Here comes Android 4.2 for the Galaxy S3, now we wait for the carriers

Daniel Bader

June 22, 2013 9:15am

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Samsung has all but finished the version of Android 4.2.2 destined for the Galaxy S3. SamMobile has exclusively released a version of the software for international models and they say the Korean company is on track to complete testing by the end of the month.

While the hardware for the international model is slightly different than the North American version — it runs a quad-core Exynos 4 processor while ours rocks a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip — the feature sets should be identical when they’re released.

Unfortunately, the North American versions of Samsung’s products tend to receive updates later than the North American models, but this should change with newer devices as they commonly share a single Qualcomm-based architecture.

The full changelog is listed by SamMobile, too:

- 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 (When changing gallery modes to 3D the background changes to white)
– Full screen Samsung apps
– New S-Voice (from S4)
– New smart switch widget

In other words, the update should look remarkably like the Galaxy S4 shipping software, though there may be some omissions that rely on hardware the S3 does not have. SamMobile also posits that we’ll likely see an updated camera interface before the update goes gold, but there will likely not be as many custom modes as the S4.

Samsung has been quite good about keeping its older phones fresh by drawing down features from their current flagship models. Many relevant features will eventually come to the Note 2 as well.

Watch for the Android 4.2.2 update to hit Galaxy S3 devices by the end of the summer.

Source: SamMobile

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  • Guillaume Gagnon

    You guys are kind of late, Sammobile leaked that news about 1 months ago lol… According to a new leak. the OTA update is due from July to September, for international versions. In canada, it’s gonna later than that…

  • Adam

    Unfortunately, the North American versions of Samsung’s products tend to receive updates later than the North American models

    oh yeah

    • James D Paterson

      It’s Mobile Syrup. You expect proof reading?

    • Megalink

      Me fail English? That’s unpossible!

  • daftchemist

    What about the Note 2… sad face.

  • Super_Deluxe

    Lol we don’t even have 4.1.2 yet. I’m expecting this to drop next summer in Canada. Eff Canadian carriers.

    • Stevert

      Ive had 4.2.2 for months now. Don’t wait for carriers, do it yourself.

    • Money Loo

      How’d you get it with touchwiz?

    • Stevert

      It’s not touch wiz. I don’t want my phone looking like IOS so I always get cm.

    • Hahausuck

      Lagdroid is Lagdroid, with or without the lipstick.

  • Badger

    SAMSUNG Y NO PHOTOSPHERE???!!

    • howitzerr

      Y U NO get nexus ?

    • Guillaume Gagnon

      I’m gonna get the next Nexus for sure. And I miss my galaxy nexus too…

  • Stuntman06

    I’m in no hurry. I love my S3 as is right now. No complaints from me.

  • Dylan Neild

    “but this should change with newer devices as they commonly share a single Qualcomm-based architecture”.

    Not sure what this refers to be the Galaxy S4 is again split between Exynos Octa equipped international devices and Snapdragon 600 equipped North American devices. Any platform dependent delays will likely continue.

  • MegaGeek

    GS3 owners, prepare for more bloat!

  • Martin Tones

    I wonder how long it will take for T-Mobile here in the UK to get this..

  • Ajay Shah

    Why is this written so late? I got excited cos I thought there was a new build out :(

  • Guest

    just plugged my Telus S3 SGH-I747M into Kies and it offered me an update…at 75% right now. we’ll see what i get.

  • Steve

    Just received the update this morning on my Telus S3. Got it OTA.

  • Steve

    The upgrade is only 4.1.2 NOT 4.2.2