Android 4.3 for Nexus 4 (mako-4.3-rooted-deodexed-signed.zip | 413MB)
  3. SuperSU (Update-SuperSU-v1.41.zip | 1.04MB)

Instructions:

  1. Ensure you have a Nexus 4 with bootloader unlocked. (Bootloader unlock tutorial)
  2. Ensure you have custom recovery like TWRP or CWM on Nexus 4. In this case, we strongly recommend you to use TWRP. (Download and install TWRP on Nexus 4)
  3. Download directly or transfer either deodexed or odexed ROM zip into your device’s internal storage.
  4. Power off your device.
  5. Press and hold Power, Volume Up and Volume Down button, use press 2 times Volume Down to select Recovery and press Power button enter TWRP Custom Recovery.
  6. In TWRP, goto Wipe and perform Wipe Dalvik Cache and Wipre Cache before flashing the ROM.
  7. Back to TWRP main menu, select Install and locate & select your downloaded flashable ROM zip (mako-4.3-rooted-signed.zip or mako-4.3-rooted-deodexed-signed.zip)
  8. Use Swipe to confirm flash button to flash the ROM.
  9. You should eventually see “Successful” after flashing.
  10. Press Reboot System.
  11. It’s take longer time to boot up for the first time, so wait patiently.
  12. To check whether you have root access, download root checker below to test. (It may have rooted or may not)
  13. Power on your device, proceed to download the SuperSU zip file into your device if you found root is not available in your ROM.
  14. Power off your device.
  15. Press and hold Power, Volume Up and Volume Down button, use press 2 times Volume Down to select Recovery and press Power button enter TWRP Custom Recovery.
  16. select Install and locate & select your downloaded Update-SuperSU-v1.41.zip.
  17. Use Swipe to confirm flash button to flash the zip.
  18. Press Reboot System.
  19. Once device is reboot, use Root Checker to check again your root status.
  20. Enjoy rooted Android 4.3 on Nexus 4.

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