While You’re Waiting: Three Android 4.1.2 Features Galaxy S3 Owners Already Have in Android 4.1.1

Facebook:News Lock Screen Feature

The Premium Suite Upgrade (4.1.2) has all Galaxy S3 owners excited about the best that Samsung has to offer for its hottest-selling smartphone in 2012. Many believe that 4.1.2 will offer them lots of new tech goodies that their smartphones lack currently; however, there are three features of the Android 4.1.2 update for Galaxy S3 owners that you already have in Android 4.1.1.

Contextual Geo-Tagging Feature


Contextual Geo-Tagging Feature #2

One feature of the Android 4.1.2 update you do not have to wait for is Contextual Tag. The Android 4.1.2 Contextual Tag feature is an enhancement to the feature as it stands currently in Android 4.1.1. The current Contextual Tag allows you to select “details” as one of the settings of your camera photo, bringing you up to a bar that shows you your city, state, and country in which you took the photo. You can also see the date and time in which your photo was taken to the right of the photo in white. To get this feature, you need to select the “settings” wheel in your camera app, then scroll down to “GPS tag” and select “on” to activate your GPS detection. If you do not have your GPS satellite detection turned on in the major settings section, you will need to activate it before taking a picture that can be geo-tagged. The new Android 4.1.2 update will have a better way to geo-tag photos, such that the location, date, and time will all be displayed on the photo front itself – rather than behind a list of other features. Still, if you do not want to wait for this feature, you can make use of the GPS tag feature now.

Easy Mode

The next Android 4.1.2 feature that you already have available in your Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.1 update is “Easy Mode”. Easy Mode has been explained as a new feature that provides basic display information for a new smartphone user so as not to overwhelm the individual. Well, I’m pleased to report that Galaxy S3 owners running Android 4.1.1 already have this as part of the first Jelly Bean update as well. To access this feature, go to your settings section, look under the “device” category and select “Home screen mode”. There, you will find both a “basic mode” and “easy mode” for your home screen selection. You do not need to anticipate the Easy Mode; it’s already present in the Android 4.1.1 update.

Facebook Lock Ticker:News Feed

Last but not least, there is the Facebook Lock Ticker. You may find this hard to believe, but the feature is already present in your current Android 4.1.1 update as well. To activate it, go to “settings,” then select “lock screen”. You will be brought to a page where you will see “lock screen options” as the second selection to click on. Lock screen options will bring you to a page where you can customize your screen display. Select “Information Ticker” and you will come to a screen that allows you to select your “content type,” “sliding speed,” and “settings.” You can choose to have news stories appear on your lock screen; if you want to have Facebook feeds appear, however, click on “content type” and select “Facebook.” Select your home key, and then place your phone on standby. From the lock screen, you will see a black square at the bottom of the page that you can unfold to view your Facebook (or news) feeds. Thus, you already own the Facebook Lock Ticker, though the Android 4.1.2 update may add some features to it that are not found presently.

These features take nothing away from the Android 4.1.2 update; rather, they will allow you to get prepared for the new update that is to come. The sooner you can play around with these features and become acquainted with them, the less overwhelming the 4.1.2 update will be.