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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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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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Samsung TouchWiz Might Be Better Than Android 4.4 Update

Recently, I bought a Galaxy Note 3 on a whim. I never owned a Note device, but thought it would be an interesting device for my smartphone collection. After my enjoyable experience with the HTC One on Sense 5 and Android 4.1.2, I wasn’t sure how I’d adjust to TouchWiz. Long story short – I’ve adjusted just fine.

Before I go on about TouchWiz, I want to make a general statement about Android; after it hit v.4.1.2 and moreso, 4.2.2, I found Android itself to offer essentially everything I want and need in a smartphone. That is of course, until the next big idea comes around, whether that’s from Android, iOS, or Windows Phone 8. Android is now a very mature and stable platform; yes, there are still bugs, it still isn’t as smooth as iOS or WP8, and I’m sure there are features in custom ROMs that would be nice to have. But that’s the point; a lot of stuff is in the “nice to have”, not in the “must-haves” or even the “I really want X feature” categories.

With that said, skins no longer mean a hard decision because it still runs Android. I understand the arguments about aesthetics and design choices, along with discussions on hardware decisions (e.g. the button decisions like the format of the HTC One and the menu button on the Galaxy devices), but those are all subjective, so I’ll leave it at that. One thing I will say is that having a Home button makes it incredibly easy to wake the phone when it’s sitting on my table or desk without having to reach to the side or top to find the power button; this alone is a huge feature for me, but I digress.

With Android, I’m able to do everything I want and need to do with ease and customizability is still the best of every mobile OS out there. That means less boredom, and more utility. But skins like Touchwiz add a lot to the equation; I’m really enjoying the S-Pen on the Galaxy Note, and features like Multi-Window really do stand out as features that make the whole mobile experience better. For example, before I got the Note 3, I had a Nexus 7 and an HTC One. If I was watching YouTube videos and chatting, I would use the Nexus 7 for the video, then pick up the HTC One in order to chat through SMS, Hangouts, or Facebook Messenger. The ability to dock a YouTube video up top and continue on with my chats, browse Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and the web, all without having to switch apps, is amazing.

The one thing that DOES bother me is that it’s more difficult to access Now; I installed a free shortcut app called Home2 that allows me to double tap Home to get to Now, but I shouldn’t have to do that. A long press on the Home button does show a Google shortcut, and long pressing menu sometimes works to launch Now (it launches S Finder if I hold the button for a second too long), but it shouldn’t be that hard. But I do have to say that I find that this is really the only nuisance I’ve come across.

As many of you, I eagerly anticipate the launch of 4.4 and the 2013 revisions to the Nexus lineup, and perhaps a new device (Google SmartWatch?). But even so, this one-time Nexus and Stock Android warrior has found peace with manufacturer skins. I’d even give LG’s skin/UI a shot!


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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung


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Samsung Galaxy Express 2 lands on Vodafone 4G Tomorrow

The Samsung Galaxy Express 2 is warping across the galaxy to Vodafone this week, giving you a 4G option that hopefully won’t beam all the cash out of your wallet.

The Galaxy Express — apart from sounding like a 1980s Saturday morning cartoon — is a mid-range 4G Android phone. It sports a 4.5-inch screen with a 1.7GHz dual core processor and 1.5GB RAM underneath.

The software is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which isn’t as up-to-date as we’d like from a new phone — Android 4.4 is just around the corner — but then this is a more wallet-friendly option than cutting-edge phones.

Other features include a 5-megapixel camera with flash and a low-resolution camera on the front for video chat, with 8GB of storage for your snaps, apps, music and movies. It also packs Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

The Galaxy Express 2 LTE UK release date is tomorrow, 23 October, only from Vodafone. It comes in white or blue colours; the blue is just for Vodafone customers but the white version will be available from other networks “at a later date.”

Vodafone offers extra-fast 4G LTE data for mobile phones, tablets and dongles in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Nottingham and Sheffield, with Glasgow scheduled to be switched on this week. If you sign up this month, Vodafone will give you an extra 4GB of data each month.


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Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung


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Official Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Update (Download Guide)

Samsung have launched the Jelly Bean 4.3 update for the Snapdragon 600 quad core and the Exynos 5 Octa core version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that comes with the model number GT-i9500. The official build is said to make the handset faster and it comes with several improvements along with optimisations.

The base firmware is I9500XXUEMJ5, and the Jelly Bean 4.3 update is now rolling out in Russia. Owners of the device are able to get the firmware through Kies along with OTA.

Firmware details
Model: GT-I9500
Country: Russia
Version: Android 4.3
Changelist: 1875800
Build date: 14 October
Product code: SER

If you are not in Russia you can follow the step by step guide to installing the update manually with the Odin tool.

As the I9500XXUEMJ5 build is an unbranded version of firmware, it can be installed on any unlocked GT-I9500 unit, irrespective of region and country.


1) Install USB Drivers for Samsung Galaxy S4 to connect the Android device with computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option then check USB Debugging Mode.]

3) As the tutorial is likely to wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP installed then backup data using the recovery.

4) The Galaxy S4 should have battery charge above 80%.

5) The device should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.

6) The phone will lose custom ROM with the installation of official firmware. Also, the custom recovery will be replaced by the stock recovery.

7) The device will no longer belong to a rooted version once official firmware is installed.

8) XXUEMJ5 Android 4.3 official firmware works only with Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. As flashing this on any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number of Galaxy S4 by navigating to Settings>> About phone>> Model number.

Steps to install XXUEMJ5 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500

Step-1: Download I9500XXUEMJ5 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Alternative link ) official firmware for Galaxy S4 to computer. Extract the downloaded firmware file to get


Step-2: Download Odin3.09 . Extract Odin zip to get Odin v3.09.exe in it

Step-3: Double-click to open the Odin3 v3.09.exe file to start Odin

Step-4: Boot the Galaxy S4 in to Download Mode. To do so, first power off the phone and wait for five to six seconds after the display is off. Press and hold Volume Down, Power and Home buttons together until a warning screen appears. Then press the Volume Up button to continue to enter into Download Mode

Step-5: Connect the phone to computer using USB cable while it is in Download Mode. The successful connection will be indicated by an Added message in Odin

Note: If the Added message does not appear then follow these troubleshooting issues.

Verify USB driver is installed properly.

If the driver is installed, try to uninstall and then reinstall it again.

Try different USB port on the computer.

Reboot the phone and computer and then try again.

Step-6: Load the file, extracted from I9500XXUEMJ5, in Odin

Click the AP button in Odin and select I9500XXUEMJ5_I9500SEREMJ5_I9500XXUEMJ5_HOME.tar.md5 file

The Odin window might freeze and show ‘Not responding’ alert because of the large size of the AP file. There is nothing to worry, it will get back to normal.

Step-7: Under the Option section in Odin, verify Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected. All other boxes should be unchecked

Step-8: Double check everything and click the Start button in Odin to begin the installation

Step-9: A PASS message will appear when the flashing is completed and the phone will restart automatically. Once the home screen appear, unplug the USB cable form the phone

Note: Instead of a PASS message if FAIL message comes, disconnect the Galaxy S4 from the computer, close Odin, remove the battery of the phone and reinsert the battery in three to four seconds, open Odin and then repeat from step-3.

Samsung Galaxy S4 will automatically reboot and boot into I9500XXUEMJ5 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean official firmware.

Troubleshoot issue after flashing

After installation if the phone comes across issues such as Boot animation, bootloop, phone running slow or app force closing then perform a factory reset of the device using recovery to resolve the issues. To do so, first switch off the phone. Press and hold Home, Volume Up and Power buttons together until the phone turns on then release all three buttons. In recovery mode, use Volume keys to scroll between options and Power button to select the desired option. Navigate to Wipe data/Factory Reset and select it. Then select Yes to confirm the action on the next screen. Select Reboot system now to boot the phone. This should fix the bootloop issue of the Galaxy S4. It should be noted that performing data wiping will erase the internal data of the phone, therefore, backup data before proceeding.


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Posted by on October 29, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung


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How To Unlock A Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Or S3 For Free

Anyone who has a locked version of a Samsung handsets, for instance the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or S3 can now unlock their device and then use it with any carrier.

Say for instance you bought the Samsung Galaxy S3 with Verizon. If the handset is locked then it can only be used with that carrier. But if you were to unlock it and you are not in contract then you could take it to any carrier.

You would even be able to send the handset overseas.

So take out your Verizon SIM card, or the SIM card of your carrier, and put in any other. Switch your handset off and then turn it back on again.

Go to the dial pad on your phone and type in *#197328640#. Head to your main menu > [1] UMTS > [1] Debug Screen > [8] Phone Control > [6] Network Lock > Options [3] Perso SHA256 OFF. You then need to wait for around 30 seconds before going back into your main menu and selecting back. You should see “Network Lock” now. Choose [4] NW Lock NV Data INITIALLIZ.

The sequence that you should have typed in is “Asterisk Pound One Nine Seven Three Two Eight Six Four Zero Pound”. Don’t forget that some people call the asterisk the star button, and call the pound button hash.

You should now be holding a Galaxy handset that you can use with any SIM card anywhere in the world. Bear in mind that as this code has been used for some time you may be able to use it with just about any Samsung device.


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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung


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