Galaxy S3 Alpha runs Jelly Bean with built-in multi-window support

by: Chris SmithOctober 13, 2012

A few days ago we told you that NTT DoCoMo will offer its subscribers in Japan two new Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 Alpha, with the latter being an updated version of the regular Galaxy S3.

The updates include a 1.6GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean under the hood right out of the box, although all other Galaxy S3 versions will soon get their software upgrade – in fact Galaxy S3 buyers in some European countries have already received.

But the Galaxy S3 Alpha seems to have a hidden feature in its Jelly Bean build. Apparently Japanese buyers will get access to Samsung’s multi-window feature, the kind of functionality that we have only seen so far on the company’s recent Note-branded products including the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and the Galaxy Note 2 phablet. In fact, some versions of the Galaxy Note 2 launched without the multi-window support, a “feature” that was corrected by Samsung in a firmware update.

As you can see in the following video, the Galaxy S3 Alpha has no problem switching between windows, and we’re definitely curious to see regular whether international Galaxy S3 version will also be able to take advantage of the feature once Jelly Bean comes out.

Let’s hear it from you, regular Galaxy S3 buyers, do you want multi-window on your smartphone, or the feature really isn’t that big of a deal for you?

  • Steven Ayers II

    I would love to see this on my international S3! But, as I’m currently using AT&T in the States right now and haven’t rooted it I don’t even have Jelly Bean yet.

    • Ray

      Get the paranoidandroid rom. It’s amazing!
      I flashed it to my at&t gs3, and I now have jelly bean stock nexus version.
      Also you can disable the

  • binhvu

    omg is this for real? when will it come to GT-I9300?

  • saurabhaj

    Is Samsung the First company to not just change the skin of android
    but also the functions of Android OS
    like this

  • Rashy

    I would love to have this on the international version of SIII… as Samsung has delayed the Jelly Bean OTA update for so long they should consider including this feature also!!!

  • mystikalrush

    I just want the hardware, after feeling robbed, the u.s. s3 had hardware degraded because LTE issues yet the note 2 has same specs as international s3 yet works fine with LTE. Am I suppose to sit here and accept that? Not cool Samsung.

    • lilmoe2002

      Not Samsung’s fault really. The issue was never that “quad-core didn’t play nice with LTE”. Qualcomm, the provider of LTE modems, refused to sell their stand alone modems/modules so that they can push their Snapdragon S4 lineup.

      Now, after they got the market lead, they’re finally selling them separately. This is why you’ll see Tegra3 (One X+) and Exynos 4 Quad (Note 2) coming soon.

  • MasterMuffin


  • yeah badly want this!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Daniel Russo

    Looks like they followed HTC in making an acutely updated, mostly irrelevant update to their current flagship, right after the first one was released. Screwing over their previous customers in the process.

    • Daniel Russo is a fool

      Exactly how. Plus how is this in anyway irrelevant? GS3 owners are getting updated as Samsung has promised, more than I can say for HTC. Opinions are like assholes, most of them just stink like yours.

  • Dapsy

    Will there be an International version of the S3 alpha? Any ideas?