Transparent status bars and new lock screens weren't the only new additions that came with the Galaxy S3 KitKat update. Along with better battery life and a smoother user experience, we got a new toggles design and recent apps menu.
Of course, Samsung's infinite wisdom left these two aesthetic features hidden away. Luckily, with root, you can easily enable them with just a few quick edits.
Now, first things first, I know a lot of you don't have official KitKat. Because this mod will only work with the stock TouchWiz version of Android 4.4.2, at the current time it will only work with the Sprint variant.
That being said, S3 owners on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless should expect to see their updates sometime in the next few weeks to months, but there are no official timetables.
Unfortunately, international S3 owners will be left out, at least until a workable port is becomes usable. Because the international models shipped with 1GB of RAM (versus the 2GB on U.S. variants), Samsung has officially ruled out a KitKat update for those devices.
Of course, if you don't feel like waiting for your update, you can always use an Xposed module and some tweaked settings to achieve the same look for the toggles, as Mike showed you here.
Once the flash is completed and your device has rebooted, head to Google Play and update the SuperSU app.
I'll be using Root Explorer, but you can use any other root-capable file explorer for this. Navigate to your System directory, find the file called build.prop, tap it, and open with RB Text Editor.
Find the following two lines, and change them so they say SM-N900S:
Now hit the "Save" button and reboot your device.
When you are back up, your toggles and recents panel will have the new Samsung Galaxy S5 user interface.
What do you think of the new toggles and recents app menu?
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