Update your old Verizon Galaxy S3 to Android 5.0 Lollipop with LiquidSmooth ROM

The latest and greatest version of Android (5.0 / Lollipop) has been officially released by Google, it delivers substantial improvements from the previous version. The new User Interface (UI) with material design is the most noticeable changes in this version. The new Android experience makes some users desire to run this OS on their devices, it also makes developers vying to build a custom ROM based on Android 5.0 Lollipop as done by CyanogenMod Team with its CM12 ROM.


An older devices like the Verizon Galaxy S III (SCH-I535) most likely won’t get an official Lollipop update from Samsung, one logical reason is the device was released more than two years ago, Samsung will prioritize OS updates for modern devices. The Android 4.4.2 update (NE1) which rolled out in mid-2014 could be the last update for this smartphone.

However, there is still hope for those who want to run the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Verizon Galaxy S3, although it’s not the official way. An XDA senior member – mtb3000gt, has built a custom ROM (Liquidsmooth), it’s an aftermarket firmware based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

vzw galaxy s3 lollipop update

Image: Samsung / Android

The Liquidsmooth Lollipop ROM might not sound familiar to you, unlike well-known CyanogenMod / CM12. However, we believe that the performance of the ROM is not way too different since the both ROM based on AOSP.

Although this ROM still on beta stage while this post published, most basic functions could work normally. Here we provide the summary:

  1. Download the Liquidsmooth ROM based on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) for VZW Galaxy S3 in zip format.
  2. Grab the Google Apps and flashable SuperSU, both in zip format.
  3. Copy all zip files into phone storage.
  4. Boot into custom recovery flash ROM -> Google Apps -> SuperSU.
  5. Then give it a reboot, it might take some time for first boot.


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6 Responses

  1. Brandon
    February 27, 2015 at 6:43 AMReply

    There is no possible way to do this on NE1 ad the bootloader is locked. The only way to have a SOMEWHAT custom rom on the VS3 is to have safestrap recovery and even then it will always be TW of the same version (4.4 NE1 will stay 4.4) because if you try to flash a new kernel or modem, it will brick your device due to the bootloader being locked and seemingly no way around it aside from physically reprogramming the chip. As far as AOSP, you can flash some roms via safestrap but the radios dont work so no wifi or cellular use other than the launcher.

    In other words (Not discrediting the OP in any way) DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU DONT WANT TO BRICK YOUR DEVICE.

  2. Illutian
    April 2, 2015 at 7:16 PMReply

    And that’s why you root your phone the day you purchase it.


  3. koreyp
    April 4, 2015 at 4:42 PMReply

    Ez unlock will unlock your bootloader. I tried it on a Verizon galaxy s3 after being rooted and it worked perfectly. Then u download ROM manager and flash clockworkmod to your device and ur good to go for flashing ROMs. Ez unlock works like magic.

  4. cheppallet
    July 11, 2015 at 2:22 PMReply

    Bet your not on NE1, cause if you were you would be bricked right now. If you are on NE1 people DO NOT FLASH Ez Unlock!

    • Tgrizzle
      November 23, 2016 at 11:17 PMReply

      I have S3 (NE1) and i have flashed many roms using safestrap….I have not encountered any issues i have even replaced the stock rom slot with a custom 5.1 rom then reflashing ne1 kernel in order to boot properly but as far as unlocking bootloader “cheppallet” you are correct ne1 will 100 percent brick with ez unlock

  5. Cashew Novocaine
    May 2, 2017 at 7:29 AMReply

    Has anybody flashed this rom with Safestrap? Can you switch to your stock ROM after playing around with this, and have the radios work properly? Will this work with NE1 locked bootloader

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