Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini users interested for an OS update can now install Android 5.0 Lollipop! The official Android 5.0 Lollipop update is most likely not coming to Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini but those who are eager for an update can use a custom ROM to do so.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the only official Google mobile OS available for the 2012 smartphone, according to GSM Arena.
However, thanks to a custom ROM developed by NovaFusion.pl, it is now possible to install Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
But according to Air Herald, developers are still in the process of making the firmware more functional.
Users need to consider that the smartphone is only equipped with 1 GB of RAM and 1 GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor.
There are issues found on the texting, audio, GPS, camera, and 3G connectivity features on the firmware.
It is recommended that unexperienced custom ROM users wait for a more stable release of the custom ROM.
Since this is a third-party ROM and an unofficial one, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini users are highly advised to be extra punctilious during the installation.
A detailed step-by-step guide is posted on TheBitBag.com.
Moreover, there are some requirements that should be satisfied first before installing Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
First, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini users need to make sure that the battery level is at least 80 percent to prevent power interruption issues during the process.
Also, there should be a proper backup of all the data and settings stored on the smartphone as using custom firmware may likely wipe out the phone’s memory.
ClockWorkMod and TWRP are two popular custom recovery tools that can be used.
Turn on the USB Debugging mode on the smartphone by going to Settings > Developer Options.