Android 4.3 developer options missing

Last week Three UK has finally rolled out the Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S3 phones. It was a massive 450 Mb download, and the update process completed without problems.

It has been reported last year that Samsung postponed the update due to issues reported by customers. Hopefully most have been ironed out since, the only issue I noticed was the occasional split-second audio gap while playing music in the background.

Some apps also received an update, but nothing major. The one I like the least is the update to the calendar widget: I wasn’t a big fan of the light-brown theme it had before to match the organiser app, but now it’s sporting a green and white theme, which doesn’t match the look of anything at all. I’m still looking for a nice looking translucent dark 4×2 widget on the Play Store which nicely handles calendar events and tasks, but found none so far.

Developer Options

Being a developer I also noticed that the developer options are missing from the settings page. That is where you can allow programs from unknown sources, enable USB debugging, and other handy options.

Developer options are hidden on Android 4.3 by default. To enable it, you have to go to Settings / More tab / About device, scroll down to the bottom and tap on the seemingly disabled Build number 7 times. After that, it will sit in the settings menu as usual.

Enabling Android 4.3 developer options

Tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap, and you’re set.

Now I just want to go around and randomly tap disabled menu items to see what else can be found.:)

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