Stream Video, Music and Photos from Samsung Galaxy S3 to Your Computer

Yes, you read that right. Your Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone just got smarter with the help of a free app called AirDroid. You can now very easily download large number of high resolution images stored on the phone, stream MP3 and HD videos to your Windows PC browser. I’ll spare you the introduction to the App itself and jump right into the app’s screenshots — nothing more convincing than a visual tease.

“The AirDroid Android app should be compatible with most Android devices running Android 2.1 or later. The Web Desktop should be compatible with most modern web browsers, including IE 8 or later, Chrome 12 or later, Firefox 3.6 or later, Safari 5.0 or later. Support for mobile browsers, like Safari on iPad, is experimental.” — AirDroid

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Along with some nice configurable settings, I particularly like how you can predefine a password instead of having to enter a randomly generated especially if you’re going to use this app several times a day.

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You can use AirDroid to send/receive SMS (text messages, if supported by the device), install/uninstall apps, transfer files between Android device and computer/tablet, and manage contacts, photos, music, videos, and ringtones, etc., all in a web browser.

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Here’s a actual screenshot of my desktop with user friendly interface to manage my phone’s picture Gallery – choose a single image or batch download many (multiple images are automatically zipped)

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Just for kicks, I streamed a HD Gangnam Style Live Concert video from the phone to my Dell 27-inch LCD and the QuickTime playback was buttery smooth. While the video was playing I attempted to multi-task by playing an MP3 track and viewing the photo gallery simultaneously – all possible.

Super Wide 0.4x Angle Lens for Samsung Galaxy S3

While shopping for a SanDisk 64GB MicroSD card at Changi Airport last night, I came across a super wide lens accessory produced by ib-F40. Instead of the popular magnetic case design they released for the Apple iPhone 4 this design clips the lens firmly to any compatible camera phone. I couldn’t resist the staff’s suggestion to give it a go on my S3 seeing how incredibly difficult it is to find a decent wide angle lens that’s made for this phone.

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Below are before and after examples of how wide a perspective this lens gives you including one additional photo of my son shot from across the aisle (you know just how tight seats are on a plane).

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Interface Screenshots

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.

Read also: Download the Missing Photo Editor on Your Samsung Galaxy S3

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).

Read also: Samsung Galaxy S3 Capturing Sports at the Speed of Art

Android Jelly Bean upgrade adds more items to the Galaxy S3 Settings menu making it really long.

The correct version of Jelly Bean firmware I used can be downloaded here. (807MB)

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