A few days ago the Samsung Galaxy S3, currently running on the official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, received SlimBean Build 4.2. Now the SlimROMs team has released Build 5 custom firmware for the handset. The SlimBean Build 5 upgrades the Galaxy S3 from Android 4.1.2 to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Besides, Build 5 bundles a host of new features and fixes the bug issues spotted in the previous release. Enhanced Slim Pie, hands-free camera and default Nova Launcher are some of the key features of Build 5.

Samsung Galaxy S3
SlimBean Build 5 ROM is available for Galaxy S3 I9300. Samsung

SlimBean Build 5 changes and features:

Slim Pie

Added second layer [7 buttons max + long press]

Faster/better triggering

Custom trigger height and gravity

Option to mirror right PIE on horizontal axis

Smart capture

Hands free camera

Update Slim IRC to 2.1.6

Added Vibration adjustments to performance

Added and improved more translations

Changed default launcher after extended tests from Holo to Nova Launcher because it uses less RAM

Added actions (mark read/reply/delete) to new (stock) Email notifications

LED picker overwork

Added back 0dp navbar values

Rearrangement recents app switcher

Phone: Add blacklist unknown numbers functionality

Contacts: Allow blacklisting numbers from the call stats detail menu

SMS/MMS: Overwork

Optimisation to syscore

Optimise again system stability

Device specific:

Mako kernel

Updated to linux kernel version 3.4.42

Upstream Row

Added fiops

D2 Kernel

Added wheatley, dancedance, asswax and lulzactive governors

Lowered min freq to 192mhz

Added morfic colours

Added faux sound control

Added USB fastcharge

Bcmdhb (Wi-Fi) driver from I9505

N7100: Updated linux kernel version 3.0.76

N7100: Random tweaks

N7100: Updated Schedulers

I9100G: Updated linux kernel version 3.0.75

I9100G: Added and updated Block Schedulers

I9100G: Added and updated CPU Governors

Nozomi: Custom battery LED

I9100: Activated SlimPIE


Fixed many translations FC bugs

Fixed pinch to zoom on some devices

Fix date format DashClock and DeskClock

Recent animation bug

Device hostname setting in Developer options persists

Device specific fixes:

D2: Fixed flickering

Nozomi: Fix unknown chargers does not charge

Known issues:

Android Bean does not show confirm window

SMS strip Unicode works only on quick pop up

Device specific

Nozomo: HDMI does not work

I9100/I777: Camera widget on lockscreen crashes sometimes

Head over to the development page to learn more about the SlimBean Build 5.

Galaxy S3 users who wish to install Android 4.2.2 on their devices using SlimBean Build 5 may follow our step-by-step guide. The device may encounter minor bug issues with the installation since Build 5 is still in its development stage.

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


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

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone to connect it with the computer and use 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 ClockworkMod/TWRP already installed, then back up data using the recovery.

4) Ensure the battery of Galaxy S3 has above 80% charge.

5) The phone should be rooted and have ClockworkMod recovery installed.

6) This SlimBean Build 5 ROM works only on Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300. As flashing this on any incorrect variant is likely to brick the device, verify the model number of Galaxy S3 by navigating to Settings>> About Phone.

7) After flashing the ROM if the device gets stuck on Booting animation or experiences boot loop, then perform wipe cache partition and wipe dalvik cache five more times before rebooting the device.

8) Users are advised to give five to 10 minutes to the ROM after the device boots up the first time to settle everything for a better using experience.

Steps to install SlimBean Build 5 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300

Step-1: Download SlimBean Build 5 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean ROM for Samsung Galaxy S3 to the computer [Alternative link]

Step-2: Download Google Apps package [Slim Bean Gapps]

Step-3: Plug in the USB cable to the Galaxy S3 to connect it with the computer. Then copy the downloaded zip files to the SD card of the phone. Do not extract any file

Step-4: Unplug the USB cable from the phone and switch it off

Step-5: Boot the device into recovery mode. Press and hold Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons together until the screen flashes. Then release all three buttons

In recovery mode, use Volume keys to scroll between the options and Power button to select the desired options.

Step-6: In recovery mode, perform a Nandroid backup of the existing ROM that can be restored later if the new ROM does not work or in case users wish to go back to the previous ROM. To perform Nandroid backup, select Backup and Restore then on the next screen select Backup again. Go back to the main recovery menu once the backup is completed

Step-7: Perform data wiping task to eliminate clash between the new ROM and the previous ROM. Select wipe data/factory reset then select Yes on the next screen to confirm the action. Wait for some time until the wiping process is done and return to the CWM recovery menu. Select wipe cache partition and after the wiping cache partition process is completed, select Wipe Dalvik Cache under advance option to perform Dalvik cache wiping. When the action is completed, return to the main recovery menu

Step-8: Select install zip from sdcard and then select choose zip from sdcard. Now navigate to the SlimBean Build 5 ROM zip file copied to the SD card of the phone. Press the Power button to select it and confirm installation on the next screen. The ROM installation should begin now

Step-9: Once the ROM is installed, follow a similar procedure (step-8) but choose SlimBean Gapps to install the Google Apps package

Step-10: When the flashing process is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and reboot the phone by selecting reboot system now. The device will reboot now and boot up into the customised SlimBean ROM. The first boot will take about five minutes, so be patient

Note: In order to go back to the previous ROM, boot the phone into recovery, select Backup and Restore and then restore the ROM by selecting it from the list.

Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 should now be updated with SlimBean Build 5 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean custom firmware. Head over to Settings>> About Phone to verify the software version running on the device.

Click here for step-by-step guide to unroot Samsung Galaxy S3 to stock official firmware and reclaim warranty.

[Source: Droid Firmwares]