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Samsung Galaxy S3 Android update: latest news

Update: Official Lollipop update ruled out but custom ROM available

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 16 hours ago

Samsung has officially ruled out the possibility of a Samsung Galaxy S3 Android Lollipop update via Twitter. It's no surprise, given that the Galaxy S3 is now three years old, but some fans may still be disappointed. Thankfully, there is a custom version of Android Lollipop available for the Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) which you can download now. Find out everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S3 update below. 

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It's official: Android Lollipop will not be coming to the Samsung Galaxy S3. / © ANDROIDPIT

Those of you who were expecting the Galaxy S3 update on Sprint, Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile will of course be bitterly disappointed with the revelation that the S3 will not be receiving the Lollipop update (view Samsung's tweet below), but all is not lost... 

How to install Android Lollipop on the Galaxy S3

Over at the XDA Developers forum, Android developers JustArchi and Moster2 have created a CyanogenMod 12.1 build based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for rooted Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) owners.

It's a work in progress, but all of the major device features are up and running, including Lollipop additions like the Material Design aesthetic and lock screen notifications. If you'd like to install it in its current state, check out the CyanogenMod Wiki entry for the GT-I9300.

We'll let you know about any other Galaxy S3 Android Lollipop 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

Have you tried flashing a custom ROM on your Samsung Galaxy SIII? Let us know in the comments below. 

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.

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  • Amr Elbatal 1 week ago Link to comment

    i have s3 I9300 with old version 4.1.2 when i update they told me " you have the last version " sos

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  • Dr.jacky 3 months ago Link to comment

    My phone is Glaaxy S3 I9300 International, and when restore backup from my sdcard, it show a error :
    "error while flashing boot image"

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    • Richard Gledhill 2 months ago Link to comment

      Just make a backup of your current setup, and copy the Android 5.0 files over your backup. The final step of flashing the kernel writes over the current boot image anyway.

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  • Isuru Rajitha 4 months ago Link to comment

    i have s4 gti9515 lollipop not available my device

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  • Rashid Younus 4 months ago Link to comment

    Hello, I have Samsung Galaxy S3 SHG-i747 (AT&A) now i have to updated my Kitkat 4.4.2 to Lollipop updated. what should i do ? is there any chance damage my phone?

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  • Junior Martinez 5 months ago Link to comment

    this rom works for sprint s3 L710

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  • guri 5 months ago Link to comment

    Hi i have samsungS3 GT I9300 i want to update my phone now i have Android Version (4.3.), Based Band:- I9300DDUGNB1 so pls. help how to update my phone.

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  • Asif Mitul 5 months ago Link to comment

    I am using S3 GT-19300T. I have installed "CYANOGENMOD" 4.4.4 rom. But I am it made my mobile useless. It removed my video call feature which was included with my dialer, removed my double screen feature, and also I cant store anything directly to micro sd card.

    Now I am downloading your rom. Can I get back all those my features?

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  • AndrewK 6 months ago Link to comment

    So I have run into a unique problem. For some reason my Galaxy S3(sgh i747) will not connect to my computer through USB. I've tried a bunch of steps and I'm pretty much at the conclusion that it's the port BUT, my question is, can I root my phone through either SD or some other method to be able to install this ROM? I know this is mainly about the ROM and I do apologize for being somewhat off-topic, but I really want the Lollipop update and it seems that the Galaxy S3 as a whole might not even officially get it

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    • Derecia Allen 6 months ago Link to comment

      Okay i have to same fone type as u and my problem with it is dat when someone tries to call my fone it doesn't ring the person just hears silence and half my messages dont come through some what i would like to know is if this lollipop version would fix it cause the technician here said its a glitch in the software

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  • Tayben Laveau 6 months ago Link to comment

    So I have a Samsung Galaxy s3 SPH-L710T on Boost Mobile. And it's the Tri band Enhanced 3G/4G LTE Version. So I'm wondering seeing as how that specific model was released May of 2014, is it expected that it may just get Android 5.0 Lollipop? ;-;

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  • Michael Bjørnlund 6 months ago Link to comment

    The 5.0 Lollipop doesnt work, at least not on my gt-i9300, and i did exactly what the guide said :-(

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  • Abiishiek Vijaykumar 6 months ago Link to comment

    I know I should not be asking this question coz its downright dumb and I am a computer programmer too.. But is it safe to shift the S3 to 5.0 ?? I once upgraded my iPhone 3GS and it took the firmware to iPad version screwing the phone up permanently. Someone please do let me know !!

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    • Michael Bjørnlund 6 months ago Link to comment

      Just tried on my S3, and i didnt work, so i think ill wait a month or two before i try again....

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      • Abiishiek Vijaykumar 6 months ago Link to comment

        Yea.. I read reviews from multiple websites and decided to go for kit kat 4.4 and wait till a stable bug free version of lollipop is available

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  • buzz lightyear 6 months ago Link to comment

    Actually, it is being widely touted that XDA Dev "arter97" has the only method to introduce Galaxy SIII to Andoid 5.0, or the "easiest method", which in both cases are factually not true. It has been stated that the International version of the SIII, the GT-I9300, is the only model which has the ability to run Android 5.0. Also not true. I personally have been using a Cyanogenmod-flavored Android 5.0 Lollipop on a U.S. Sprint CDMA LTE variant of Samsung's Galaxy SIII, model SPH-L710 for almost 3 weeks now. And I didn't even have to flash a new kernel either. A developer Isaiah PEz, nicknamed "Fallingravity" produced a working product almost 3 weeks ago, and has updated twice already. It could be worth noting that it (MAY) also be possible to install this version on other U.S. "unified" SIII LTE models ie. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mo etc. I flashed my CM11 nightly build back to the old stock ROM, and flashed his new Lollipop build (cm-12-20141205-UNOFFICIAL-d2spr.zip) in Philz (CWM) recovery, flashed Google Apps.and it's working well. As to be expected there are a few glitches and by most people, not to be considered a "daily driver".

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