You might remember Carbon Rom at Android version Jelly Bean. It's now time to try out the KitKat version of it. Huge thanks goes to to f4k from xda-developers forums who has started porting this unofficially for the Galaxy S4 mini. As usual, the rom for now is only available for 3G (I9190) and LTE (I9195) users.

Carbon Rom is another aftermarket firmware like CyanogenMod, AOKP, etc, based of the AOSP (Android Open Source Project). This unofficial build comes pretty light with a very low number of pre-installed applications. In terms of performance, it does well and everything else that I personally tried out appears to be working flawlessly.

There is only one slight problem that I stumbled upon and that is the preview quality of the video camera (happens only when shooting a video). The final result is great, it has that 1080p quality, but the preview while recording is bad which really shouldn't be that bothersome.

For a full list of features that the Carbon Rom offers, check out their page.


Download Carbon ROM - Click here.
Download Gapps - Click here.


This rom is strictly for the GT-I9195 (serranoltexx) and GT-I9190 (serrano3gxx) variants only. It is recommended that you do not install this on other devices. Please beware that not doing the installation steps properly, you may end up bricking your phone, so be sure to make a nandroid backup before installing this. S4MiniArchive and the developer(s) will not be responsible for your damaged phone.


  1. Download the rom zip file according to your model from the above download link to your sdcard (be sure to pick the build with the latest date as it is the newest)
  2. Download the Gapps zip file in order to have Google apps
  3. Power off your phone, boot into CWM Recovery by holding Volume up + Home + Power keys simultaneously
  4. Choose wipe data
  5. Choose install zip
  6. Choose choose zip from external sdcard
  7. Choose the rom zip file then choose Yes to confirm
  8. After rom has been installed, again choose choose zip from external sdcard
  9. This time flash the gapps zip file
  10. After you are done, go back and choose reboot system now
  11. If you don't see any boot animation, do not panic, be patient, it will boot up.

Video installation & Quick preview:

Source: xda


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