The UltimaROM v11.0 Kjata by Developer Kryten2k35
Anyone who rooted their Samsung Galaxy S3 phone will know what a Custom ROM is. This is mainly because, after rooting your phone, the next step is to look for a ROM that can enhance your S III experience. There are plenty of Custom ROMs available on the Internet for you to choose from. How do you decide which one is the best for you? Well the simple way is to read up on every ROM and see which one contains the best set of features and extras that will make your experience unique. The difficult, albeit exciting way would be to try and install every major ROM out there.
What exactly is a ROM with respect to Android?
Simply put, a ROM or Custom ROM is the Phone’s firmware storing all the apps that run it. A Custom ROM is a custom firmware which gets released by anyone except the phone manufacturer. Usually a person who Mods the firmware will release a custom ROM that contains within it a set of extra Mods and Tweaks that will enhance the experience of using your Phone, mainly, the Samsung Galaxy S III.
In this piece, the right way to get the UltimaROM experience will be covered. You would need to have a rooted Samsung Galaxy SIII in order to begin. This phone will need a Custom Recovery software like CWM (ClockWorkMod) or TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) Recovery. TWRP is preferred as it comes with a Touch Interface. This is a big step from the hardware interface of the CWM Recovery. Once you have your rooted device with custom Recovery Installed, you can think of getting yourself a Custom ROM. Details on Rooting your Phone with the Samsung Toolkit is available on XDA. This is the easiest method available right now to Root your S3.
After the rooting is accomplished, it is important to keep a complete NANDROID backup of your system using the Toolkit. This can be a failsafe just in case things go wrong. If you follow all the steps given on the website with the toolkit, you should ideally not have a problem, though things can always go wrong and you alone are responsible for it.
Flashing the UltimaROM v11.0 Kjata: (This method is common to Flashing all Previous UltimaROMs as well, namely v9 Leviathan and also v10 KOTR)
The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with an unlocked Bootloader, which is very important when trying to install or Flash custom ROMs. Once you have the basic knowledge of how to install these custom ROMs, you will always feel like trying out new ROMs from different Developers, like the CyanogenMod 10.1, Paranoidandroid and many others. Here we will see how the UltimaROM experience is as compared to the Stock Samsung Experience.
After you have downloaded the ZIP file from the UltimaROM website, you need to copy it to your Phone’s storage. It is ideal to keep it in the Phone Storage as compared to the SD Card as it becomes easy for TWRP Recovery to find it. You need to perform a factory reset and wipe data if you are coming from another ROM, like the Stock Samsung ROM for example. This will make the whole process smoother.
After installing the ZIP file onto the phone’s internal memory, you can reboot your device into Recovery by pressing the Volume up + Home button + Power Key all at once and keep it pressed until the recovery screen comes on. So once again, Factory reset if you have been using the stock or any other ROM and NOT the UltimaROM. If you are coming from an older version of the UltimaROM then there is no immediate requirement to perform the Factory Wipe. For more detailed instructions you can refer the UltimaROM website or the XDA Forums.
Once the Recovery screen has loaded, you can choose to install the ZIP file by choosing ‘Install’ and then scroll down to where you have saved the ZIP file. Look for Kjata and choose ‘Flash’ by swiping the bar that appears. The installer used for Ultima ROM is the AROMA installer. This is a very convenient form of installation as it allows you to control every aspect of your ROM installation. Right up from Boot animation, till how the toggle buttons look like. In this respect, the Ultima ROM is one of the most customizable ROMs available out there. Once the installation process has started, you can choose every option thanks to the AROMA installer. Once you have made your choices form your own unique ROM experience, you can select the ‘Install’ Button and sit back while the ROM flashes onto your system.
The whole process should not take more than a few minutes (5 +/-3 minutes) to complete. Once completed, choose to reboot and the phone will reboot into the system. Follow the onscreen set up just how you did when you first switched on your Samsung Galaxy S3 and enjoy the Ultima ROM v11.0 Kjata experience.
The ROM, based on the official Jelly Bean XXEMB5 Firmware, has a new cool look as compared to most other ROMs out there. The jet black theme of the Ultima ROM is the default look, while you can always change it in the Flashing process. The preference always remains with the individual when they choose to install, based on their likes and dislikes. So the preferred theme and look of the ROM is highly Subjective. On the whole, the Dark Theme used in the ROM is preferred when looking at the Battery’s longevity. The Super AMOLED screen used in the Galaxy S3 gives you High Definition Sharp and crystal clear images. This also comes at a price; the battery gets used up for displaying such high detail. Keeping the overall Dark Theme of the UltimaROM will reduce the load on the battery as compared to Stock ROMs. If you choose the Siyah Kernal while flashing, you will find a plethora of tweaks that are available to you to control every aspect of your ROM.
The UltimaROM v11.0 is a highly useful variation of the custom ROMs available out there as it allows you to change the sound output of your device. This option is available even in older versions as long as you flash the Siyah Kernal during the installation process. The kernel comes with an inbuilt master control for Equalizer settings among other more useful settings. You can change the clock speed of the CPU, change how the GPU works and performs, change aspects of the phone’s display, how it handles the battery and many other little tweaks that can turn your smart phone into a super phone. You even have the choice of selecting your preferred Launcher like the Nova Launcher, Holo Launcher, Apex Launcher or the Stock Samsung Touch Wiz Launcher. The CyanogenMod’s Trebuchet Launcher and the Nexus Launcher as also available.
The best part for most users who choose the UltimaROM is the Music and Camera. You can choose which player to install when flashing. It is always best to choose the Stock Music Player and Video Player as it comes with support to run many different formats. The ROM also comes with the option to install DSP Manager which is highly recommended as the effects are well worth it. (More details on how to choose the components to flash are available here along with a video review)
So go ahead, take that step to the Dark side with the uber cool UltimaROM Kjata and decide for yourself if you want to use it as your daily driver or not. The ROM is highly stable and super smooth when used on a daily basis. No major bugs have been reported as of now. For more details, Visit the Developer Kryten2k35 on his website www.ultimarom.com and go through the extensive material before attempting to Flash it yourself. It is very easy to flash this ROM as long as you follow all the instructions given on the website.