Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini review, update: Specs of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini may not qualify it yet for an official update with the South Korean tech giant, but thanks to a highly active Android developer community, the S3 Mini can get an Android 5.0 Lollipop functional upgrade via the AOSP ROM.
According to the International Business Times, the AOSP ROM is functional enough, but some of the features are dead: “RIL (phone/SMS/3G) doesn’t work [WIP]; Audio (both speakers/headphones/microphone) doesn’t work at all; GPS/Glonass doesn’t work; This release doesn’t support f2fs yet, only ext4 file system.
Remember to wipe data/cache partitions as ext4 before flashing this ROM!; Camera doesn’t work at all; Missing part of OMXes implementation (so there’s no fully HW video acceleration).” The pre-requisites for the upgrade as well as instructions for the Android 5.0 AOSP ROM update can be found here .
CNET cited that the Android Lollipop sport some brand new features, some of which may only be available via an official update.
Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google’s latest mobile platform was released October 2014 and comes out of the box for the company’s newest handset and tablet, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, respectively.
In a spec sheet by Phone Arena, it noted that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini ha s a4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM and a 5MP camera.
It came with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box when it was made available in 2012.