Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean leaks (again) for the Galaxy S3, brings handful of Galaxy S4 features

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While the world patiently awaits for the arrival of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for the Samsung Galaxy S3, the boys at SamMobile already got their hands on an early test build. Software version I9300XXUFME7 is the latest firmware to fall into their laps, and as promised, brings a handful of new software features currently only found on the Samsung Galaxy S4. They even supplied a handy video for those leery of flashing, but still want to see what’s inside.

New enhancements in Android 4.2.2 update

  • Android 4.2.2 – Build ID: JDQ39
  • New S4 Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, two Unlock effects (Ripple and Light), 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
  • 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

The final build is said to arrive as early as July/August internationally, at which point it will take several months before US carriers begin pushing it out. With Samsung consistently giving love to so many of their older devices, it’s no wonder the Android fans flock to their products. Say what you will about build quality, plastic, or even TouchWiz — there’s no denying Samsung’s commitment to providing Android updates.

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TAGS: Samsung Galaxy S3

  • Matt Laney

    Bring on the lag! JK I’m sure this will be a good update for those users. I just think updates ever run as smooth as the original version at launch.

    • Chris Chavez

      Lag is one of TouchWiz’s latest features!

      *prepares for downvotes* >.<

      • scoter man1

        *chough* AOSPA *cough*

      • troyintn

        humm. that’s not biased at all…..

        • KOLIO

          Not running to Chris’ defense here,as he can hold his own,but,he’s probably the one person here who can actually make that statement w/some validity,having tested/used/owned just about every top-end ANDROID in the last couple of years.

          I honestly don’t believe he has a manufacturer bias,as his go-to phone for quite some time (?) was the NEXUS 4,until the “INCIDENT”:

      • DDroid45


  • Terrell L Washington

    Imagine all the pissed off HTC One owners right now lol

    • KOLIO

      HTC ONE vs SGSIII?

      There’s no comparison.

      I’ve owned both & even w/ANDROID 4.2.2 on the S3 VS 4.1.2 on the ONE,I’ll take the HTC ONE all day long,w/o question.
      Just my 2 cents.

      • Blkegk

        a fair comparison would be HTC One vs S4 not S3. The S4 would wipe the floor with the HTC One and give it a nice shine.

        • DavidVarghese

          Hi, world’s biggest Samsung fanboy!

          • simpleas

            what where? someone called me?

        • KOLIO

          We’re comparing apples to oranges in any instance here. All three phones are quite capable. However, throw out all the BS stats & for pure performance


          The ONE holds its own easily but trumps the S3/S4 in outdoor/sunlit conditions.

          Now, if the S4 ACTIVE were available on my carrier, I’d go out on a limb & call the phones evenly matched & consider getting it, giving the S4 an edge for the SD CARD slot + waterproofing & giving the ONE an edge for more on-board storage.

          • simpleas

            haha except for the metal, which I do not want. GS4 bslaps one left and right. Read the reviews, they say GS4 has the best display and best camera. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

        • mhmmd123

          That’s your opinion, the HTC still has the Adobe flash player. SGS 4 NO. For that I’d go with HTC.

          • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

            You are dumb you can download adobe flash player apk.

          • Lloydee Banks

            Stupid comment, you can download flash player so easily on the sgs4

          • mhmmd123

            @Lloydee Banks, you`re right it`s stupid comment, but yours worst than mine. Why I should bother with a third party to get flash player when I can get on a flag ship handset. Does not makes any sense, your comment just copying the IPhone users, they jailbreak their IPhone to make it useful as the Android phones. GOOD LUCK TO YOU ON THE THIRD PARTY APPS.

          • Balansi Kherwyn

            You don’t need to root or jailbreak to install the Flash Player.

          • mhmmd123

            Still a third party app.

          • Balansi Kherwyn

            There is *flash*.apk that you install that works with your favorite browser to play YouTube and your favorite porn sites.. that’s all.

            3rd party? If you call Adobe Flash a 3rd party then then the HTC ONE has a 3rd party Adobe Flash too.

          • mhmmd123

            I would like to see which will work with it. I did try it and all what I got message saying not compatible.

          • mhmmd123

            I am sorry I meant which app will substitute the flash?

          • Lloydee Banks

            Yeah but what I say is factual, it is easy to download flash to a android phone whether it’s from a third party source or within the app store. Don’t know how my comments copy iphone users when I make no mention of an iphone, I’m an android user btw. I have flash from a third party source but it doesn’t make it a third party app as it’s still adobe Flash, I don’t use any third party apps at all so I won’t be needing luck, but thanks anyway. The amount of effort and ability it takes to download Flash from either source is similar.

    • DavidVarghese

      Why would I be pissed? It’s leaked, just like 4.2.2 for the HTC One, and that was leaked about a month ago… Not sure what you’re trying to say.

      • Blkegk

        Hi, world biggest HTC fanboy!

        • DavidVarghese

          What makes you say that? The fact that I’m not mad at a leak of 4.2.2 for the S3 when the HTC One will also be receiving 4.2.2?

          … Speaking of fanboys….

          • Caleb Loop

            Samsung fans are basically the equivalent of a child who eats paint chips. Just ignore them.

          • New_Guy777

            Not sure why you’d say something like that.

            I’m an extreme android fan. I had the G1, and pushed it all the way to Froyo. Then, I moved to the Vibrant because HTC just had no good options on T-Mobile. TouchWiz quickly grew on me. Not the launcher, certainly, but the menus and especially the camera were just SO much better than stock. I pushed that device all the way to Jelly Bean, then got the SGSIII when that phone finally died. Call me a Samsung fanboy if you want, but I love the following:

            Multi-Window and Pop-up Browser/Calculator/Video. I literally use these all the time. I can be in my banking app and have a spreadsheet in the multi-window pane and a calculator floating off to the side. Helps me budget and balance quickly.

            Camera. It just keeps getting better. The advent of the low-light shot means I can take GREAT photos in extremely dark situations, with low noise and high-resolution.

            SBeam/TecTiles. Sure, it’s over commercialized, but there are 4 SGSIII’s in the 7 person sales team at work. We use SBeam all the time, to the envy of everyone else on staff. Also, the TecTiles come in really handy for when I teach violin lessons. I have three of them inside my case, and use two tiles to activate various apps and modes while in a lesson, and one to reset it back to normal.

            Overall, I use Apex Launcher to get a more stock android look to my homescreen. Pretty much everything else that TouchWiz does, though, is cool. From prettier menus, to better cameras, to multi-tasking, to enhanced NFC capabilities, it rocks. And I have no problems seeing the screen in full daylight because the contrasts are so high. That’s the advantage of AMOLED. Great saturation and True Blacks mean it has a great display in virtually any lighting condition, and saves power to boot. Lastly, I can go from 0 to 100% on battery in 40 seconds.

          • Caleb Loop

            I’m talking about the fanboys who eat sleep live and breathe Samsung. You don’t seem like one of those.

          • Jerel Butler

            Umm you don’t ignore children who eat paint..

    • DDroid45

      Why, it’s just leaks. Theres no confirm release date for Samsung either lol, idiot

    • Kenn Brown

      HTC is not a bad fone, it has great speakers.

    • mhmmd123

      All the features on GS4 are nothing more than gimmicks, how many features are you using? HTC ONE it has what you real user wants…. And just for your information, in the mobile and the wireless world people using 10% out of the 100% of their smartphones features, if you don`t believe it do your own search…. At this point Samsung features useless in some point, but it`s nice to have an option.

      • Blkegk

        other than the front facing speakers on the HTC, it nothing else that could compare to the s4. plus no menu button?! cmon now. bring on the excuses how you don’t need a menu button when nexus devices have it.

      • Lloydee Banks

        Htc fanboy lol, nothing wrong with that. But please talk sense though.

    • PhatmanXXL

      Who cares iPhone 5 is the overall winner.

  • guitarist5122

    I hope this doesn’t mean that the s3 gets updated before the note 2. that would be kind of messed up.

    • thedicemaster

      it would make perfect sense.
      the note 2 requires more changes to the standard android code than the S3, and most of the changes made for the S3 can be re-used for the note 2 rom.

  • coolbreeze03

    this is the reason why I held off from getting the s4

  • Riley Biers

    the hell? this is LITERALLY from a month ago. what is happening here? why are you posting this now?

  • shonowens

    Thank the Android gods for CyanogenMod!

    • Amber Collier

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  • Sean Thomas

    Great. I JUST rooted and flashed to CM10 nightlies!! And this looks fantastic! I didn’t see anything about the reply-in-pulldown function but I assume that’s just stock for 4.2.2. Now I need to figure out how to unroot!

    • Gregory Cabral

      No need to unroot. Im sure there will be a 4.2.2 touchwiz rom available before the carriers officially make it available for us.

  • Getoverit18

    Rooted and flashed AOKP(Jellybean 4.2.2 )Task650 around the first of the year. Solid ROM. I won’t ever have stock firmware on this phone again.

  • Panda

    Clearly the author doesn’t remember the lack of support for the Moment.

  • ratha

    when the full jelly bean 4.2.2 leak?

  • Sezan Borshi

    This test version is ok guys.
    a lot better than the one month ago
    I’m testing it right now,and no problem so far

    go ahead and enjoy It

  • Mungus

    S3. Are you there?? Yet another dropped call.

  • j

    Yea. Got my update just before bed last night but was too tired to look into what it was. And was surprised that I hadn’t already read something about it on phandroid! First time that I got an update BEFORE it was reportrd on Phandroid! Awesome! Thanks, Sammy!

  • Terrell L Washington

    Whoa time out everyone I dont even own a GS4 I’m way more of a HTC person I just mean that I would be pretty pissed that the Galaxy S 3 which is last years phone get android 4.2.2 before the HTC ONE does. I love HTC but they suck at timely android updates. Honestly there is no valid excuse why HTC ONE didn’t come with android 4.2.2 from the beginning when the galaxy S 4 launched around the same time

    • KOLIO

      It’s all good! You have a valid point in regards to the ONE not shipping w/ 4.2.2

  • http://none Cosmo UK

    Why all the hostility we are all droids, have you forgotten about the rotten apple and ios7!

  • Luca Rini

    when is this comming to the note 8.0?

  • White Pride America

    It looks terrible, I recently switched to iOS by purchasing iPhone 5. Never going back.

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  • akshay

    samsung galaxy s4 might turn out to be the best phone available .Company trying to make it more better and better,looks good

  • TheHowiie

    No need for a S4 when my S3 is still getting Jelly Bean.

  • Emilio

    Where is te cam app from the galaxy s4?????????? Very bad samsung!!! I just expect this on android 4.2.2…………………….

  • PhatmanXXL

    Don’t really care. I’ve given up on samsung. My s4 keeps lagging, the design is awful, the camera shoots terrible photos. I’m getting iPhone 5.