Users of the Samsung Galaxy S3 with the model number GT-I9300 can update their handsets to Android 4.4.4 KitKat with the help of a new custom firmware called LiquidSmooth KitKat ROM. The new LiquidSmooth ROM is an after-market firmware based on the Android Open Source Project, or AOSP.

The LiquidSmooth KitKat ROM includes many features, such as lock screen style, notification reminder, hardware key binding, custom carrier label, advanced reboot, list view animations and custom tiles.

The new custom ROM for the Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 is not an official release by Samsung, so users will need to root their device before flashing the firmware. The device is also required to have custom recovery, such as ClockworkMod, to flash the ROM.

Here are some points to remember before installing the custom ROM:

  • Users must ensure proper backup for personal data on the phone.
  • The handset should have at least 80 percent battery power.
  • USB drivers for the Galaxy S3 must be installed on the computer.
  • USB debugging must be enabled on the phone.
  • The tutorial is only for the Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT- I9300).

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

Step 1: Download the Android 4.4.4 LiquidSmooth ROM for the Galaxy S3 on your computer.

Step 2: Download Google Apps on to the computer.

Step 3: Connect the Galaxy S3 to the PC via USB cable and copy the ROM and the Google Apps zip file to the root folder of the handset’s SD card without extracting them.

Step 4: Disconnect the USB cable and switch off the phone.

Step 5: Enter the recovery mode by pressing and holding volume up, home and power buttons simultaneously.

Step 6: Once you are in the ClockworkMod recovery mode, perform a factory reset by selecting “wipe data/factory reset.” Use the power button to select options. After that, perform a cache wipe by selecting “wipe cache partition.”

Step 7: Now, from ClocworkMod recovery, go to “Advanced” menu and then select “wipe dalvik cache.”

Step 8: Return to the main recovery screen and select “install zip from sdcard” and then select “choose zip from sdcard.”

Step 9: Use the volume keys to navigate to the Android 4.4.4 ROM zip file copied to the SD card. Select it using the power button.

Step 10: Repeat the previous step for the Google Apps and install it on the handset.

Step 11: After the installation is finished, press the “+++Go Back+++” button to go to the main recovery menu and select “reboot system now.”

The Galaxy S3 (GT- I9300) will restart automatically and will be running on LiquidSmooth Android 4.4.4 KitKat custom ROM.

[Source: Team Android]