A few days ago leaked through the XDA forums one of the latest firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S3. It was the ROM XXELK4 based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean that despite in testing phase proved to be stable enough to use it on a daily basis.

Among the changes in this new version is the ability to customize the notification drawer, Multi-View panel that is on the Galaxy Note 2, the possibility of using the keyboard as Swipe or the keyboard of Android 4.2, a sidebar that stands for  application dock and a new application called Paper Artist.

Also this firmware comes pre rooted, so you can skip this step in case you need to install a custom ROM or some app that requires it.

Update Samsung Galaxy S3 to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

1. The first step is to download the file containing the ROM and ODIN: I9300XXELK4

2. This is in format. Zip, so you’ll need unzip to find the file I9300XXELK4_I9300OJKELK5_ILO and Odin3_v3.04.zip

3. Now you open the file Odin3_v3.04.zip and then the file Odin3 v3.04.exe. Doing so will display the window Samsung flashing software called Odin3.

4. Now you have to select the PDA button and select the file I9300XXELK4_I9300OJKELK5_HOME.tar.md5

5. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S3 to put in Download Mode. To do this you have to press buttons Volume Down + Power + Home simultaneously until you can see a menu which gives you the option to continue, then you have to press Volume Up.

6. Connect the Galaxy S3 to the PC via the USB cable.

7. If you have properly installed drivers, ODIN’s COM port should be light blue. If not, you’ll need to download Samsung Kies.

8. Click on Start and the update process will begin. At this time the odin bar will turn green and when the update process is finished a message will appear saying PASS.

9. The Samsung Galaxy S3 will reboot and you will have Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on your device.

10. If everything works correctly you are done, but if you have some problems you’ll have to do the following.

Turn off the Samsung Galaxy S3 and enter Recovery Mode by pressing the Volume Up + Home + Power simultaneously as shown in the video below.

 Helping with the up and down volume buttons to move in the options and power to accept, you have to select Wipe data / factory reset and Wipe Cache partition and then reboot your phone by selecting Reboot system now.To check the version number you have to go to menu Settings-> About device-> and check the version of Android.
That’s all, I hope you have been able to successfully update your Galaxy S3 and leave your impressions in the comments.

Juan Francisco

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