The Galaxy S III is without a doubt the hottest Android phone of this year until now. The handset is near-perfect with an amazing screen, a sleek but arguably ugly design, excellent ergonomics, an extremely capable DAC (Wolfson chip), and one of the best 8MP snappers in the Android world.
The Galaxy S II was also a pretty damn good handset, until early buyers realised that Samsung has screwed up the sound chip of the handset big time. The Yamaha DAC inside the S2 was nothing short of a disaster, and a major letdown from the awesome Wolfson DAC inside the Galaxy S.
While the S3 uses a Wolfson DAC and has no audio quality issues, it does have another issue. Owners of Galaxy S III (I9300) have been complaining about the poor quality of audio from videos recorded from the handset. The poor sound recording quality can be a issue while recording videos in concert due to the complete lack of bass. Below is a video that shows the poor bass response from the Galaxy S3 while recording audio -:
Up until now, there no exact fix is available for this issue. Voodoo developer, supercurio, has been working on fixing the issue but the proprietary libs used by Samsung are making things a bit too complex and difficult. The official OTA updates from Samsung have also not done anything to fix this issue, thus angering S3 owners more.
Thankfully, the latest firmware leak for the Galaxy S3 – BLG6/8 – brings about a noticeable improvement in the audio recording quality of the handset. An XDA member has also released a possible fix for the poor audio in recorded videos. The fix involves replacing some of the camera related files, and requires root access.
The leaked firmware from Samsung and the fix from the XDA member don’t eradicate the issue fully, but do bring a noticeable improvement. International Galaxy S3 owners can find the fix (flashable CWM zip) from the XDA member here. Alternatively, they can download and flash the leaked LG6/8 firmware from Sammobile.com