Will Verduzco · Nov 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm

KNOX-Free Android 4.3 Leak Now Official for the Galaxy S III

Two days ago, we posted about the leaked Android 4.3 (XXUGMJ9) firmware for the International version of the  (GT-I9300).

At the time, we noted that the leak brought many of the new features previously seen on the latest Galaxy S 4 and  Galaxy Note 3 official firmwares, as well as what we saw on the leaked build for the Galaxy Note II. This includes cool features such as Galaxy Gear support, a refreshed interface, and more. One thing curiously absent at the time, however, was Samsung’s increasingly ubiquitous KNOX technology.

Now, the previously leaked firmware has gone official, as noted by XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab. Faryaab (courtesy of the folks over at Sammobile) also happened to post the update to our forums, as well as instructions on how to get this installed on your own device. So if you’re one of the few who held off on the leak in anticipation of Samsung’s official build, you have no reason not to jump.

Since this is the same build as the previously leaked (and KNOX-free) XXUGMJ9 firmware, there is no KNOX to be found—to our knowledge, that’s a first for an official Android 4.3 build from Samsung. However, it is unknown at this point whether this will hold true in future versions. And given the previous track record, it’s safe to assume that it will come to the SGS3 at some point. That said, we can hope that the SGS3 will remain KNOX-free in the future.

Make your way over to the official firmware collection thread to get started.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician.
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