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Owners of the Verizon variant of Samsung Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535), who have been waiting to experience the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean on their devices, now have a reason to celebrate as the Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) custom ROM based on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean got released Tuesday for the device.

According to a report from Team Android, the new AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 3 custom ROM comes with new features, minor changes throughout the ROM and some bug fixes. The report listed out some of the key features of the custom ROM:

General UI

- UI mode selector – Phone/ Phablet/ Tablet

- Transparency control for all the things

- Dual panel at any DPI (dots per inch)

- Car Home

Lock Screen

- Timeout/ instant lock for Slide

- Quick unlock (PIN/ password can unlock without pressing enter)

Navigation Bar

- Hiding NavBar

- Recent Apps GB Style

- Custom icon tint

- Menu UI overflow


- LastApp Toggle

A tutorial explaining the process of installing the AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 3 custom ROM on Verizon Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535) is given below. But before trying out the steps, there are certain vital aspects to keep in mind.

- Backup your data, settings and apps, so that you can recover them if you happen to lose any

- Make sure that the device has at least 80 percent battery power

- Make sure that USB driver is installed for Samsung Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535) in your PC [Download]

- Make sure that USB Debugging is enabled

- Backup your EFS Folder

- The device must be rooted and have ClockworkMod Recovery installed. A backup using that is also strongly recommended

The users should also note that this tutorial is for factory unlocked Android phones. Therefore, it should not be tried on phones that are locked to a carrier.

In addition, IBTimes cannot be held responsible if anything goes wrong. The users should proceed at their own risk.


Step 1: Download AOKP Android 4.2.1 Build 3 ROM.

Step 2: Download Google Apps for Galaxy S3 to your computer.

Step 3: Now connect your Verizon Galaxy S3 to the computer using USB cable.

Step 4: Copy and paste the downloaded files to the SD card.

Step 5: Disconnect the USB and power off your phone.

Step 6: Boot into ClockworkMod recovery in your Galaxy S3 by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Power and Home buttons together until the Samsung logo appears on screen.

Step 7: In ClockworkMod recovery, perform a full data wipe first. To do so, select the wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm your action. Wait for a few minutes till the data wipe is completed. After that, scroll down to “flash zip from SD card” and press the Power button to select it.

Step 8: Press the Power button again and select “choose zip from sdcard.”

Step 9: Use the Volume keys to navigate to the Android 4.2.1 ROM zip file copied to the SD card and select it using the Power button. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install on the next screen. The ROM installation will now begin.

Step 10: Once the ROM installation is done, repeat the step 9 but choose the Google Apps zip file instead of ROM zip to install the Google apps package.

Step 11: After the installation is complete, go back to the main recovery menu and reboot the phone by selecting “reboot system now”. The first boot may take some time.

[Source: Team Android]