Samsung has made Android 4.1.2 available for the Galaxy S3 in Europe, augmenting the appeal of its flagship phone by porting across some of the key features of the Galaxy Note 2.
Up for download now via Kies for owners of unlocked S3 phones bought off-contract, the new iteration of Android Jelly Bean brings with it a multi-tasking feature that enables users to open two windows on their screen simultaneously. This function was previously exclusive to the Note 2.
Also crossing the phablet-smartphone divide to Samsung's flagship phone is Page Buddy, which processes what you’re doing with your S3 and serves up a dedicated homescreen with apt options.
On the Note 2, for instance, a panel would pop up when owners picked up their stylus. And although there’s no support for the S Pen for the S3 with the update, PageNote will instead come to the fore when earphones, mini-speakers of other peripherals are plugged in.
The gallery app from the Note 2 is present and correct too, as is a Swype-style keyboard and the Paper Artist and Group Cast apps.
Networks are expected to start pushing out the OS bump soon. But, as ever, expect a delay while they conduct compatibility tests to ensure Android 4.1.2 plays nicely with their proprietary services.