UPDATE: January 28, 2013
Earlier this evening I received a firmware that updated the phone to Android 4.1.2. This update added two significant features: Multi Window and customizable Notification Panel buttons (scroll to bottom of post to see screenshots.
This post needs no introduction as many Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone owners all over the world await the official roll out of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update. I decided I didn’t want to play the waiting game so I went ahead and installed a JB firmware ahead of the official update. Those of you itching to know what Jelly Bean on the S3 looks like, here are the vital screen shots to pique your interest.
Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean upgrade from Ice Cream Sandwich adds Blocking Mode to the notification bar. The horizontally scrolling icons are retained – I stacked them here for purpose of illustration (not a bad idea if Samsung redesigns the bar this way).
The Samsung Galaxy S III is supposed to ship bundled with a default photo editor app called Photo Editor but for reason it’s omitted from shipments bound for Brunei and some parts of the world. I’ve had the phone for over a month and since trialled about half a dozen similar free apps on Google Play. Among those I consider worth keeping are AfterFocus and Aviary Photo Editor while most others are just too Instagram-ish for my liking. While I do use Instagram occasionally I don’t use any of its filters. The photo editing tools I require are what every seasoned photographer know as basic exposure control tools and I’m glad I found Samsung’s own photo editing app to fulfil my needs. Best part is its Gallery integration for easy and convenient editing.
Once the Photo Editor app installed, it becomes an integrated part of the Gallery where you can now use the Edit function to conveniently process your photos.
The beauty of the Android operating system is you can opt to download OTA or on a Windows PC then drag the file over to the external micro SD card. Touch to install and life’s good. Once you’re done editing, Save the image and you’ll get a menu that lets you do a number of things including social media sharing.
A sample photo of Fratini Restaurant’s delicious Caesar salad captured using the S III.
On the morning of the official opening of the much anticipated London Olympics 2012, many of us in Brunei (GMT+8) had our alarms set to wake up at 4AM to catch the live coverage of the opening. More importantly, I (along with my wife, and two kids who in the next 2 hours would be getting ready for school) was eager to see the Sultanate’s best athletes march proud among the most powerful athletes from around the world. It was soon time for school following by weekly shopping at the Seria tamu. Instead of our usual breakfast at Nam Wah morning, we decided we would try Soi Heng for a change.
As soon as I walked in, majority of patrons had eyes locked on the large TV screen to catch the live broadcast of the Olympics — moments leading up to the lighting of the Olympic Flame. Sensing the heightened ambiance, I instinctively got up, took out the Samsung Galaxy S III and took a couple of pictures to share on Facebook. No sooner had the photo appear online that Sin Chew Daily reporter called requesting a copy (bottom right) to supplement their front page story. I have had photos from my Canon PowerShot G11 published in 3 major newspapers — photo from the S III a first.