We all know that there are few chances for the Samsung Galaxy S Plus to receive a new official Android update but thanks to those of xda-developers you will be able to update your smartphone with a new custom ROM firmware named Ehndroix. The software is being based on the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 platform and it will also bring some of the CM 9 features and capabilities to your phone. Therefore, if you want to learn how to update your SGS Plus GT I9001 to Ehndroix ICS 4.0 firmware, then read and complete the following step by step guide as all that you need to know is being explained and detailed there.
There are many ways in which you can upgrade your handset, but most of the updates are Gingerbread based ones. You can anytime check out our how to section for guides which are being suitable for your S Plus device. Now, you can look forward in powering up your phone’s system with a better OS, the Ice Cream Sandwich one. I know that it’s not Jelly Bean, but from what we know the latest Android version is still not ready for the SGS Plus. So, the Ehndroix custom ROM should be perfect for you and for your handset, at least for now. Anyway, before heading to the proper steps I recommend you to read all the lines from below as you are dealing with a complex operation which is being considered risky.
As already stated, the present update isn’t coming from Samsung, so it’s not official. You must perform a manual method for installing the same as you cannot OTA apply the firmware on your Galaxy S Plus. The best part is that we are talking about a custom ROM. These upgrades are being developed for powering up the performances of your smartphones. How? Well, once you flash such an update, your device will be optimized and customized and you will be able to obtain more speed from it, enjoy a better web browsing experience, use the phone for a longer time as the battery life will get improved and much more. Of course you will not be able to receive the classic Android interface as the ROM is coming with its own looks, but that is actually a good thing due to the numerous themes and customization options that will be added.
Due to the fact that we are not dealing with an official software, for flashing the Ehndroix ICS 4.0 ROM on your SGS Plus you will previously have to root your smartphone. In this way you will unchain its system and you will remove the factory restrictions from the same. That’s why once you start the root procedure, the warranty will get void. Unfortunately, if you mess things up and brick your handset, then you will be by yourselves. So, be careful in what you do and always follow a step by step guide like the present one. You can restore the warranty and this only if you choose to downgrade to the stock ROM or, if you install an official OS released by Samsung and suitable for your S Plus. Furthermore, after gaining root access you must get and install a custom recovery image for your phone too. This tool will be used for the flashing procedure, so it’s a must have.
Another aspect that must be noticed before the actual steps is the backup process. I recommend you to backup all of your data as during the installation operation a full wipe of the system will be required. This means you will void all the personal info which is being stored on the internal storage memory of your phone. For saving the same you can use a Windows running computer, an SD card or some backup apps available on Google Play. You can save almost everything from your SGS Plus starting with contacts, messages, market apps, call logs and ending with the current ROM. For more details, check out our how to section and search for backup tutorials.
The last section of the tutorial is referring to the pre requisites. Here we will discuss about the preparation tasks that must be performed if you want to safely apply the update on your smartphone. You mustn’t skip this part as it’s the most relevant one. First, you need to ensure that you have access to a Windows running computer and to the phone USB cord. Then, on both PC and handset you should deactivate the Firewall protection and all the security programs. Next, take your Plus and enable the USB debugging option by going here: “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”. Finally, the device must have enough battery life for staying “alive” through the whole installation procedure. For this if there is less than 70% power left just go and charge the battery first. That was all for now; you can head to the proper how to guide. Don’t perform the below steps for similar devices with the Samsung Galaxy S Plus model number GT I9001, as you can brick your phones.
How to Update Galaxy S Plus GT I9001 to Ehndroix ICS 4.0 Custom ROM
- The first thing to do is to download the update file.
- The download link is here.
- Also, download the Add on package from here.
- Save the files on your computer.
- Then, connect the handset with the PC by using its USB cable.
- Select the downloaded files and copy them to your phone’s SD card.
- Remove the USB cable and disconnect the Plus from the PC.
- Turn the smartphone off.
- Reboot in recovery.
- For recovery: press and hold Volume Up button and Home key while powering on.
- Form recovery first wipe the data.
- The wipe can be completed by selecting “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Return to the main menu: “+++go back+++”.
- Then, select “install zip from sd card” followed by “choose zip from sd card”.
- Pick the update file, install it and then do the same for the Add on package.
- In the end, just select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
Congratulations, you have managed to install the Ehndroix ICS 4.0 Custom ROM firmware on your Samsung Galaxy S Plus. Now your phone is running on a new OS, which comes with many features that cannot be found in the default version of the Android platform. So, test the software and see how it performs and if you like it. Feel free and share your opinions and impressions with us by using the comments area from below.