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Install C-ROM Android 4.4 custom Alpha build for Samsung Galaxy S I9000

C-ROM is a brand new custom ROM for the Galaxy S I9000, use this tutorial if you want to learn how to successfully update your device.

C-Rom is based on AOSP Android 4.4 and it borrows elements from CarbonROM, CyanogenMod and AOKP. If you want to learn more about it, then you should take a look at its XDA thread here. Read the preparation guide below before starting the updating process:

  • use this tutorial only with the Samsung Galaxy S I9000.
    – don’t attempt to update any other phone’s with the files you find here.
  • your Galaxy S has to be rooted and running the latest CWM Recovery image.
  • a ‘factory reset’ is require for your device and you shouldn’t skip this step.
    – factory reset wipes all data from the system partition, while the internal storage won’t be affected by this process.
  • you need to create a full NANDROID Backup for the ROM that is currently installed on your device.
    – this will create a restore point for you to use in case something goes wrong during the installation process or in case the new ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode.
  • backup installed applications data using Helium tool from Google Play Store here.
  • backup SMS text messages and APN Internet Settings with these apps: SMS backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore.
  • sync Contacts info with your Gmail account.
    – guide here for those that don’t know how to sync Contacts.
  • enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
  • read the entire post and don’t skip any steps that I’ve listed in the tutorial.
  • this is a guide for advanced users, you shouldn’t blame us in case you brick the phone or lose any important data files.
  • if you cannot complete the tutorial, then you should ask for more help in comments.

I think that these were all the guidelines you had to go over before getting to the ‘how-to’ part of this post.

How to install C-ROM Android 4.4 alpha build for Galaxy S I9000:

  1. Download the custom ROM from here.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4 ROMs from here.
  3. Connect your smartphone with your computer, then move both zip files to its internal storage.
    – disconnect the phone from PC when all files are copied.
    – do not unzip the files.
  4. Power off the device now.
  5. Boot your phone in CWM Recovery Mode:
    – do it by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons all at the same time.
    – release the buttons when the custom Recovery Mode appears.
  6. Create a full NANDROID Backup for the ROM that is currently installed on your device.
    – select ‘backup and restore’, then save the file on your phone’s internal storage.
  7. Next, apply the Factory Reset for your Galaxy S:
    – select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
  8. Now you can flash the new C-ROM KiKat alpha build:
    – select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’ and find the custo ROM zip.
    – confirm the installation and then wait until all files are loaded.
  9. After the ROM is installed, select once again the ‘choose zip from sdcard’ option and flash the Gapps zip.
  10. When both files are installed, get back to the main custom Recovery screen.
  11. Reboot your phone now and wait until it boots in normal mode.
    – do not press any buttons until the first boot process of C-ROM Kitkat is complete.
    – note that this first boot will take a while before it loads all the new files.
  12. Enter your Google Account details and take control over your device.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to complete the installation of this new custom ROM for your smartphone. If you have any other questions or you cannot complete the tutorial, then you should ask for more help in comments.

If the first boot process takes more than ten minutes to complete or the phone enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial once again.

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