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July 26, 2013

Android 4.3 rolling out to Google’s Nexus devices: How to get it now


Google unveiled the second generation Nexus 7 tablet with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday. The update is an incremental one when it comes to user facing changes, but brings a number of new features under the hood.

While the updated OS will ship with the new Nexus 7 tablet, Google has announced that it has started rolling out the Android 4.3 update to Nexus devices including the original Nexus 7 tablet, the Nexus 10 tablet, and Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones.

The update will be available OTA (over the air) through the Settings menu on the devices. It will roll out gradually and it could take weeks before it reaches all devices. Our Nexus 7 tablet has not received the update, at the time of writing this post.

With Smartphones and tablets you can also force your device to check for updates by going to the Apps menu from the Settings, and finding the Google Services Framework app, (although not all phones have this showing in the Apps folder) scroll over to ALL then scroll down till you see. You can then tap on ‘Clear data’ and ‘Force stop’ options and check for the update again from the ‘About settings’ menu ( the date should have gone back to 01.01.1970). This doesn’t harm your device in any way and is a completely safe option. However, it’s not guaranteed that you’ll get the update after performing these steps.

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For the more adventurous, the full factory images of Android 4.3 are also available through the Android Open Source Project online, on the Google Developers website. However, you’ll need to flash these images manually using special tools and unless you’re pretty sure of what you’re doing, we’d recommend waiting for the official update to hit your device.

Hugo Barra, Vice President of Android product management at Google also announced that the stock Android Google editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One would receive the update as well, though he did not specify a timeline.

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Dave Thornton

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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