Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S III to gain Multi-Window and several other features with new update

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: May 29, 2013

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Heads up, Verizon Galaxy S III owners, because there's a big update that'll soon be coming your way. Verizon today revealed a new update for its flavor of the Samsung Galaxy S III that weighs in at 129.1MB and will bump the device up to software version JZO54K.I535VRBMD3. The update is chock full of new feature goodness, packing in things like Multi-Window support, the ability to sync two devices and share content using S Beam Auto Share Shot and the Best Shot camera mode. Also included are a handful of bug fixes and a couple of preloaded apps.

Verizon hasn't issued a formal announcement for this update yet, so it's not yet clear exactly when it'll begin rolling out. This definitely looks like a meaty bundle of software, though, and all of the new features and fixes may even help Galaxy S III owners feel a little less jealous of their Galaxy S 4-toting friends. Stay tuned and I'll give you a shout once the update has started going out to users. Until then, you can find its full changelog below.

 

KEY DEVICE ENHANCEMENTS ENABLE YOU TO:

  • Access your Wi-Fi connection easily on multiple devices when in Hotspot mode
  • Use ‘bill to my Verizon Wireless Account’ when buying apps from Google Play
  • Access phone screen without unlocking device when connected via Bluetooth headset
  • Use two apps simultaneously side-byside with Multi Screen and Multi Window 
  • Categorize and display images, photos and videos with Samsung Gallery
  • Sync two devices and share content seamlessly with S Beam’s ‘Auto Share Shot’ 
  • Transfer content easily between devices with Samsung Smart Switch tool 
  • Get popup suggestions from Page Buddy when connected to accessories like a wired stereo headset
  • Tag weather, people and place information in photos and video with Contextual Tag
  • Arrange apps in order of frequency of use for faster access with Contextual App Link 
  • Pick the perfect group picture from five burst shots with ‘Best Shot’ 
  • Select and customize specific folders by category and file type with My Files tool
  • Save MMS attachments in your Gallery for quick posting and sharing
  • Create a variety of image styles with Paper Artist tool

ADDITIONAL UPDATES INCLUDE:

  • Removed pop-up messages ‘Refreshing SIM Data’, ‘No SIM’ and ‘SD Card Inserted’
  • New message notification tone is no longer clipped
  • Devices remain in 4G mode without dropping to 3G when Hotspot is on 
  • The Burst Shot setting is no longer the default setting in the Camera application
  • Consistent functionality of the Screen Time Out feature 
  • Applications running prior to sleep mode will remain open when home key is pressed
  • Backspace button will no longer clear an entire sentence – only the intended word
  • Fixed an issue where web browsing would sometimes cause the device to reset
  • Lock screen function improved when screen is idle
  • NFC is now easier to turn on 
  • Device is now recognized by the computer when connected via USB cable
  • Audio distortion fixed when connected to some Car Kits is resolved
  • All devices can now receive over-the-air software updates 
  • Voice recognition performance is improved with the updated S Voice Application 
  • ‘Remove All’ is now ‘Close All’ in  the Task Manager menu

ADDED THE FOLLOWING PRELOADED APPLICATIONS:

  • Catch up on news easily with the Flipboard 
  • Recognize contacts quickly with Caller Name ID application version 1.14.16

Via Droid-Life, Verizon Wireless

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