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Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean preview: First look

07 September 2012 | Read the review | Post your comment
Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean preview: First look - read the full textThe Galaxy S III didn't stay in the R&D lab long enough to come with Jelly Bean out of box, but once the latest Android version was announced, Samsung was quick to commit to releasing a timely update. And it seems the wait will be shorter than expected with the official update coming in just a few weeks' time...

 

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If Google Now is anything like Google Search, Google Maps and Google Navigation on Android then it will be a laughable joke for anyone outside of the USA.

Regardless of setting your location current Google apps insist on showing USA petrol stations, USA towns, USA shops etc etc etc
... and then asking if I want to walk or drive there.

I cringe just thinking of the pain of using Google Now.

Google certainly have some issues with the concept of selling a product to the World. Surely some of their developers think that USA is the World.
Why should I have to type my country name in almost every search.

Also if it is as out of date as Google Maps (I can see a 60 year old town that no longer exists, it's forest) then what use will the answers be.
What about finding a service station and it tells me just 6 and they are over 100kms away. What about the 2 I see down the street.

Surely Google Now won't be useful (unless you live in the USA)

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  • 2012-09-09 10:01
  • t@Rb

No update for galaxy note?? Common :@

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  • 2012-09-09 09:57
  • v{tP

lash will be missed if you like desktop style web browsing. Html5 is still far behind in many sites, also the galaxy s3 runs flash (even 1080) much better/faster than it does html5. Your mileage with html5 will vary greatly depending on the browser you're using where flash was fully supported on every major browser. Html5 also takes longer to begin playing even on a fast WiFi connection on a fast device. Desktops will continue to mainline flash and devs will continue to create with it.. You will inevitably miss out, at least for the next couple years.

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  • 2012-09-09 07:20
  • RbqC

> In reply to sgs3 jelly bean @ 2012-09-08 19:26 from srYH - click to readFlash will be missed if you like desktop style web browsing. Html5 is still far behind in many sites, also the galaxy s3 runs flash (even 1080) much better/faster than it does html5. Your mileage with html5 will vary greatly depending on the browser you're using where flash was fully supported on every major browser. Html5 also takes longer to begin playing even on a fast WiFi connection on a fast device. Desktops will continue to mainline flash and devs will continue to create with it.. You will inevitably miss out, at least for the next couple years.

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  • 2012-09-09 07:20
  • RbqC

yeh..im going to buy this super phone today

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  • 2012-09-09 05:15
  • tt1x

2 things, jelly bean puts android well ahead competition features and its a fluid as best spec windows phone deviec/meego out there

while google now/search is amazing in english, it doesnt work in anything other than english.

cards, voice responses only work in english, while S voice accept commands in english

in the near future google now will work in many languages

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  • 2012-09-08 21:50
  • PvYx

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  • 2012-09-08 20:00
  • mc6a

> In reply to rcl4444 @ 2012-09-08 18:48 from P%ns - click to readfirst of all thanks for your reply i do really apreciate your answers

secondly you say that google now can do everything s voice can but i've heard that it can't launch applications like s voice such as launching the camera or games ,....


thirdly can html5 do everything flash player does
in other words shall i miss the flash player ???

i know i'm asking alot
but i want to be 100% sure before switching to jelly bean


my regards

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  • 2012-09-08 19:26
  • srYH

> In reply to what wow @ 2012-09-07 19:19 from 3RM{ - click to readTrue. However the have far less lag, however stats show they have slightly more app crashes.

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  • 2012-09-08 19:15
  • P%ns

> In reply to fix @ 2012-09-08 16:08 from 3AxW - click to readI've read in one of the earlier GSMA articles that the keybaord is improved slightly - easier to use. I don't recall the details though.

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  • 2012-09-08 18:50
  • P%ns

> In reply to sgs3 jelly bean @ 2012-09-08 16:20 from srYH - click to readYou're very fortunate not to have any problems with ICS. I know a lot haven't, however just as many have (I for one).

There are a number of fundamental problems with ICS. One fact that shows this is that over 12 months on it's still not been rolled out by all manufacturers, many had promised the update was coming since last year.

JB is well worth the upgrade. Manufacturers are falling over themselves to get it out to their devices shows they are happy with it. If you have a good experience with ICS, then it'll only get better with JB. Just wait for the official release.

Google Now leaves S Voice behind. It does everything S Voice does and more, it's faster, far more accurate speech recognition, can understand natural speech. It learns from you over time so and will start to anticipate some requests & provide information before you ask - say you follow a sports team and regulatly ask for game results, it will learn this and automatically offer you results (on google cards)whenever they play.

JB is faster in smoother, far less lag (but still some). If your getting good results with ICS this won't be dramatically noticeable though, but you will find overall that everything feels that much snappier.

Adobe has stopped supporting Android, not google. It's being replaced by HTML5, but will take a while till everyone uses it. If you have Adobe Flash loaded now it will still work when you upgrade to JB via Kies.

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  • 2012-09-08 18:48
  • P%ns

> In reply to mmm @ 2012-09-07 23:00 from 2mAi - click to readIt's unthinkable for anyone still claim S2 camera was better than S3.

I know it is sad and cruel for any old S2 users need to and have to admit that S3 camera beat S2 camera hand down in all aspects. It is a true fact, even if all of you choosed not to believed it. I know where all old S2 users coming from.

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  • 2012-09-08 17:46
  • tRgq

The resizing option for the popup video player as well as the brightness slider in the notification bar are already part of the latest 4.0 patch.

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  • 2012-09-08 17:13
  • qH7H

I just wonder why do you try to pich zoom the expandable notification... It's not supposed to be a pinch gesture to expand or to close the notification, but a 2 finger swipe. that's why you had to try it twice to get it to work. If you'll do a 2 finger swipe down (to expand) or up (to close) it will work perfectly.

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  • 2012-09-08 16:28
  • S0B2

hi guys
i have some questions please and i need alittle help

i'm sgs3 ice cream sandwich user
i have no problem with this android version yet
but do you advice me to update it to jelly bean or better stick to ice cream sandwich

also what's the difference between google now and s voice
is it a completely new application or an update to s voice (i loved my s voice and i'm afraid it's not included in jelly bean)

does the phone lag in jelly bean or it's now notably faster and smoother

and why google dispensed with adobe flash player
it's really pretty essential (if anybody knows the reason anyway)

appreciate your help

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  • 2012-09-08 16:20
  • srYH

are there no changes to the keyboard? make it more like swift key?

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  • 2012-09-08 16:08
  • 3AxW

what's the difference between google now and s voice
is it an update to s voice or it's another application


and do you advice me to update to jelly bean or stick to ice cream sandwich

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  • 2012-09-08 15:49
  • srYH

I wonder if the HTC One X would be able to take the competition once Samsung releases Jelly Bean for the S3. I have a One X right now, running ViperX 2.1.0 ROM and the NCX 0.99a kernel and I overclocked the clock speed from the set 1.2 GHz in the Kernel to 1.5 GHz. At Quadrant 1.2 GHz scored around 5200. While at 1.5 GHz it was scoring 6400+. Also combined with awesome battery life. Samsung won't disappoint their customers by making a ROM that doesn't make any improvements, so it would probably score 6000+ and beat my One X.

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  • 2012-09-08 09:41
  • t7w%

> In reply to X @ 2012-09-07 18:00 from pRGI - click to readOn S3, they mostly resolved the "black clipping" issue with the video play, that affected the pen tile HD amoled(on the Note).
Now it's almost non-existent.

Check out "TheAngelofmusic1989" on you tube for more about it

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  • 2012-09-08 09:38
  • MNTt

Samsung is a great provider of hardware. One just cant help but be of the view the SIII is the last of its breed given WP8 is likely to be a game changer in the mobile industry. From what I can see so far, I am glad to wait and see more of WP8. I will still buy a WP8 Samsung device but certainly not Android for me, JB or no JB.

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  • 2012-09-08 08:12
  • y$g@

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