New Samsung Galaxy SIII 4.2.2 Firmware Leaked

Samsung might be notorious for overloading its Android smartphones with oodles of gimmicky features; however, in spite of the plethora of software modifications, the Korean giant is generally among the quickest to push out Android updates. LG and Sony delivered Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) to its 2012 devices only recently. HTC is still working on rolling out Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) to the One with the One X to follow later on. However, Samsung shipped the Galaxy SIV with the latest Android straight out of the gate, delivered Android 4.1 to the S II last year itself, and has been working for several months on bringing the latest version of Android to its older Galaxy SIII handset.

SamMobile has managed to get its hands on an Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean test firmware for the Galaxy S III – I9300XXUFME3. The new version doesn’t have all of the fancy new features of the SIV, many of which are expected to eventually end up on the SIII. However, it does have enough to make users happy. The new firmware has all of the official Jelly Bean goodness including lockscreen widgets, quick settings, and Daydream mode. Additionally, Samsung has added a driving mode, revamped the settings interface, improved S Voice, introduced full screen Samsung apps, and ported the SIV lockscreen with new unlock effects and the option to add custom text.

You can download the flash the firmware from here. Please keep in mind that this is a pre-release firmware.

Watch The Samsung Galaxy S IV Event Live Here

Today, Samsung will finally unveil the much-awaited smartphone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S IV. For the first time, Samsung will unveil its flagship smartphone at the New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall and the event will be broadcast live at the Times Square. As the name suggest, Galaxy S IV is the successor of the highly popular Galaxy S III, which went on to sell more than 40 million units in just 8 months. Apart from that, Samsung has also managed to sell more than 100 million units of Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III combined.

We have seen a number of leaked pics, specs and features of the upcoming Galaxy S IV. This handset looks strikingly similar to its predecessor. However, it is expected to comes with some powerful specs including a 4.99 inch Full-HD display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, 8-core Exynos Octa SoC, 13 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB expandable memory, 4G LTE Connectivity and a 2600 mAh battery.

Apart from the powerful specs mentioned above, the Galaxy S IV will feature the latest verison of Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX along with the Eye-Tracking, Smart Pause, Floating Touch and a new lockscreen. The Galaxy S IV launch event will start at 19:00 EDT. You can check the converted time for your country/city here. Come back at 19:00 EDT and watch the launch event live here at Techie Buzz.