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HTC One and Xperia Z vs. Galaxy S4 with Android 4.3

Under: HTC, Mobile Phones, Samsung, Sony
By:Debbie Turner | July 1st, 2013

We recently informed readers that a test build of Android 4.3 has now become available for the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition that uses stock Android OS. Many people have been waiting for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to arrive so this caused quite a stir, and plenty of Android enthusiasts are now eager to receive Android 4.3 for their devices. Today we have a couple of videos to show you that compare the HTC One and Xperia Z vs. Galaxy S4 with Android 4.3.

Yesterday we also showed readers a video review of Android 4.3 on the Samsung Galaxy S4, and there has also been a leaked ROM for the GS4 I9505. When the Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 was announced, this was a pretty big deal for those who prefer to use a pure vanilla Android experience, and following this the HTC One Google Edition was also announced.

The two videos we have for you today show the Galaxy S4 with Android 4.3 against the HTC One and Xperia Z, running Android 4.1 and 4.2 respectively. The first video that you can see below this story looks at the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.3 vs. the Sony Xperia Z. The 11-minute YouTube video starts with a look at Android 4.3 on the Galaxy S4, which is described as stable. It then goes on to look at the Sony Xperia Z, which recently received the Android 4.2 update.

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The video goes on to run through the OS experiences of each and notes some additions that come with 4.3. For example when looking at the home screens it’s noted that with Android 4.3 a search widget remains at the top when changing pages. If you have the Sony Xperia Z this video offers a good taste of what Android 4.3 will bring when the update reaches your device.

The second video is a 13-minute look of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.3 vs. the HTC One. This HTC One used is the standard variety (not the Google Edition), running Android 4.1 and skinned with the HTC Sense UI. The video shows features of each device, and similarly to the first one this will give HTC One owners an idea of what Android 4.3 will bring.

Why not check out the videos that we have embedded below showing these comparisons between the HTC One and Xperia Z vs. the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.3. We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this so please do send us your comments. Are you eagerly awaiting the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update?

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  • loosetooth

    Damn right I am looking forward to Android 4.3… but simply because it is time that Google sorted out the travesty and mess that has been writing a driver for Bluetooth 4.0.

    It has been sorely overlooked by tech writers who seem to concentrate on stupid things like the font, or whether the search widget is at the top. It has been a 2 year lag since Samsung started putting Bluetooth 4.0 ready phones out with Android (I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and S4) and Google issuing a version of Android that contained a driver for the technology. I am a frustrated Polar Heart Rate monitor owner who cannot sync his HRM with fitness apps like Runtastic. Fitbit have only recently issued their own Bluetooth 4.0 driver so they were out too, until recently.

    Google have moved very slowly on this and it has been a bit of a minor scandal and a source of frustration for those of us who have invested hard earned money into their product. 4.3 might bring minor bells and whistles to the table but with android 5.0 rumoured by years end who cares? This is the Bluetooth update make no bones and I am not going to sing their praises about it, because as far as I am concerned this should have been something that was in Android 4.0 from the start.

  • ranulfo

    sony xperia z may upgrade to android 4.3?

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