How To Download And Install Android 4.0 ICS Style Custom ROM On Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830


How To Download And Install Android 4.0 ICS Style Custom ROM On Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830

Samsung Galaxy Ace is an Android-powered smartphone that was announced and released by the South Korea-based manufacturer in February 2011. Galaxy Ace S5830 is one of the four low cost Android-powered smartphones belonging to the Samsung line-up. Even so, Samsung Galaxy Ace comes with the features and specs of an upper mid-range smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 sports a 3.5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors and a screen resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, packing Gorilla Glass display that protects the touchscreen against scratches. Samsung Galaxy Ace also sports 278MB of RAM and 158MB of internal flash storage (expandable with up to 32GB using the microSD card slot the Samsung device has).

Galaxy Ace S5830 features all the connectivity options of a modern smartphone, like HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v2.1, and microUSB 2.0. The Android-powered smartphone comes with a 5MP camera with autofocus, and LED flash, capable of recording QVGA videos at 15fps.

The 800 MHz ARM 11 Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset and the Adreno 200 GPU animate the Android 2.2 Froyo OS with TouchWiz v3.0 UI the smartphone comes pre-loaded with. The 1,350mAh standard battery is capable of providing a stand-by time of up to 640 h (2G) / up to 420 h (3G) and talk time of up to 11 h (2G) / up to 6 h 30 min (3G).

In October Google officially announced Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the new software update all the Android lovers crave for. Unfortunately, Samsung Galaxy Ace is not in Samsung’s plans to receive the Android ICS update, but we come with good news for the owners of this device, as from now on they will be able to get a taste of the Ice Cream Sandwich experience on their device, thanks to a custom ROM recently released by some devs.

Myth is the name of the Custom ROM that brings Android ICS on Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830. The ROM is based on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread BUKS1 firmware version, so it’s not the real deal, but a consolation for the Galaxy Ace owners that for some reason haven’t upgraded to Galaxy S2 or Galaxy Nexus. Anyway you should keep in mind that this ROM is not an official firmware version released by Samsung, thus installing it on your Samsung Galaxy Ace will void the warranty. Fortunately you can restore the warranty at any time, by simply flashing an official Android firmware version into your smartphone.

Before proceeding with the Samsung Galaxy Ace update to Myth Android 4.0 ICS, let’s have a look at the features the Custom ROM packs. Get a closer look bellow, then decide yourself if it’s worthy to install the Android 4.0 ICS-styled Custom ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Ace:

  • Rooted Custom ROM Firmware,

  • Apps 2 SD Feature comes pre-loaded,

  • CRT Off Enabled,

  • Over Scroll Glow is enabled,

  • Extended Power Menu,

  • Preloaded with Google Maps 5.11,

  • Semi-transparent Touch Wiz,

  • ICS styled icons,

  • Android Market Powered with 3.3.12,

  • Disabled journaling ext4,

  • Comes with ICS 4,

  • Comes with Styled dialer, BLN Service, Google Music,

  • Custom Boot animation,

  • ICS Gennie widget,

  • ICS Clock Widget,

  • Supports Flash 10.1, 10.2 & 10.3

You should also know that installing a Custom ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Ace is a somewhat risky procedure, thus if you don’t closely follow all the steps of the pre-installation instructions and update procedure you might end up bricking your device. That’s why, should not be held responsible in any manner if you damage your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 after following the below procedure.

In order to reduce the risks involved by the installation of the Android ICS 4.0-styled Custom ROM, we made a set of pre-installation instructions you should follow in order to properly prepare your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 for the update procedure. Here’s what you will have to do:

  • The information stored on your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 might get corrupted or wiped off during the Myth Custom ROM installation procedure, that’s why it’s best to backup all your contacts, call log, text messages, music and video files, pictures and APN settings, so you can easily restore them after the Android 4.0 ICS Custom ROM installation is completed. The APN settings are used by your¬†Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 to send / receive MMS and access the Internet. You can find them by going to “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names.” Once there copy them in a text document or write them down on a sheet of paper.

  • Check to see if the battery level of your¬†Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is above the 60% level. The installation of Android ICS 4.0 Myth ROM eats a lot of battery, that’s why, by starting the update procedure with a high battery level, will reduce the risk of your phone to turn off during the installation. If the battery level is below the above mentioned value, please DO NOT proceed with the installation of the Custom ROM, as your device will turn off and you will have to start over the whole procedure.

  • Next up, you will have to enable the USB Debugging Mode on your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830. To do that, go to “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging” and tap on it to enable.

  • Make sure you have administrative rights on the computer you are performing the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 update to ICS Android 4.0 Styled Custom ROM from and that the respective computer is running on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.

  • Disable any firewall or antivirus software running on your computer, as this type of software is usually blocking the Custom ROM installation processes. Also disable any KIES software, as it tends to interrupt the update procedure.

  • Now turn off your¬†Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 and remove the SIM card. Grab the original Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830¬†USB data cable and keep it in handy.

  • Make sure that the device you are trying to update is a Samsung Galaxy Ace, model S5830, and not any other device. Otherwise, DO NOT proceed with the update procedure. Also make sure that you have root access on your¬†Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 and that¬†Clock Work Mod Recover is properly installed on your phone.

Assuming you have performed all the steps in the pre-installation instructions section, we can now move on and flash the Android ICS 4.0-Styled Custom ROM into your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830. We recommend you to closely follow all the below instructions, following the steps in the right sequence and double-checking to see if the proper operation is done. Otherwise you might end up severely damaging your¬†Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830. Here’s what you will have to do in order to safely install Android ICS 4.0 Custom ROM on your¬†Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830:

  1. The very first thing you will need to do is to download the ICS Myth Custom ROM package for¬†Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830, which you can grab from here. After the download is completed, grab the USB data cable and connect your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 to the computer.¬†Copy the ZIP file you just downloaded on a location on your¬†Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830′s microSD card.

  2. After the ZIP file is copied, disconnect the phone from the computer, then you will have to turn off your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 and get it into Recovery Mode. In order to boot into Recovery Mode you will have to do as follows: while your Samsung Galaxy Ace is turned off, press and hold the Menu Button, then press the Power button as you would want to turn on your device. Once your Samsung Galaxy Ace gets into Recover Mode, use the Volume Up / Volume Down buttons to navigate and the Home button to select the desired option.

  3. In Recovery Mode, navigate to the option named “install zip from sd card,” then “choose zip from sd card” and select the ZIP file from the location you copied it to. After selecting the file the Android ICS 4.0 Styled Custom ROM will be installed on your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830. It usually takes about 5 minutes for the flash to be completed.

  4. After the firmware is successfully installed you will have to select the “++++Go Back++++” option, then head to the “clear cache” option and select it in order to improve the performances of your device and avoid the force close errors.

  5. After the cache is wiped off, manually reboot your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 by selecting the “reboot system now” option. Now your¬†Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 will reboot and display the homescreen. The first time after the new firmware is applied it usually takes longer for the device to reboot, so there’s no reason to panic if this happens.

That’s it all. Now you can enjoy the Android Ice Cream Sandwich experience on your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830, even though the South Korean company seems to have forgotten about the owners of the low-cost devices. For any further inquiries and to share your opinion about Android ICS 4.0 Myth Custom ROM with other fellow Android lovers, you can comment in the section below.

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