The Samsung Galaxy S3 recently received the Android 4.2.2 XXUFME3 Jelly Bean test firmware. The latest build has been tested and is working fine like other official releases. Installing the firmware will increase the binary counter but the current binary counter system status of the device will remain official.

Samsung Galaxy S3
Android 4.2.2 XXUFME3 Jelly Bean test firmware has leaked for Galaxy S3.

Firmware details

Android version: Android 4.2.2-JDQ39 (Jelly Bean)




Region: Middle East

Carrier: Branded

Changelist: 611730

Build date: 8 May, 2013

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean new features

Android 4.2.2-Build ID: JDQ39

New lockscreen: Multiple widgets, two Unlock effects (Ripple and Light), improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message

New screen modes (From Galaxy S4): Adapt Display and Personal Photo


Driving mode

Actionable notifications

New additions in notification centre

Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface- like the S4)

Addition of Voice controls (Allows to control various parts of phone using voice commands- Galaxy S4 feature)

Gallery modes have white background (When changing gallery modes to 3D the background changes to white)

Full screen Samsung apps

New S Voice (From Galaxy S4)

New smart switch widget

Those who have already upgraded their Galaxy S3 to the Android 4.2.2 XXUFME3 Jelly Bean leaked firmware, may follow our step-by-step guide below to root the same. The tutorial uses CF-Root file released by recognised XDA developer, Chainfire.

CF-Root file features

SuperSU v0.93

ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery v5.5

CWM Manager v3.60

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held responsible for any damage to the device. Users are also advised to verify that their devices meet following requirements.


1) Install USB driver for Samsung Galaxy S3 to transfer files between the Android device and computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone to connect the Android device with the computer and use the Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and ensure the USB Debugging Mode is turned on.]

3) As the tutorial might wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP already installed, then back up the data using the recovery.

4) The Galaxy S3 should have above 80 per cent of battery charge.

5) The phone should be factory unlocked.

6) The device will lose its manufacturer's warranty once it is rooted. But users can claim the warranty back by unrooting the device later. Click here for our step-by-step guide to unroot Samsung Galaxy S3 to stock official firmware and reclaim warranty.

7) The root package works only on the Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300. As flashing this on any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number of the Galaxy device by selecting Settings>> About device>> Model number.

Steps to root Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 on Android 4.2.2 XXUFME3 Jelly Bean

Step-1: Download root package for Samsung Galaxy S3 to the computer

File name:

Step-2: Extract the downloaded root zip file

Step-3: Download Odin v1.85 which will help to root the Android 4.2.2 firmware on Galaxy S3. Extract the zip

Step-4: Switch off the Galaxy S3. Now put the phone into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Home buttons together and then press the Power button until the construction Android robot and a triangle appear on the screen. Now press the Power button again to continue to enter Download Mode

Step-5: Launch Odin on the computer

Step-6: Connect the Galaxy S3 to the computer using USB cable while it is in Download Mode. Wait until Odin detects the device. When the phone is connected successfully, the ID: COM box in Odin will turn yellow with the COM port number. Also, the successful connection will be indicated by an Added message in Odin. This step is likely to take some time

Note: If the Added message does not appear, then try another the USB port at the back of the computer. If that too does not work, then re-install USB driver.

Step-7: In Odin, click on PDA button and select the CF-Root-SGS3-v6.4.tar file

Step-8: Verify the Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin. Do not select the Re-Partition option

Step-9: Finally click the Start button in Odin. The installation process should now begin and would take a few minutes to complete

Step-10: Upon the completion of the installation process, the phone will restart automatically. Once the home screen appears on the phone, unplug the USB cable from the device to disconnect it from the computer

Samsung Galaxy S3 running on Android 4.2.2 XXUFME3 Jelly Bean test firmware is now rooted successfully. Open the app drawer of the device and check for an app called Superuser from the list.

Also, to ensure the root method is installed and is working properly, verify with the Root Checker app from Google Play Store.

[Source: Team Android]