Google showcased a few features of Android 4.3 at I/O this year but unlike 2012, the latest version of Android wasn’t the focus of the event this time. That said, two devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean have already been released: Google Play editions of Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, but the last Nexus phone i.e. Nexus 4 hasn’t received the latest version so far. While the official Android 4.3 release for the device might still take some time to surface, we’ve got the next best thing for you – a flashable zip file of Android 4.3 JWR66N for the Nexus 4 based on a Nandroid backup that was leaked just a couple of days back. Read on for more details and installation instructions.
The ROM was initially leaked on Google+ by Jeff Williams, and after getting his hands on it, XDA Senior Member gmillz made it available as both Odexed and Deodexed flashable zip files for the community to flash and enjoy. As you would expect from any Google ROM, it is purely stock Android devoid of any manufacturer skins. The ROM is rooted, however; though some users have reported root access to be not working. That said, there’s a workaround for that too – all you need to get root access is to flash a version of SuperSU compatible with Android 4.3 that we’re going to link below. Apart from root access, the only other modification is an insecure kernel so that you could perform adb shell.
Some new features in this ROM include the Android 4.3 Camera and Gallery, the new bootanimation, font and variant of the Phase Beam wallpaper from the new Google Play edition S4 and One, T9 support in the dialer, the new Google Maps, a few new settings and features for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and some bug fixes including one for the critical Master Key exploit.
Enough details – let’s get on with the installation and get it on our Nexus 4.
Disclaimer: Follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be responsible if you suffer data loss or any harm to your device as a result of following these instructions. Also, make sure not to install it on any device other than the Nexus 4.
- Nexus 4 with unlocked bootloader and TWRP recovery installed (ClockworkMod isn’t recommended)
- Leaked Android 4.3 ROM for Nexus 4: Odexed version | Deodexed version
- SuperSU for Android 4.3 (Only required if root access doesn’t work for you)
- Download the ROM and transfer its zip file to your phone.
- Reboot your phone into recovery.
- To be on the safe side, perform a backup.
- In case you are coming from a non-stock ROM, you’ll need to perform a full data wipe.
- Select ‘Install’ and flash the ROM’s zip file.
- Wipe cache and dalvik cache.
- Reboot your device.
- In case root access doesn’t work, reboot back into recovery, flash the SuperSU file, wipe cache and dalvik cache, and reboot again.
That’s it – you should now have leaked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean up and running on your Nexus 4.