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Software Enhancements Seen on Galaxy S4 Will Come to Galaxy S3 and Note 2

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If you caught yesterday’s Unpacked event from Samsung, you noticed they took plenty of time to show off a lot of interesting new software features that will come baked into the Galaxy S4. In a recent interview, Samsung’s VP of Portfolio Planning confirmed that a lot of the software enhancements that we saw yesterday would make their way to Samsung’s other flagship devices, as long as they are not hardware dependent. 

Anything that we can do that’s not dependent on hardware like infrared, we’ll definitely bring to all the flagship devices.

It would be nice to see some of that new camera software make its way to the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, along with the new scrolling features as well. I know a few folks think that some of the new features are somewhat “tacky” or “gimmicky,” but it’s nice to see a company thinking completely out of the box and bringing new and innovative features to the Android platform. Keep it coming, Samsung.

Speaking of software, check out Kellen’s software tour from yesterday.


Via: PC Mag

  • This will be awesome on my Note2 Titanium

  • Would be nice but… I will believe it when my Note II sees the “updates”

  • jon

    Does anyone know if the finger hover feature will be avalible one gs3 and note2 or what’s the deal? Cus I’m not sure if that requires special hardware or not

    • Samsung Fanboy

      On the S3, no. On the Note 2, yes.

  • jzwerlz43

    so does this mean that 4.2.2 will make its way to the galaxy s3 and note 2 at some point in the near future?


    Now these are things I like to here!!! even though I’m not really a fan of all these useless features I am a fan of OEM’s supporting their devices after a new one comes out This is what turned me away from HTC once their new device came out it was like the current device you have was irrelevant if you want me to keep in your samsung or htc world I’m more likely to do so if I know that you didn’t abandon the device i have once the new one came out and the fact that it was supported the whole time i was under contract.

  • I will be sticking with my Dna for a while, none of these phones really wowed me, but here’s hoping that Moto, LG or Google have something great to show off in the coming months and hopefully these great phones will be coming to Verizon as well

    • She_Beast

      Hasn’t the DNA only been out a few months? What would be the point in upgrading to the GS4 at this point, even if it did “wow” you? How often do you upgrade?

      • Not as much has I would like, but once a year if anything… But do so by selling the old phone and making up the difference (only one way the wife will let me do it)

  • Well I was wondering when if this was going to happen

  • I just wounder when TW is going to move on from the hideous gingerbread tabs!!!

  • itsacardigan

    I only wish they would add a bit of gripiness to the back of their phones. Without a case i feel like my Note 2 would just slip out of my hand.

  • So now there is almost no reason t upgrade. Good job samsung, you just lost yourself money.

    • EP_2012

      Because of this, I’ll be loyal to samsung for at least my next high-end device, and likely my wife’s too. Keeping customers happy guarantees their success.

      • Not a big deal to me since I flash CM10 anyways. I’ll get a HTC phone for my next, sick of the poor build quality of the Samsung phones.

  • viewthis66

    hey trolls… we get it. you don’t like that Samsung phones use plastic. move on.

  • viewthis66


  • M.Beg

    Samsung might as well throw a plastic phones party.

  • Come on, Son

    Hey, droid-life, care to put all these S4 things into their own category? 2 pages of S4 news is just spam at this point

  • Austin Warren

    I just find it funny that everyone is complaining only because other people are. It makes me laugh.

  • And Nexus for the win…

  • happy with my note 2, id get a S4 but then I know I would want to trade again when I see the Note 3. it is weird though that they took some of the s pens unique features and ported them over. hopefully they can make the note 3 screens bigger while keeping the actual phone size about the same.

  • eidylon

    This is nice and all, but here in the states it is nothing more than a painful tease. Even if Sammy brought the update tomorrow, the carriers wouldn’t update their phones with the latest build for MINIMUM of 6-9 months. 🙁

  • Please no more,,,, the last update on my Galaxy S3 finally made S Voice work properly. No more random 20 second delay between saying the name of the contact I want to call and the phone placing the call.

    • KleenDroid

      I have a half brother named John Lang. It’s not you is it? 🙂

      • From Jersey?

        • KleenDroid

          Well he was in Pennsylvania. While he knows he has a half brother we only met once.

    • hyperbolee

      Why do you use S-voice? Can’t you use the built in android dictation? I have S-voice on my Note2, but always use Google voice input instead it’s 10 times more accurate.

      • When I double tap the button on my bootoof headset, Svoice calls my contacts using only my voice. Are you saying I can set another program to do that on my Verizon Galaxy S3 ?

        • She_Beast

          On stock Android, if you swipe up from the bottom of the screen, it’ll bring up Google Now, which can be set to respond to a prompt of “Google”, then “Call [contact].” It’ll pop up a confirmation card that gives you a second to cancel, in case you decide not to make the call or if it happens to bring up the wrong contact. I’ve had mixed results with it recognizing oddly spelled names, like “Kaitlyn” or “Stephen”, but it does fine w/ simple names. I don’t recall how you bring up Google Now on the GS3 though – I was under the impression that they sort of hid it so that you are more apt to use S Voice. I’d recommend checking out what Google voice commands are capable of, but if S Voice works for you, then that’s great.

  • Detonation

    Hopefully the S4 will drive the S3’s market price down. S4 not really worth full retail if I could get a used S3 for under $300.

  • Mmmee I am happy with my note 2

  • gregmr

    Will come to Verizon after 8 months of testing the update

    • Austin Warren

      there will be roms.

      • Uh-huh

        Yep, broken, and buggy

        • Austin Warren

          You need to find a good developer then.

          • Huh

            Ok, legitimate question then: what is a good ROM for the S3? CM has issues with the hardware buttons. AOKP is just straight broken (hardware buttons, data issues, hard-locks/reboots). What is a ROM that does not have some aggravating bug that makes you wanna punch babies?

          • Rodeojones000

            Sadly, you’ve hit the nail on the head here. Devices running an OEM skin are notoriously buggy when it comes to ROMs. There’s a reason the majority of developers use Nexus devices.

          • S2556

            I use 4.2.2 AOKP but it is built by task650 using different mods and code changes. It is really stable. I have zero issues and I combine it with Ktoonsez kernel with great results.
            I have the AT&T version but these might be ported over to the Verizon ones as well.

          • billy routh

            Beans Rom.

          • Rodeojones000

            Legitimate question, what phone and ROM are you currently using?

      • I decided to finally install a ROM last night on my Note II. I regret this so fricking much.

  • Dave

    hey, Samsung just saved me 200 dollars, thanks. GN baby!

  • meetloaf13

    So glad I didn’t wait out for the S4, #NoteIILOVE

    • DanSan

      im still on the fence with that one… have a galaxy nexus and was going to grab a note 2 but decided to wait to see what the S4 had in store. its pretty much the same thing using the S Pen functions but minus the S pen and a slightly smaller screen. still undecided though

      • KleenDroid

        I think you and I should hold out a little longer. There will be more things to come.

        I know a new phone is enticing but we have to at least wait to see what this X phone will be all about.

        While you wait I recommend you give Atom ROM version 9 a try along with the newest AK kernel. 🙂

        • EC8CH


        • DanSan

          eh, i really have no care at all about this motorola X phone junk. sticking with samsung

          • KleenDroid

            I agree the X may end up being junk. Especially if they continue with what they have been doing. And especially if it’s locked down like normal.

            Samsung is more developer friendly.

            But there still isn’t any rush.

        • Big_EZ

          How long are we gonna have to wait to hear about the X phone though. Maybe IO, but I suspect it’ll be the fall before we hear concrete info on it.

          • KleenDroid

            The X probably will be another failure for Motorola since they just stated that they still only have their old crap in the pipeline.

            But I am waiting for the device that pulls me away from my Gnex and it still isn’t available.

      • p8ntballah21

        I am due for an upgrade in May, so its between this and the One. Unless we hear something about the X Phone until then.

        Smart idea about putting this new software on the GS3 and the Note 2. It will make using some of those new sharing programs actually usable.

      • also a smaller battery, I bought my note 2 roughly 2 months ago coming from a GNex and I couldnt be happier

        • T4rd

          Same here. Huge upgrade over the Gnex, esp. in the battery and reception department.

          • Diablo81588

            And the physical size department.

          • Don’t forget the camera! I did the same upgrade and totally love it.

        • hyperbolee

          Did the same and would never go back to the Galaxy Nexus – I didn’t realize how much active maintenance I was doing every day to just keep the damn thing from dying. Now i have full push on everything on the phone, have weather update constantly, all widgets update frequently and have screen on time of 5 hours+ and still have 40% battery left, it’s just great.

        • Rawheat200

          Yep, same thing here. Came from the Gnex to the Note2 and never looked back. Always had to install new ROMs to get the next best experience on the GNex…still running stock on the Note2 and don’t feel like I’m missing a damn thing! Battery has been incredible!

        • Totally true, Gnex to Note2 is a great step up. It’s amazing how much more I find myself using the phone not worrying about a dying battery.

      • JoshGroff

        Both are great choices, and you’ll probably be happy with either one. Note 2 is great, and the S-Pen is perfect for jotting down quick notes or launching apps from within apps. It’s absolutely brilliant when it comes to multitasking. I’ve almost entirely converted to using the S-Pen to navigate and I must say it’s fairly convenient not having to wipe fingerprints off the screen.

      • DaRkL3AD3R

        Get it. It’s leaps and bounds better than the Galaxy Nexus. Everything about that Nexus was just horrible and I don’t understand why people are so afraid to admit it’s junk. The fact that you’re ditching a horrendous Pentile screen for an RGB stripe alone makes it worth the purchase. When you factor in Exynos > OMAP, massive battery increase, far better camera etc, it’s a given. You’ll definitely be happy with the Note 2. Get it.

    • Austin Warren

      You can’t honestly say you’d choose an older phone over a new one.

      • Joey

        Sure he can, he can say whatever the hell he wants. Plus the Note2 and S4 are different enough to justify such a statement.

      • meetloaf13

        I certainly can. I’ve had my Note II for 5 months now. It has been the most enjoyable 5 months I’ve ever had using a mobile device. I absolutely adore the screen-size, I was just wondering whether the S4 would have been specced out like bonkers, but we can see that it wasn’t.

        So I’m now 5 months into my upgrade cycle, I have have lost very little in respects to the S4. Besides, the S-Pen is awesome, I love it and use it often. I have zero regrets.

        • Austin Warren

          I agree that the Note 2 is awesome, but this is clearly the winner. At least until the Note 3 is out,

          • meetloaf13

            Silly Rabbit, “winner” is all subjective. I think we can all agree the S4 is an underwhelmingly good device. But if I had to choose today, I personally would still take the Note II.

    • New_Guy

      Note 2…here I come!!!

    • Yeah, when I saw some of the features of the S4, I was pretty stoked. But then I calmed down and remembered that most of those things can probably, very easily in fact, be ported to the Note II. Unless the Note 3 is the absolute monstrosity it’s rumoured to be I can’t see myself moving away from my Note 2 to an S4.

    • Tom

      Ya, the wife will be happy that she’ll get these enhancements on her Note II.