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Install Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for HTC One GSM using the Stock HTC Google Play Edition ROM

HTC One Google Play Edition smartphone has received the official OTA Android 4.3 Update recently, while the original HTC One device still has to wait until it receives any updates. This post is destined for users of HTC One original GSM model that want to learn how to upgrade their device to official Android 4.3 Google Play Edition Stock ROM. Read this entire tutorial and you will manage to successfully update your smartphone.

Android 4.3 JB official update has been launched for Nexus devices two weeks ago, while all the other devices need to wait for it to come. However, since the HTC One has a Google Play Edition device, then that one will get new Android OTA Updates faster and, the best thing about them is that you can also flash these on the original HTC One device, though the device will remain a first-gen HTC model and won’t be turned into a Google Play Edition model. Installing this ROM shouldn’t be hard, but you should know that it would be best for you to know what you’re doing.

This is the official Stock ROM that was pushed for the HTC One GP edition and it works with the HTC One GSM model. In order to make sure that you successfully update your device using the new files, then you will need to read the guidelines below firstly and only after that you can start the updating process. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Use this tutorial only with the HTC One GSM edition, do not attempt to update any other devices using the instructions that I have listed in this post.
  • Note that this guide will not transform your normal HTC One device into a Full Google Play Edition HTC One. You will still not be able to receive OTA Updates from Google.
  • Your device has to be running a CWM or TWRP Recovery.
    > this guide will work with both versions of custom Recovery Mode.
  • After the installation is complete, your device will run stock Android 4.3, but you can use the instructions listed at the end of the post to learn how to gain root, as there you will find a direct link to the XDA thread where you can download the SuperSU file needed to apply root for your HTC One.
  • Make sure to backup all the important data files.
  • The tutorial will ask you to wipe data and factory reset your device before starting the update.
  • If you want to backup SMS, Call Logs info and other data use some of these tools: SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore. Root access is required for some of these small Android applications.
  • In order to backup the saved phone numbers you will need to sync them with your Gmail account.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
  • Check the phone’s battery power levels and make sure that these are over 50%. This will prevent the device from powering off in the middle of the updating process.
  • This is a guide for advanced Android users and you shouldn’t blame us if you brick your device or you lose any important data in the process.
  • Read all the steps listed below and make sure that you don’t skip any instructions.
  • If you need more info about this Stock HTC Google Play Edition v1.1 ROM for HTC One GSM, then you can check the info posted in its XDA thread here.

Since you’ve read all the guidelines you can now continue to the next part of this article and learn how to successfully update your smartphone with the latest Jelly Bean 4.3 build. If you have any problems during the installation, then you should ask for extra help in comments.

How to flash Stock Android 4.3 ROM based on HTC Google Play Edition Update for HTC One (GSM):

  1. Download the Android 4.3 ROM zip from here.
    > save the file on your PC and don’t unzip its contents.
  2. Connect your device with your PC via USB Data cable.
  3. Move the zip on your HTC One internal SD card. After the file is copied you need to disconnect the device from your PC.
  4. Power off your smartphone now.
  5. Boot the device into Recovery Mode.
    > remember that you can use both CWM or TWRP Recoveries for this tutorial.
  6. When you’re at the main Recovery screen create a full NANDROID backup of the ROM that is currently installed on your device.
    > CWM Recovery: select ‘backup and restore’ option. Create the backup and then continue to the next step.
    > TWRP Recovery: press Backup, then select the System files you want to backup. Confirm.
    > this nandroid backup file will act as cover and you can use it in case the new ROM doesn’t boot with your device.
  7. Next, you have to apply a ‘factory reset’:
    > CWM Recovery: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’. Confirm.
    > TWRP Recovery: press Wipe and then press Factory Reset. Confirm this process.
    > continue to the next step when the factory reset is complete.
  8. Now you can flash the ROM zip file:
    > CWM Recovery: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the “M7_UL_JB43_STOCK_UI_S_Google_WWE_3.06.1700.10.zip” file and confirm the installation.
    > TWRP Recovery: press Install, then browse your device’s internal SD card. When you find the “M7_UL_JB43_STOCK_UI_S_Google_WWE_3.06.1700.10.zip” file, load it into TWRP. Slide the blue button to confirm the installation.
  9. After all files have been successfully installed, return to the main Recovery screen.
  10. Reboot your device into normal mode and wait for all files to be loaded by your smartphone.
  11. Enter your Google Account credentials when the Android 4.3 Google Play Edition ROM shows the welcoming screen in order to take control over your device once again.

Test all the new features and functions. If you have any problems with the installation, then you should ask for more help in comments.

If you want to gain root for this new firmware, then you will need to use the instructions listed by Chainfire in this XDA thread here.

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