and43It may not even have been released yet but Google’s next-generation Android 4.3 operating system has already found its way online for the Snapdragon-version of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, the I9505G.

The firmware was found by website Sammobile and designed for the new Google Play Edition of the Samsung phone. Sammobile didn’t have one – so they tried to port it to the Qualcomm Snapdragon version of the Galaxy S4 they had and were more than a little surprised it worked.

What’s more, every feature appears to work – according to Sammobile, there’s nothing in the phone that doesn’t do as its supposed to.

The firmware can be downloaded here - there are two versions available: one odexed and one deodexed, but we recommend the deodexed version.

If you’re hoping to flash the new ROM using Samsung’s Odin tool, forget it – you must copy it to your phone’s internal storage and flash it from there using the phone’s Recovery mode.

The full instructions, according to Sammobile, are:

- Copy Google Play Edition ROM to your internal SD Card
- Enter Recovery (Power + Volume Up + Home)
- Do a Wipe/Factory Reset (Necessary due to new Android version)
- Flash Google Play Edition ROM
- Reboot your device!

You can get the full instructions from the Sammobile website link above.

The download comes as a zip file and is 385MB. Be warned however – installing this ROM onto your phone will almost certainly void your warranty so do it at your own risk.

Samsung’s new flagship smartphone comes in two versions – the I9500 with Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa 5410 SoC CPU; and the I9505 version with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC CPU. You must use this ROM only with the I9505G Snapdragon version.¬†

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