The new CM10.1 is doing the round on many devices. Now you can add the galaxy Mini 2 S6500D to that list. This is of course custom firmware, however, if it is a taste of the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly bean you are after, then this is something you may want to try.

Back in Q3 of this year the rumors were that India will be seeing this heading overseas to a store near them with their very own version. It originally came out back in February of 2012 with the 2.3.6 Gingerbread. While that does make it the last Gingerbread that ever came out, it is still a ways off what we know as the best software out there for Android today. Once you take the jump up to jelly bean it’s a whole new world. It will be smooth as silk. Way smoother and faster than the cookie variety. Ice Cream Sandwich doesn’t even compare to this build. Not only does it just work better, but there’s also features that will blow your mind. If you were ever jealous of the Siri voice assistant Apple fan boys had, well know you’ve got your own in Google Now. It’s also arguably better than what Apple ever made. It’s super smart and can store memory and then you answer with things using what they have learnt. For example, using its online mind it can tell how much traffic is at a certain area. Now if you have already made a trip with Google Now it can store that data and know how long it took. It will then use its computer mind to calculate how long it thinks it’s going to take you to get to your destination. This is just one of many examples that it is capable of. There is one thing that has stopped it from really kicking off and that is that people don’t like talking to their phones. There is no option but to talk to it to get it to work. It is a personal voice help after all.

4.2.2 Has been the best of anything we have seen in 2013 until the very latest KitKat came out. Arguably, there isn’t really anything great there anyway. Some of the biggest devices of the year came with this build. Take the Moto X, which saw this variety right off the bat. It’s still doing the rounds on many more also, even though newer things have happened since.

CyanogenMod took a turn for the worst when Google — who is apparently supportive of being open source — decided to pull the Cyanogen installer off the shelf because it beached their terms and conditions. All this just weeks after they became a full-fledged company. One of the big reasons for doing this was to make things easier. That is what the installer did best for people. It’s a real shame to see Google acting the way that they did. Apparently both sides are in talks to hopefully reach an agreement to get the show back on the road.

For the more experienced, this shouldn’t really have any impact on things at all for you. The Rom’s will still come with the same amount of appeal as they ever did. Many purists preferred to install it the normal way anyway because this was half the fun for them. Hopefully you who are reading this feel the same way!

It’s paramount that you back things up before continuing. You will be able to simply back it up to the devices external SD card for safe keeping.

Make sure you have:

– Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 S6500D USB drivers.

– USB debugging mode enabled.

Last but not least, make sure you have adequate battery life left because the last thing you want is for it to run out during the procedure. Juice it up as much as you can.

How to update the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 S6500D to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean using CM 10.1 custom firmware

1. Firstly, you will need to grab the CM10.1 Unofficial Build ROM for Galaxy Mini 2 S6500D and the Google Gapps pack.

2. Connect the Mini 2 to the computer via USB.

3. Transfer the two files (without extracting) to the mobiles SD card.

4. Unplug the phone and turn the power off.

5. Boot it back up in recovery mode. Recovery for a custom ROM being ClockworkMod.

6. Navigate to wipe the cache partition. The next thing to do is wipe/data factory reset and finally wipe cache partition. Those which I just mentioned are crucial tasks. The next one presented is the Dalvik cache. This one is more of an option and not a need. However, if you want a smooth run with no issues it is highly recommended.

7. There is an option on the first screen that says: choose zip from SD card. Follow this command.

8. Upload the CM Rom file and the Gapps file, respectively, but at separate times, to the device.

That’s basically the job finished. From the first screen when you enter recovery, there is an option that says the reboot system now. Find that and select it.

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