Those itching to get their hands on the latest version of Android should be wary that only Google’s Nexus devices get first dibs on the update, leaving the rest of the users with OEM devices flailing for whatever the companies decide to throw at them. Luckily, there are nice internet people who aim to make the world a better place by conjuring their own device ROMS that could fully transform your user experience. Currently, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and Note 2 are two major updates behind with Android 4.1.1, while the Galaxy S4 is a mere bump away from the latest version with Android 4.2.2. Recently, AOKP, a company of Android ROM developers, have been working intensively on procuring a functional version of Android 4.3 for the Samsung Galaxy S4, S3 and the Note 2, and today they have finally released an unofficial 4.3 test build for Verizon version of the devices.
The latest AOKP 4.3 test build is a bootable ROM that brings the latest version of Android 4.3 on your device but as already indicated by the name, these builds are still in testing phase so not everything is in perfect working condition. A good example of this could be Bluetooth, GPS, and Camera app which do not work on the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Also, there are a number of bugs present in the firmware, so this is not exactly the most stable build.
However, looking at things more positively, at least you will be rocking the latest firmware which most of the people have not even heard of (okay, maybe that’s exaggerating it too much).
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but experts are anticipating that Android 4.3 will be rolled out to Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 in the coming month but since Verizon has a reputation of delaying updates for months, the more curious people are better off flashing this ROM themselves.