Even though the Jelly Bean based Cyanogenmod 10 custom ROM firmware it’s still in beta version, more and more users are being eager to update their Android powered handsets with the same. Therefore, in this tutorial I will show them how to flash CM10 to a Galaxy Vibrant T959 smartphone. The process of updating the Vibrant to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is not hard to complete, though there are a few steps to take care of. But before applying the ROM, make sure that you are reading all the lines from below for ensuring that this is what you really need.
As already stated Cyanogenmod 10 is not ready yet, meaning that there are several bugs and things that aren’t working in the system. The stable version will soon be released, but if you just can’t wait and want to experience the new Jelly Bean flavor now, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Anyway, just check the features list along with the things that aren’t working for your Vibrant during the next lines and only then decide whether or not to flash the ROM on your device.
According to those of xda-developers (they were the first to test and run the firmware on a Galaxy Vibrant) here are the related bugs: the camera might not work with Google Apps installed, the device boots but the boot animations may freeze and the Google sound recognition doesn’t work. There might be more issues as there were few to test the CM10 software on a Vibrant so far. Anyway, let’s head to more joyful aspects, such as the features that will power up the performances of your smartphone; the full list is below, so check it out.
Now, if you want to update the Vibrant to jelly Bean, than you should know that root access will be required. We are dealing with a custom ROM, so this operation doesn’t come from Samsung. Furthermore, by rooting you will remove the factory restrictions and you will gain more access to the Android system. This is meaning that the warranty will get void. You can anytime restore the same by downgrading to the stock ROM, or by updating with an official release of the software. Only then the factory restrictions will be restored and the bootloader relocked. Besides rooting, your smartphone should also have a custom recovery image pre-installed.
Because CM10 is a custom ROM, you will have to do a backup first. By applying the update, the data will be corrupted and you will lose all of your saves whether we are talking to text messages, contacts, call logs, internet saves, market apps, or images and videos. Therefore, take the time needed for completing a full and safe backup. You can learn how to do this by following our backup and restore guides; just search through our how to section and that’s it. Afterwards, you can return here and resume the procedure.
Finally, the last section of this tutorial that is required before the actual steps. This is the pre requisites section, so don’t skip it. As you might know, you will have to download some files, save them to a Windows running computer and then flash the same from your phone. So, you need to have access to a computer, to your Vibrant and to its USB cord. Then, charge the handset. Enable the USB debugging option from its settings. If on the PC or on the smartphone there are security programs installed, temporarily deactivate them. Finally go here “Settings -> Location and Security -> Sim card lock” and ensure that the checkbox is not selected.
Now, after you had seen what to expect from Cyanogenmod 10, you can head to the steps from below. From there you can learn how to update your Samsung Galaxy Vibrant T959 to Android 4.1 OS. Make sure you are applying the guide only for the mentioned device and not for similar ones as you can easily brick them.
Update Galaxy Vibrant T959 with Jelly Bean based Cyanogenmod 10 Custom ROM
- Download the ROM and the kernel from here.
- Download Google apps from here.
- Download the root fix file from here.
- Save the files on the computer.
- Connect the handset with the same by using the USB cord.
- Copy the files to your phone.
- Then, remove the USB cable.
- And turn the phone off.
- Reboot and try to enter in recovery mode. For this press and hold the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons while powering on.
- From recovery first choose “wipe cache partition” and “wipe data factory reset”.
- Then, select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”.
- Pick the files and install them in this order: the ROM, the kernel, the JB-SuperSU.zip file and finally the gapps-jb-20120715.zip file.
- Wait until the flash procedure ends and from recovery mode select “+++go back+++” followed by “reboot system now”.
Well, now your Samsung Galaxy vibrant is running Cyanogenmod 10 meaning that it was successfully updated with Jelly Bean. Test the firmware and see how it performs. Share the issues and bugs with us and with other users and stay close as we will update you with a new guide as soon as a more stable version of the ROM will be released. Until then this is all; if you don’t like the CM10 custom ROM, just search through our how to guides for updating your Vibrant with more suitable software.