Brave Samsung Galaxy S3 owners can now get their hands on an official version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean thanks to a recent firmware leak, which indicates the third-generation Galaxy S series smartphone may soon adapt many features seen on the Galaxy S4.
SamMobile got a hold of the not-yet-released Android 4.2.2 test firmware. Tipsters told the tech website that the complete and fully official Jelly Bean update should be ready for release sometime in June. However, the firmware, build I9300XXUFME3, is available now for those who wish to experiment. Read full firmware and update information below.
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Android Version: 4.2.2 – JDQ39 (Jelly Bean)
Region: Middle East
Build Date: 8 May 2013
With this update, Galaxy S3 owners can enjoy a number of new features. For many, the S3 will be updating from Android 4.1.2, but the device shipped with Android 4.0.4.
One feature that has been adapted from the S4 is the screen modes adapt display and professional photo. Unfortunately, the S3 does not seem to have gotten any of the other fancy camera features that are seen on the S4. The Android 4.2.2 update also brings the S4 lockscreen to the S3, complete with allowance for multiple widgets, Light and Ripple unlock effects, with the ripple effect improved from Android 4.1.2, and the modifiable lock and personal message. In addition, the firmware update brings a new user interface that mimics that of the S4, as well as the new S-Voice and Voice control features derived from the successor smartphone.
Other updates include the introduction of the Daydream Easter egg and Actionable notifications, improvements to Driving mode, new options in the Notification Center, white background in Gallery modes, full-screen Samsung apps and a new smart switch widget.
Of course, with the update, the S3 will run Android 4.2.2. with the build ID JDQ39, which indicates it is in fact an official build update. We expect users should be able to find many other new and improved features in the build.
Check out instructions for installing the official Android 4.2.2 firmware on your S3 here. SamMobile insists that the firmware has been tested and runs just as well as any officially released update. However, be warned that this firmware has not yet been officially released by Samsung.
Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.