Galaxy Mini 2 GT-S6500 finds its way on our list of smartphones to update to Android 2.3.6. But this time, the name of the firmware that we’ll use on your device is BVMK1.
This official firmware has been launched this month, considering that your phone was announced last year in February. To use this new firmware, your phone can run an official or a custom ROM and you have to live in one of these countries: the UK, France, Slovakia or Spain.
The new update was released for two carriers in the UK: T-Mobile and Orange. The version for France and Spain will work only if your device is on Orange. As for the KIES logo: it’s not turned on in either of these regions, which means that you should upgrade your handset only with our guide or OTA (with the Software
Update option under Settings menu).
The only smartphone which works with today’s guide is the Galaxy Mini 2 S6500. You won’t end up with an updated device if it’s another one, you will only end up with a bricked smartphone.
Something else to consider: if your device is rooted, the new firmware will delete the system partition and revoke root access. Despite that, the internal and external SD cards of your smartphone won’t be affected; also, the important data stored on it won’t be deleted.
Last but not least, here are the new features delivered with the firmware: better stability while moving between home screen panels, update to VZ Navigator with the newest 3D map improvements, mobile hotspot bug fixes and better security, enhanced data throughput performance in environments that register low 4G signals, Vcast apps, an updated Favorite Contacts widget, CMAS (short for Commercial Mobile Alert Service), better battery life whenever you want to use Phone Book Access Profile Bluetooth headsets, Visual Voice Mail updates, the ability to see how much longer you have to wait while performing an OTA update and better stability for data connectivity after you turn Airplane Mode off.
The pre-requisites are:
- turn USB Debugging on;
- download Odin tool from this page along with the the Android 2.3.6 BVMK1 stock firmware (the France version from , Spain version , the UK version and the Slovakia version from );
- find USB drivers for the handset on this page, then download them on your notebook;
- charge your handset’s battery;
- make standard backups and also a full NANDroid one;
- turn off the security software running on the phone and the laptop;
- the latter must run Windows.
This is where we’ll tell you what needs to be done to update your smartphone to the Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread.
- Begin by extracting the packages from before until their content is saved on your laptop’s desktop, then do the following: enter the device in Download Mode by pressing and holding Home + Volume Down + Power, then press the Volume up key.
- Your next move includes the Odin, which should be launched as Admin on the laptop.
- When that’s done, you need to connect, with the USB cable of your Samsung S6500, the latter to the notebook, then wait for the connection to be established.
- This will only happen if the screen has a yellow ID:COM box on it together with this message: “Added!!“. When there’s nothing of the sort on the display, you have to use another USB port of flash the USB drivers again on your laptop.
- Then move on to the step which requires you to do this: click on PDA, opt for a file with a CODE in its name, tap Phone, opt for a file with MODEM in the name, click on CSC, opt for that file which has CSC in the name, tap PIT and be sure to select a file that comes with a .pit extension.
- When the instructions from above have been performed, you need to continue with another bunch of guidelines: activate F. Reset Time, Auto Reboot and Re-partition.
- [sc name=”banner-jos”]Once that’s over, you have to do this: tap “Start“. The flashing of the new Gingerbread stock firmware will begin after you do that. When the installation ends, you will see a “Pass” message after your Galaxy Mini 2 GT-S6500 restarts, so make sure you disconnect the phone from your notebook.
When the tutorial is over, you will find the new firmware if you tap Settings and then choose About Phone.
If this BVMK1 doesn’t do anything for you, the handset’s previous ROM can be restored. Like this: go to where the NANDroid backup file is, select it and wait for the update process to be revoked.
In case you have questions, you can use the comment field below.
My name is Mark, I am a new chief editor of this blog, freelance writer, entrepreneur, and simply a technology lover. Currently a proud owner of a Google Pixel 4a.