For those of you who love to remain on the cutting edge of technology, I am quite sure that you have had your fair share of good times with the Samsung Galaxy S3 when it was first released until now, where you decided to ditch it for the recently revealed Samsung Galaxy S4. Well, there are plenty of other folks who feel that the Galaxy S3 is still good enough for use as their everyday smartphone. Heck, they would feel justified in their convictions with this latest nugget of information - that a leaked build of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for the Samsung Galaxy S3 has just been released.
This leaked build of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S3 is certainly an interesting creature, since it makes things all the harder to distinguish the older flagship from the newer model. Thanks to the good people over at SamMobile who managed to grab hold of a test firmware build, they did take their time by going through what this Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean build carries, and not surprisingly, majority of the features on this new build are already available on the newer Galaxy S4 right from the get go - including an updated version of S Voice, additional lock screen options/unlock effects, a bunch of new display modes, a redesigned settings interface, and voice control among others.
Not only that, the good people over at SamMobile have also decided to throw together a video walkthrough of the build that you can view below, where you will be able to check out an expanded changelog alongside a slew of software screenshots by hitting the source link. So far, we have heard that the firmware works just fine without any hiccups, so early adopters and those who love taking risks in life might want to give it a go if you are impatient enough to wait for the carrier approval process.
There has been word going around that this Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is for the Exynos version however, so it might not quite work for those of you living Stateside - just yet. Anyone else care to share their experience?
[Update] 22.05.2013: How to get Android 4.2.2 on your Samsung Galaxy S3
This isn't the official Samsung update, since this version is obviously not complete and is still in its test phase. Nonetheless, you can already install it onto your device.
- Flashing this firmware will augment your flash count
- there is no modem found within this package, therefore the modem will remain the same one that you had before flashing
- this is a pre-released version and not the official version
1. Download this file
2. Decompress the file I9300XXUFME3_i9300OJKFME1_HOME.tar.md5. You will then obtain the firmware here.
3. Open Odin 3.04 (you'll find it in the package)
4. Restart your phone in download mode (press on home + power + volume down), then validate with volume up.
5. Connect your smartphone to your computer and wait for the top left window on Odin to turn blue.
6. Add the folder with the Rom (I9300XXUFME3_i9300OJKFME1_HOME.tar.md5 ) in the PDA line.
7. Verify that the ''re-partition'' line isn't checked.
8. Click on start and wait a few minutes.
9. Once Odin shows the words PASS!, that means that the process is complete!
Samsung's main concern now seems to be that the the S4, which hardly differs from the Galaxy S3 on the outside, has now lost a little more of its originality. If you consider that its strength is its many extra features, potential buyers can now simply opt to get a marked-down S3.
How the new update worked for us
The firmware update is stable and the network works! So far we haven't noticed any lags. Some unrelated applications were also tacked onto the update, but they were easy to uninstall. The Galaxy S4's functions are indeed there. Like we mentioned before, this is just a pre-released version and if you want need your smartphone for professional reasons or the like, we recommend you wait for the official Android 4.2.2 update to be released by Samsung. More news on that to come!
What would you do? Would you still opt to get the new Galaxy S4 or would you simply update your Galaxy S3 with some S4 features.