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So I've been trying to install CyanogenMod 10 for a few days and I finally was able to find the google apps but then like half the apps I use I can't find in the Play Store. Anyone know why? This CyanogenMod is running 4.1.2. I really want to get into it but I can't use it if these apps aren't available.

I have an ATT Unlocked Galaxy S3
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Try to download this and install it, Cyanogen is know to come with outaded versions...


http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/11/17/download-latest-google-play-store-3-10-9/
     
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I don't know why this is so difficult...

I just installed Slim Bean and now I can't even install Google Chrome and Evernote isn't in the play store... I don't understand what I'm doing wrong.

Now It seems my backup failed to my SDCard even though it said it was a success and now I have no way of restoring back to stock...

Factory Reset in CockworkMod Recovery does a reset of Slim Bean and doesn't put me back on stock.

Can someone help me?
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Flash you original firmware through ODIN, it is the only way. Did you keep a backup when you flashed the custom one?
     
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Originally Posted by PedroC1999 View Post

Flash you original firmware through ODIN, it is the only way. Did you keep a backup when you flashed the custom one?

What's ODIN? lol

I thought I had a backup on my external SD Card, but apparently it's not accessible even though the whole card is filled up.

But I have managed to get all the apps I want on there and working nicely. I just had to manually DL the apk's and install them.
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cyanogenmod does not include google apps, you have to download and flash the separate gapps package.
http://wiki.rootzwiki.com/Google_Apps

do you have a custom recovery installed? if so, which one?
 
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When you say "ATT unlocked" are you talking about the international unlocked version (i9300) running on ATT or the ATT version of the GS3 (i747)? The hardware is very different so this is important. Honestly OP, you need to visit XDA-developers and start reading. There is a plethora of information there for noobs to soak in.
Edited by bavarianblessed - 4/2/13 at 8:05am
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1. Download stock (samsung) firmware from http://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/2/

2. Odin - Tool used to flash firmware to a android device (i.e Stock)

In short:
Start Odin (download from above)
Put your phone in USB debugging mode
Reboot into download mode with the SDK ("adb reboot download")
You should see the yellow triangle and "Do not Turn Off Target!" on your phone
Odin should see the phone now
select firmware (tar file)
click start and wait for phone to boot.
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Errr like bavarianblessed said you need to be specific of exactly what your phone is. In Samsung's case thats the model number found in Settings>About Phone. The hardware in each phone is different (Im sure youve heard of international and North American versions right?).

From my understanding, you need to have an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery. I have an HTC phone so unlocking bootloader and flashing recovery is simpler (but then theres S-OFF which is a pain in the @** to get). On Sammy phones, i think the tool is called Odin. I think Odin is more automated and stuff but its usually better to do things by hand anyways cuz then u actually know what youre doing.

Honestly, XDA is the better place for this type of stuff. They are pretty much dedicated to this stuff. There, you can probably find a lot more info on this topic of rooting and flashing ROMs
    
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