Samsung Galaxy S III mini (samsung-golden)

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Samsung Galaxy S III mini
Samsung Galaxy SIII mini
Samsung Galaxy SIII mini
Manufacturer Samsung
Name Galaxy S III mini
Codename samsung-golden
Released 2012
Category testing
Original software Android 4.1.1
Hardware
Chipset ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500
CPU 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
GPU ARM Mali-400 MP1
Display 480x800 AMOLED
Storage 8GB
Memory 1GB
Architecture armv7
Features
USB Networking
Works
Flashing
Works
Touchscreen
Works
Display
Works
WiFi
Works
Xwayland
Works
FDE
Works
Mainline
Works
Battery
Works
3D Acceleration
Works
Accelerometer
Works
Audio
Bluetooth
Partial
Camera
Broken
GPS
Mobile data
SMS
Calls
USB OTG
Partial



Contributors

Maintainer(s)

Users owning this device


Installation

The mainline kernel can only be booted through U-Boot, not directly with the Samsung bootloader. U-Boot is installed as intermediate bootloader on the boot partition, so it does not replace the Samsung bootloader entirely. pmbootstrap can only support one bootloader configuration at the moment, which is why U-Boot is also recommended when installing the downstream kernel.

Boot into Download Mode using Power + Volume Down + Home and follow the instructions at ST-Ericsson_NovaThor_U8500#U-Boot to install U-Boot.

Finally, just follow the Installation guide.

Mainline

Working:

  • Display (partial - works but cannot be turned off properly; no brightness control)
  • GPU (Mali 400 MP using Lima)
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth (partial - at least on my device scanning for other devices works but it keeps disconnecting when connecting to other devices; not sure why)
  • IMU (Accelerometer + Gyroscope)
  • USB

Not working:

  • Audio
  • Camera
  • ...

Bluetooth

Bluetooth does not have any Bluetooth device address (bdaddr or "MAC address") set after boot at the moment. To make Bluetooth work, you need to manually configure one:

# apk add bluez-btmgmt
# btmgmt public-addr <bdaddr>

where <bdaddr> is a MAC address like 53:33:6d:69:6e:69.

The Bluetooth controller should then show up in bluetoothctl:

# apk add bluez
# rc-service bluetooth start
$ bluetoothctl

Experience

Downstream: The best user interface to install is XFCE4. Other ones do lag, or just don't respond. Especially KDE Plasma.

Mainline: Plasma Mobile and Phosh should work okay.

See Also