Samsung had already started to roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat OTA update for its high end Android devices, while the other smartphones and tablets will receive the latest Android OS starting from February and March this year. The same can be applied for the Samsung Galaxy W which can be only unofficially updated to Android 4.4 KitKat software. So, if you want to learn how to do that, follow this step by step guide as I will show you how to install DarkCM custom ROM on your Galaxy W I8150.
Of course, for being able to do so, first you will have to make sure that you know all the main aspects that are being related to this custom operation. So, in order to make everything clear, I have described the guidelines from below. Don’t skip any section from this tutorial as if you mess things up you can end up in bricking your Galaxy W while trying to flash Android 4.4 KitKat into its system. Also, do read the lines from below for learning more details about this new DarkCM custom ROM.
As you can already tell, DarkCM is based on the CM11 custom ROM firmware. This update comes with a dark theme and with several improvements added to the stock CM 11 software. That’s why you have all the reasons for installing DarkCM update on your Samsung Galaxy W. Also, the firmware is based on stock Android 4.4 KitKat OS, though you will not flash the pure Android experience as the custom ROM will bring its own looks. Furthermore, this update has stock and extra features, apps and capabilities that will smoothly run on your Galaxy W.
The best is that by using these extra (that cannot be found on the default version of Android 4.4 OS) features you will be able to power up the performances of your Samsung Galaxy W. So, in the end you will enjoy a redesigned KitKat UI, an updated web browsing experience, improved battery life and all while you will receive improved speeds and lot more power from your Android device. On the other hand, you can spice things up even more, by choosing to overclock your smartphone or remove its bloatware.
Everything I have mentioned is possible once you install the CM11 powered DarkCM Android 4.4 OS on your Samsung Galaxy W I8150. But before starting to apply the proper steps from below, take your time and prepare your handset for the flashing process that will follow. This is a manual update operation, so you need to be careful when installing Android 4.4 KitKat system on your Galaxy W. DarkCM represents a custom ROM and not an official OTA update – the ROM is developed by third party devs (we should thanks those of xda-developers for this tutorial) and represents a free aftermarket distribution of Android 4.4 KitKat platform that is now compatible with your smartphone.
The first thing to do is to root your Galaxy W. By gaining root access you will remove the factory restrictions that are installed on the internal system of your device. Therefore, you will unlock your Android smartphone. That’s why on a rooted handset you will then be able to install a custom recovery image, flash a custom ROM, apply a custom kernel and so on. As you can see, rooting your Galaxy W is really not an option for you. Then, up next, on your rooted phone you will have to install a custom recovery image because the stock recovery can’t be used when updating with custom ROMs. Use the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery because Android 4.4 DarkCM firmware can be flashed on your Samsung Galaxy W only by using the same.
The root operation is also unofficial; the same has nothing to do with Samsung or Google. So, by performing the same, the warranty of your Galaxy W will get void. The warranty can be restored only by revoking the root access – do that by downgrading your phone to stock or official Android OS.
I recommend you to backup your phone’s data because, as you will see below, a wipe will be required. When applying the wipe everything that is saved on the internal storage memory will be wiped out – text messages, call logs, EFS folder, market apps, contacts list and so on. It is also recommended to use the recovery image you have just installed for making a Nandroid backup. With the Nandroid backup you will be able to save the current ROM and restore the same in case DarkCM is not on your taste.
This manual method requires a computer, your phone and your phone’s USB cable. Since you will have to connect the devices, on your handset from “menu – settings – developer options” enable the USB debugging option. Furthermore, on your computer you should temporarily deactivate the security tools, like antivirus, antimalware and Firewall protection – these programs might interrupt the update operation. Moreover, you need to ensure that your phone stays “alive” during the flashing process – in order to do that, if the battery status indicates less than 50% power left, you need to plug in the charger.
Of course, this step by step guide is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy W model number I8150. Because of that, use the steps from below for installing Android 4.4 KitKat DarkCM custom ROM firmware only on the mentioned device – else you might end up in bricking your Android based smartphone or tablet.
How to Update Galaxy W I8150 to Android 4.4 KitKat with DarkCM Custom ROM Firmware
- First of all, on your computer get the required files – the CM11 based DarkCM custom ROM and Google apps package.
- You can download the Android 4.4 update file from here; from this page you can get the Google apps package.
- Save the files on desktop and don’t unzip anything.
- Up next, connect your Galaxy W with your computer – plug in the USB cable and establish the connection.
- Then transfer the downloaded files from computer on your phone’s SD card.
- Turn off your phone because recovery mode must be entered.
- You can learn how to enter recovery mode by using our detailed step by step guide from here.
- Then, from recovery you have to select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Also choose “advance” followed by “wipe dalvick cache”.
- From recovery now select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the Android 4.4 update file and flash the same on your Samsung Galaxy W.
- You can repeat this step for installing the Google Apps package on your device.
- Good job; now return to main menu of recovery and select “reboot system now”.
Perfect; you have flashed Android 4.4 KitKat OS on your Samsung Galaxy W. Remember that DarkCM is based on CM11 firmware but it isn’t an official update. The same is still on development stage but you can safely install it for a daily use. Those who have already applied Android 4.4 DarkCM software on the Galaxy W stated that the ROM is stable and without major bugs or issues. That was all for now, but stay close for more Android tips, tricks and step by step guides.