The Samsung Galaxy S3 will likely get some of the new smart Samsung Galaxy S4 features like Smart scroll and Smart pause if screenshots from a leaked update are to be believed.
New claimed screenshots from a leaked Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.1 update show a collection of the new Samsung smart features which Samsung will likely announce on stage with the Samsung Galaxy S4 on March 14th.
The Samsung Smart scroll feature is all but confirmed for the Samsung Galaxy S4 with insiders sharing screenshots and sources telling the NY Times that it’s a done deal.
A set of screenshots posted on SamMobile which originally appeared to be from the Samsung Galaxy S4, are reportedly taken from the Samsung Galaxy S3 with a leaked Android 4.2.1 update installed.
A Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 update leaked on XDA in late February. It is not clear if this is the same build, though both carry the Android 4.1.2 version number.
The screenshots show more details about the Smart scroll feature and the accompanying Smart pause feature. Smart scroll allows users to scroll on the screen with their eyes and face. Smart pause can pause a video if the phone detects a user looks away.
Based on these screenshots the Smart scroll feature on the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy S4 will allow users to scroll in a range of applications. The ability to select specific applications to use with Smart scroll may mean not all applications can support it, which could force users to touch the screen to scroll in their favorite Android Twitter app.
In the screenshot we see support for Samsung’s built-in Internet browser as well as Chrome, which is a good sign. We also see support for smart scroll in Gmail. This is another good sign as many of the best Samsung features end up restricted to Samsung apps, instead of the default Google apps.
The screenshots also show a way of adjusting the speed of the scrolling in the settings. The motion sensor and or camera can also use vertical head movements to figure out how fast to scroll.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is already receiving an Android 4.1.2 update on many carriers in the U.S. and on international models. The Android 4.1.2 update on Verizon came without the Premium Suite, which means no Multi-Window View. It’s not clear if that feature will make an appearance on the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 update in the U.S.
If the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 update will bring these new smart features, expect an announcement on March 14th with the Samsung Galaxy S4, that confirms the update. Samsung may not announce specific timing for U.S. Galaxy S3 variants, but we may hear a timeline for rolling out the update to international models.