Samsung S4
A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S4 (front) and Apple's iPhone 5 smartphones are seen in this picture illustration taken in Seoul May 13, 2013.Reuters

A new TeamUB Android 5.0.2 Lollipop custom ROM has been made available to Samsung's 2013 compact flagship smartphone - Galaxy S4 Mini (GT-19195) LTE model.

This new custom ROM is based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project) 5.0.2 Lollipop and is said to come with more customisation options to boost device performance, easy access to key apps and loads of personalisation options such as:

  • Network Traffic indicator
  • Nav-bar height
  • Privacy options
  • Fluid interface
  • Latest CyanogenMod features
  • Custom notifications lights
  • Centre clock
  • Battery percent in the status bar
  • Performance tweaks and many more improvements to enhance user-experience

Prerequisites (things to remember before installing Custom ROM)

  • This new TeamUB Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware has to be installed on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 4G-LTE variant (GT-I9195) - model only; if tried on other devices, it might get bricked [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
  • Though installing custom ROM improves the device's performance and UI experiences, it makes the company warranty void and they will no longer be liable to provide updates in future [users can restore warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM].
  • Make sure the device is rooted before going forward for custom ROM installation.
  • Make sure your device has more than 80 percent battery, or else there is chance of smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted in the mid-way.
  • Users also make sure that you have installed USB drivers on the PC, or else your device (Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini I9195) will not be recognized by the computer.
  • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone.

[Disclaimer:This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Downloadable files:

CM12 Custom ROM for Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195: HERE

Google Apps: HERE

Tutorial: Step-by-step installation Guide of CyanogenMod Android 5.0 Lollipop CM12 Custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-19195-

Step 1: After downloading the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop CM12 custom ROM files in to your PC; connect Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini to PC via USB cord.

[Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, be sure that you have installed USB driver software, if not, Click HERE (for GT-19195) to download the firmware]

Step 2: Place Android 5.0 Lollipop CM12 Custom ROM zip file into the phone's SD card memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in SD card root, not in any other folder.]

[Note: Before users' begin installing the custom software, be sure that the device must have rooted and has installed ClockworkMod Recovery/TWRP tool.]

Step 3: Turn off the device and disconnect from the PC.

Step 4: Perform the regular Recovery Mode sortie by press holding 'Volume (up)', 'Home' and 'Power' buttons.

Step 5: After entering the RECOVERY mode, clear the phone memory, by choosing 'wipe data/factory reset'

[Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]

Step 6: Clear the cache memory by selecting 'wipe cache partition'

Step 7: Go back to ClockworkMod recovery, and select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache' [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]

Step 8: Come back to main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card'

Step 9: Tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. Repeat the same procedure again to install the Google Apps. [Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options]

Step 10: Once done with the installation process, navigate to '+++++Go Back+++++' and re-start the device by opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.

Now your device (Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini) will take a few minutes to complete the booting process.

Users can then head to Settings >> select 'About phone' to confirm the installation of TeamUB Android 5.0.2 Lollipop custom ROM.

[Credits: Team Android]