The users of Samsung Electronics Co.’s (KRX:005935) international version of the Galaxy S3, with model number GT-I9300, can now update their handsets to Android 4.4.2 KitKat using crDroid custom ROM, which is based on the latest Android version and CyanogenMod 11, or CM11.

The new crDroid custom ROM comes with many new features, including the ability to change the transparency of the status bar, manage the brightness of the screen through the status bar, gesture-based lock screen, movable and resizable Halo window, RAM bar and screen recorder. For a complete list of features and tweaks, click here.

The HellKat custom ROM is not an official release by Samsung, so users need to root their device before flashing the firmware. The device is also required to have a custom recovery such as ClockworkMod to flash the ROM zip.

Here are some more aspects that users should know before trying out the custom ROM:

- Users need to have proper back-up for their personal data on the phone.

- The handset should have at least 80 percent of battery power.

- The computer to be used in the installation process must have the USB drivers for the Galaxy S3 installed.

- The users also need to ensure that USB Debugging is enabled on the phone.

- During the installation, if the device gets stuck on booting, users can perform wipe cache partition and wipe dalvik before rebooting the phone.

Note: International Business Times cannot be held responsible if anything goes wrong. Users should proceed at their own risk.


Step 1: Download crDroid custom ROM based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Google Apps for Galaxy S3 to your computer.

Step 2: Connect the Galaxy S3 to PC via USB and copy the ROM and Google Apps packages to the root folder of your handset’s SD card without extracting them.

Step 3: Disconnect USB and turn off your phone.

Step 4: Get into the Recovery Mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together.

Step 5: In the Recovery Mode, perform a factory reset by selecting “wipe data/factory reset.” Use the Power button to select options. Now, perform a cache wipe by selecting “wipe cache partition.”

Step 6: Now wipe the dalvik cache as well. From CWM recovery, go to “Advanced” menu and then select “wipe dalvik cache.”

Step 7: Go back to the main recovery screen and select “install zip from sdcard” and then select “choose zip from sdcard.”

Step 8: Use the Volume keys to go to the Android 4.4.2 ROM zip file copied to the SD card and select it using the Power button.

Step 9: Repeat Step 7 and Step 8 to install Google Apps.

Step 10: After the installation is complete, press the “+++Go back+++” button to go back to the main recovery menu and select “reboot system now.”

After the entire process, the Galaxy S3 will reboot, which will take about five minutes to complete.

[Source: Team Android]