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.
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.
ROM: Sone_5.7_XXEMC2.zip (342.3 MB)
Missing Google Apps Apk Files: Link
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.