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Android 4.2 Update in the Cards for the Galaxy S3

Revised Jelly Bean Screensaver

If you are a Galaxy S3 user, rejoice: your Android 4.2 update is coming soon!

Samsung rolled out its Android 4.1 update for Galaxy S3 users initially in October, with US Cellular Galaxy S3 customers just having received their Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update last week. This week, Samsung has given its word that the Galaxy S3 will be one of its Galaxy line phones to receive Android 4.2. I happen to believe that Galaxy Notes I and II will also receive Android 4.2 updates.

Have you discovered some awesome things about Android 4.1? I have in my time with my Galaxy S3. One of the features of the new operating system (4.1.1) that I love is Google Now, a feature that allows me to use voice dictation to search for needed information or even to post a Facebook status. I tried it with my friends and it was a huge success for me. Just remember: if you want to post a status with “commas” and “end marks,” you’ll have to say “comma” or “period” to get that across. Take your time in speaking the message, however; the beauty is that Google Now will do all the typing while you do all the speaking.

Android 4.2 will bring even better features to the Galaxy S3 than its users know currently. Some of the new features are as follows:

  • Developer Options
  • Lock Screen Widgets
  • Additional Photo Editing options
  • Jelly Bean Daydreams
  • Photo Sphere and Google Maps

Developer options provide you with some ways to modify your device without rooting it to gain admin privileges. If you go to the small page icon (invisible) at the bottom of the screen near the home button, press “settings.” From there, you can launch your settings preferences. Scroll down to the bottom and select “developer options.” One of the first options you have is to make your device “stay awake”; the stay awake option forces your phone to stay on while you charge the device. As is obvious, the phone naturally wants to sleep when charging (like humans, its notion of “rest” involves “sleeping”).

Lock Screen Widgets provide you with news feeds, messages, and other important notes that do not require you to unlock your phone in order to access them. One of the newest features in Samsung’s Premium Suite Upgrade that is coming to Galaxy devices is called “Facebook Lock Ticker,” a lock screen widget that provides your Facebook status and news feeds on the lock screen of your phone. Lock Screen widgets bring your notices to you immediately so that you are not minutes behind the news but rather, in sync with it.

Additional photo editing options help you remember the original photo prior to cropping or resizing (or other customizations). Jelly Bean Daydreams are nice screensavers that run when your smartphone is at rest. There are five screensavers pre-installed with each new device that runs the Android 4.2 OS. Last but never least, Photo Sphere is similar to iOS’s “Panorama Mode” that comes with the newest iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod Touch. Slowly, you can film your room or environment from one end to the other; next, watch your phone combine all the little instances that you photographed, and place them together. The “Photo Sphere” is a circle of each moment the camera was on. This allows you to see from one end of your room to another in a single photo. How cool!

I would say more, but I don’t want to spoil the surprises. Android 4.2 will make 2013 a little sweeter than before.