The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Duos with the model number GT-I9192 recently began receiving the Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware update, while the original Galaxy S4 Mini (GT-I9190) still runs on Android 4.2.2.
The new firmware for the Galaxy S4 mini Duos comes with the build number I9192XXUCNG2, and it includes general performance enhancement and a smooth user interface with new features such as status bar icons, new emojis, closed-captions support for videos and full-screen album art on the lock screen, SamMobile reported.
Although the firmware update is currently limited to Russia, users of the Galaxy S4 mini Duos can download the firmware and flash it manually on their handsets.
Here are the firmware details, provided by SamMobile:
Version: Android 4.4.2
Build date: Tue, 08 Jul 2014
Here is a tutorial on how to upgrade the Galaxy S4 Mini Duos to the Android 4.4.2 KitKat I9192XXUCNG2 using Odin. But, before trying their hands on the installation process, users should be aware of certain aspects:
- All data stored in the handset must be backed up properly
- The handset should have at least 80 percent battery power
- The USB drivers for the device must be installed on the computer
- USB Debugging must be enabled
- After flashing the firmware, any installed custom ROM will be lost
- Custom recovery, such as ClockworkMod Recovery or TWRP, will also be lost
Note: International Business Times cannot be held responsible for anything that goes wrong. Users should proceed at their own risk.
Step 1: Download the firmware package and extract the zip file. There will be a .tar.md5 file along with some other files.
Step 2: Download Odin v3.09, and extract the zip file. There will be an Odin3 v3.09.exe file along with some other files.
Step 3: Run Odin3 v3.09 as an Administrator.
Step 4: Boot the Galaxy S4 Mini Duos into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons. After a warning message appears, press Volume Up key to enter Download Mode.
Step 5: Connect the phone to the computer via the USB cable and wait until an Added!! message appears in bottom left box in Odin.
Step 6: Go to the Odin window and click on the AP button and select the .tar.md5 file which was extracted in Step 1.
Step 7: In Odin, ensure that only the “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” options are checked while the “Re-Partition” option is disabled.
Step 8: Click on the Start button in Odin to begin flashing. Don’t press any buttons until all files are successfully flashed.
Step 9: After the process is complete, a “PASS!” message will appear in ID:COM port with green background and the device will restart.
Step 10: After the Samsung logo appears on the home screen, you can unplug the device from the computer. The Galaxy S4 Mini Duos will now be running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat I9192XXUCNG2.