It has merely been over a week since Google announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The update was immediately rolled out for Nexus branded devices, though it was known that the Google Play Edition smartphones will also receive the update soon. Android 4.3 for HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition has now been released. The update will be rolled out over the air, if you haven’t already received a notification yet, you’re going to be prompted about a pending update in the very near future.
The reason why both of these Google Play Edition devices are receiving the update so soon as opposed to conventional HTC One and Galaxy S4 units is because both of them run stock Android, like Nexus devices do. Which means that there’s no carrier testing to be done on them, which is usually one of the major reasons behind the delay of a new firmware’s release. Android 4.3 enables the IR blaster on HTC One and enables Bluetooth tethering on the Galaxy S4. Android 4.3 is a minor update, it brings only a handful of improvements and enhancements.