Galaxy S3 on Android 4.2.2

A leaked Android 4.2.2 firmware for the Galaxy S3 surfaced online. Features like a new Settings UI, a new lockscreen, and more are coming to the Galaxy S3 in the future.

It’s no surprise that Samsung is planning to bring some of the software features launched on the Galaxy S4 to the Galaxy S3. The Korean giant confirmed it, with the obvious limitation being that features depending on hardware, like Air View, won’t be making it to last year’s flagship.

Thanks to a test firmware that leaked online, we now have an idea of what features are likely to make the jump to the Galaxy S3. The firmware, codenamed I9300XXUFME3, has been made available online by the guys at Sam Mobile, who specified that this is a test firmware, and that more features could be included in the final release.

A video of the firmware in action reveal some of the features that Galaxy S3 users should expect in the close future, starting with those coming from the S4:

  • Improved lock screen, similar to that on the Galaxy S4: users will get to use multiple widgets, change the appearance and size of the clock, new unlock effects, and more
  • The new screen modes launched on the Galaxy S4, Adapt Display and Professional Photo
  • New Settings UI, identical to the S4’s
  • Voice controls (from S4)
  • Improved S Voice (from S4)
  • Daydream
  • Navigation mode
  • Actionable notifications

Notably absent are the many software features that Samsung introduced for the camera of the Galaxy S4. Features like Eraser mode or Sound and Shot aren’t hardware dependent, and should work in theory on the Galaxy S3, the Note 2, and other Samsung devices.

For the full list of new features in Android 4.2.2 for the Samsung Galaxy S3, head over to the source.

Sam Mobile also provides instructions on how to install the new firmware. Note that this isn’t by any mean an official release, though the leakers claim that they have tested it and that it works just like an official version.

As for a release date, insiders quoted by the source say that the Galaxy S3 will get the bump to Android 4.2.2 sometimes in June. We’ll keep you posted.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • Abdullah

    GS3 is a year old and have latest android 4.2.2

    HTC One was out this year, and still with 4.1.2

    know the difference between HTC and Samsung ? ;)

    • venorme

      This is leaked firmware. S3 is still on 4.1.2 officially.
      This only means that Samsung has less internal security

      • Aziz Farhi

        Samsung does this on purpose . Its a way to make people test the ROM for bugs so that they can work on fixes and improvements.

    • amine ELouakil

      Not to mention that the 4.2.2 got leaked for the Butterfly a month ago, and the Note 2 still not seeing any glimps of 4.2.2 and the cheery on the pie is that the S4 lags in simple tasks such as UI transitions I’m sorry but what the use of 4.2.2 if your device lag.

      • John Mortimer

        The lag was fixed in the UK within 4 Days

        • amine ELouakil

          The Lag was not fixed, there is a minor update that just started to roll out in several markets, but it doesn’t solve all of the lag issues (like I mentioned before I don’t doubt that Samsung will remove the lag but that doesn’t change the fact that it is there and the product was launched with it) let’s see if the One will have similar issues which I doubt but not impossible

      • steve gerrard

        But you forget the Butterfly WON’T be seeing Key Lime pie, a device that is 7 months younger than the S3, for which the latter will be getting KLP or 4.3 or whatever Google shows as with the Note 2. So your logic and blatant inferior HTC Fanboy mentality kinda burns up yet again.

        • amine ELouakil

          lol? can you at least provide a proof of what you are claiming? The butterfly won’t be getting 4.3 ? the S3 and Note will? Definitly you are the blatant inferior Samsung fanboy here you are even making up stuff, where are everything I mentioned in my previous comment is true and I can easly provide proofs if you want.

    • Also you know it depends on the Carrier as I, along with probably a million or so others that have AT&T are still on 4.1.1 for the S3. It doesn’t exactly bother me, but some people probably are antsy. I guess the key is to research the history of which carriers are the best at updates. Then pick that carrier, OS updates have nothing to do with the manufacturer.

    • Sudeepto Dutta

      Well said mate , I am a Sammy lover & I believe that firmware updates & OEM support comes way ahead than the build quality …

      Expandable memory , removable back … Samsung listens to what its consumer needs … nuff said :)

  • How about Note 2?

    • No! you would brick the phone Note 2 Roms only with your specific carrier!

      • I know. I just wonder when Sammy will be rolling out the update for the Note 2.

        • venorme

          “soon” is a trademark for Samsung

      • It’s not really about carrier, but to specific model, this leak is only for the Galaxy S3 model number GT-i9300 regardles if you are on at&t US, vodafone germany or telcel mexico.

  • Jorge Fernandes

    Can i install it on AT&t S3 i747?

    • If its leaked for your device yes! But not if its for another carrier you will brick it!

    • Aziz Farhi


  • MasterMuffin

    No! Anything else but the new settings UI!

    • Josh York

      Amen, Brother!

      • steve gerrard

        An update is an update and most features are taken from Google, not the S4.

  • sitaramaraju

    My S3 already running on 4.2.2, after all it is a cooked ROM, most of stuff works, but you will loose few samsung proprietary apps, like the awesome dadelion live wallpaper, and few live wall paper effects etc., but yes, if you are not a UI fan and just love to be called ON 4.2.2 there are ROMs available. CWM10 – does the best so far I have seen.

  • kascollet

    “Notably absent are the many software features that Samsung introduced for the camera of the Galaxy S4. Features like Eraser mode or Sound and Shot aren’t hardware dependent, and should work in theory on the Galaxy S3, the Note 2, and other Samsung devices.”
    The “Apple way” I guess…

    • steve gerrard

      Apple way? What about no Zoe for the HTC One x or butterfly, could be say apple way for that POS HTC and Sony. Typical underdog mentality, really hope HTC die quickly.

  • Denzel

    Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.2 Leaked Update Full Review of features/changes:

  • The King

    where is the camera app and transparent notification bar???? bad samsung….. :(

  • mohamadoof

    where is the transparent notification bar and weather widget like galaxy s4 !!!!

  • simpleas

    This is why I love Sammy!