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Multi-window mode for the Galaxy S III on its way with the Android 4.1.2 update (screenshots)

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Multi-window mode for the Galaxy S III on its way with the Android 4.1.2 update (screenshots)
One of the sweetest, if not the most sugary feature in the new Nature UX of Samsung as found on the Galaxy Note II, is that it includes the multi-window mode, allowing you to split the screen in various ratios, and run two apps at once.

You can be watching a video or checking out a document, and chatting with comments below them, for example, but the possibilities are endless, as you can mix and match any two apps on the phone.

There were hints that this multi-windows mode will be ported to the Samsung Galaxy S III as well, despite that it has a smaller screen than the huge 5.5-incher on the Note II. We'd say 4.8" is still big enough for some serious multitasking, and are glad that it's coming to the S III.

Apparently this multitasking regime will arrive to the phone with the next Android 4.1.2 update, judging from some leaked screenshots that display a trial update for a Galaxy S III on an Israeli carrier. The split screen mode is also coming to the gallery, where you have the albums/folders on the left, and their content on the right, just like on the Note II.

The source says the 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy S III should be coming before year-end, and we've heard December mentioned before, so not much waiting left.

source: TGSpot.co.il via Techkiddy

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posted on 13 Nov 2012, 02:36

1. lonestrider (Posts: 86; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


very awesome.
But how to do that without that s-pen?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 05:03 5

14. abdane (Posts: 478; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


you dont need S-Pen, you just hold the back button and it appears ! :)

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 18:33

25. lonestrider (Posts: 86; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


it's just to show the task window. What about the others? The peeking-things?
They didn't say which features gonna be there for S III. I thought it's all of them.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 05:10 2

15. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1104; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


As much as I like this feature I think it should've stayed exclsuive to the Note series and moreover multi-window suits devices at least having a screen size of 5+ inches...just my opinion though

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 07:04 1

17. lallolu (Posts: 253; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


The more features, the better. One does not always have to use all features.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 07:23 1

20. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Samsung is no apple and it's better this way. Sure, multiscreen does make more sense on bigger screen, but it's always good to have more options, you know. And it's up to the GSIII users to see if they want to use this feature or not.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 02:50 3

2. amozhi (Posts: 110; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Wow...I love this feature :-)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 03:04 1

3. untouchable (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Sep 2010)


4.1.2 update??? It's a distant dream for me. Still waiting for Jellybean for my GSIII on Verizon

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 06:00 1

16. rimoz95 (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Already got jellybean on my international s3 :D

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 08:23

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Jellybean on my T-Mobile GS3. :)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 03:07 2

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Awesome!!! ::D

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 03:18

5. mydi.maus (unregistered)


looks like an old feature.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 03:51 7

8. metoyou (Posts: 278; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


What are you smoking bro?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 07:06 6

18. buccob (Posts: 1578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


he smokes rotten apple's fumes

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 03:30 3

6. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Mydi r u iphone user lol

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 03:50 3

7. metoyou (Posts: 278; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Woot woot
Go Samsung go!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 04:10 7

9. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Android at its best.
Even makes me think Samsung flagship is better to have software wise, than the Nexus.
Time for google to take notes from the ..Note haha

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 04:19 1

10. twens (Posts: 700; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I hate Samsung for this. Such features should be note 2 or note exclusive.how am I going tease my friends about the features I have on my note when they have it on their s3? Anyways, I hardware is still above theirs.got my Spen.2gb ram and rgb HD amoled screen. f**k u samsung

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 04:20 6

11. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Samsung just keeps spoiling us :D no wonder there are so many Samsung haters around here. :)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 04:22 1

12. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1058; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


This is one the features I would love to see in the stock Android, expecially in any phone with a scren over 4.6 inches and in tablets.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 04:34 4

13. Cesar (Posts: 134; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


thank you LORD!!!! GO ON SAMSUNG!!! :)

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 07:15

19. Kengkoy (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


Anyone experiencing battery drain and slow recharging on Jelly bean S3 international version? Mine is like that after updating to JB.. How to fix this? Thanks..

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 07:32

21. rkelly (Posts: 10; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)


Dam it's feel good to be a sprint customer. Lets see LTE. First to get jelly bean update. First to get multi windows update and hell sprint was second to deliver the galaxy note 2. 1 day after tmobil sprint taking over one city at a time

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 19:55

24. Twisted247 (Posts: 261; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


And Sprint was the first to release the multi window update to the U.S. Market! Sprint has definitely been on the ball lately and I'm loving it! Keep it up Sprint!

On the other hand I agree with some above posters that this should be Note series exclusive. It's not in good taste to tout new and big features(yes I am aware it was on the 10.1 note tablet but its the first on a phone) On a new EXPENSIVE phone. Now I understand the updating of older handsets and they should be getting the Jellybean pushes etc. But not pushing a certain series features to others. All Samsung is accomplishing by doing this is blurring and smearing the lines between the different series. If someone wants certain features for a phone go and purchase that phone.

Samsung damn well better be pushing their new features on phones that release Q1-Q3 of 2013 back to the Note 2 or it will be a heap of BullShlt!

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:44

23. sudbury78 (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


As an apple fan boy this feature makes me cry not having this. Hey guys, the first part of the video when he uses pen to hover over albums and videos, would that work with your finger as well or is it just S pen???

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 09:32

26. saleh (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


yes im nad update samsung Sprint

posted on 06 May 2013, 07:27

27. donmirza (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 May 2013)


I got the update a few days ago and was able to take advantage of it. All of a sudden I don't get the split screen, even with the semi circle on the left, . Anytime I select an app icon on the left, the phones goes to that app, but doesn't create the split screen. I've gone into Settings > Display > Multi Window is enabled. I've disabled and re-enabled it. Restarted the phone. I just can't get the multi-screen (split screen) to work again. Greatly appreciate any help?

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