A new Jelly Bean based custom ROM has been released for the Galaxy S3 phone and it had been named B1ackB3aN ROM, but we will call it simply BlackBean. Use all the instructions listed in this article and you will learn how to successfully flash the ROM without too much trouble.
Here at Android.gs we aren’t fans of ROMs that are using numbers instead of letters when it comes to naming a new Jelly Bean custom release, but this particular one caught our eyes as it comes with an overclocked and undervolting tool, BirdsNest which is a brand new and easier method to change your phone’s build.prop and that the UI has been completely blackened out. Still it isn’t an official ROM and it might still pack some bugs and errors, which is why you should create a full backup of the currently installed ROM.
Before we can begin the installation of this custom ROM, you should first read the guidelines below and learn how to correctly set up your phone so that the BlackBean custom ROM will install at your first attempt and, so you won’t be forced to repeat the entire tutorial all over again after a failed attempt.
Below you will find instructions and tools that will teach you how to successfully backup data such as SMS, Call Logs, APN internet Settings, Contacts, video, music, bookmarks etc. Here’s what you need to know and what steps to take in order to backup your most important data:
- apply this BlackBean custom ROM exclusively on the Samsung Galaxy S3 with the model number I9300. Do not attempt to install it on any other phone or tablet. It won’t work with the US version. To check your phone’s model number open Settings and then scroll down to the ‘About device’ menu and there you’ll find your phone’s version model.
- The Galaxy S3 you’re about to update with this ROM has to be rooted and CWM Recovery should be installed on it.
- It is recommended that you create a full Nandroid backup of the S3 existing ROM. This file will then help you restore the phone back to its current ROM in case you don’t like how BlackBean custom ROM runs.
- Move all your important files on your device’s internal sdcard. This part of your phone won’t be deleted during the update.
- If you want to backup applications, Call Logs, SMS or the APN Internet Settings, then you should use the following Android tools: AppBAK for Android apps backup | SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore. Note that this apps are only working with rooted devices.
- Backup your Contacts using this guide HERE, as you will learn how to sync the Phone Contacts with your Gmail account.
- Enable the USB debugging option from your phone’s Development settings. Also, remember that your device should be fully charged so that it won’t power OFF during the installation.
- BlackBean custom ROM is based on AOSP and this means that it doesn’t feature the stock Samsung files nor apps. Also it might pack some errors and bugs and this means that you shouldn’t blame us in case the ROM doesn’t work correctly.
- Make sure that you know what you’re doing and note that you’re the one at risk here, as we cannot be held responsible in case your SGS3 gets bricked in the process.
- Read the entire tutorial first and only after you’re sure that you can install this new custom ROM you should proceed and install BlackBean custom ROM.
I think that these are all the instructions you need and now you’re free to move to the tutorial guide. Make sure that you don’t skip any of the steps listed below, as that will result in a failed attempt of installing a brand new custom ROM on your SGS3 smartphone.
How to install BlackBean Android 4.1 custom ROM on Galaxy S3
- Download the BlackBean custom ROM zip file HERE. Save the file on your desktop and don’t extract its contents.
- Download the Gapps file for Jelly Bean HERE. Don’t extract the contents and leave the file on your desktop screen. This fill will install all the Google apps needed by your phone and you experience the full Jelly Bean experience.
- When the files are downloaded successfully you should connect the phone to your PC. Move the ROM and the Gapps for Jelly Bean file on your phone’s internal SDcard. After the transfer is complete you have to disconnect and power OFF the phone.
- Boot it into ClockworkMod Recovery. Do it by pressing and holding simultaneously ‘volume up’ + ‘home’ + ‘power’ buttons. When the screen lights up you can release the buttons.
- Now you can choose to create a full NANDROID backup of the existing ROM. Use the ‘backup and restore’ option from CWM Recovery main menu. In case you already have created this kind of backup, then you can skip this step and continue with the rest of this guide’s instructions.
- Now select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option and confirm that you wish to apply this action.
- Install the BlackBean custom ROM zip file by selecting ‘install zip from sdcard’ and then select ‘choose zip from sdcard’ or ‘choose zip from internal sdcard’ option. Find the ROM and confirm that you want to install it.
- After the BlackBean custom ROM is successfully installed, you should flash the Gapps for Jelly Bean just like you did before at step 7; select ‘choose zip from sdcard’ and find the Gapps zip and confirm its installation.
- When both the ROM and Gapps are successfully installed, you can go back to the main recovery menu. Select ‘reboot system’ option and wait for the first boot process into this new custom ROM to complete.
- The BlackBean 4.1.1 first boot shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete. If it does take more and your device seems unable to boot normally, then it means that the ROM wasn’t installed and you should repeat the tutorial.
- When the phone boots normally you should enter your Google account credentials and start testing this new installation.
These are all the steps that you had to take in order to install BlackBean custom ROM for your Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300.
If the ROM cannot be installed at your first try, then you should power off the device, remove its batter, re-position it on its location and then boot into CWM Recovery once again. Then repeat the tutorial starting with step 4. Eventually you should manage to flash all the files successfully.
Since this BlackBean custom ROM is in its beta stage, we ask you to post any bugs or errors you might find in the comments section at the end of this article. Also, you can leave a detailed comment and tell us exactly where you got stuck during the installation of the custom ROM. We will give you any extra necessary instructions that should help you flash the ROM.