Samsung Galaxy S III software update adds a brightness widget in the notifications tray

Samsung Galaxy S III software update adds a brightness widget in the notifications tray
Donning such a beautiful display, there’s no questioning the iridescence of the Samsung Galaxy S III’s mighty 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display – especially when it glows with a comforting aura. Naturally, some of us don’t care for managing its brightness output, but for the other owners out there, they prefer having complete control of it.

Well folks, it looks like the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III is seeing a brand new over-the-air software update that should make it even easier for owners to modify the handset’s brightness setting. Specifically, the 73MB update is being pushed out to devices as we speak, and from the looks of it all, it brings forth a brightness widget to the notification tray.

It’s unknown if Samsung deliberately added this new feature due to requests, but either way, we can’t argue that it’s now super convenient to modify the display’s brightness. Rather than rummaging through the appropriate settings under the Android options menu, handset owners will now have access to manually setting the brightness directly from the notification tray – or instead, they can toggle the automatic setting.

Aside from that single obvious change, there’s very little in regards to what else new is coming along with this new update. Even though the international edition of the Samsung Galaxy S III is seeing this update right now, it’s almost certain that carrier models of the handset will eventually see this one as well.

via SlashGear

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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. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

As they start to include more and more features that we normally use Custom ROMs for there will be less and less of a need for rooting. I love evolution!

2. Aeires unregistered

I was thinking it looks like they took a page from AOKP with this feature. For all the negative comments on Touchwiz, I miss the toggle options in the notification area now that I'm on a Nexus device. You can do the same with a widget, but it was nice have them hidden, tucked away out of site.

8. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

custom roms will be out as long as there is bloatware. and who doesn't like stock ics i would prefer that anyday to touchwiz

3. vaspvasp

Posts: 11; Member since: May 23, 2012

i would say they should update to allow moving apps to the external SD. that is one of the crucial things to improve at

10. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Why? The S3 has a unified storage system, you have 9GB+ to install apps, that isn't enough?

11. vaspvasp

Posts: 11; Member since: May 23, 2012

not if you have GPS navigation with lots of maps, large applications that take space, or for those who play games (i dont) not being able to store them separately. Also for music purposes, offline music cannot be stored in the external drive otherwise its not found. you have to manually keep bringing files with explorers. etc. its a nice feature to have and it would be nice to reinstate.

15. jefferson9

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

i keep my music on my sd card and the music app finds it. music actually has nothing to do with application storage though.

4. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

im not sure if s3 has this ...but since it is in s2 it must be there ....when not set on auto-brightness if u slide ur finger over the status bar u can modify the sure it is there !

5. kyan-

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

its not a coincidence that cyanogemod creator is part of samsung.

7. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

well the brightness slider is not part of cm9 actually its part of aokp :)

6. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

Update not yet available in India :(


Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

yes i got it...

12. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Is there something on the play store that lets you put a 4x1 widget in the notification tray?

13. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

in indonesia i can't find OTA. but KIES already have the update

14. sunny0283

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

i cannot get this update..with Three network (uk).

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