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Samsung to bring S4 features to SGS3

The folks at SamMobile got a hold of an early build of what is believed to be the Android 4.2.2 update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and from the looks of it, it seems that the South Korean firm is planning to bring its previous flagship handset up to speed with the current one.


Although it seems that the leaked firmware is still on developmental stage, it’s already what a smartphone geek would consider as a “daily driver” as pretty much all the functionalities are in sound condition.

Here’s quick demo of the firmware installed on a Galaxy S3:

Now here’s the rundown of the features that SamMobile observed during their time with the leaked firmware:

• 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
• Daydream
• 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
• Full screen Samsung apps
• New S-Voice (from S4)
• New smart switch widget

This unofficial firmware is deemed by the site to “work perfectly as any other official firmware”. Having said that, its relatively safe (given that you follow the instruction provided in the source link below) for you to install it on your device and take it for a spin. If you did, we’d love to hear your comments about the upgraded firmware.


This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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7 Responses

  1. Justin says:

    So where are the air gestures and smart pause? I think this article is a bit misleading.

    • Denmark says:

      I think it will not work, you need sensors to make it work and alam ko wala S3 nun.

    • justanopinion says:

      i dont think samsung will release those features to samsung gs3 since its the killer feature of the s4 =)

    • SamsungAllTheWay says:

      the S3 does not have the sensors that are required for air gestures and smart pause. if Samsung adds them, they would have to recreate a new version of samsung galaxy S3. This article is not misleading but i hope this would become true

  2. joseph says:

    This will be a smart move for Samsung.

  3. Yusuf says:

    Which is why Samsung deserves to be the Android Authority. They support all their flagship phones without a doubt. Just like the S3’s features that were also handed down to the S2.

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