SamMobile has discovered a test Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy S3 which will be bringing all the “amazing and unique” features of Galaxy S4 to its predecessor. The new firmware carries the build number I9300XXUFME3. It includes a new lock screen with its effects and widgets, Daydream support, better screen modes, revamped Settings UI, enhanced notifications and new S Voice feature of the Galaxy S4.
The update is a test update which means that the final release might see even more features and refinements. Air View and Remote features along with the S Health and Barometer and Temperature sensor dependent features of Galaxy S4 won’t be there because these are hardware dependent. The final official build of Android 4.2.2 from Samsung for Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 is expected to roll out in June.
Here is a list of main changes found in the test update Android 4.2.2 having Build ID JDQ39:
- New S4 lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, two unlock effects (Ripple and Light), improved Ripple effect, 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 and new additions in the Notification Center
- Completely revamped settings UI with tabbed interface like S4
- Addition of Voice controls (Galaxy S4 feature) – which lets you control various parts of the phone using voice commands.
- Gallery modes have white background
- Full screen Samsung apps, new S Voice and a new smart switch widget
You can read the complete report along with all the pictures and flashing instructions here on SamMobile. Now that the test build for Galaxy S3 is out, we expect a test build for Note 2 pretty soon. It will be an even more interesting leak or official build, whatever comes out first, because it will not only bring the features included in this build but is also expected to bring Air View with hand as Note 2 has the hardware to support that. Till then, the owners of Galaxy S3 can play with this new build at their own risk.
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