I finally decided to upgrade my Samsung Galaxy 3 phone to CM. I have been running Android 2.2 (Froyo) from the Samsung official update so far. Galaxy 3 is not supported by the official CM team, but as expected, many other people are making a custom build of CM 7.2 for Galaxy 3. The list of available ROMs can be found here.
Now, this was my first experiment with such an upgrade, so I was looking for a tutorial.I found that here – How to use odin for dummies. To follow these steps, I had to boot into Windows (I normally use Linux) because I couldn’t find the appropriate software that works on Linux. I decided to use the ROM provided by marcellusbe – http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1101218. The process worked almost smoothly and I was able to get Android 2.3.7 running on my phone within 20 minutes or so.
Most of the basic features seem to be working fine. I had missed “wiping the cache partition” earlier, which I did after the second reboot.
Now, I am looking for a way to do minor upgrades using CWM. CWM gives the ability to flash the ROM without using a computer. Unfortunately, I am unable to install that from the ROM manager because my phone model is not listed in the supported configuration. Need to explore more on this …