22
Feb
GALAXY S III Product Image (10)_W

Given Samsung's recent track record with updates, there's been little question whether or not the Galaxy S III would receive Jelly Bean 4.2.x, but a leak that showed up today over at SamMobile removes all doubt of the build's existence. The leak shows off Samsung's take on some of the 4.2 modifications, including a fully TouchWiz-ified Quick Settings menu (which actually looks more useful than stock Android's).

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Aside from that, it appears that Sammy has added several voice actions, which should allow you to control various parts of the OS through speech. Otherwise, it basically looks like the current TouchWiz builds on Android 4.1, including the Premium Suite, Multi-Window, and the like.

SamMobile has also put together a list of new things:

New enhancements in I9300XXUFMB3 FW:
- Android 4.2.1 – JOP40D
- Improved Ripple effect on Lockscreen
- New Android 4.2.1 Lockscreen with widgets
- Daydream (Settings>Display)
- New Additions in Notification Center
- Notifications are more actionable
- Voice Command (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands)

Unfortunately, there's no word on PhotoSphere – or as recent rumors would suggest, Samsung Orb – but it's unlikely that the company would remove such a prominent feature altogether, so it's probably safe to assume it will find its way into future builds.

If you have a GSIII (model i9300) and would like to give this a shot, head over to SamMobile for download and installation instructions.

Update: One of our readers, Damian Kidd, shot a great video walkthrough of the new 4.2.1 update:

Cameron Summerson
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  • htowngtr

    How long until ATT/VZW people get it? Never?

  • NicholasMicallef

    I like that they have kept the quick toggles in the notification screen, saves on confusion for some customers and I find them more practical (using CM10.1). Still no idea why they keep that brightness slider though.

    • Floris

      I think they should just put the slider over to the other panel, or at least make it an option.

      • NicholasMicallef

        I don't own an S III, just an S II, (and I'm using CM now as I mentioned) so I don't know if it's still a feature in the newer touchwiz, but on the older TW 4 I could control brightness by dragging across the status bar so there was no need for any actual sliders. It was so practical and clean that the CM team decided to copy it for CM9 and later.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      I actually like the slider & toggle. to be fair though, usually all i use it for is to force the lowest brightness setting

      • NicholasMicallef

        I don't own an S III, just an S II, (and I'm using CM now as I mentioned) so I don't know if it's still a feature in the newer Nature UX, but on the older TW 4 I could control brightness by dragging across the status bar so there was no need for any actual sliders. It was so practical and clean that the CM team decided to copy it for CM9 and later. That's why I don't think it makes sense to add more clutter to the interface, although I guess it could be easier to find and use for some people.

        • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon Yu

          Its not.

  • Davy Jones

    So ugly...

    • Reginald Spence II

      Looks like $hizz... Nexus or GTFO.

      • slashy

        rofl, all those Nexus fanboys make my day... sorry to say but the Quick Settings in pure Android is more than shit (and other than half of you haters I have a touchwiz AND a vanilla Android system to actually compare those).

        Seriously, did you even tried to use the new ones in 4.2.2? some are one touch toggle, some are long press, some are none of it.... dafuq? This is neither clever nor intuitive at all... let alone it does look like it was done in <5min which it probably was.

        • http://twitter.com/Twitteninja Zargh

          Some of them are toggles and some aren't because some of the settings have more than one thing to change and some don't. It's not complicated at all.

          Each to their own, but looking at the Samsung approach I can partly see why Stock Android went the way it did since for casual users the sheer amount of switches could be borderline overwhelming. It's supposed to be a phone, not an Airplane cockpit.

        • Reginald Spence II

          Never said I use stock Android on a Nexus. I like how Cyanogen and other ROMs make use of the underlying code to make the toggles better. Sure, most recent phones have ROMs built for them, but Nexus devices are usually the first to get them. Chill the frack out dude. Lol. No need to go Samsung fan boy on us Nexus lovers.

      • hot_spare

        Yea. So insightful. Like Nexus cures cancer or something..

    • http://www.facebook.com/deepMS Deep Singh

      well some people dont have problem with how touchwiz looks as long as we get great features and it works well

  • codeworkx

    Still Gingerbread? :-P

  • Alex P.

    Wi-Fi Hotspot quick setting option is missing on my Note II. Damn!

  • acer1096xxx

    No multi-window? :(

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      There are, in fact, words in this article you may consider reading.

      • acer1096xxx

        Oh, sorry. Missed that...

      • Boremac

        Cameron, sometimes you are just too cruel :-D

  • http://twitter.com/LiiIiikEaBau5 LiiIiikEaBau5

    Google should sue Samsung for notification/action bar copied from JellyBean

    • Joseph Cascio

      Not sure if joke, retarded, or trolling.

      • slashy

        I hope he's joking or trolling, if not... ugh. Probably another Nexus Fanboy not knowing where some of those features they hype to the top come from, let alone what an open source OS means anyway :D

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

          Stop trying to throw the term "Nexus Fanboy" into each comment like it's going to catch on.

        • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon Yu

          Nexus and AOSP are two different things, no where does he even mention Nexus and that clearly isn't the only thing that runs on vanilla Android.

  • Tony

    True it isn't pretty but I have to agree it's way more functional then stock Android 4.2 quick settings. I mean why does Google make wifi and bluetooth buttons link to the FULL settings in a quicksettings window?! Hopefully Google will fix this and use samsungs functionality but bring some sex appeal to it.

    • http://twitter.com/guigoecv Rodrigo Bittencourt

      Two words: power toggles

    • David Kerkes

      They already did in the latest update. Long pressing on WiFi or BT will toggle their status On and Off.

      • squiddy20

        Which, in itself is backwards. It should be single press for toggle on/off, long press for the actual settings, as it's implemented in CM.

    • Sherman J. Buster

      The reason they link to the full settings is because it allows you to easily change those settings. Maybe I'm out walking around, with a bluetooth headset on, or headphones for music. Then I go to get in my car, which has a built-in bluetooth phone connection. I drop the headset, quickly clicking on the link to the full setting, so I can tell my phone to connect to the car's bluetooth. The Wi-Fi setting working in a similar fashion (think of people who travel often and use local Wi-Fi a lot).

      • The_Chlero

        Yes but those people are the lowest common, you must aim for the majority which are casual user that just need to toggle on/off their must useful services. Stock Android 4.2 just need the Data toggle and turn those icons into toggles and there you got.

        In fact, CyanogenMod implementation is exceptional and is the way as it should be,

        • Sherman J. Buster

          I love the way CyanogenMod runs it. Tap to toggle, and long press to take you into the actual setting. Basically, stock Android just backwards. I think CM is the better implementation. I was just explaining to the previous comment my thoughts as to why Google decided to make it the way they did. I can easily understand the thought process, they just got it backwards.

      • kingferro

        Thats y if u long press any of the toggles it send u to its deticated settings menu.....u guys r such kids. Thats not even a big deal lol

  • http://twitter.com/harshitpassi Harshit Passi

    More useful... yes
    Ugly as sin... also yes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Werner-Salinas/707962640 Werner Salinas

    I niceIs photo sphere included in this update

  • Lox_knc

    That is why I don't buy Samsung!

    • Vivghkl

      Why, cause they update their flagships quicker than any other OEM outside of the Nexus devices or is it because their features are actually far more useful than any other OEM with their pathetic update schedules ;cough;, HTC/Sony.

      • Lox_knc

        Mouhahaha samsung fanboys are so, so funny. Damn, look how uggly it is ! It looks like a ten years old UI. Mouhahaha. Nexus all the way!

        • http://www.facebook.com/deepMS Deep Singh

          I said before and I am saying it again as long as its function I dont fucking care how it looks and if htc or sony xould provide such experience I would go for their phones its not fanboyism its just that I value experience of something more than its looks to show it oI said before and I am saying it again as long as its function I dont fucking care how it looks and if htc or sony xould provide such experience I would go for their phones its not fanboyism its just that I value experience of something more than its looks to show it off

        • hot_spare

          Show me a UI which is 10 year ahead of it's time. You so-called UI 'experts' seem to know a lot more than other millions of people who buy phones.

          BTW, I think stock AOSP UI sucks (IMO). Only thing that looks somewhat interesting to me is WP8 UI.

      • http://www.facebook.com/deepMS Deep Singh

        +1

  • RB

    WHY NO #HOLOYOLO?

  • iampoch

    Can't wait for the Note 2 version!

  • James Adamson

    This works well like MIUI format

  • http://www.facebook.com/deepMS Deep Singh

    hope this update comes sooner than we expect

    • Toss3

      Once we get one leak, we get a new one almost every week. :) Funny how we get the 4.2.1 update just when I go and order a Nexus 4. -.-

  • Alan

    Does it really matter what device someone chooses to use, we all use Android so who cares. Personally I don't like TouchWiz, then again I don't like Sense or any other manufacturers overlay. That's why I have a Galaxy Nexus.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Wow, didn't know there is a new breed of fanboys out there - the Nexus ones :)

    Seriously, if you change the launcher to Nova the interface doesn't get ugly at all - _and_ you get some unique features of Touchwiz which are actually kind of cool =]

  • DeadSOL

    By the way, here's a roundup of the features in the leaked ROM: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=38347970&postcount=7496

  • Elemetrix

    Wow that Quick Settings menu is painfully ugly. No profile pic either

  • YOLO

    I actually like samsung and nexus devices equally, fuck me right?

  • IncCo

    I like what i see.. Except for the new 10 stage brightness settings... it used to have more than 18 steps.. (or no steps)

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Samsung isn't exactly a pinacle of design, but they do have a style. I really hope that the quick settings is changed to either match the stock Android look or to fit in with Samsung's look. Those toggles look almost like they did back in the Cupcake/Donut days. Many of them don't belong in a quick settings screen at all (ideally they should be selectively hidden), and they make terrible use of the space.

  • TechGuy21

    lol i prefer the aokp one. i got my S3 in september and i used touchwhiz only twice

  • Bhushan Vaidya

    when its coming out for note 2 ? I'm waiting..... :P

  • Mike

    I wonder when Sprint's S3's will receive this update? :(

  • Eric Parks

    Can we get an apps dump?