Monthly Archives: November 2013

How To Update Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini To Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Due to problems with TouchWiz integration, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini might never get the official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. However, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini users have nothing to be sad about since there is an alternative way to get the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update via custom ROMs.

The CyanogenMod 10.2 Jelly Bean 4.3 ROM offers an update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. It has the TouchWiz user interface removed and there is no bloatware in it too. The CyanogenMod 10.2 Jelly Bean 4.3 ROM still brings features such as;

• Bluetooth Low Energy
• OpenLG ES 3.0
• 1GHz bug resolved
• 2D/3D hardware acceleration
• Improved sensors functionality
• Better wireless connectivity
• All native tethering
• 64GB SD card support
• Enhanced camera functions
• CPU sleep mode
• Virtual Surround sound
• Offline charging

Before you can make the installation, here is what you need to know:

• The ROM is only for Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini I8910, I8190L and I8190N
• USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini are installed on your PC
• Download CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM and the Google Apps into your PC
• Your Galaxy S3 Mini needs to be rooted
• Have ClockWorkMod recovery installed
• Manually backup all your data
• At least 50% battery charge is still available
• USB debugging mode is enabled
• You know that CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM installation might damage your device and you are installing the custom ROM at your own risk.

Here is how you can carry out the installation:

1. Connect your Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini to your PC using a USB cable
2. Copy CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM and Google Apps zip file into your S3 Mini’s SD card
3. Disconnect your S3 Mini and switch it off
4. Boot your S3 Mini into CWM recovery mode (Press and hold Volume Up + Home + Back keys simultaneously)
5. Create an Android backup in case you want to restore it later
6. Perform wipe data/factory reset
7. Perform wipe cache partition
8. Perform wipe Dalvik cache under Advanced
9. Go to main menu, select “install zip from SD card” and choose “choose zip from SD card”. Find and select the CM10.2 ROM you copied earlier.
10. After the installation was completed, repeat previous step. But this time choose the Google Apps package instead.
11. Select “reboot system now” when the installation was completed

If your Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini takes a longer time to reboot, don’t panic. This is totally normal when you boot the phone for the first time after a custom ROM installation. So now you will have Android 4.3 Jelly Bean running on your Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini.


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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung


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Samsung Galaxy Discover Specs and Feature

Looking for a phone that’s out of this world? Samsung has just the one.

The Samsung Galaxy Discover is a good-looking phone that provides many great features for keeping in touch. From its helpful apps to its excellent Android operating system, this phone is definitely an upgrade from your current model.

* Size, Display, and Audio Specifications

The Samsung Galaxy Discover has the same wide, clear screen you’ve come to expect from the Galaxy phones. The 3.5 inch TFT touch screen with 320 x 480 pixel resolution gives you maximum room for viewing text messages, videos, and anything else you might use this fun phone for. So in addition to looking great, this phone provides maximum functionality. At 122 grams, it will fit comfortably in your pocket and won’t weigh you down.

For your visual enjoyment, this phone comes with a great variety of fun embedded wallpapers so that you can constantly change what you see each time you open up your phone.

The Samsung Galaxy Discover comes with MP3 music capabilities and both polyphonic and MP3 ringtones available so that you can enjoy music from your phone.

* Data and Memory Specifications

This phone has 4 GB of user memory, with a MicroSD slot for additional memory up to 32 GB. It runs the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System, with an Android browser and HTML for the Internet data.

The phone supports voice calls, SMS messaging, MMS messaging, and email. It also has the option for instant messaging or cell broadcast. With so many ways to communicate, you’ll never lose touch with a friend again.

For connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Discover supports Bluetooth 3.0. It also supports USB 2.0 microUSB.

* Other Samsung Galaxy Discover Features

This phone is specifically designed for fun. Use the 3.0 megapixel camera with various shot modes to take photographs and immediately tag your friends and upload the photos into an online album so that you can share as soon as possible.

The Samsung Galaxy Discover also has great video features. It supports MP4 / 3GP / 3GPP / 3GPP2 / WEBM video formats. With these capabilities, you can use the phone for video recording and even video messaging. This phone also has all of the great Google features you’d expect from a Galaxy phone, including Google Maps, Google Talk, Gmail, Youtube, and Picasa.

For your personal information management, this phone also has all kinds of great options. Use the calendar and scheduler to keep track of events and appointments. Utilize the to-do list and alarm features to stay on top of your daily tasks.

There are thousands of application options in the Google Play Store, and the Samsung Galaxy Discover’s excellent resolution makes any of them an enjoyable experience. Try out social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram; fun, interactive games, or informative apps to help keep you organised.

Check out the Samsung Galaxy Discover today, and discover a whole new world with a phone that has everything you could ask for and more.


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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung


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Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Will Soon Work With More Samsung Devices

Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be made compatible with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2.

The Galaxy Gear is currently only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. However, the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update will extend compatibility to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2.
Samsung will also extend Galaxy Gear compatibility to other Galaxy devices – including the Galaxy S4 Mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and Galaxy S4 Zoom – through a separate software update beginning globally at the end of October. Software update schedules for each device will vary by country and operator.

“Extending the Galaxy Gear compatibility to more Galaxy devices reflects our deep commitment to continuing to deliver our consumers enriched mobile experiences,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics.

The Galaxy Gear will enable Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2 users to make and answer calls and view incoming messages and notifications with just a glance. For a closer look at more important messages, users can simply pick up their master device and the Smart Relay feature instantly reveals the full content.

With a 1.9 Megapixel camera, users can snap photos by tapping the Galaxy Gear’s screen. Photos are automatically saved in the master device’s gallery.The smartwatch also has a built-in Pedometer app and can be used to control the music played on the master device.

Samsung said the Android 4.3 update will also provide easier text input, and updated graphics and multimedia. Some Samsung features and applications will also be updated, including Knox (Samsung’s mobile security solution), Smart Switch (which transfers content from other smartphones to Samsung devices) and HomeSync cloud storage.

Technology analyst firm Canalys predicts the smartwatch market will boom over 2014 with the release of a “new generation of devices”, with up to five million smartwatches being shipped by the end of the year.

“Smartwatches will be the most important new product category in consumer electronics since the iPad defined the market for tablets,” said Chris Jones, a vice president at the firm.

“Software platforms tied to smartwatches will also be a tremendous opportunity for developers to write apps in categories such as health and wellness or sports and fitness.”

However, Samsung’s decision not to make the Galaxy Gear compatible with smartphones made by other manufacturers has been criticised by some reviewers, and is likely to limit sales of the device.


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Posted by on November 1, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung


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