How To Get the Official Jellybean Update for Samsung Galaxy S3 [before its release to everyone]

The LONG AWAITED Jellybean (Android v4.1.1) update for Galaxy S3 is finally out this week. Every S3 owner will obviously want to update his/her phone to the latest firmware. The early reviews by customers haven’t reported any major bugs with this update so it’s quite beneficial to update your phone.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Jellybean firmware update

Here is a short tutorial to update your Galaxy S3 to Jellybean 4.1.1 before you receive the official update OTA :

  • Download the JellyBean file here.
  • Unzip the file on desktop and run ODIN from the ZIP file. The window will look something like this(The Name of the Device Appears as Epic 4G, because its a Software bug. You can neglect it!)
    Odin 3
  •  Now pick up your Galaxy S III and press and hold the Volume-Down button, Home button, and Power buttons together for 20 seconds. The phone will enter into “Download mode”.
  • Once in Download Mode, the phone will display an warning. Press the Volume-Up button to continue!
  • Now you can connect your phone to the PC using the microUSB cable.
  • There should be a yellow highlighted box with a COM number. If not then your drivers aren’t installed correctly!
  • Check the PDA box and select the “I9300XXDLI5_I9300OXADLI5_I9300XXDLI5_HOME.tar.md5” file from the unziped package you downloaded earlier.
  • Make sure re-partition is NOT ticked!!
  • Press start and wait for a few minutes. It is normal that the process takes time; do not panic! Do not disconnect the USB cable.
  • Once done, your phone will restart.
  • Enjoy! You have the latest JellyBean firmware build for your Samsung Galaxy S3.

Samsung Galaxy S 3 Jelly Bean firmware

Don’t forget to let us know, How are you finding the new Jellybean firmware on your Galaxy S 3!

How To Download and Install CyanogenMod 10 on the Samsung Galaxy S 3

All those who have been waiting for a Custom ROM with Android 4.1 (jellybean) for the Galaxy S3, here is the CyanogenMod 10. It has been made possible with the efforts of our friend XpLoDWilD, at XDA developers forum.

CyanogenMod 10

Before you are ready to flash the CyanogenMod 10 ROM into your system, you have to root your device! Check out the Rooting Guide of Galaxy S III among my previous articles.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that even though the process is quite safe, flashing any file is at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for any damaged devices!

WARNING: This version of CM10 is yet an experimental version with some bugs. No stable versions are yet available!

Known Issues in the Firmware:

  • FM radio not working
  • Camera is a little unstable
  • WiFi tethering is semi-working
  • Some Audio issues
  • Transparency issues on home screen

Requirements:

  • Download the latest CyanogenMod 10 file from here. It is the file to be flashed on your phone!
  • Download the Gapps zip file from here
  • And some patience!

This process is quite safe but it is advisable to do a NANDroid back up of the system before continuing. If you’re continuing with this tutorial, I assume you already have a rooted device. If you aren’t sure if you’re fully rooted, use this App.

Step-by-step procedure to be followed:

  1. Place both the zip files in root of SDcard.
  2. For NANDroid backup enter into Recovery mode. To enter Recovery Mode, Press and Hold the Volume-Down button, Home button, and the Power buttons together for 20 seconds.
  3. To make a NANDroid backup, navigate to Backup and Restore option and select Backup.
  4. Once your Backup is complete, let’s proceed..
  5. In Recovery Mode, select Factory Reset.
  6. Then go to Advanced and select Wipe Dalvik cache.
  7. Then navigate to install zip from SDcard.
  8. First flash the CM10 file, once the process is complete flash the Gapps file by the same process.
  9. Select Reboot System to boot for the first time after flashing.

TIP: The first boot after flashing may take some time. So be patient! If it takes more than 10 minutes, pull out the battery and power ON again.

If the device is stuck in a bootloop, repeat steps 5 to 9! Even after repeating the process, if the bootloops continue, then restore from the NANDroid backup which was created at the start of the tutorial!

Samsung planning to roll-out Jellybean update to Samsung Galaxy S 2 and Note after the Galaxy S 3

Among all the companies, Samsung too is going to roll out Jellybean updates for its flagship phones! Even after the launch of the Galaxy S III and the rumors about the launch of Galaxy Note 2, Samsung hasn’t just yet abandoned the users of S II and Note. Both these devices have gained quite a large fan following and a huge user-base!

Samsung is soon to gift these loyal customers with a sugar-coated Jellybean update. However, there are no concrete plans till now about when will be the updates be rolled out. Neither the company is ready to give a confirmed timeframe by when the users can expect the official update. They continue to hold the “no comment” stance!

Samsung Galaxy S 2

Samsung Galaxy Note

The update for Samsung S III is confirmed. It is speculated that once a stable update for the S III is released company will work hard on the release of updates for the S II and Note. To sum up, Samsung might have at least 3 JB updates soon for its ever growing customers.

In the Google I/O conference, during the lauch of Jellybean google had announced that the had provided the top manufacturers with the PDK of Android 4.1 some time before the release. So, we can expect the updates rolling out in a matter of a few months or who knows even weeks! Keeping fingers crossed that the updates will be out soon.