Verizon has millions of customers, but inexplicably the services they offer are not that favorable. Verizon is known to always lock the bootloaders, release kernel sources late, flagships devices arrive later also and so on. The same issue happened with the Google Play Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 version that cannot be installed on the Verizon version of the device because of incompatibility issues. Luckily for Verizon owners of Samsung's flagship, there are developers out there that do their best to provide what carriers can't, or won't. XDA users 'Dubbsy' has successfully ported Android 4.3 from the Galaxy Google Play edition to the Verizon S4. This means that users can install the stock Android version in the form of a Custom ROM. The issue with Custom ROMs is that they are rarely as stable as the original ROMs, but the features they provide overcomes this problems. This one seems to work pretty well, with some errors here and there. If you are thinking about giving Android 4.3 a go, here's the official XDA developers forum thread where you can find out more information.
What's my model number?
There are several ways to locate your model number:
- Option 1
- On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
- Option 2
- Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
- Option 3
- Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool