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

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: via Techkiddy

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. lonestrider

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

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

14. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

25. lonestrider

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

15. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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

17. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

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

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.

2. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Wow...I love this feature :-)

3. untouchable

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 04, 2010

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

16. rimoz95

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Already got jellybean on my international s3 :D

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Jellybean on my T-Mobile GS3. :)

4. ilia1986 unregistered

Awesome!!! ::D

5. mydi.maus unregistered

looks like an old feature.

8. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

What are you smoking bro?

18. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

he smokes rotten apple's fumes

6. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Mydi r u iphone user lol

7. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Woot woot Go Samsung go!

9. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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

10. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I hate Samsung for this. Such features should be note 2 or note 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 my Spen.2gb ram and rgb HD amoled screen. f**k u samsung

11. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

12. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

13. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

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

19. Kengkoy

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 03, 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..

21. rkelly

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 09, 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

24. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 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!

23. sudbury78

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 12, 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???

26. saleh

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

yes im nad update samsung Sprint

27. donmirza

Posts: 1; Member since: May 06, 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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