Galaxy S3 CM13 and Marshmallow update

The Samsung Galaxy S3 wont be getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update officially from Samsung of course, since the device didn’t even received the Lollipop release from last year. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be left out of the Marshmallow sweetness. Galaxy S3 will get CM13 with Marshmallow.

Galaxy S3 CM13 update will be available as soon as CyanogenMod 13 source code is released. S3 enjoys good support from the custom development community, so we’re pretty sure that holy folks over at xda will be quick to build CM13 for Galaxy S3 as soon as it’s available.

As for CM13 release date, well we don’t have an exact date yet since CyanogenMod hasn’t given any official statement yet about it, but it’ll be quicker. Say mid-october 2015.

Initial Galaxy S3 CM13 builds may not be suitable enough to be your daily driver, which is normal, happens with every major Android update and their AOSP based ROMs like CM. And with a little more time, a month at max, most of the bugs will be sorted out and you’ll be running Marshmallow update on your S3 without a flaw.

Seriously, the whole world of custom ROMs like CM, starts to make so much more sense when you’re in possession of an outdated device and hoping to get the latest Android update on your device.

Galaxy S3 will be quick to get CM13 because of its popularity, so if you receive the love of custom development community, make sure you purchase a device that’s popular. Because in the long-run, only custom ROMs like CM makes sense out of your device.

Anyway, Galaxy S3 CM13 update with Android 6.0 Marshmallow will breathe new life into the 3 year old device. Cheers!

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62 Comments

  1. This sounds very strange to me: there are no CM12.1 builds available for the non-UMTS version of the S3 (i9300), and yet you advertise CM13 for this device. Wouldn’t it be better to first supply CM12.1 for all S3 models, and not just for the LTE version (i9305), before announcing CM13?

    Or do you mean that CM13 will also be available for the i9305 only?

    1. Cm 12.1 is aready available to international version of s3 ie GTI9300

    2. Is it? How about u share a link?

    3. Desde que salió el s3 lo tengo y desde el principio lo eh tendió con Rom personalizadas si hay cm12 para s3 i9300

      Link BlissPop the best roms: http://downloads.blissroms.com/BlissPop/Official/i9300/

    4. how about you use google?

    5. Sorry to contradict you: according to the drop down list CM12.1 is available for the LTE version only. I think that model is called i9305. For the non-LTE version (model i9300) there is no CM 12 to be found on cmxlog.

    6. Sorry, but I don’t speak Spanish. Please repeat that sentence in English, if you can.

    7. I just realized, I made a small typo in that statement: in the first sentence I meant “non-LTE” instead of “non-UMTS”. I am sorry if that confused any body!

    8. There are several 12/12.2 Builds available for the S3.
      I am using one from XDA that is just awesome!
      Here u go: http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s3/development/5-1-x-cyanogenmod-12-1-t3066864

    9. This is by far the best and most stable rom for the i9300. I’ve tried many roms but ArchiDroid is the very best!

    10. CM12.1 for S3 has an unnoficial update, a few google searchs and you can get an link to xda.

  2. This sounds very strange to me: there are no CM12.1 builds available for the non-UMTS version of the S3 (i9300), and yet you advertise CM13 for this device. Wouldn’t it be better to first supply CM12.1 for all S3 models, and not just for the LTE version (i9305), before announcing CM13?

    Or do you mean that CM13 will also be available for the i9305 only?

    1. Cm 12.1 is aready available to international version of s3 ie GTI9300

      1. Is it? How about u share a link?

        1. Desde que salió el s3 lo tengo y desde el principio lo eh tendió con Rom personalizadas si hay cm12 para s3 i9300

          Link BlissPop the best roms: http://downloads.blissroms.com/BlissPop/Official/i9300/

          1. Sorry, but I don’t speak Spanish. Please repeat that sentence in English, if you can.

          1. This is by far the best and most stable rom for the i9300. I’ve tried many roms but ArchiDroid is the very best!

        2. how about you use google?

      1. Sorry to contradict you: according to the drop down list CM12.1 is available for the LTE version only. I think that model is called i9305. For the non-LTE version (model i9300) there is no CM 12 to be found on cmxlog.

    2. I just realized, I made a small typo in that statement: in the first sentence I meant “non-LTE” instead of “non-UMTS”. I am sorry if that confused any body!

    3. There are several 12/12.2 Builds available for the S3.
      I am using one from XDA that is just awesome!
      Here u go: http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s3/development/5-1-x-cyanogenmod-12-1-t3066864

    4. CM12.1 for S3 has an unnoficial update, a few google searchs and you can get an link to xda.

  3. Could you tell me, where to get it, please? I can’t find it on http://www.cmxlog.com/12.1/

  4. Could you tell me, where to get it, please? I can’t find it on http://www.cmxlog.com/12.1/

    1. It may work, but have you noticed the word “unofficial” in the file name? There are a lot of users who would like to welcome an *official* CM12.1 version for their S3.

    1. It may work, but have you noticed the word “unofficial” in the file name? There are a lot of users who would like to welcome an *official* CM12.1 version for their S3.

  5. You will not get an official cm 12.1 for gti9300. But u can get an unofficial cm 12.1 for your s3 and it works well and is stable.
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/devdb/project/dl/?id=14846
    Above is the latest built of unofficial cm 12.1 for s3. Enjoy the 5.1.1 experience. If you do experience any trouble with it please feel free to contact me.
    I will be working on cm13 for s3 soon after the release of sourcecode

    1. “You will not get an official cm 12.1 for gti9300.”

      I am not trying to make demands towards CM. But I’d be very delighted to hear an explanation for this, because I really do not understand it: there’s CM12.1 available for the S2 without LTE, and for the S4 without LTE. So, what exactly makes the S2 worthy enough for CM12, does it have something that is required for CM12, that the S3 is not equipped with? Are there so many more S2 users than S3 users, that makes the S2 more attractive to CM?

      As I said: I really, really do not understand this politic, it does not really make sense to me. And until now no one could really explain this to me neither. 🙁

      “I will be working on cm13 for s3 soon after the release of sourcecode”

      Does this mean that CM just skipped CM12 for the i9300, because CM13 was already announced, and there will be an official CM13 for this model, or will it be another “unofficial” CM version?

  6. You will not get an official cm 12.1 for gti9300. But u can get an unofficial cm 12.1 for your s3 and it works well and is stable.
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/devdb/project/dl/?id=14846
    Above is the latest built of unofficial cm 12.1 for s3. Enjoy the 5.1.1 experience. If you do experience any trouble with it please feel free to contact me.
    I will be working on cm13 for s3 soon after the release of sourcecode

    1. “You will not get an official cm 12.1 for gti9300.”

      I am not trying to make demands towards CM. But I’d be very delighted to hear an explanation for this, because I really do not understand it: there’s CM12.1 available for the S2 without LTE, and for the S4 without LTE. So, what exactly makes the S2 worthy enough for CM12, does it have something that is required for CM12, that the S3 is not equipped with? Are there so many more S2 users than S3 users, that makes the S2 more attractive to CM?

      As I said: I really, really do not understand this politic, it does not really make sense to me. And until now no one could really explain this to me neither. 🙁

      “I will be working on cm13 for s3 soon after the release of sourcecode”

      Does this mean that CM just skipped CM12 for the i9300, because CM13 was already announced, and there will be an official CM13 for this model, or will it be another “unofficial” CM version?

  7. Well UnOfficial means Its not Official (Not from Company of Samsung) and I don’t think its a good time to release CM 13 , still a lot of bugs in Cm 11 & 12.1

    1. I used the word unofficial in the context oft CM. I know that CM itself is unofficial from Samsung’s point of view, but the ROM suggested above is by yet another party. A CM12.x coming directly from CM would be much more welcome.

    2. “Unofficial” CM12.1 ROMS (or based ROMS) uses official repos from CM Team. Temasek, Resurrection Team, and others ROM developers only works porting the kernel, drivers and other issues from scratch. It works cool and fast like official CM work.

  8. Well UnOfficial means Its not Official (Not from Company of Samsung) and I don’t think its a good time to release CM 13 , still a lot of bugs in Cm 11 & 12.1

    1. I used the word unofficial in the context oft CM. I know that CM itself is unofficial from Samsung’s point of view, but the ROM suggested above is by yet another party. A CM12.x coming directly from CM would be much more welcome.

      1. “Unofficial” CM12.1 ROMS (or based ROMS) uses official repos from CM Team. Temasek, Resurrection Team, and others ROM developers only works porting the kernel, drivers and other issues from scratch. It works cool and fast like official CM work.

  9. In github the developers added an cm13 Branche to the page of the i9300

    1. That sounds very good! 🙂

      Still, I really would like to understand why the S3 (i9300) has been left out when CM12.x was developed, while at the same time both the S2 and the S4 were supplied, both without LTE. This doesn’t really make sense to me.

    2. Lack of maintainer, simple as that. Exynos based devices are a pain to maintain.

    3. As far as I know, both the S2 and the S3 are using this kind of chip, but the S3 uses a newer version. So does your answer mean that the CM developers have difficulties to make CM12 run on the new version? Difficulties, that other third parties developers don’t have?

    4. I see that branch now, and it seems my fears come true: CM13 is available for the S3, but only for the LTE version. 🙁

      I really, really hope that CM will find some capable developers that can make CM13 running on the non-LTE version as well.

    5. true story…but if they made it so far, cm 13 will probably arrive in a couple of months 😉

  10. In github the developers added an cm13 Branche to the page of the i9300

    1. That sounds very good! 🙂

      Still, I really would like to understand why the S3 (i9300) has been left out when CM12.x was developed, while at the same time both the S2 and the S4 were supplied, both without LTE. This doesn’t really make sense to me.

      1. Lack of maintainer, simple as that. Exynos based devices are a pain to maintain.

        1. As far as I know, both the S2 and the S3 are using this kind of chip, but the S3 uses a newer version. So does your answer mean that the CM developers have difficulties to make CM12 run on the new version? Difficulties, that other third parties developers don’t have?

    2. I see that branch now, and it seems my fears come true: CM13 is available for the S3, but only for the LTE version. 🙁

      I really, really hope that CM will find some capable developers that can make CM13 running on the non-LTE version as well.

      1. true story…but if they made it so far, cm 13 will probably arrive in a couple of months 😉

  11. Can anyone tell me how to install android 6.0 on my s3 E210L? please!!!

  12. Can anyone tell me how to install android 6.0 on my s3 E210L? please!!!

  13. i’ve pretty much tried most of cyanogenmod builds since cm 7.
    ALL of these versione have the same damn camera bug, the moments your s3 says “impossibile to boot camera” or something Luke that, and you were supposed to reboot tour phone.
    it’s been Years since this bug, and still it hasn’t been adjusted…i have cm 12.1 temasect build

  14. i’ve pretty much tried most of cyanogenmod builds since cm 7.
    ALL of these versione have the same damn camera bug, the moments your s3 says “impossibile to boot camera” or something Luke that, and you were supposed to reboot tour phone.
    it’s been Years since this bug, and still it hasn’t been adjusted…i have cm 12.1 temasect build

  15. Hurrah! The miracle of Christmas came upon us: this morning my S3 told me there was a new CM update available and it was CM 13. And as top of the icing it was announced as OTA. 🙂

    Unfortunately, the OTA upgrade did not work at all. After rebooting, I got the error “The process com.android.phone has stopped” and I was not able to do any thing else then press “ok” or “report”. Luckily, I made a full back up of my S3 before trying to upgrade so I could restore my system within minutes.

    Next attempt: I wiped every data and made another installation from scratch and this time the upgrade worked. But after choosing country and language, I was told that the sd card was corrupted and that it had to be formatted. (Which, of course, I could not do without loosing my backup!) Along with that message the display began to flicker and made the device unusable.

    So I decided to restore my device back to CM 11 and use that version until a fixed and more stable CM 13 is available.

    I really would prefer not having to make an installation from scratch and not having to install all my apps again and not having to reconfigure every access to every wifi, personal data space, etc. But I guess that will have to be the price to pay for a new Android version, and I understand that. But if this is really the case, and it did not just happen to me because I did something wrong, I would suggest that CM 13 should not be announced as OTA at all. That way lots of support requests can be avoided. 😉

    Nevertheless: I guess I have to apologize for being a bit of an unbeliever there. Thanks a lot to all developers for all the work you do and have a nice holiday season!

  16. Hurrah! The miracle of Christmas came upon us: this morning my S3 told me there was a new CM update available and it was CM 13. And as top of the icing it was announced as OTA. 🙂

    Unfortunately, the OTA upgrade did not work at all. After rebooting, I got the error “The process com.android.phone has stopped” and I was not able to do any thing else then press “ok” or “report”. Luckily, I made a full back up of my S3 before trying to upgrade so I could restore my system within minutes.

    Next attempt: I wiped every data and made another installation from scratch and this time the upgrade worked. But after choosing country and language, I was told that the sd card was corrupted and that it had to be formatted. (Which, of course, I could not do without loosing my backup!) Along with that message the display began to flicker and made the device unusable.

    So I decided to restore my device back to CM 11 and use that version until a fixed and more stable CM 13 is available.

    I really would prefer not having to make an installation from scratch and not having to install all my apps again and not having to reconfigure every access to every wifi, personal data space, etc. But I guess that will have to be the price to pay for a new Android version, and I understand that. But if this is really the case, and it did not just happen to me because I did something wrong, I would suggest that CM 13 should not be announced as OTA at all. That way lots of support requests can be avoided. 😉

    Nevertheless: I guess I have to apologize for being a bit of an unbeliever there. Thanks a lot to all developers for all the work you do and have a nice holiday season!

  17. I’ve updated my i9305 to CM13, 6.0.1. Which works fine. Does I’ve to install a kernel along with or not? Thanks for your reply.

  18. I’ve updated my i9305 to CM13, 6.0.1. Which works fine. Does I’ve to install a kernel along with or not? Thanks for your reply.

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