Galaxy S3 Bug Allows Users to Bypass Lock Screen

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By Vincent Funaro, Christian Post Reporter
March 10, 2013|9:21 am

A new bug discovered on the Samsung Galaxy S3 allows users to bypass the lock screen and get right into the main menu.

This can be done by pressing "Emergency Call," followed by "Emergency Contacts," then "Home Button," followed by Power. If performed in this sequence, a Galaxy S3 user could bypass the lock screen and get right to the home screen without any security issues.

This news could be a bit negative for those looking to keep their phones secure at all times. However, it could be helpful for users who forget their password or their pattern.

Apple has a similar problem with the iPhone's lock screen. Samsung will most likely take action to correct the issue in its next major software update.

The Galaxy S3 Android 4.2, JellyBean update could be rolling out in the near future as a new screenshot has leaked revealing information on the software.

If this screenshot actually derived from a true update, than the Galaxy S3 could soon have some new exciting features such as Smart Scroll, which allows the user to scroll up and down on a page using nothing but their eyes.

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This same feature will be one of the main selling points of the Galaxy S4, according to an article published in The New York Times this week.

The screenshots revealing the new update were originally appeared to be for the Galaxy S4, but were confirmed to be from a Galaxy S3 running Android 4.2.1.

They also reveal another feature for the Galaxy S3 update known as Smart pause. This will pause a video once the user looks away from their device. Both Smart pause and scroll utilize the smartphone's front camera to perform tasks.

Smart scroll might not be compatible with every application, judging from the screenshot, as the control screen for the feature gives the user the option of which apps to set it for.

 

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