Samsung Galaxy S III to get many Note II features with update to Android 4.1.2

Samsung Galaxy S III to get many Note II features with update to Android 4.1.2
Speculation that the Samsung Galaxy S III is going to be getting many of the new features found on the Samsung GALAXY Note II has apparently been confirmed. An early leaked version of Android 4.1.2 for Samsung's flagship smartphone includes multiwindows and a number of other Note II features. This application allows you to split the screen into two, allowing the use of two apps at the same time.  On Wednesday, we showed you what multiwindows looks like on the Samsung Galaxy S III thanks to a leak from an Israeli carrier.

Another feature to be added to the Samsung Galaxy S III is Smart Rotation. Using the phone's front-facing camera, the device figures out the orientation of your face and adjusts the screen accordingly. This feature is off by default on the Samsung GALAXY Note II. Another feature coming to the Samsung Galaxy S III is Paper Artist which allows you to stylize an image using a number of options. Without the S Pen, you will have to use your finger to use the feature. A new Gallery application is part of the update along with a virtual QWERTY similar to Swype.

The leaked update is for the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, although there is no reason not to expect these features on the U.S. carrier versions of the phone. The update is expected next month and there is some speculation that the original Samsung GALAXY Note will also be getting many of the new features on its successor.

In the meantime, the ROM containing Android 4.1.2 for the GT-i9300 can be found at the sourcelink and there are the usual warnings. Think brick. The ROM is a pre-rooted testing build, spliced together from a system dump and is not signed by Samsung. You could always wait for the official release.

source: SamMobile via AndroidCentral



1. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Note 2 still has a fully functional quad core for US market and the awesome pen, along with its bigger screen, so its all good.

2. Fayeznoor

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

cant wait for official update and btw @phonearena , any idea why Samsung removed Screen Recording function from Galaxy Note 2

3. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Flashed mine ^_^ I love the multi-windows and the new gallery most

7. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Yep flashed it too and so far awesome.. Liking new camera and gallery

15. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The S3 (mine is international) is easily one of the best phone hand down. I now always have live wallpaper, everything syncing in the background and it's still silky smooth and lasts me over day in battery

17. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

how do you get long battery life??

4. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

That means I just have to buy a capacitive stylus! I won't get hover though :-( but still great job Samsung.

5. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

What about the SGH-I717 Galaxy Note that was released in Feb will it get updated to get features like the SIII's smart stay or any of the features of the Note II or does a phone that was released 9 months ago get left out in the cold.

6. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Quote: speculation that the original Samsung GALAXY Note will also be getting many of the new features on its successor.

19. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

I read that, and am pretty sure they are refering to the international Galaxy Note N7000 that was released a year ago it has a different CPU/GPU than the US version so it's update won't work for US versions

8. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Sweet. With this update, the S3 will remain to be the best classic phone on the market! Can't wait to get it on mine.. not sure about US version getting it, btw..s4 CPU is far from matching the quad core Exynos in pure processing power

9. bonsly16

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Excited for the multi-window feature. And by the way, my Sprint GSIII already has Smart Rotation. I guess international version is missing that feature in 4.1?

10. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Awesome, cant wait to have this on my GS3 :D The Samsung Galaxy S2's Android4.1.2 firmware has also leaked, bringing many S3 and Note2 features with it:–-galaxy-s-ii-android-4-1-2-jelly-bean-test-firmware/

16. Nafiz

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

they say SGS2 will get upgrade since october,, and till now still not coming *grrrrrr.... (-、-)

11. dejastar

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

While on the subject of updates, T-Mobile just rolled out jellybean for the gs3.

12. RicoNZ

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 19, 2012

Hi Samsung, I'd be more than happy to get JB rolled out to my phone before 4.1.2!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Already enjoying JB4.1.2 on custom rom, with Siyah kernel.

14. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Bet the VZW version gets that update this time next year. (- _ - *)

18. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

The Original Note damn well better be getting the said features. I personally think they should be Note series exclusive. So the Note better get them if the gs3 is.

20. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Please read first post. Its not real likely the Note 1 is gonna get much more attention with the Note 2 launched, the Note 1 is no longer a company flagship model and thus, not the money maker it was. Welcome to the modern cellular market

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