If you’ve ever doubted the benefits of having an unlocked bootloader, now it’s the time to reconsider that position. The CyanogenMod team has officially released the latest version of CyanogenMod 9 (CM9) for most U.S. Galaxy S3 versions available in stores, with the sole exception (U.S. Cellular and C Spire have not shipped their Galaxy S3 yet) of the Verizon model, which as we’ve learned a couple of days ago, has a locked bootloader.
Verizon tried to blame the issue on Samsung at first, which caused Samsung to release a “Developer Edition” version that works just as well on Verizon, but has an unlocked bootloader. The only (major) downside is that you have to pay its full retail price of $600, and Verizon won’t subsidize it.
So while every other Galaxy S3 owner will be able to install CM9, and soon CM10 and I’m sure many other versions for another few years, given the popularity of this phone, the Verizon Galaxy S3 owners will be stuck on Samsung’s stock ROM, and they will be at the mercy of both Verizon and Samsung regarding future updates.
I should mention that these CM9 ROMs for Galaxy S3 models on T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T are not fully stable yet, because CM9 is still in the RC1 phase, but they should become stable very soon, at which point the CyanogenMod team will start working on CM10. There may be some hope for the Verizon Galaxy S3 model, too, regarding getting CM9 support, but developers will have to figure out how to get around the locked bootloader properly, first.
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“So while every other Galaxy S3 owner will be able to install CM9, and soon CM10 and I’m sure many other versions for another few years, given the popularity of this phone, the Verizon Galaxy S3 owners will be stuck on Samsung’s stock ROM”
Given the popularity of this phone, I’m fairly certain that a Verizon Galaxy S3 workaround will exist shortly. Hasn’t CM done others with locked bootloaders?
Hey uhh… Question for the author of this article:
You’re behind the times. XDA has already rooted the Verizon SIII. The Cyanogenmod team has already started releasing nightlies for it. Clockwork Recovery also works just fine.
If you’ll pardon the pun… “It’s all going just like clockwork.”
LINK (XDA-dev forums): http://goo.gl/5nONX
Few questions, What is the benefit of using this as opposed to the stock Touchwiz? Also, can I dual boot with touchwiz and this? Will I still be able to upgrade to Jellybin if I get it on my S3?
Touchwiz is just the launcher and can be replaced with different launchers offered in the Play Store. Some good launchers are Apex and GO. So to address your question, “Can I dual boot touchwiz on this.” Since touchwiz is just a launcher I’ll assume that you mean the stock OS. And as of right now I do not believe you can dual boot on a galaxy s3 (someone correct me if I’m wrong), but you can have different backups of your OS save on your SD card. Meaning you could have a backup of the stock OS and a backup of Cyanogenmod 9 on your SD card and just pick which backup you want to run in Clockwork Mod. Now onto your question about what are the advanteges of using Cyanogenmod 9 over the stock OS. Better battery life, better performance, more customizable, more control of the phone, more features, no bloat, and all around better. I would defiantly recommend upgrading especially when the stable version is released. So yep hope that helps and anyone that spent the time to read this feel free to correct me on anything if I was wrong about something.
Sinyah kernel allows dual booting (I have it) and it’s also one of the best (if not the best) kernel. You can also overclock to 1.8 ghz (I read this from a website, I’m using sinyah in my sgs2 which can only overclock to 1,6 ghz)
Has anyone installed CM9 on their Sprint GS3? The last ROM I installed bricked the f$#@k out of my first one beyond repair. I want verification that this will work before I go and destory another piece of equiptment..
Are u sure u flashed a US variant rom? If u install international rom on us phone or vice versa you WILL brick your phone.
I’m pretty sure now that I look back on it that it was an international ROM. I was so excited I didn’t even check. Never the less, I’d still like some feedback on how it works before I go and risk it again.
I installed it and it corupts my external sd card to damaged.When i reinstall blazer after I format it works again try and flash cm9 gets damaged again so I went back to blazer all id good.