It appears that Samsung is hard at work on the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update as the software has leaked out for the first time today in the form of Android 4.2 test firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S3 I-9300, specifically the I9300XXUFMB3 model of the Galaxy S3.
Just a short time ago, Samsung rolled out Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for the Samsung Galaxy S3, an update that brought the company’s Premium Suite including the Galaxy Note 2’s Multi-Window View. Samsung has also recently rolled out the Galaxy Note Android 4.1 update and the Galaxy S2 Android 4.1 update. However, the company doesn’t appear content with just those.
It now looks like Samsung is hard at work on the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update as test firmware has leaked out today in the form of Android 4.2.1 for the I9300XXUFMB3 model of the Galaxy S3. The file comes from XDA-Developer member Saturn, by way of SamMobile, and it appears to be packing quite a few features for those Galaxy S3 owners willing to take the plunge.
The list of features is said to include:
- Improved Ripple effect on Lockscreen
- Lockscreen Widgets
- New Additions in Notification Center
- Improved Notifications
- Voice Command
Keep in mind, this is an update that is a piece of test firmware which means that it won’t be the actual update that rolls out at some point in the future. Speaking of the release date, it appears that the update may not roll out until after the Samsung Galaxy S4 arrives, likely because Samsung wants to tout Android 4.2 on the Galaxy S4.
No specific date was listed but given that the Samsung Galaxy S4 isn’t set to be released until April at the earliest, we expect the Galaxy S3 to be on Android 4.1 for quite some time.
Those that own the appropriate Galaxy S3 model and can’t wait for the official roll out, can take the plunge early though those who aren’t familiar with the process should proceed with extreme caution.