Samsung Galaxy S3
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A new CyanogenMod-based Android 5.0.2 Lollipop custom ROM has been released to the Samsung's 2013 flagship smartphone Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 model.

This new custom ROM is CyanogenMod CM12 series Beta-1 version and is developed by a XDA Developer forum member going by the moniker, JustArchi. Other contributors include arter97 and Moster2 (both are senior XDA members).

It is 223.9MB in size and this custom ROM is based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) 5.0.2 Lollipop.

This is an experimental Beta-1 CM12 build (unstable) version, so some issues are yet to be fixed. We advise our readers to go through the whole tutorial article before going ahead with the custom ROM installation.

Features of CyanogenMod [Unofficial] Android 5.0.2 Lollipop CM12 custom ROM which are said to be functional on Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 include-

  • updater-script (flashing)
  • kernel (booting)
  • OpenGL (CPU rendering)
  • MALI blobs (GPU rendering)
  • HWComposer (not updated to latest nameless release)
  • Rotation
  • Camera
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Sensors (ALL!)
  • Internal / External SD Card
  • Vibration
  • GPS
  • RIL (Radio Interface Layer)

Prerequisites (things to remember before installing Custom ROM):

  • Though installing custom ROM improve the device's performance and UI experiences, it makes the company warranty void and they will no longer be liable to provide updates in future [users can restore warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM].
  • Make sure the device is rooted before going forward for custom ROM installation
  • This new CM12 custom ROM series Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware has to be installed on the Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 (Exynos chipset) model only; if tried on other devices, it might get bricked [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
  • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing TWRP in the smartphone.
  • Users make sure you have installed USB drivers on the PC, or else your smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300) will not be recognised by the computer.
  • Make sure your device has more than 80% battery, or else there is chance of smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted midway.

[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Tutorial: Step-by-step installation guide of CyanogenMod [Unofficial] Android 5.0.2 Lollipop CM12 Beta-1 custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300-

Step 1: Download CyanogenMod [Unofficial] Android 5.0.2 Lollipop CM12 Beta-1custom firmware (build date: 2014-12-22) -(HERE/HERE via Google Drive) and Google Apps (HERE) in to your PC.

Step 2: Connect Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 to PC via USB cord.

[Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, be sure that you have installed USB driver software, if not, click HERE to download the firmware]

Step 3: Then, place Android 5.0 Lollipop zip file into the phone's SD card memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in SD card root, not in any other folder.]

[Note: Before installing the custom software, be sure that the device must have been rooted and has installed ClockworkMod Recovery tool.]

Step 4: Now, turn off the device and disconnect from the PC.

Step 5: Then perform the regular Recovery Mode sortie by press holding 'Volume (up)', 'Home' and 'Power' buttons.

Step 6: After entering the RECOVERY mode, clear the phone memory, by choosing 'wipe data/factory reset' option.

[Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]

Step 7: Now, clear the cache memory by selecting 'wipe cache partition'

Step 8: Then to go back to ClockworkMod recovery, and select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache' [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]

Step 9: Again come back to main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card'

Step 10: Then tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android 5.0.2 ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. [Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options]

Step 11: Once done with the installation process, navigate to '+++++Go Back+++++' and re-start the device by opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.

Now, your device (Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300) will take a few minutes to complete the booting process.

Users then head to Settings >> select About phone to confirm the installation of CyanogenMod [Unofficial] Android 5.0.2 Lollipop CM12 Beta-1 custom ROM.

[Credits: XDA Developers Members - JustArchi, Moster2 & arter97 ]

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