Enjoy Transparent TouchWiz on Your Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 with Sone ROM

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The Galaxy S3 is one of the most popular smartphones ever and is still Samsung’s best-seller. The device’s popularity and mass expanse has given rise to a plethora of work from our developers. If you have a Galaxy S3, there is no scarcity of custom ROMs and mods for you. The only requirement you need to fulfill is to root your phone and install a custom recovery on it.

Having a rooted Android phone opens the gates to the realm of customization. There are hundreds of custom ROMs out there for the Galaxy S3. While some are below average and some good, there are still a bunch of ROMs that can be regarded as indispensable and deserve to be installed as a daily driver.

If you are TouchWiz UX fan and like a ROM that does not take away any of the stock features, we have discovered another nice option for you. It is just like any other good ROM based on the stock Android 4.1.2 for the Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 but with a little difference that gives it a whole new look. Yes, the Sone ROM lets you enjoy your favorite TouchWiz UX in transparent way. Its developer, seatone, has striped the stock TW user interface and as a result you can see your homescreen wallpaper or live wallpaper with its animations lurking beneath the settings, contacts, phone, music, my files. Even the popup windows and the multi-window tray has been modified to be transparent.

It really looks beautiful as you can relish new backgrounds on you phone, giving it a fresh look every time. Since most elements are transparent, it has significantly reduced the size of the graphics, making the Sone ROM the most light-weight TouchWiz based custom ROM. Another nice thing is that it contains only the essential apps by getting rid of all unwanted and unnecessary bloatwares.

The way statusbar, Settings and Notification panel have been themed further adds to the beauty of the Sone ROM. One more thing that makes this ROM my favorite, the availability of the new keyboard from the Sony Xperia Z. It’s definitely one of the best keyboard for Android smartphones.

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While the Sone ROM has so many merits, it also has  a little demerit. The most commonly visible bug is that it is a little laggy when you open an app for the first time. The battery performance on my Galaxy S3 was pretty nice and when we put it to AnTuTu benchmark test, it scored impressive marks. I have been using the Sone ROM as a daily driver for more than 10 days and it feels very stable. I recommend that you should give this ROM with naked beauty a try at least once.

Downloads:

ROM: Sone_5.7_XXEMC2.zip (342.3 MB)

Mirror ROM Download Link

Mods: sone_modz_s4.zip

Missing Google Apps Apk Files: Link

Instructions:

Download the main ROM files and copy it to your phone’s internal or external SD card. If you want Galaxy S4 theme for apps like Music and AccuWeather, also download the mod file and copy it to your phone. When the ROM is installed, flash the mod zip after it. If you wish to install the missing Google apps on your Galaxy S3, you can download the desired the apk files from the provided link and install them manually. Here is the detailed tutorial to guide you  install a custom ROM on your Galaxy S3.

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  • samrendra

    Good afternoon Rakesh ji I am still waiting for u r answer please help me out.

  • Akash Bhardwaj

    Hi
    I root my s3 before some days and install glamorous s5 Rom . Before flashing I take backup of Rom .
    When I flash custom Rom I wipe cache and internal data . Now I am unable to restore my old Rom. However I have backup that old Rom in my memory card .

  • samrendra

    Good morning Rakesh ji please answer my question .

  • samrendra

    Hello Rakesh ji thanks a lot for u r support .
    Now have rooted as well as s5 featured galaxy s4.
    Sir but I have some problems with my brother’s galaxy s3 i9300 that is I take backup of s3 stock rom before flashing custom rom in both internal and external so but before flashing custom rom I takeout my external sd card and mistakenly wipe my internal data along with cache , delvik cache.
    Now I am unable to restore my stock rom.
    Sir please help me it is my big brother’s phone if it doesn’t fix he will angry with me.
    Thanks sir.

  • Pull out battery, reboot into recovery and wipe cache partition. Then reboot phone.

  • Im Stucked At Reboot ! 🙁

  • Onder Peker

    Thats true of course but its human nature… We need a numerical verification for satisfaction. 🙂

  • If you are happy with performance, what difference does it make what stats say? The S3 with stock will score more but it performs terribly!

  • Onder Peker

    I’ve tried many custom roms but this one is great for me. Almost no lag-delay for an TW based rom. Thats impressive. Transparent look has sometimes cause hard to see texts but generally its good looking. Unfortunately my device’s antutu bencmark score is around 14000. I performed the benchmark just after fresh installation but the result was dissapointed to me.

  • The ROM has all essential Google apps. As for GApps package, it is recommended you install the latest apps apk files from here: http://droidviews.com/2012/download-google-apps-gapps-for-your-android-device-on-gbicsjb/
    The Gapps zip package is generally meant for AOSP, AOKP and CM based ROMs. If you think my collection does not have an app that you need, just let me know.

  • Desmond Newell

    Can you be more specific on what Gapps goes with tis rom please?