If you own a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 then by now you would have figured that it will be a long wait before you can get your hands on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the latest Android update with additions like gesture typing and Photosphere.
Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 update
If you don’t want to wait anywhere between a few weeks and months for Android 4.2, you can give it a go right now with the custom firmware LiquidSmooth ROM, which has been based on Android 4.2.1.
The ROM is said to be one of the most stable, along with it being smooth and fast on the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3. It comes with numerous customisations, which is typically found in the CM10.1, AOKP, Team CAN and Team EOS ROMs.
The majority of the features in the ROM work fine however do bear in mind that the ROM is under development at the moment and so there could be bugs and issues when using it. These are expected to be fixed as the development of the ROM continues.
So if you want to go ahead and update your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 to Android 4.2, the instructions are below:
Connect your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 to PC via USB. Copy all downloaded zip files to the SD card of your phone (see source at bottom for the two neccessary files). But don’t extract any file. Disconnect USB and turn off your phone.
Boot into ClockworkMod recovery in your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power button together till you see Samsung logo on screen. Now release all three buttons. You will see ClockworkMod recovery screen soon. UseVolume keys to browse between options in recovery while using Power key to select an option.
Perform an Android backup of your existing ROM. To do that, select Backup and Restore, then on the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to the main recovery menu after backup is complete.
Perform data wiping task. To do so, select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm your action. Wait for a few minutes till the data wipe is completed.
Select install zip from sdcard and then select choose zip from sdcard. After that, locate the Liquid-JB-v2.1-Beta1-
After the installation process ends, repeat step 7. But choose gapps-jb-20121011-signed.zip instead of ROM zip to install the Google apps package. Once the installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 and boot up into customized Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM LiquidSmooth. The first boot will take time.
If you want to go back to the previous ROM, boot into recovery, select backup and restore then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list. Enjoy Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3.