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July 18, 2013

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean running on Nexus 4


Up until the recent Google Play Editions of the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One were announced, Android fans wanting a pure vanilla experience of the operating system would have to purchase a Nexus device, and we now have a video that has the Nexus 4 running the latest Android OS 4.3 (Jelly Bean).

There has been a number of sightings of the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update even though Google hasn’t officially confirmed its existence yet, but this should change in the next few days now that a press event has been scheduled by the company.

The video that you can see below this article clearly shows a Nexus 4 that is already running the Android OS 4.3 operating system, and there is not thought to many changes coming in the firmware with most things going on behind the scenes to improve performance.


It is only a short video and basically highlights the fact it is running the later firmware but there have been leaks of the software made available for those that are brave enough to install it onto their device, which we wouldn’t recommend doing at this time.

According to MoDaCo the original leak came courtesy of a second hand Nexus 4 that was purchased on Craigslist via a Google employee, and the device had the 4.3 version of Android installed instead of the 4.2.2 version that other public versions are running, which then saw the software put out into the wild. The build is currently in TWRP backup format so you’ll need to ensure you have the custom recovery installed, push the files to your TWRP backup directory on /sdcard and then restore.

If you fancy having a go at installing the custom ROM yourself an XDA Developer user has put together all that is needed to achieve it, but only do this at your own risk. NOTE: This is for the N4 ONLY, Please do not try it on any other Nexus.

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini