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Android 5.0 Lollipop now available on the Galaxy S3!

Scott Adam Gordon

Everybody wants to know when their device is going to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and one device in particular is being mentioned above all others. We are receiving constant emails, questions and comments on whether the Galaxy S3 is going to receive the latest version of Google's OS. With Android 4.4.4. KitKat being possible on the Galaxy S3, Android 5.0 Lollipop may not be out of the question. Update: Well it seems it wasn't out of the question, and now there is a version of Lollipop available for the popular Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300). Read on for all the details and our tutorial.

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Is Android 5.0 Lollipop officially coming to the Galaxy S3? / © ANDROIDPIT

The truth is, we don't know if the S3 will officially receive Lollipop, but it seems really unlikely. With Android 4.4.4 not even available on the Galaxy S3 (other than on the Galaxy S3 LTE variant), it seems silly to consider that 5.0 would happen in the future. However, as long as there are smart independent developers, there is hope.

Recently, some clever person over at the XDA forum ported 4.4.4 KitKat to the regular Galaxy S3 (I9300) variation. Because of this, it's plausible that a custom made version of Lollipop may become available at some point in the future, despite it not being officially sanctioned by Samsung. 

It's also worth pointing out that Android Lollipop 5.0 is going to run on Google's budget Android One device, which carries the same amount of RAM as Samsung's 2012 flagship. This, coupled with the fact that 4.4.4 is possible on the S3 despite Samsung's claims, certainly gives some credibility to the idea that the S3 could skip 4.4.4 and shoot straight for Lollipop. 

Update: Over at the XDA developer forum, regular contributor and Android whizzkid arter97 has developed a working version of an Android Lollipop build for rooted Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) owners. It's a work in progress, with many functions not working yet, and arter97 states "the current release just showcases that our Galaxy S3 is not dead and will likely to receive proper AOSP Lollipop ROMs soon."

Still, if you'd like to install it in its current state, here's how:

How to install Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy S3

What you need:


  • This ROM comes in a "nandroid backup" format. To install it, all you need to do is restore the backup after putting it on your SD card backup folder.
  • Extract the downloaded Galaxy S3 Lollipop ZIP file and copy the ROM back-up file onto > sdcard > clockworkmod > backup.
  • Boot up your phone in recovery mode.
  • Next, perform a full data wipe (unless you are running a previous version of this ROM)
  • Now restore the nandroid backup which you copied to your SD-card
  • Finally, flash the downloaded kernel

That's all there is to it. Let us know in the comments if this works for you and head to the XDA forum if you want to help support the Galaxy S3 Lollipop project. 

We'll let you know about all of the Galaxy S3 Android 5.0 developments as we get them, for now, if you just want to pretend your S3 has Lollipop, find out how to get Android 5.0 Lollipop apps, UI and features on your phone without root

And if you are still yet to upgrade to Android 4.4.4 KitKat on your Galaxy S3, follow our guide below. 

It's not just the lucky Galaxy S3 LTE owners who are able to get a piece of the Android 4.4.4 KitKat action. Thanks to some smart developers over at XDA, now even regular Galaxy S3s with only 1 GB of RAM are able to run the latest version of the Android software.

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KitKat 4.4.4 is definitely possible on the Galaxy S3. / © AndroidPIT

User arter97 has posted a KitKat 4.4.4 ROM based on the Galaxy S3 LTE build of the software, which was released earlier in the year. Previously it was said that the Galaxy S3 3G version wouldn’t be able to get the latest KitKat update because it was limited by its 1 GB of RAM, which apparently couldn’t support the demands of the new software, according to Samsung.

Thankfully, it seems that the impossible is possible. You will have to be the owner of a rooted Galaxy S3 to flash the ROM, of course, meaning you will void your warranty should it still be in effect. But arter97 has a reputation for creating stable Android builds and so far the general feedback is all positive. Check out the pictures below to see what's in store.

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The lock screen and home screen of the Galaxy S3 running Android 4.4.4. / © arter97

How to get Android 4.4.4 on Galaxy S3 (I9300)

1. Backup everything on your Galaxy S3 first before proceeding.

2. Head over to XDA to grab the ROM download. You want to save this to the SD card on your phone.

3. Turn off your Galaxy S3 and reboot into Recovery by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Power and Home buttons simultaneously.

4. Wipe all data on your phone for a clean install of the 4.4.4 ROM.

5. Flash the ROM through Recovery and then flash SuperSU. Reboot and you're done.

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The notifications and about device page of the Galaxy S3 on KitKat 4.4.4. / © arter97

If you encounter any problems with the ROM, head over to the XDA thread for questions and support. Are you going to install this on your Galaxy S3?

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  • Yunus Emre HOROZ 1 month ago Link

    i have s3 too. but 3g. which rom do you advice me

  • Sandun Kannangara 1 month ago Link

    i have samsung galaxy s4 gt-I9515 with built in android kitkat 4.4.2 , i need to upgrade my os to latest 4.4.4 , is there any update out yet or any rumor about that update?? thank you.
    (sorry for my bad English)

    • Junaid Qureshi 3 weeks ago Link

      even I use the same version of s4 and I also want android 4.4.4 in my device

  • Enes 3 weeks ago Link

    thanks admin but samsung galaxy s4 i9500 no room update 5.0 ?

  • pedro amaral 3 weeks ago Link


  • Richard Robinson 3 weeks ago Link

    I have been running 4.4.4 on my GS3 for some months now using CayanogenMod version 11.0-installer XNPQ32P works fine .

  • Susan Schneider 2 weeks ago Link

    amazing a phone that is 2 generations old and the most current phones have to wait. Load of Crap.

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      Scott Adam Gordon 2 weeks ago Link

      Ahahah yes true! If I'm correct, arter97 is just a kid in high-school and he keeps bringing out these awesome updates faster than any major manufacturer can, and for older devices!

  • Douglas Nolan 2 weeks ago Link

    ...think that I will just keep Liquidsmooth 4.4.4 on my S3..was using CM11, just fancied a change..!!!

  • kasri aziz 2 weeks ago Link

    is there any ROMs that have android 5.0 for Galaxy S3 i9300

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      Scott Adam Gordon 2 weeks ago Link

      Not yet, Kasri, but I think they will be on their way soon :)

  • samuel asare 2 weeks ago Link

    I have T-Mobile galaxy S3 rooted does is it going to get 5.0. roms like the international ones

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      Scott Adam Gordon 1 week ago Link

      @samuel asare: I'm sure it will before long, keep checking the XDA thread to see which firmware versions the ROM is available for

  • Imàd Rhb 5 days ago Link

    i have a s3 Lte gt-i9305 Android 4.3 how i can go to lollipop plz help me

  • Imàd Rhb 5 days ago Link

    What is the best rom of s3 lte advice me

  • Greg1100 5 days ago Link

    I rooted my S3 with Kingo. Nandroid Backup with latest TWRP. I put OMNI ROM v5 on the phone which is KitKat 4.4.4. Very pleased with results. No more samsung bloat, battery lasts longer between charge, picks up wifi instantly. Excellent.
    One question though--why doesn't google design a keyboard with a number row above letter grid- so much easier to enter a password. I downloaded A1 type keyboard for this- don't like swiftkey. They had one on sammy S4 with 4.2.2.
    Hope this helps someone,