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Flash Carbon AOSP Android 4.3 custom ROM for Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM

Use this tutorial and learn how to update your Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM version with the latest Nightly build of Carbon AOSP Android 4.3 custom ROM. This guide is for advanced users and you should be careful when installing such custom ROMs, as you cannot blame us in case you brick your device.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM already got its update to stock Android 4.3, but in case you wish to test a ROM that offers you tons of new possibilities to edit interface and improve the overall look of your device, then this new build of Carbon ROM is the one that you should test.

Carbon AOSP Android 4. 3 Nightly builds aren’t the final version of this ROM, but it still brings a stable and fully working interface for your Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 smartphone. It packs a modified Android 4.3 Jelly Bean build, PIE controls, Halo, AOKP Ribbons, faster interface, lockscreen hints hide support, carousel lockscreen, support for editing lockscreen buttons and sliders, Chronus CyanogenMod clock widget. Others include support for customizing software and hardware keys, transparent navbar and status bar, navbar arrow keys, navbar ring can be edited, power menu that allows you to change the action you wish to take, notification power widget, customizable quick settings screen, LCD Density, Theme Engine, Quiet Hours, volume rocker music controls, full rotation. Also, you can change and edit notification lights for low battery, messages, various app alerts and more.

The Carbon AOSP is created by the team with the same name and it is based on CyanongenMod 10.2 and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean AOSP builds. Also, it borrows features and functions from AOKP, Paranoid Android ROMs. If you want to learn more about this release, then you should take a look at their goo.im page here.

Before starting the installation of this new ROM, first take a look at the preparation info below:

  • Use the guide only for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM model number I9250.
  • Don’t update any other Galaxy Nexus variants with the files you find in this article.
  • Your device has to be on an unlocked bootloader, it should be rooted and running a custom Recovery image like TWRP or CWM.
  • The tutorial will tell you to factory reset the device, this will delete all the files that are currently stored on your phone’s system partition.
  • Internal storage won’t be affected by the factory reset.
  • Backup data from installed applications with one of these tools: Helium / Titanium Backup.
  • Backup Call Logs info, SMS text messages and APN Internet Settings using the following tools for Android: SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore. Root access is needed for some of these apps.
  • Make sure to backup your Contacts info by syncing it with your default Gmail account.
  • Go to Settings, open Developer Options and enable USB Debugging.
  • Create the NANDROID Backup for the installed ROM. You’ll find a step in the tutorial below.
    – this restore point can be used in case the new ROM doesn’t boot or in case you simply don’t like the new features added by the new ROM.
  • Make sure that the power level of your phone’s battery is over 50%.
  • This guide is for advanced users. Do not blame us in case something goes wrong, you lose important data or brick the device.
  • If you’re having problems completing the installation, then you should ask for more help in the comments section.

Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post.

How to flash Carbon AOSP Android 4.3 Nightly custom ROM for Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM I9250:

  1. Download the custom ROM file from here.
    – make sure to download the latest available build by clicking the ‘modification time’ section.
  2. Download the Gapps for Android 4.3 custom ROMs from here.
  3. Connect your smartphone with your computer, then move both zip files to your phone’s internal storage.
    – after both files are copied, disconnect the Galaxy Nexus from computer.
  4. Now you can power off the device.
  5. Boot the Galaxy Nexus GSM in Bootloader Mode, then select Recovery Mode and continue to the next step.
    – both CWM and TWRP will work with this tutorial.
  6. First you need to create a NANDROID Backup for the ROM that’s currently installed on your Galaxy Nexus:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’, save the file to your smartphone’s internal storage, then continue to the next step.
    – TWRP: press Backup, select the system files you wish to preserve in one NANDROID Backup file and confirm the process.
  7. Next, factory reset your smartphone:
    – CWM: select  the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option and confirm.
    – TWRP: press Wipe, then Factory Reset. Confirm.
    > if you don’t apply this step, then the smartphone might not boot in normal mode. Don’t skip any steps.
  8. Now you can install the new Carbon AOSP Android 4.3 custom ROM on your Galaxy Nexus GSM:
    – CWM: select the ‘install zip from sdcard’ option, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the Carbon JB nightly zip. Confirm the installation.
    – TWRP: press the Install button, then find the custom ROM zip. Confirm the process.
  9. Repeat step 8 action in order to install the Gapps for Android 4.3 ROMs as well.
  10. After you manage to flash the new files you should return to the main custom Recovery mode.
  11. Reboot your device now and wait for it to load all the new ROM files.
    – do not press any buttons until the Carbon AOSP Android 4.3 home screen appears.
    – if the first boot process takes too long to complete or the device enters in boot loop, then you should power off the device and then repeat the entire tutorial once again.
  12. If everything went according to plan and the installation has been completed with success, enter your Google Account details and take control over your device once again.

These were all the instructions that you had to go over. If you have any other questions or you cannot complete the installation at your first attempt, then you should ask for more help in comments.

In case the new Carbon AOSP Android 4.3 custom ROM doesn’t finish the first boot process, then this means that the installation wasn’t completed. You need to power off the device completely, then boot it into CWM or TWRP Recovery Mode, it depends on the one that is installed on your device, then repeat the entire tutorial once again. Custom ROMs might not install always at the first attempt.

Also, if you don’t like the new ROM, then you can always use the NANDROID Backup file of your previous ROM and restore it to its previous state.

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