A firmware upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S3 – Android 4.2.2 (Build JDQ39), to be precise, has leaked online, and seems to bring quite a lot of Galaxy S4 features to this popular Android device.
Samsung had already previously confirmed that the company would be bringing some Galaxy S4 features to its predecessor, the S3, in the next update. Some features would not make the cut due to hardware limitations, expectedly. But now that we have our hands on a leaked version of the upcoming upgrade, we have a fair idea of what Galaxy S3 users should (and should not) expect when their devices receive Android 4.2.2.
The firmware is available at Sam Mobile, and is still categorized as ‘test firmware’, which means that if you’re disappointed that your favorite feature hasn’t made it to your S3, all may not be lost. There could be some potential hope depending on how Samsung develops the update.
The firmware, identified by the tag ‘I9300XXUFME3’, seems to have these S4 features:
- A new Settings User Interface, similar to the one you’d see in an S4 – featuring stuff like Tabbed viewing.
- Driving mode.
- Actionable Notifications.
- Voice Controls
- Lock Screen Improvements: Updated Ripple effect, Light Effect, Multiple Lock Screens & Widgets.
- Updated S Voice
- New Screen Modes: Adapt Display and Professional Photo
- Full Screen Samsung Apps
Here’s a video of the firmware update in action on an S3:
Sam Mobile has also posted instructions allowing users to flash this firmware, although it is not official, on their S3 devices. Although Sam Mobile claims it has tested the firmware and certifies that it works just fine , you are advised to be absolutely careful while doing so and to follow the instructions meticulously. The smallest of errors could result in very undesirable, and perhaps irreversible consequences.
If you do not plan to take the plunge, it’s only a matter of time before you get your hands on the official update. Samsung is expected to release the official update to S3 users as early as June.