It’s no surprise that Samsung is planning to bring some of the software features launched on the Galaxy S4 to the Galaxy S3. The Korean giant confirmed it, with the obvious limitation being that features depending on hardware, like Air View, won’t be making it to last year’s flagship.
Thanks to a test firmware that leaked online, we now have an idea of what features are likely to make the jump to the Galaxy S3. The firmware, codenamed I9300XXUFME3, has been made available online by the guys at Sam Mobile, who specified that this is a test firmware, and that more features could be included in the final release.
A video of the firmware in action reveal some of the features that Galaxy S3 users should expect in the close future, starting with those coming from the S4:
- Improved lock screen
- similar to that on the Galaxy S4: users will get to use multiple widgets
- change the appearance and size of the clock
- new unlock effects
- and more
- The new screen modes launched on the Galaxy S4
- Adapt Display and Professional Photo
- New Settings UI
- identical to the S4’s
- Voice controls (from S4)
- Improved S Voice (from S4)
- Navigation mode
- Actionable notifications
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Notably absent are the many software features that Samsung introduced for the camera of the Galaxy S4. Features like Eraser mode or Sound and Shot aren’t hardware dependent, and should work in theory on the Galaxy S3, the Note 2, and other Samsung devices.
If you want to install the new firmware, just follow our tutorial here. Note that this isn’t an official release, though the leakers claim that they have tested it and that it works just like an official version.
As for a release date, insiders quoted by the source say that the Galaxy S3 will get the bump to Android 4.2.2 sometimes in June. We’ll keep you updated.