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Android 4.1.2 begins its journey to Galaxy SIII handsets

A minor update but one which adds functionality previously exclusive to the Galaxy Note 2

By MARK JONES

Published: 7 December, 2012

READ MORE: US | Samsung | Handset | Android

While the update to Android 4.1.2 for the Galaxy SIII might not sound like a huge deal it's going to bring with it a decent number of new features. Of course this will be in addition to the usual bugs fixes and general improvements to the OS. This week has seen the update begin its world tour for the device.

Topping the list of those new features is multi-view which allows users to have more than one app open on the screen at the same time. This is one feature that's possible thanks to the handset's near phablet-sized display. Previously this functionality has only been seen on Samsung's Galaxy Note II.


As well as this Page Buddy is also going to be part of the update, delivering function-specific homescreens which only become active when a certain action is performed, such as plugging in a pair of headphones or docking the handset.

Also like the Note II the Galaxy SIII is going to be getting an updated gallery app, plus smart rotation, group cast, paper artist, a customisable notification panel and a new keyboard which offers continuous swype-like input.

So far the app has only reached Poland but it's expected to roll out across the rest of the globe in the coming weeks, at the moment there's no word on when it's going reach the US.

However there's more good news for Samsung device owners in Europe as Android 4.1.1 has started to reach Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 devices in the UK. While it brings it with a few improvements and new features it's still standing in the shadow of the Samsung-made Nexus 10 which already has Android 4.2. When it does reach the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 though it will enable multiple user accounts on a single device and bring with it a 360 degree panoramic photo mode.

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