Since Android 4.3 is still far away from the Galaxy Ace 2 (there are no words about an upcoming OTA release – maybe the stock Jelly Bean 4.2.2 firmware will be made available) if you want to get the latest features and apps available on the Android platform, you will have to flash a custom ROM on your smartphone. And the latest software that has been made available by those of xda-developers is the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean powered Touchwiz Revolutionised firmware. This ROM is based on the CM10.1 platform and comes with the Galaxy S4 UI, so I guess that you have all the reasons for installing this new custom update on your Galaxy Ace 2 I8160.
Because you are flashing a custom update – not an official firmware released by Samsung or Google – your Galaxy Ace 2 must be rooted and installed with a custom recovery image like CWM or TWRP recovery. A custom ROM can’t be installed on locked devices as the software must access the internal system of your device. This access can be granted only via root, so that’s why you previously need to gain root access on your Ace 2.
Then, the custom recovery image will be required on the flashing process. First, by using the recovery tool you will have to wipe the Galaxy Ace 2 system, or else the CM10.1 and Galaxy S4 UI based Touchwiz Revolutionised custom ROM will not work on your smartphone. After wiping the system the update will be applied by using the same recovery app, so it is extremely important to install CWM recovery on your phone. Do note that you first have to root your device because a custom recovery image can be installed only on unchained phones.
The root operation isn’t official: the warranty of your phone will get void once you will start the root process. So, use suitable step by step guides and don’t perform things by yourselves because if you mess things up, then you will be by yourselves. Anyway, the warranty can be easily restored by downgrading to stock Android OS, or by manually (on rooted systems you cannot receive or flash OTA updates) updating with an official release of the Android system.
Since a wipe will be required, a backup is strongly recommended. With the backup you can be sure that nothing bad will happen during the update operation – your data, personal info and accounts will be in safe hands. After updating your Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 with the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean powered Touchwiz Revolutionised custom ROM you will be able to restore the saved data. Remember that CWM recovery is installed on your smartphone so use the same for making a Nandroid backup and for saving the EFS folder.
Now, as stated before, the Touchwiz Revolutionised firmware is based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS. Furthermore, the software comes with features, apps and capabilities ported from the CM10.1 system and from the Galaxy S4 UI. Therefore, you will be getting a Galaxy S4 looking custom ROM. Touchwiz Revolutionised comes with the S4 launcher, weather widgets, tones, status bar, dialer, contacts, settings, lockscreen and UI. And all these included on a CM10.1 powered firmware. So, the JB 4.2.2 Touchwiz Revolutionised is indeed a powerful software that will customize and optimize your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.
If you want to complete the guidelines from below for updating your Ace 2 with the mentioned OS, then, first perform the pre requisites from below.
- Make sure that you can use a computer, or notebook.
- On the computer that you will use deactivate or uninstall the security programs like antivirus, antimalware or Firewall protection – in some cases the security programs are interfering with the update operation.
- On your smartphone USB debugging option must be enabled because you will have to connect your device with the computer – check the USB debugging option from “settings -> applications -> development”.
- If your phone has less than 60% power left it is recommended to charge its battery before going any further – if your Ace 2 gets turned off while you are trying to flash the Android 4.2.2 JB Touchwiz Revolutionised custom ROM you are risking in bricking your device.
Another important aspect is related to the compatibility of the present tutorial: this guide can be applied only for the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 model number I8160. If used for a similar handset, it might damage or even brick the device. Also, remember that the custom ROM has been developed and offered by those of xda-developers, so we have them to thanks for this step by step guide.
How to Update Galaxy Ace 2 with JB 4.2.2 Touchwiz Revolutionised (based on SGS4 UI) Custom ROM Firmware
- On your computer you are using, you need to download the update file and the Google apps package (it is not included on the firmware file so you have to install Google apps separately).
- So, from here download the update file and the Google apps package.
- Don’t unzip the files, just save them on the desktop.
- Now, by using the USB cable connect your Ace 2 with the computer.
- Then, copy-paste or drag and drop the downloaded files from desktop to your phone’s SD card.
- Remove the USB cord.
- Turn off your phone.
- Wait a few seconds and then reboot or enter the recovery mode menu.
- By using recovery mode, select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Select “+++go back+++” and return to main menu of recovery.
- And then select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the firmware file and flash the same.
- Return, repeat the process and install Google Apps package.
- From recovery, in the end select “reboot system now” and you are done.
- If there are problems, like your phone is stuck in a boot loop, reboot in recovery once more; now select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”; reboot and enjoy.
Good, now your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 will be running on CM10.1 and SGS4 UI based Touchwiz Revolutionised custom ROM. The firmware brings a custom version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, so the latest features and apps will be ported to your handset. According to those who have tested the firmware, there are no bugs or issues; so test the software by yourselves and then return here and share your personal impressions with us and with others users that might want to update their Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.