After releasing Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S4, Samsung has finally started rolling out the new Android 4.3 for Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300). Galaxy S3 users waited for this update for several months now as Samsung didn’t update the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.2, and the devices were still running a year old version of Android.
We are still not sure why Samsung skipped the Android 4.2 update as we do know that Samsung did internally test a few Android 4.2 builds for the Galaxy S3 but never released them and stopped development in midway.
Samsung has been promised an Android update for Galaxy S3 for a long time now. Samsung has issued and killed off multiple updates beginning with Android 4.2.2 which was then ditched in favour of Android 4.3. At another point the Galaxy S3 began receiving updates in various parts of the world before it was then scrapped.
In Europe some devices are starting to receive the Android 4.3 for Galaxy S3 updates but precise details are currently unclear, other regions should begin to receive the update soon. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is currently running the very out-of-date Android 4.1.
So how’s Android 4.3 for Galaxy S3 going?
You’ll find new screen modes as adapted and fit from the Galaxy S 4: Adapt Display and Professional Photo modes included. You’ll get a new Samsung Keyboard, new lockscreen abilities, and a whole new camera mode: Sound and Shot. Sound and Shot was born with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and creates a still image with a sound background – quite unique.
This update will be bringing on a new Driving Mode, a Settings interface that replicates the Samsung Galaxy S4 exactly, and full-screen Samsung apps as well.
CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS IN ANDROID 4.3 UPDATE for Galaxy S3:
– GALAXY GEAR Support
– TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
– Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
– New Samsung Keyboard
– GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
– New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, 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
– Move-to-SD-card feature
– New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
– New Additions in Notification Centre
– Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
– Implementation of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
– New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
– Full screen Samsung apps
– New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)
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