Will Verduzco · Jun 4, 2012 at 07:30 pm

Unofficial ClockworkMod Port Appears on the SGS3

Samsung Galaxy S III this, SGS3 that—it seems like everywhere you look, the mobile tech industry is aflutter with news on Samsung’s latest flagship. Fittingly, there has also been a plethora of development surrounding the device—everything from achieving root access and the release of GPL-compliant kernel source to its launcher and proprietary apps ported to other devices.

We now have a custom recovery thanks to XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire, who coincidentally was the first to root the device sight-unseen, well before official release. The recovery itself is an unofficial port of ClockworkMod 5.5. 0.4. Due to the way CWM works, there were a few quirks along the way. However, Chainfire seems to have squashed them, and tells us:

As is the case with every SGS release (it happened with the SGS1 and the SGS2, and now again with the SGS3), CWM source isn’t built to correctly deal with our setup (internal storage vs sdcard). I had to make a number of changes to the source to get it working correctly. From my tests, it all seems to work, but it’s quite possible I missed something (report issues).

(I have tested backup/restore to both internal and external storage, wipes, installing zips from both internal and external, etc, all works as I expect it to)

Aside from the base fixes, there is currently nothing fancy about this build of CWM. I’m not sure if the SGS3 suffers from the brick bug (that SGS2 and Note have), but I patched out the relevant code to be sure (I think). Backups are rather big, system alone is about a GB.

Those lucky enough to own the SGS3 already, or those eagerly awaiting their own, should head over to the recovery thread.

[Big thanks to Member Advocate Admin Egzthunder1 for the tip.]
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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician.
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