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Leaked Android 4.3 ROM for Galaxy S4 reveals ‘Always On’ Wi-Fi feature


An Android 4.3 Jelly Bean ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been released on the Internet. Interesting enough, the ROM was not meant for the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7 or the Nexus 10 either. The ROM was actually built for the Samsung Galaxy S4.

We were happy to see the Android 4.3 ROM on the Internet, but were also surprised to know that the build was intended for the Samsung Galaxy S4 instead of the many Google Nexus devices already available in the market. Of course, that doesn’t make a lot of difference because in the end, we get to check out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

One of the most interesting changes in Android 4.3 was that the OS had an ‘always on’ Wi-Fi system. What it means is that applications will be allowed to search for a Wi-Fi network connection even if you turned off Wi-Fi on your device. According to the Google, this feature will help improve location accuracy and will also use less battery in most of the scenarios.

Android 4.3 always-on-scanning

A line in the code string of the Android 4.3 build reads: “To improve location accuracy and for other purposes, Google and other apps may scan for nearby networks, even when Wi-Fi is off. If you don’t want this to happen, go to Advanced > Scanning always available.” Hence it’s clear that Google has already taken care of the potential problem that consumers might face. Even though the company feels that an ‘always-on’ Wi-Fi would be a good idea, it allows you to completely turn it off if you want to.

Along with an improved Wi-Fi system, the Android 4.3 build sported an updated Roboto typeface. Even though it resembled the look and feel of Android 4.2, the Roboto typeface seemed to be more refined and balanced. If this typeface makes it to the final version of Android 4.3, we could have a stylish new version of Andriod.

With the number of changes and improvements seen in this particular Android 4.3 build, we assume that it is far from completion. Google will definitely not want to release a major update that just has a few changes and tweaks here and there, and the company doesn’t even have a new device to showcase Android 4.3.

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