Both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 were released ages ago. By tech standards, they’re essentially like relics of the past. But if for some reason you still have either handset on your person, maybe it might be time to dust them off because it looks like Android 13 is coming to them.
No, we don’t mean that Samsung will be releasing Android 13 in an official capacity for either handset, but rather thanks to the efforts by XDA Recognized developer html6405, an unofficial build of LineageOS 20 has been created for both the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2, breathing new life into both smartphones.
In the past when manufacturer support and timely updates were all over the place, custom ROMs were the go-to if users want to get an Android update on their phones as quickly as possible, and without all the unnecessary fluff that manufacturers used to stuff into their UIs back then. While the custom ROM scene isn’t as vibrant as it was back in the day, times like this do make us miss it.
That being said, note that these releases are still in their early alpha stages which means that it’s most definitely not ready for daily use. But then again, we imagine that almost no one uses their Galaxy S3 or Note 2 as their daily driver so if you don’t mind tinkering around, this could be worth checking out.
If you’d like to learn more and find out how to install it on either phone, then head on over to the XDA forums (Galaxy S3/Note 2) for more details.
Source: XDA Developers