While owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 have had to come to terms with the fact that their handset is now old, and Samsung aren’t offering updates anymore, this doesn’t mean that you cannot put Android 5.0 Lollipop onto the device.
Some of the senior members over at the XDA Developers seem to like the device and they are offering Android 5.0 Lollipop for the GT-i9300 version of the handset. Bear in mind that right now the device is still in the alpha stages and this could mean that not everything works as it should. For instance your handset will not sleep at the moment, the graphics don’t work as they should, nor does the colour calibration or the GPS. However you can check it out but you need 50% or more battery life left. To install you can follow the steps below:
• Download the arter97 kernel file and arter97’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update firmware from the source link below this tutorial.
• Extract the Lollipop ROM ZIP file and put the ROM back-up in the following location – /sdcard/clockwordmod/backup on your Samsung Galaxy S3. Also transfer the kernel zip file to your SD card.
• Enter recovery mode on your device and perform a full wipe of the system, cache, dalvik cache, and data.
• Restore back-up. This will actually install the Android Lollipop ROM to your device, as you have stored the 5.0 firmware in the backup folder on your device.
You will then have to install the arter97 kernel, don’t restart the device as the ROM will not boot without it. Remain in recovery mode to complete the installation.
• Choose the kernel ZIP file that you transferred to the SD card on your device in recovery and flash it.
• Reboot your device. The ROM installation process is now complete.
The arter97 kernel is supported by various Galaxy S3 variants like the Galaxy S3 SK-3G (SHW-M440S), SK-LTE (SHV-E210S), KT-LTE (SHV-E210K), and the LG-LTE (SHV-E210L). So you could follow the above procedure to install the Galaxy S3 Android 5.0
On these device too. At the moment the only handset that you cannot install the update on is the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S3. The new kernel brings with it some superb features and these include improvements to the speed, the latest Linux base, improvements to the battery, CPU overclocking, dual boot and new I/O and CPU governors, among other things.
If you have followed the steps above you should now have Android 5.0 Lollipop installed and working on your Samsung Galaxy S3 to test.