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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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Clean Up the Clutter on Your Samsung Galaxy S3 with This Virtual Maid for Android Systems

For most of us regular folk, the only opportunity to relish in the conveniences of a maid is during hotel stays. Personally, I would love to have a maid around to help fold my clothes and sweep up those crumbs that accumulate in the corners of my kitchen, but sadly, I currently live in reality and can’t afford that luxury just yet. In real life, I’m on my own.

However, when it comes to cleaning up the mess on my Samsung Galaxy S3, there is an real and affordable option.

* SD Maid for Android

SD Maid by Android dev Matthias (aka D4rken) is a utility tool that looks to help clean up the mess left behind by unused files on your smartphone or tablet. Deleted apps can leave behind data and the Google Play Store can also bog down your GS3 with temporary files, but with SD Maid you can get rid of all that.

But that’s not all it can do. SD Maid functions as a root-enabled file manager, too. There’s an overview of your files and how much space each one is taking up on your device. You can also remove your Play Store search history and freeze and unfreeze applications.

SD Maid is designed for rooted devices, but it does work with non-rooted Android devices. Obviously you won’t have access to the root-only features, but you can still do all the basics.

* Exploring & Search for Files

With SD Maid, you have access to all of your phone’s files through the Explorer, or you can use the Searcher tool if you already know what you’re looking for.

With the non-rooted version, you can select files and open up a small menu of options. With a rooted phone you will be able to freeze, uninstall, or reset a file back to default, among other options.

* Finding the Biggest Files

If you want to see what files or applications are taking up the most storage space, you can slide over to the Biggest Files section and search your GS3.

Tap the refresh button in the center to get a fresh list of your biggest storage hogs.

* Viewing Recent Changes

If you know a recently installed or modified file is causing problems, you can find it using a special search for files modified in the last x number of minutes.

If you’ve been running into issues after installing an application or downloading a file, you can use the search to find those items and go to their location with the option of deleting.

* Upgrading to a More Advanced Maid

Again, as I mentioned earlier, there is an SD Maid Pro available on Google Play for $2.25 that unlocks features like duplicate file cleaning and general app cleaning. The CorpseFinder helps find dormant files and directories, and the SystemCleaner will scan and filter any unnecessary files in your directories.

If you want to upgrade, you have to already have the free SD Maid installed on your device. The pro version is actually just an unlocker that enables the additional features on the free app.


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Posted by on September 27, 2013 in Galaxy, Phones, Samsung


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Samsung Galaxy S3 Update: Amidst Users’ Uproar, Official Android 4 .3 Jelly Bean Finally Coming This October For Handset

Samsung Galaxy S3 update will finally be a reality. According to reports, users of the handset will finally get the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the tech blog Android Authority reports. This was after the delay on Android 4.2.2 occurred only for users to be informed that it was canceled in favor of the latest version of the OS.

Tensions ran high amongst Samsung Galaxy S3’s owners whenever the topic of an update is discussed. Many of the smartphone’s owners are disillusioned at the slow pace of the update being available, especially when less-famous handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S2 has received Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Samsung Galaxy S3 was launched last year with the Android 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich and during this summer, it received the Android 4.1.2 update. The update, according to Android Authority, did not come without problems.

Big Red carrier Verizon first released the 4.1.2 update and also added support for features like Multi-Window multitasking, Multi-Screen and S Beam’s Auto Share Shot. After the update Samsung Galaxy S3 users began experiencing issues on 4G LTE connectivity, which prompted the U.S. carrier to pull the update.

The lack of an official Android 4.2.2 update spread rumors that the Samsung Galaxy S3 may move straight to Android 4.3.

Android 4.3 is still sourced out from Android Jelly Bean, together with Android 4.1 and 4.2, noted Android Authority. The new features it brings include restricted profiles, Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy support, Open GL 3.0 support, and a T9 dialer. There has also been improvement in terms of notifications for the device.

Aside from the Samsung Galaxy S3, owners of the company’s flagship handset Samsung Galaxy S4 will also get the update.


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Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung


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Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.2, JellyBean Update Leaks

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.2, JellyBean update leaked onto the internet this week.

SamMobile leaked an early firmware build of the new software that can be installed and used on the Galaxy S3. The site cautions that the software is still in testing at Samsung. There is a video posted on the site that displays the Android 4.2.2, JellyBean running on the smartphone. It features lock screen widgets and a revamped design that makes the S3 run a lot like the S4.

The official Android 4.2.2, JellyBean update has been delayed for undisclosed reasons but it should be rolling out soon as SamMobile has gained accessed to this early build. An updated version of the Android 4.1.2, JellyBean update has been issued to Verizon customers.

The original version of the update caused some 4G LTE connectivity problems with the device and with the new one, they are being corrected. Verizon even pulled the original update around a week ago to ensure that this problem did not affect any more users.

The build number for the new version is JZ054K.I535VRBMF1, while the previous update was JZ054K.I535VRBMD3. Verizon users are already reporting that the new update for the Galaxy S3 returns things to normal with the 4G LTE. It mostly functions a small bug fix without any other enhancements. Those facing this issue will notice the difference once the new software is installed.

The Android 4.2.2, JellyBean update for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 was experiencing delays. “Samsung delayed 4.2.2 for Note 2 and S3,” tweeted out SamMobile previously. “Reason new TW for S3 and Note 2.”

The site was apparently blaming the new Touch Wiz UI for the delay. This news was not been confirmed by Samsung at the time; however, SamMobile frequently reports accurate information regarding the company and its products.


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Posted by on July 9, 2013 in Samsung


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Android 4.2.2 Update For Samsung Galaxy S3 Leaks Online

The Android 4.2.2 update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been leaked online ahead its official release date. A pre-release version of the hotly anticipated Android 4.2.2 update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 has surfaced, showing us what to expect when the latest Android version hits the 2012 Samsung flagship, reports GSM Arena.

The ROM is now available for download via Sam Mobile, so if you’re sick and tired of waiting around for Samsung to push the update out hit the source link up and grab yourself a copy. Instructions on how to install the ROM are provided, and there’s even a video detailing all the new features which you can familiarise yourself with below:-

Inside Android 4.2.2 for the Galaxy S3 you get a new lockscreen as well as new screen modes which let you to tune the saturation and colour accuracy of the S3’s display.

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Daydream, driving mode and actionable notifications are also now available. S Voice has received something of an overhaul and now features more commands and is better integrated inside third party applications.

‘Naturally, flashing a release not meant for public usage will void your warranty so only proceed if you know what you are doing. Also, keep in mind that this not being a final ROM, some bugs are to be expected,’ added the report.

Still up for it? Hit the link to get Android 4.2.2 installed on your Galaxy S3.


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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Samsung


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Samsung Galaxy S3 Review

* Key Features

• Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS
• 8 MP Primary Camera
• 1.9 MP Secondary Camera
• 4.8-inch Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen
• 1.4 GHz Quad Core Processor
• Wi-Fi Enabled
• Expandable Storage Capacity of 64 GB

Samsung is known for Smartphone with trendy designs and user-friendly features, but this time they have spared no expense and are bent on beating their own record. Be prepared to enjoy an amazing blend of style, performance and features on the Samsung Galaxy S3. Powered by a 1.4 GHz Quad Core processor, the S3 is based on the Android v4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system. The refined OS promises simplicity and sensibility and you can enjoy easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets and easy interactivity.

The Samsung S3 comes with a 4.8-inch HD, capacitive touch screen that supports 720 x 1280 pixel resolution with 16 M colors and Mali-400 megapixel graphics. The TouchWiz user interface is custom built for the Android OS, making this Smartphone versatile and easy to use.

The user-friendliness of the Smartphone is taken up a notch with the S Voice feature that allows you to simply talk to your phone to give instructions. You can ask the S3 to turn off the alarm, reject or answer a call, turn the music up or down, or even tell the camera when to shoot.

No matter where you go you are always prepared to capture some unforgettable moments in sharp and vivid colors the Samsung Galaxy S3’s 8 megapixel camera with LED flash. Taking pictures is made even more enjoyable with useful camera features like Geo-tagging, face and smile detection, auto focus and image editor. The S3 comes with a secondary camera that is located on the front of the camera. You can enjoy HD video recording on the Galaxy S3 and shoot videos at 30 fps with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution.

* Design

The ergonomically designed S3 has a stunningly sleek bar design and is a joy to hold in your hand. The smooth and non-linear lines and gentle curves give the S3 an elegant and natural look. The super AMOLED screen ensures that you can enjoy bright display, richer colors and optimum power processing. The Galaxy S3 comes packed with sensors like accelerometer, gyro sensor, RGB sensor, proximity sensor, barometer and compass that ensure you get the best view on the Smartphone and can switch between applications with ease. The compact design of the S3 includes a raised home button and the back and menu keys placed on either side of the home button. You will also find a loudspeaker, 3.5 mm audio jack and a micro USB port neatly packed into the compact design of the phone.

* Storage and Battery

The S3 is powered by a powerful 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery that supports optimum talktime and standby time. The Smartphone has an internal memory of 16 GB and the memory can be expanded up to 64 GB using micro SD or micro SDHC cards.

* Connectivity and Features

The internet capabilities of the S3 will not leave you wanting for more. The Android Smartphone is enabled with GPRS, EDGE and 3G, so staying connected should not be a problem no matter where you are. The S3 Android is Wi-Fi enabled and also supports the Wi-Fi hotspot feature that allows the S3 to connect to the mobile network and act as a Wi-Fi router. You can create your own Wi-Fi hub wherever you are. The S3 is Bluetooth enabled and has a micro USB port for connectivity. Sharing is made even easier thanks to the S Beam feature that allows you to transfer documents, contacts, pictures, music, videos and more by simply placing the backs of your phones together.

The Galaxy S3 is a Smartphone you can rely on for convenience and functionality. The GPS Smartphone is enabled with A-GPS with Google Maps allowing you to navigate through your city, or an unknown one, with ease. You can easily get your work done with the help of features like document viewer, document editor and push mail.

The AllShare Play feature on the S3 lets you work together with the help of DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct, giving you remote access to documents and multimedia files when you work on a different screen somewhere else. You can stay connected with friends with the help of the social tag feature that lets you link the faces of friends with their social media streams. You simply have to look at their pictures to see their current status appear. The Java enabled Smartphone also has a music player, video player and an FM radio.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a chic Smartphone that offers compelling new ways of communicating and sharing and is meant for people who are looking for a Smartphone that delivers power and speed.


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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Samsung


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Samsung Galaxy S3 Update: Android 4.1.2 With Multi-Window Released By T-Mobile

T-Mobile is joining Sprint as one of the major U.S. carriers to be rolling out an Android 4.1.2 update for its Galaxy S3 users complete with Premium Suite features such as Multi-Window. The update, which began rolling out May 13, will bring the Galaxy S3’s Baseband version to T999UVDMD5. Owners with Baseband version T999UVDLJC are eligible to snag the upgrade OTA, although bear in mind new Android versions are typically pushed out in batches, meaning some will get it sooner than the other. Those with Basebands T999UVDLJA, T999UVLH2, T999UVLG1, and T999UVLEM will have to manually use Samsung’s KIES software to land Android 4.1.2.

The update does weigh in at a hefty 186MB, so be sure the handset is charged and is tethered to a Wi-Fi network. You can visit T-Mobile’s official support doc for the upgrade here.

Android 4.1.2 is by no means a major overhaul, but it will introduce Multi-Window to T-Mobile Galaxy S3 owners. Multi-Window allows for two apps to run simultaneously onscreen. So far, Sprint is the only other major U.S. carrier to have rolled out Multi-Window for its Galaxy S3 variant AT&T and Verizon customers are still left in the dark, and there has been no comment on when the nation’s two largest networks will release Premium Suite softwares for their Galaxy S3s.

Alongside Multi-Window, the update also allows for auto-pairing via NFC and enhanced camera options. New apps include Paper Artist, Sound Balance, Samsung Gallery, a Blocking Mode, and an Easy Mode. The usual bug fixes and minor security tweaks also apply.

Let us know if you have a chance to download Android 4.1.2 with Multi-Window, what your experience with it is like, and where you are located.


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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Samsung


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