Galaxy S3 Mini I8190: Update XXAMG1 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Official Firmware

Samsung is pushing out another new firmware for Galaxy S3 Mini i8190, coded XXAMG1. The new firmware works as stock firmware for Portugal (Vodafone), Russia, Ukraine (Kyivstar), Uzbekistan, Netherlands and Hungary (Telenor). Definitely, it comes with new stock G1 kernel. The new firmware for Galaxy S3 Mini is rolling out on Samsung Kies or OTA (Over-The-Air). Yet, this is not a major update and we wish to see a major Android 4.2.2 or android 4.3 on Galaxy S3 Mini i8190 international model.

As mention earlier, this XXAMG1 firmware update is start rolling out on Samsung Kies as well as OTA. In basic, the new firmware should help to fix some bugs and improve your S3 Mini’s performance. You may or may not receive this update. Great to share that, in this post, we will guide you how to update your Galaxy S3 Mini to latest firmware via Kies, OTA as well as manual update with Odin.

For those my are out of specified country, you can choose to install it manually with Odin but you need to download CSC changer to change the CSC since this stock firmware is not belongs to your country’s Galaxy S3 Mini model.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is one of the medium range smartphone device from Samsung after release of Samsung Galaxy S3. It has a 4.0” (800×480) Super AMOLED display. It is equipped by 1.0GHz dual core Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP front and VGA front camera. It comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean firmware out of the box.

How To Update Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini to XXAMG1 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Official Firmware

We have total 3 ways to update your devices officially. They are update via OTA (Over-The-Air), update via Samsung Kies and manual update via Samsung Odin. Update via OTA and Samsung Kies are the easiest ways for update yet you have to wait the release from Samsung (It could takes up to a month of waiting). Manual update with Odin is the fastest way to get latest update yet need some additional manual installation steps. We will cover all 3 update methods in our tutorial.

Disclaimer: It’s always a risk to modify your device. We, Android Teen are not responsible for any damage or bricks on your device. Your device warranty may void with any mod. Check your devices warranty’s term & conditions before start. (HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola). Use this guide on your own risk, contact us for help if you face problem.

Pre-requisites & Requirements

  1. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 (Ensure correct device model and firmware; Check device model – Go to Settings -> About Device -> Model Number)
  2. Windows-based computer or laptop
  3. Download Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini USB driver for Windows and install in your computer. Connect device to computer with USB cable to complete installation. Skip this step if you have installed the USB driver.
  4. Enable USB Debugging on your device. How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android Devices.
  5. Make sure your phone is charged to 60% 80% to avoid battery blackout and interruption during this tutorial.
  6. We recommend you make a backup on your data and media files before the tutorial. You may restore the data and files if necessary.

Reminder: Firmware upgrade should not delete your device data yet you may experience inconsistent performance after upgrade. Optionally, we recommend you to make a backup and do a clean upgrade. Ensure you meet the requirements before proceed. Contact us if you face problem.

Choose Your Update Methods:

Instructions: How To Update Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini via OTA

  1. Ensure you have stable internet connection (Wifi or data network) on your devices.
  2. Power up your device, go to android apps drawer, select Settings.
  3. Under Settings menu, select About device under System.
  4. Select Software update under About device.
  5. Select Update (Check for updates).
  6. You should see an update available, press OK to download and install. (Caution: Download with 3G will incur additional charges to your phone bill!)
  7. Your device will reboot automatically and complete installation.
  8. If you see “The latest updates have already been installed”, you have to wait for Samsung to release the OTA update.
  9. Check out manual updates which give you the fastest and latest firmware update.

Instructions: How To Update Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini via Samsung Kies

  1. Ensure you have stable internet connection on your computer.
  2. Download and install Samsung Kies on your computer.
  3. Power up your device and connect it to computer with USB cable.
  4. Open up Samsung Kies on your computer.
  5. Wait for Samsung Kies to detect your device.
  6. You should able to see New Firmware Upgrade is available at the home of Samsung Kies.
  7. Press on Firmware Upgrade button to proceed.
  8. Check the box to agree all the T&C about the upgrade and Press Start Upgrade to proceed.
  9. Wait download and installation to run. Do not disconnect your device at this moment.
  10. You should see your device running upgrade and reboot automatically.
  11. Upgrade is complete. (Check device firmware – Go to Settings -> About Device –> Android & Baseband version)
  12. If you see “This is the latest firmware” in Samsung Kies, you have to wait for Samsung to release the update via Samsung Kies.
  13. Check out manual updates which give you the fastest and latest firmware update.

Instructions: How To Manual Update Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini via Odin

If both OTA and Samsung Kies updates do not work for you, follow tutorial below to manual update your device with Samsung Odin. The firmware information is listed as below:

Firmware details:
PDA: I8190XXAMG1
CSC: I8190TCLAMG1
MODEM: I8190XXAMG1
Download: XXAMG1 firmware for Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 (I8190XXAMG1_I8190TCLAMG1_TCL.zip | 646.1 MB)

  1. Download and extract Odin3.07.zip in a folder in computer.
  2. Download and extract I8190XXAMG1_I8190TCLAMG1_TCL.zip to get *.tar or *tar.md5 in a folder in computer.
  3. Power off your device.
  4. Enter Download Mode by pressing and hold the Volume Down key, Home button, and Power button.
  5. You should see a warning triangle sign, press Volume Up to continue.
  6. You should see Odin Mode at the top and Downloading… , Do not turn off target!!
  7. Launch Odin executable file by double-clicking on Odin3 v3.07 exe.
  8. Connect your device to your computer with USB cable.
  9. Wait until Odin to show an “Added” message at the lower-left message box.
  10. After your device is detected by Odin, click on the PDA button and select the *.tar or *.tar.md5.
  11. Make sure the Repartition option is not checked under Options & checked on Auto Reboot.
  12. Click Start button to flash *.tar or *.tar.md5 to your device. Monitor the flash progress on Odin.
  13. A green “PASS” message should show for a success flashing.
  14. Your device shall reboot automatically.
  15. Upgrade is complete. (Check device firmware – Go to Settings -> About Device –> Android & Baseband version)
  16. If you fail to flash *.tar.md5 firmware, remove the extension of *.md5 with only *.tar and try to re-flash again.

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  • Kiara De Ville

    I have a rooted s3 mini…If I install this firmware OTA,will it be unrooted again??

    • http://www.androidteen.com/ androidteen

      Yes, you may need to root the device again.