Samsung Galaxy S might be an old Android based device but there are still many users who are still keeping this smartphone instead of getting a new device. So, due to same reasons, we will try to help these users in enjoying their handsets by showing how to improve the Galaxy S user experience. And what better way to do that if not by updating to latest Android OS? Well, as you can already tell, during the following guidelines we will be checking on how to update the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 to Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware.
As you know, unfortunately, Samsung stopped the OTA updates for the Galaxy S devices. Therefore, due to hardware limitation, the Galaxy S will not receive the KitKat official treatment. But, let’s not forget that you can anytime use a custom ROM firmware. Thus, this is exactly what we will be doing during this step by step guide: we will install a custom ROM that is based on stock / official Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS on your Samsung Galaxy S I9000. In that matter, you will flash the Mackay software, a great ROM that is being powered by CM11 platform.
Being based on CM11 custom ROM firmware, Mackay will bring a great Android 4.4.4 KitKat system on your Galaxy S. The ROM is featuring great apps and capabilities that cannot be found in the default version of the KitKat system (of course you will be receiving the stock and default features too) all these capabilities being used for improving the performances of your Android smartphone. Therefore, by flashing Android 4.4.4 KitKat powered Mackay custom ROM on your Galaxy S, you will be able to bump the speeds, improve the battery life and customize the performances and optimize the looks of your Android smartphone.
Basically your Samsung Galaxy S will run faster and smoother than before and all while you will be using the latest version of KitKat OS, Android 4.4.4 firmware. This CM11 powered custom ROM is stable so you will not dealing with bugs, issues, lags or bugs. The software will run without force close errors or alerts and you will be able to manage Android 4.4.4 KitKat system for a daily use – these aspects are confirmed by the users who have already installed the Mackay firmware on their Samsung Galaxy S I9000.
As you might know, for being able to complete the update operation, root access must be ensured on your device. So, before going any further gain root access on your Samsung phone, or else you won’t be able to update to KitKat 4.4.4. Furthermore, after rooting you should also take care of another pre requisite: flashing a custom recovery image. I recommend you to use the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery – do not skip this procedure as the custom ROM can be flashed only by using a custom recovery image (the stock recovery offers only limited possibilities so you will not be able to apply an unofficial update unless your replace the stock recovery with a custom one).
These are unofficial operations so by completing the same the warranty of your device will be void. Also, flashing a custom ROM represents an unofficial process – Mackay is only a free aftermarket distribution of Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware and not an official release of the same thus the ROM has nothing to do with Samsung or with Google.
While using the custom recovery image for installing the custom ROM, a wipe will be performed. Well, while wiping the system of your phone, the data which is saved on the internal storage of your Galaxy S will be wiped out. Due to same considerations I strongly recommend you to make a backup before doing anything else. Basically you should save your contacts, call logs, text messages, EFS folder, market apps, internet settings, images, videos, audio files, personal data, info and accounts and everything else you might use afterwards. Moreover the best will be to make a Nandroid backup too in order to save the current ROM (and to restore it afterwards if that’s necessarily).
After completing the up mentioned operations you should also ensure that a computer can be used. On the same you will have to download some files and at some point a connection between your PC and your phone will have to be established. Now, in order to make things right, on your computer you should temporarily deactivate the security protection and on your Galaxy S you should enable the USB debugging option by going to “menu – settings – developer options”. It is important to charge your device before starting the installation process because if during the update operation your handset gets turned off it might also get bricked.
Furthermore, complete this tutorial only if you own the Samsung Galaxy S model number I9000. Do that because the CM11 powered Mackay Android 4.4.4 KitKat custom ROM provided during the lines from below is compatible only with the mentioned Android device.
How to Update Galaxy S I9000 with Android 4.4.4 KitKat Custom ROM Firmware
- The first thing to do is to download the update file (from here) and the Google Apps package – from this page – on your computer.
- Save these files on desktop but don’t unzip the same.
- Connect your Galaxy S with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- Transfer the downloaded files from desktop to your phone’s SD card.
- Remove the USB cable and turn off your phone (just press power button and select “power off” or press and hold power key for about 15 seconds).
- Enter recovery mode on your Android device.
- Then by using the recovery mode menu select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”.
- Go back, select “advanced” and then pick “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Up next, from main menu of recovery select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- First of all pick the firmware file and flash the same; then repeat this process and install Google apps package.
- In the end, go back to recovery main menu and select “reboot system now”.
- If your phone will get stuck in a boot loop, return to recovery and select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”.
That’s it; now your Samsung Galaxy S is running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS. Test this CM11 based custom ROM and see how it performs on your device. If you find something that isn’t running as expected, use the comments field from below and share your thoughts with us and with our readers.