Galaxy S3 Mini can be updated with DMod custom ROM, which is based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly bean stock firmware released for this phone a while back. Several of the Galaxy S4 features/icons have been ported over to the Galaxy S3 Mini I8190. A list of all the changes and new features have been given below. Not to forget, this ROM is lso very well optimized for this Android phone. If interested in Android 4.1.2 for other phones, check out our new Custom ROMs section. You can update Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 to DMod Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by Samsung, but just a custom ROM which would require a custom recovery like ClockworkMod in order to flash the ROM zip file on your phone.
As you continue reading below, we will guide you through the entire process of how to install DMod Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 with complete steps. Don’t forget to read all the tips below that you have to keep in mind before proceeding. Please make sure you backup all your data as given below because this tutorial will wipe your data. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s get to the tutorial now.
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DMod Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean ROM Details:
This amazing DMod custom ROM comes with tons of new features and is based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. A quick list of the main features in DMod is given below and we are sure you’d love to use this on your Galaxy S3 Mini I8190:
- v3N bulit up from scratch, over I8190NDXAMB3 official ROM, w/ stock kernel
- Partially Galaxy S4 themed
- Galaxy S4 Icons,Fonts, Sounds, Wallpapers and some Apps! More details below
- ODEXed rom. It will give you a bit more speed in some operations such as boot.
- Ported apps:
– Galaxy S3 Gallery
– Galaxy Note 2 Paper Artist
– Galaxy Note 2 Popup Browser
– Galaxy S4 Cento Apps
– Galaxy S4 Samsung Link
– Galaxy S4 S-Voice
– More to come!
- Inverted YouTube with screen off playback!!
- Enahnced gps.conf
- Enabled 360° rotation also in lockscreen
- DMod tweaks in build.prop + init.d scripts
- DEFINETELY disabled OTA service and removed “Updates” from settings
- Added a statusbar icon when NFC is on
- Enabled sub-symbols on stock keyboard – Long press to insert symbol
- Colorized days in S-Planner
- Phone and Contacts MODs:
– In-call vibration for notifications enabled
– Disabled phone number auto-formatting
– Removed contacts joining limit
- Email MODs:
– Inverted email app from black to white – much more readable
- Messages MODs
– No MMS conversion,no contact limit, real timestamps with sent time instead of received
– Enabled Scheduled messages in stock SMS app
– Enabled MMS download even with data off
– Enabled folders for messages
- Camera MODs:
– Added shutter sound toggle in settings
– Camera is now available during a call
- Browser MODs:
– Enabled emojis in stock browser
– Added confirmation prompt when exiting from browser
– Home page instead of about:blank when opening a new tab
-Added “Exit” button to browser in menu
There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:
- Install XXAMB3 Android 4.1.2 Firmware: Update Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 to XXAMB3 Android 4.1.2 Official Firmware.
- Root XXAMB3 Android 4.1.2 Firmware: How to Root XXAMB3 Android 4.1.2 on Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 with Rooted Official Firmware.
Like this DMod ROM based on the latest Android 4.1.2? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 to DMod Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean custom firmware.