The upcoming Android 4.2 Jellybean update for the Galaxy S3 has leaked online, again. Folks at SamMobile have uploaded a pre-release version of the firmware – software build I9300XXUFME7 – for enthusiasts to flash and try out on their Galaxy S3s. There’s even a video.
SamMobile claims that development is still not complete on the Jellybean update, another version of which was leaked a few months ago. A final version should be pushed to international handsets around July or August this year. US carriers are of course, expected to take their time. The test build apparently does not support the Galaxy S4’s camera features on the S3, but there are chances that this feature may make it to the phone before the final release.
There’s a plethora of changes in the update. A new lockscreen that comes up multiple widgets support and 2 Unlock effects is visible. There is also a new Driving Mode and a completely revamped settings menu which is now tabbed. The full list of changes in the update is as follows:
– Android 4.2.2 – Build ID: JDQ39
– New S4 Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, two Unlock effects (Ripple and Light), improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
– New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
– Driving mode
– Actionable notifications
– New Additions in Notification Center
– Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the S4)
– Addition of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
– Gallery modes have white background (When changing gallery modes to 3D the background changes to white)
– Full screen Samsung apps
– New S-Voice (from S4)
– New smart switch widget
There’s even a 2 minute video showcasing various features on an S3 running the update.
SamMobile has also uploaded the file for download for other users, along with instructions on how to flash the file on the Galaxy S3. Expert users who are comfortable with an increased level of tinkering on their phones would want to try out the test build, but even they must realize that this is not the final update, and therefore may not be stable. You are advised to exercise extreme caution while flashing the file. Read the instructions very carefully.
If you’re the cautious type, wait a while until July/August to enjoy Android 4.2 Jellybean on your Galaxy S3.