Update: Samsung has now shown part 2 of the Premium Suite update, and you can find everything after the break. 

Just as we saw when Android 4.1.2 rolled out to international Samsung Galaxy S3's starting with Poland, the Premium Suite upgrade adds quite a few features and enhancements for Galaxy S3 owners. To show off those goods, Samsung has now posted up part one of a series of demo videos that highlight the changes headed our way. In short, it's a mixture of stuff from the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Here's what you can expect:

 Contextual Awareness

  • Page Buddy: Your phone will smartly predict what you intend to do according to your actions. For example, when you plug in your earphones, the device automatically opens up a page with the music player.
  • Contextual Menu:  When you list up apps, you can now choose to see the most frequently used ones first. Especially convenient when you’re looking through apps  to find files to attach.
  • Contextual Tag:  When you take a picture on the phone, you can tag the weather, date, and place immediately.

Enhanced Features

  • Multi Window: You can open two different apps at the same time into two different windows on the mobile screen.
  • Auto Share Shot Pairing using NFC: By setting the camera to ‘Auto Share Shot’ mode, you can quickly share your photos and videos by simply tapping their GALAXY S III with other NFC and S-Beam enabled devices
  • Reader Mode: You can easily control the size of the text on your browser! Also, you can just click the webpage to share it!
  • Facebook Lock Ticker: The easiest way to see your Facebook News Feeds – set your phone to show it on your lock screen.

It's a pretty awesome pack to have arrive on an already great device but alas, the typical disclaimer applies here. Samsung notes that availability and timing of the Premium Suite upgrade will vary depending on the country and mobile carrier.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Powerful Multimedia

  • Paper Artist: You can make a picture like a pop artist! Change the moods of your pictures whenever you want!
  • Camera, Low Light Shot: It’s always tough to take pictures in dark places. So the GALAXY S III with Premium Suite has a Low-Light-Shot  function. Get your hands on one and check out the difference!
  • Camera, Best Face: The problem with group pictures? Somebody always, ALWAYS blinks. Well, Best Face is your solution to that.  Best Face takes 5 consecutive pictures and lets you choose the best face for each person among those shots.

New Features & Better Accessibility 

  • Easy Mode: For first-time smartphone users and/or those who are really really, well, lazy. This function helps you set up the most five frequently used widgets on the home screen, so you don’t have to be tired of looking everywhere to find those apps.
  • Sound Balance: You can adjust the balance of volume one each side of earphones.
  • Setup Wizard: After turning on your cell phone, you can see the accessibility menu right away on the screen.
  • Camera Easy Snap: With ‘talk back’ and ‘face detection’ on your settings menu, the GALAXY S III tells you how many faces it can detect on the camera preview.

It's shaping up to be quite the update. 

 
There are 88 comments

Gearu says:

Half of those are a step backwards for humanity.

Phategod1 says:

care to elaborate?

In a way yes. In another way, it's making people who don't to over pay for an iphone have justice with an over featured phone

p0rkguy says:

Calm down Samsung.

Targon says:

What, you don't like seeing a company actually working hard to be innovative and add new features not available in stock Android? You may not care for Touchwiz, but you can't really complain when new features are not shoved down your throat yet are still available if you want to use them, can you?

Note that screen beaming(similar Samsung AllShare Cast) is a feature that is being added to stock Android. If Samsung did not include this feature in its devices, do you think Google would be adding it to stock Android? Google of course is adding new features, but what device manufacturer other than Samsung has been really pushing out new features the way Samsung has?

KSmithInNY says:

I agree with your overall point but i posted a correction for you below.

Note that screen beaming(similar Samsung AllShare Cast) is a feature that *was added to Android ICS, in OCT 2011*. If *Google* did not include this feature in its *source code*, do you think *Samsung* would be adding it to *their devices*?

http://www.android.com/about/ice-cream-sandwich/

Cheers!

gtg465x says:

Half of those features are useless or already in stock Android. Multi Windows is the only innovation here I would say.

Contextual Awareness:

- My Nexus already shows a music control widget on the lockscreen when I plug in headphones.

- The stock Android apps already show the most recently used apps next to share / attach context menus. Showing the most frequently used is different, but not necessarily better. Certainly not innovation.

- Stock Android already tags photos with the date and place. I don't freaking care what the weather was like unless I was outdoors, in which case I have a picture of what the weather was like haha.

Enhanced Features:

- Multi Window: Ok, this is the one cool feature of the bunch.

- Wow, I can share things via NFC with my Nexus too. It's called Android Beam. Wonder where Samsung came up with S-Beam anyways. Oh yeah, this feature was in stock Android first.

- I'm sorry, but Pocket and Instapaper are way better than what Samsung offers as a reading mode. And sharing web pages? Um, pretty sure we've been able to do that since roughly Android 1.5.

- Facebook lock ticker? So it's a Facebook widget for your lockscreen. Guess what, my Nexus has Android 4.2, which supports lockscreen widgets. I can put a ton of stuff on my lockscreen, not just Facebook.

SlimJ87D says:

This is a post from someone that is really insecure about their life. They constantly need to reassure themselves. You need help.

Agreed. It blows my mind how Android fans (myself included) ruthlessly mocked Apple because the i5 was NOT innovative in any way. (And as a side note, innovation doesn't mean they include features that YOU yourself will use and love. Someone, somewhere will love those features, and that means Samsung is innovating.) But back to my original point.....everyone made so much fun of Apple because their i5 had nothing new. But then Samsung comes out with an upgrade that includes some things that the S3 didn't have before, and people try to spin it as a bad thing. You have to pick a team and stick with it. No more waffling.

I don't care what someone's Nexus 4 can do. I would if I owned one, but since I don't, I am excited to get some of these features on my S3. I know Android (Google) originally invented most of these features, but I don't have them because I do not have a vanilla Android device. But that's okay, because I love Touchwiz and I love my S3. It has features the Nexus doesn't have. But you say that to a Nexus fan, and they will say that what I like is just a "gimmick". Well I got news for you, I use some of these features daily. My favorite being "Smart Alert". So to me it isn't a gimmick. I could say having a glass back on a phone is a "gimmick" just as easily.

We're all Android fans here. What matters is that this OS continues to provide us a feature rich experience unlike our less fortunate compadres who run iOS. And I still have to laugh at people who hate Blur, Touchwiz, and Sense. Each one offers a slightly different taste of Android. If you don't like it, don't buy it. You also can get your Nexus if you hate all OEM skins. It's just getting so old hearing people rag on the skins even though A) there's many other choices and B) you can shut most of the features off if you don't like them. It would be interesting to see if people changed their tune if the Android Central employees started praising all of these in their reviews. I am confident that the majority of those who hate them, only say that because they read it in reviews.

SlimJ87D says:

Thumbs up.

Targon says:

I also love when people put Android 4.2 on their devices, and then talk about features that Android 4.2 has which a manufacturer adds to their 4.0 or 4.1 device as not being new or innovative. Yes, Android 4.2 has a number of features in it that Samsung put into 4.0 or 4.1 S3 and/or Note 2. The point is that we will ALWAYS see individual manufacturers add features to their devices which then become standard features on new versions of Android. It is a positive thing, but don't downplay that individual device makers are actually helping drive the progress of Android as a whole.

Where would Android itself be right now in terms of features if you didn't have Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony, and others trying to differentiate their devices by adding new features the others do not have yet?

Google is clearly doing some very cool things with stuff like Google Now, but I am sure that Google is also working hard to find new things to add to base Android to make it an even better choice compared to the competition.

cbn4forums says:

Nice comment! Samsung is really adding features to stock Android and that is what these OEMs should continue doing to differentiate themselves and also making Android even much better the iOS. However I hope that when Samsung updates to 4.2 they will add the photosphere option in their camera app and not call it s-sphere!

As a current iOS user who is VERY ready to switch over to Android is just blown away by this update for the S3. I don't even remember (if there ever was) a time when Apple gave an update that included this many new features that i personally consider very useful additions. Most iOS updates i've seen maybe one or two things that i would use that are helpful. Most 2 recent things are notification center (which android has had) and the DND feature (which correct me if i'm wrong, android also has). This is about on par or over par with what Apple now seems to consider a major update for iOS.

I was extremely dissapointed with the last two iOS versions. I've owned my nexus 7 for about 4 months now and i LOVE it and cannot wait to get my hands on an android phone. Most likely the S4 which should obviously have these features and more by the time its out.

This guy is excited for his upgrade in about 6 months!

DWR_31 says:

@gtg
Yes your stock Android has NFC "Android Beam", but "S-Beam" uses WiFi Direct instead of Bluetooth.

WiFi Direct being the faster protocol.

return_0 says:

Android Beam doesn't use Bluetooth.

It uses NFC.

mdmitchell13 says:

4.1 sends using bluetooth and nfc

HDandroid says:

@gtg my nexus this, my nexus that.... gosh I bet this post is from a middle schooler.

P/S: oh guess what? My S3's storage can expand with SD card. Isn't that too cool? yes it's a hardware advantage, so what?

That's a lot of digging through menus . . . . Hope they don't plan on running anything like this as an AD.

kinfolk248 says:

Cant wait till someone on XDA ports multiwindow to Gnex...!!!

piizzadude says:

don't hold your breath, it relies on TW libs to work...no worky on AOSP

Other manufacturers as well as Google should get a clue from a software and feature standpoint from Samsung. They would learn so much from Samsung.

Targon says:

Google is paying attention. Key Lime Pie may surprise everyone and include all these features and improvements.

is it just me or isnt this the junk and crap no one will ever use that makes me want to only own a nexus phone...
i <3 my gnex...and the ole' nexus one perpetually sitting on my desk.

SlimJ87D says:

Someone sounds jelly, as in jealous.

I have multi view on my Note 10.1 and use it often. It's an AMAZING feature. Can't wait to get it on my S3. And you don't have to worry about whether or not these features are crap, cause you will never get to see for sure. Those of us enjoying them will let you know all about it if you'd like. I might even allow you to watch me enjoy a feature or two sometime. Maybe...

bearballz72 says:

Oh for crying out loud! If you don't want to use these features, then don't use them. I appauld Samsung for making an already great phone better. It's rare that a Android handset maker rolls out these kinds of enhancements.

The only question is when will customers here in the U.S. see this? Early next year, 6 months from now?

kullkid92x says:

Yeah, idk if its cause I own the Evo LTE but I do not like that UI, at all... gimmick or not I just don't like that, looks sooo different from stock android or any other skin for that matter.

Diskoman says:

I hate to say it, because many a user will not use all of these....but many users will use SOME of these. This makes this useful, and further differentiates their handsets. Samsung has come a LONG way when it comes to providing updates to their handsets. They are now at the forefront of rolling out Android updates, and are also adding functionality as well. HTC, LG, Motorola, etc. can all learn something from Samsung right now. It's not just about the hardware! Imagine what one of those companies could do with some of Samsung's imagination and a tasteful UI....

piizzadude says:

..and this is why the SGS3 is the best Android phone out there, in its class.

Yes TW looks bad but a launcher takes care of that. Not only do they update, but enhance.

Will I use all the functions? No, I can see 4 out of the 7 listed that i would though.

The Nexus 4 is nothing but a barbones kit you buy from Tiger Direct whereas this is the Alienware model.

Dragod says:

So, then, using your analogy, a Nexus 4 running CM10.1 or AOKP is the custom built PC that I made to suit my needs perfectly.

piizzadude says:

maybe if you equate that to running windows CE. You can run some things, but for all the cool stuff you need full a full blown OS.

oh and I can run CM and AOKP too so I can have all you have...and much much more

return_0 says:

Oh, except the Nexus phone runs the full OS… whereas the GSIII runs the cartoonish version of that with extra features you can just get with an app or launcher or something.

You go ahead and search for, and download the 30 extra apps that will get you these features. You guys sound so funny trying to make "extra features" sound like a bad thing. Keep trying though. It's making time go faster and getting closer to the weekend.

piizzadude says:

no it is a bare boned OS, TW is a full featured version of Android now

return_0 says:

Since when can a "full-featured" version of an OS be made by someone other the people actually coding the OS?

Ironzey says:

Wow, you got it right. For the most part I thought plain stock Android got it right (AOKP and AOSP not included) but when I see something like this and I get that old feeling of stock Android feeling barren. They haven't managed to really figure out settings in the notification bar yet. Stock is looking weaker and weaker.

severinj says:

oh for the love of god

feenixfly says:

Why can't all the countries just have the same features, same phone? *sigh*

mssca says:

It has to do with two factors:
1. Greedy companies
2. GSM/CDMA spectrum

I know the first one is true for a FACT because I remember some countries in South Asia try to pass laws forcing all service providers to use same GSM model. (Different spectrum, but same band) This will allow people to go between companies with the same phone.\

But as you know how US hypocritical democracy works, the US Embassy sent AT&T Labs "experts" to Parliamentary hearing which they "proved" having different phone models are better for the customers. :(

Targon says:

Front line tech support for most phones out there is handled by the carriers(cell phone service providers). As a result, the carrier locked phones allow carriers to decide if/when any update is released for their version of the phone. There also needs to be different versions of the phone, just because different carriers provide service on different frequencies or communication protocols, so you DO need to have different physical devices to handle these differences.

For the most part, you DO see the same phone released to different markets, but no matter what, you have to deal with the issue I mention above, the different carriers and different ways to communicate.

So, what we see is "International version first", since you don't have carrier specific stuff installed, and it does not require carrier approval. Then you see select countries/regions, generally lower population/sales, and this minimizes the impact of any bugs in the release. It expands from there, but really, it is just common sense. Those of us here in the USA tend to get things last, mostly because AT&T and Verizon are paranoid about problems, so they refuse to sign off on the update, even when it gets released via Kies.

mssca says:

There was an online document on Department of Telecommunications website. You can force the manufactures to at least reduce the number of variance, if not, eliminate it completely. I think even Japan was blocked from passing rules like that.

The fragmentation under the title of "we are different" is too much. For example, the chips are there to handle both GSM, HSPA+, etc, etc. (yes for cheap too) But it is discouraged by companies because it could hurts their bottom line.

xKrNMBoYx says:

Different technology. Same shitty greedy businesses. Different laws and expectations in countries!!!!

MrLadoodle says:

That already happens, its just US and China that are different.

serpa4 says:

Ya, too many steps shown. When the make a commercial, they should all be "on" in the 1st place. Ya, I have a Note 2 and don't use nearly all the things it can go as many are gimmicky. However, some do rock, like split window. I watch a movie and surf the web, or have email and web at the same time. There was a time when smart phones themselves were gimmicky and no one really needed them. Some still feel that way, but once you use them, you begin to like it.

piizzadude says:

Guess what? You turn them on once and you do not have to go through those steps again

domero#AC says:

What good is showing us the international version if Verizon is not going to get this?

lsmunoz says:

Oh Verizon will get it ... about the same time we are do for an upgrade.

xKrNMBoYx says:

Because Verizon is not the only carrier in the US, let alone the world.

XavierMatt says:

VZW will get it, . . . . just in Q4 2013. :-)

vertebra says:

Not a fan of Samsung's hardware(screen, housing) or Touchwiz but it is nice to see that they are implementing new features into the S3. It would have been much easier for them to just bake them into the S4.

XChrisX says:

Bake them into the S4 a phone that's not even out yet? This gives hope to the MANY new S3 owners that they still have in my opinion the best Android phone out right now, and that Samsung is still supporting it with new features. I might not use all of these new features but at least my phone is being upgraded. Many HOX owners are still running ICS, I'd say Samsung is leading the way with innovations, and upgrades. This is my first Android phone, and second Samsung phone, and this definitely won't be my last.

THANK YOU! Finally a voice of reason. It's cool to see someone who may not like the product itself, but yet can appreciate choices and options and features and the efforts being made.

hippocat says:

When they show off multi window at 6aM7kQ7sCRE#t=132s you can clearly see a Gmail icon which I believe wasn't featured on the Note II

Fussolia says:

I have a Sprint Note II and I have the ability to use Gmail in multi-view out of the box.

Two apps at once? I guess this is useful if you need to "quickly" copy and paste some text from a web page to an e-mail or something, but that's it. I also like how they showed the "Contextual Tag" feature and it took almost 40 seconds to navigate all of the menus to set it up.

On a side note, the narrator was annoying. It almost sounded like it was his first job, especially when he announced a new feature.

Who? says:

Battery life is going to take a serious hit with all of this.

Archienj7 says:

Like it hasn't already?

xKrNMBoYx says:

Why is that? Having more things on your phone use more battery? No. Now if all those applications are used/enabled then yes your right. But you can always disable them.

Motifman22 says:

The narrator of this video needs only to do one thing: never narrate a video again.

How is it that people like this are still on videos? It's like an infomercial that everyone thinks is fake but isn't. I hope one day i am not annoyed by this crap..

xKrNMBoYx says:

Because who are we to dictate if someone can be on video or not?

wilfreb says:

Samsung with its TouchWiz smashing the competitors!
This is why I love Sammy and my Galaxy S3 and my Galaxy Note 10.1

With TouchWiz you get a ton of added value on your device, kudos to Sammy

Richillion says:

They put the Facebook ticker as a new feature but I got it when I upgraded last week on AT&T to 4.1.1. Furthermore I'm loving it on the lock screen

xKrNMBoYx says:

Nearly 25% of the features already exist in my 4.1.1. The Best Face feature and Multi-Window are my favorite that I will be waiting for.

Cubfan says:

I have the Note now. Great.

biggy813 says:

Hell yeah Samsung keep it coming, I love the features. :-)

SlimJ87D says:

Um.... No... people are already using this and have awesome battery life still. I've gone 26 hours easily without a charge. Go over to XDA.

Just don't sync things you don't use. I never use Picasa, so why have it sync and cause wakelocks.

Hipgnose says:

Best Face is the next big thing.

media_blitz says:

All the nexus users here are just making me feel like a pretentious douche for having a nexus device. Thanks douches, you're one step away from being sheep.

XavierMatt says:

+1

glazedfaith says:

I can hardly wait! I heard from a completely fictional source that we might get this on Verizon by Christmas! (2013)

stageman says:

That sounds about right.

XavierMatt says:

Yep. That's kinda public knowledge.

Tariqali0786 says:

I guess you have to take your hat off to Samsung. This is how they have become the no 1 phone manufacturer on the planet. Always trying to better themselves even though they are leading the pack. Good luck to them and long may it continue. Ps still waiting for jelly bean on my HTC one x while every S3 has had it for months

XavierMatt says:

The GS3's on VZW still don't have it, and ATT just got it. However Tmo and Sprint been had it.

Coming to Verizon in the update after next sometime in Fall 2013. Pathetic how carriers have OEM's gripped right by the balls....except for Apple of course.

Andrei Sorin says:

I just received the new premium update and I am very happy with it. I love the multi-window and contextual menu so much!! I can see new small additional settings here and there. Nice :)

One thing bothers me.... after the update I think the battery drains faster with the same settings... We will see

Whenever you get a major update like that do a hard reset. It usually shakes some of the crap loose that sometimes occurs.

XavierMatt says:

Samsung abouts to SLAYYYYY. - Anyways I am way to excited for multi window support on my GS3. When it comes to updates Samsung get's them out almost as if they were a Nexus, in terms of the Galaxy Line. They still need to get rid of Kines tho.

Ronzdaname says:

These are some awesome features. I have the Galaxy Note GT N7000 and would love to see some of these features come out for this as well as all the Note products. I think it would just rock with these new features.

Cubfan says:

What happened to the Samsung that never updated their phones and abandoned them for the next device? What happened to the Samsung that had a different device on every carrier that made updates even more difficult?

This is going to INFURIATE so many Nexus owners. I've noticed that a lot of the Nexus fans despise, absolutely despise new features and options. It's like a personal attack on them and their device. I've yet to figure out why, but this second video of added features is going to send them over the edge once and for all. Samsung just knows how to push buttons on people and with all these new functions it appears they are targeting the Nexus line.

Masheen says:

Ofc there will be no way to disable these features. Lol

piizzadude says:

The kids today either call them "off switches" or don't turn them on to begin with...I know right??!?!?!? What will they think of next

I am wondering if some of this premium suite did not already arrive on the last OTA from T-mobile in the US?

I've had low-light on my camera for a while, is this a newly updated low-light camera or the same one as included in the GS3 4.1.1 update?

wonkman says:

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m011404 says:

Is this something that will be available to anyone running cyanogenmod?

funkylogik says:

Just got touchwiz 4.1.2 earlier and it truly is good, on my gt-i9300 anyway, its put my quadrant score over 6000 and DOUBLED my hspa+ download speeds. Multi-window is far too limited (12 stock apps) to be useful unless maybe 3rd party devs have to cater for it but performance wise.... its wild...N2 wild :)