Your Old Galaxy S III May Soon Look More Like A Galaxy S4

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Samsung has another hit with the Galaxy S4, but not everybody buys the latest and greatest mobile devices. Some people are perfectly content with buying last year's Galaxy S III. Luckily, they won't have to be jealous of the Galaxy S4 for much longer as many of the same features will soon be added to the S III via software update.

SamMobile got its hands on the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy S III and found that it contains many of the software features introduced with the Galaxy S 4. Unfortunately, that means many of the new features of the S4 that are dependent on hardware won't be making it over. Despite that, there's still some good stuff in store for those who are deciding to hold onto their Galaxy S III.

Here's the list of new additions courtesy of SamMobile:

  • New S4 Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, two Unlock effects (Ripple and Light), improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
  • New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
  • Daydream
  • Driving mode
  • Actionable notifications
  • New Additions in Notification Center
  • Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the S4)
  • Addition of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
  • Gallery modes have white background (When changing gallery modes to 3D the background changes to white)
  • Full screen Samsung apps
  • New S-Voice (from S4)
  • New smart switch widget
  • If you're more of a visual kind of person, SamMobile has also released a video walkthrough of the new Galaxy S III firmware:

    On a final note, you can grab the firmware here if you can't wait for Samsung to release it. The leaked 4.2.2 update is still an early build, however, so amateurs may want to wait for Samsung to release the official update later this year.