Android 4.4 KitKat has been officially terminated by Samsung for Galaxy S3 Mini 3G due to hardware issues. However, users can still upgrade the smartphone manually using CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM.
A new release of CyanogenMod 11 Android 4.4 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini rolled out on May 14th and it contains overall sources clean-up. The new firmware features 2D/3D hardware acceleration, functional sensors, working wireless radios, YouTube high quality and 64 GB microSD card support on top of other CM 11 add-ons.
- Create a manual backup of all data files and personal settings stored on the Galaxy S3 Mini.
- Battery level should be at least 50 per cent to prevent power interruption during the installation.
- Enable USB debugging mode on the smartphone. Go to Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging.
- Root your Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini and install a custom recovery such as TWRP or ClockworkMod.
- Download the USB drivers for Galaxy S3 Mini on your computer. You can use the Samsung Kies PC Suite to install the drivers by plugging the device on the computer.
- Download the CyanogenMod 11 Android 4.4 KitKat firmware and the Google Apps package to your computer.
Warning: The BitBag is not responsible for any errors which may occur on your Galaxy S3 Mini. CyanogenMod requires manual installation and if done improperly, it can brick the smartphone. Read and follow the instructions to avoid damaging the device. Do this at your own risk.
- Connect your Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini to the computer using a USB cable.
- Copy and paste the CyanogenMod Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROM and the Google Apps package to the microSD card of the smartphone. Do not extract the zip files.
- Disconnect the smartphone from your computer, then switch it off.
- Reboot the device into Recovery Mode by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons at the same time.
- In the Recovery Mode, create an android backup of the current ROM. Select ?backup and restore > backup? to make a copy of the ROM. You may restore it anytime.
- Perform a full wipe on the device by selecting ?wipe data/factory reset? and ?wipe cache partition? then select ?advanced > wipe Dalvik cache.?
- Install the CyanogenMod 11 by selecting ?install zip from SD card > choose zip from SD card > search the firmware file inside the microSD card > confirm its installation.? Apply the same with the Google Apps package.
- Once the installation has been completed, go back to the main menu and select ?reboot system now.? It may take at least five minutes before the device reaches the home screen.
In case your device goes into a boot loop, remove the battery, then reinsert it, reboot into Recovery mode and perform a full wipe.
For any bug reports, send your feedback to Maclaw Studios official thread.
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