14 Dec 2015

Verizon samsung galaxy s3 gets Marshmallow update through official Cyanogenmod 13 rom

Galaxy s3 is undoubtedly one of most sold android phone on the planet.But as you know its a typical samsung flagship which has been released with two different processors.Though initially launched with jellybean it has got kitkat update  and later few devices gor lollipop update but i didn't perform that well and samsung cancelled lollipop upgrade for some good reasons.

But custom roms have been helping this device to float in the development community for a long time and this time snapdragon variant of samsung galaxy s3 which is a Verizon carrier exclusive with 2gb of ram has got official update of marshmallow from the cyanogenmod in form of cm13.

If you own a Verizon samsung galaxy s3 SGH-I535 then you must be jumping out of chair after hearing this news.If you are already using custom roms on your Verizon variant of galaxy s3 then its time to flash cm 13 and update it to latest android 6.0 aka marshmallow.

But as flashing is a risky process we hold no responsibility at all for any kind of damage that can happen to your device after flashing this cm 13 on your Verizon galaxy s3.So proceed at your own risk.

Update Verizon galaxy S3 to marshmallow using Cm 13:

Verizon galaxy s3 gets Marshmallow update via official cm 13
Verizon samsung galaxy s3 gets Marshmallow update through official Cyanogenmod 13 rom
About Cm 13 custom rom:
Cm 13 is the latest version of cyanogenmod's major release which uses android marshmallow as a base with all the custom features of cyanognemod.Though some of the features are missing, ultimately they will make a way to cm 13 but it might take some time. All features of open source android are inherited in this rom and i have listed all the possible features of the same below which you can look into if you like.
This is an official custom rom from cyanogenmod.So all basic functionality of the device will work for sure without any issues.Even though you find bugs  they will be fixed eventually.
Features of cyanogenmod 13:
  • Theme engine: Theme engine is from the cyanogenmod custom rom which basically changes the look user interface from lock screen  to ring tones all the way up to boot animations.The speciality of the theme engine is the ability to choose individual elements of every theme you have installed.So you like the ring tons and wallpapers of one theme and icons of other theme then you can have them at a time.Just open the theme chooser and you will understand how to do it.
  • Software Updates: Cyanogenmod rom is usually available in three types one is nightlies which gets updated with new features every night and are quite stable for daily usage.second one is the snapchat which is monthly build version which will be stable version and other one is the release candidate.Some times nightlies are considered must stable than the snapshots. 
  • Status bar Tweaks:Status bar has lot of tweaks which include a brightness slider.Slide in status bar to adjust brightness of the screen.Double tap on status bar to sleep device and also network speed indicator for on going traffic info.
  • If you root apps don't work then that is no response form super user it means it has been disabled and you can enable it in developer options easily.
  • System ui tuner: This is new feature that let you tweak ui a bit but has been hidden just like developer option.If you want to add it to setting app,swipe down the notification panel and on top you will notice a gear icon.Press and hold it and you will notice that it starts spinning.Just leave it once you notice the vigorous spin and you will see a toast message "system ui tuner" added to settings.
  • There are ton of brand new wallpapers.
  • Google launcher now has vertical scrolling instead of horizontal.
  • Multi window: Google finally introduced multi window concept in tablet version of os.You can run two apps in a single window.Activating multi window is also too easy.When you open recents you will notice there is another option beside the closing button on cards.Press on it and activate multi window.But this multi window is not configurable which means adjust width of apps that are running.
  • Auto rotation on home screen is also added which you can find in launcher settings.
  • Now on tap: If you use google now frequently this feature might help you a lot.Usually when you press and hold on home button it will take you to google now.If you enable this feature when you try to access google now on any app it load some related suggestions along with some google now card.
  • Screen shot notification will also have delete button along with share option.
  • Memory option: This is available in settings .It gives you memory usage on your device from last "3hrs or 6 hrs or 1 day".
  • App permission manger is the major thing in android m.This lets you to block certain permission so that the app cannot access them.like if you don't want facebook to access your bluetooth you can now do it with out rooting your device.
  • Phone short cut on lock screen is replaced with google now.
  • Search bar in settings menu.
  • New volume panel: You can now adjust volume of media, call and notification from single window .This feature is absent in previous versions of android though present in most of the oem provided firmwares.
These are the features of cyanogenmod 13 custom rom for verizon galaxy s3 and you can explore the same by updating it to marshmallow.

If you dont have a carrier but has an international variant of this device, we have a separate guide for that too where we have shown on how to install cyaogenmod 13 rom galaxy s3 i9300 ,do check it out.
Before going further:
  • Check your samsung galaxy s3 model number.Since this is a Carrier variant that too with a different processor flashing on international variant might brick it for sure.
  • Back up all existing data on your verizon s3 as flashing erases all the data on device.
  • You must have already rooted this device and have recovery installed.It is better to have twrp recovery already installed on your verizon galaxy s3.
  • Backup Efs partitions: This is for those who already have twrp installed.Backup all your efs partition of your samsung device on existing rom.Just in case if you loose signal or imei  you can just restore it back.
  • Battery: Charge your galaxy s to 100% so that you wont encounter any battery related problems while updating it.
  • Download cyanogenmod 13 for galaxy s3 and transfer it to sdcard or internal storage of the device.

Update verizon galaxy s3 using twrp recovery:

  • Download official cyanogenmod 13 for galaxy s3 (Download cm-13.0-20151211-NIGHTLY-d2vzw.zip)and Gapps transfer them to sdcard or internal storage of device.
  • Power of the device completely and wait for few seconds to confirm that it is completely off.
  • Using button combinations reboot into recovery or use quick boot app to enter recovery.
  • Once you are in twrp recovery click on backup and choose all the partitions and make backup first. It might about 5 to 10 minutes for backup to complete and do not interrupt backup process.
  • Now click on wipe and select system,data,cache and dalvik cache options.Don't select internal storage.
  • Once you have wiped required partitions go back and click on install.
  • Navigate to location where you have placed your marshmallow update zip file and select it.
  • Swipe to confirm flash and wait for 5 minutes for process to complete.
  • Again click on install and select gapps this time,swipe to confirm to flash.
  • Once gapps are flashed reboot to system.Wait at least 15 minutes for initial boot to complete and once done you can explore its features.
Once you have flashed the cyanogenmod 13 rom file reboot it to system and wait for at least 20 minutes at the bootlogo beforing confirming it as boot.If bootloop occurs then remove battery and put it back and now reboot to recovery and do a factory wipe once.

If you have any other queries about updating verizon samsung galaxy s3 to marshmallow do leave a comment below.
Verizon samsung galaxy s3 gets Marshmallow update through official Cyanogenmod 13 rom Reviewed by Radha Krishna on 23:13 Rating: 5 Galaxy s3 is undoubtedly one of most sold android phone on the planet.But as you know its a typical samsung flagship which has been release...

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