Christmas comes early for Galaxy SIII: Samsung rolls out Premium Pack update to UK

Samsung Galaxy S3 owners in the UK using the Jelly Bean version of Android will start receiving an update for their handsets that adds new features found on the Galaxy Note II, such as dual-window app support, from Thursday.
Written by Ben Woods, Contributor

Samsung has started rolling out an upgrade to Galaxy SIII handsets in the UK that brings a raft of new functionality including multi-window support and camera improvements, as well as improved touch response.

The Premium Suite upgrade began to hit S3 phones running the Jelly Bean (4.1) version of Android on Thursday, Samsung said in an announcement.

"Samsung has recently provided the Jelly Bean 4.1 upgrade for the Galaxy SIII, and will bring even more enhanced features to the phone through the upcoming Premium Suite upgrade," the company said. "The Galaxy SIII Premium Suite upgrade will include many of the innovative and productive features newly introduced by the Galaxy Note II."

Among the new features is multi-window support, allowing two apps to run simultaneously side by side. It also has improved contextual awareness: for example, contextual tags allow a user to tag a photo, video or voice memo with the date, location and friends present. It also does things like automatically opening up the music player when headphones are plugged in.

There are a number of other photo-related improvements too, including new gallery options for categorising or viewing photos and new low-light and 'Best Face' features. Best Face is a reworked version of the previous Best Photo option and allows you to select the best shot of each face in the picture taken from five continuous photos.  

The update includes other small tweaks too, such as making Group Cast a stand-alone app rather than part of Allshare Play to make it quicker to access.

Editorial standards