A new custom ROM for your Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 has been released, so as usual, we will be checking on how you can apply the same on your Android powered device. This tutorial will be similar with the other ones explained here on Android.gs, so you have nothing to worry about. This is not the only firmware available for the Galaxy S 2, so for making the right choice you should first check our previous guides, of course the ones that are referring to your handset.
Now, today I will show you how to update the Galaxy S2 I9100 by flashing the new Batista70 Foxhound custom ROM into the phone’s system. The firmware is based on the latest official OS version, the 4.0.3 XWLP4, and it has been tested by those of xda-developers. It’s unnecessarily to say that it worked perfectly. For more details you have below the features and capabilities included in the Foxhound software the very ones that are designed to improve the performances and the looks of your smartphone.
So after we have listed the enhancements, you can make your own opinion about the update in order to decide whether to apply it or not on your S2 device. As you might know, a custom ROM isn’t part from Samsung’s plans and it doesn’t represent an official update released by the already mentioned company. Furthermore in order to flash the same you must have a rooted Galaxy S 2. We have brought you several ways in which you can root your handset, so go and complete this operation first. Remember that once you gain root access the warranty will get void. Always follow a step by step guide, don’t try to do it by yourselves as you can wreck your device.
Also, being an unofficial firmware, when installing the Batista70 Foxhound ROM, the date stored on your Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 will get wiped out. So, it’s more than important to make a backup. In this way you can avoid the unpleasant situations in which you lose your personal info. Here are some tips for making a proper backup:
- Download SMS backup and restore apps for Android – you can use this for saving text messages.
- Sync contacts with your Gmail account, or use the SD card for temporarily save them.
- Download call log backup and restore tools. For other data use a computer or the phone’s SD card.
It’s time to see the pre Requisites that need to be done before starting the actual step by step guide; just read the lines from the list:
- Charge the battery, or check if there is more than 60% power left.
- On the Galaxy S 2 enable USB Debugging: “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.
- Deactivate Firewall, antivirus and any other security programs from both, the smartphone and the computer.
- Remember to root the Galaxy S 2 first (that runs the ICS 4.0.3 XWLP3 firmware).
Only after completing the up mentioned you can start applying the ROM. Make sure you do it as described in the tutorial.
How to update the Samsung Galaxy S 2 with Batista70 Foxhound Custom ROM firmware
- Download the Fox Hound Custom ROM file from here along with the Add on Firmware Package from here. Place the tools on the computer.
- Get the USB cable and connect the phone with the PC.
- Copy the files downloaded in step 1 from the computer to your handset.
- Disconnect the device by removing its USB cord.
- Turn it off.
- Reboot by entering in recovery mode. Just hold down simultaneously the Volume Up button and the Home key button while pressing the Power On button.
- In the recovery mode menu you should choose to make a full wipe. So, select “Wipe data/factory reset” and “Wipe Cache partition”; Dalvik Cache should also be wiped out.
- Go back on the recovery mode menu.
- Select “install zip from sd card” and then “choose zip from sd card”. Just pick the ROM package.
- The installation process should begin, don’t worry as it will take a few minutes to complete.
- Then, select the “Add on Package”, similar as you did above.
- When ended, go back on the recovery menu and select “reboot system now”.
- You are done.
That’s all for now, so what do you say is this custom Rom better than the other ones available for the Galaxy S 2 I9100? Tell us how things work and if the firmware was installed as it should. Also report any bugs form the system so we could update our guide. Share any other thoughts related to this topic with us and we will do all that we can in order to resolve the possible problems. Stay close for further how to guides.