With the Ice Cream Sandwich OS released on the market from a while, more and more users are trying to get the firmware for their own Android powered devices. Luckily for the Samsung Galaxy ACE owners, the ICS operating system can be experienced by learning how to install the CyanogenMod 9 custom ROM into the phone’s internal system.
So, during this step by step guide you will find everything it needs in order to safely complete the up mentioned procedure.
In order to avoid the unpleasant situations make sure you read all the lines form below and follow my directions.
The CyanogenMod 9 isn’t available for a stable version, the ROM being in the beta stage; don’t worry, as it will work perfectly on your Samsung Galaxy ACE. You have below the features list, which shows the improvements and the apps that will work (or not) on your handset once the firmware is installed.
And now lets see the features added:
For those who don’t know, CyanogenMod is a firmware that offers features not found in the official Android platform (like we saw in the list from above) and it doesn’t come like default software in your smartphone. It’s your job to get and install properly. It is a free aftermarket distribution of Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and can be installed without having any particular Google apps, being based on the Android Open Source Project. Furthermore, you won’t have to wait for Gingerbread or, for any OS updates from now on, the CM developers taking care of that.
Now, remember that this ICS OS update is not official and Samsung has nothing to do with it. Therefore, think twice before you go further with this tutorial. The purpose of this release is to install the latest Android OS on the Galaxy Ace therefore the update will not work on other devices.
Before we begin the basic update procedure, you must first “prepare” your phone along with the computer you will use. So, make sure you do the following:
- Installing CyanogenMod 9 will probably wipe the data out from the handset. That’s why it is more than recommended to backup the Galaxy Ace data, contacts, messages, apps and everything else you need to. You can use the SMS Backup + by Jan Berkel app for saving the SMS / MMS messages, the android cloud for the contacts and calendar, the Astro File Manager for the Market apps and the SD card, or the PC for any other data stored on your Ace.
- Make sure the phone have at least 60% of battery left.
- Uninstall any kind of antivirus tools from the computer and form the handset, because these programs will interrupt the update.
- The Samsung Galaxy Ace must be rooted as CyanogenMod can be installed only on rooted firmware. Unfortunately this will make you void the Samsung warranty.
Finally we can begin installing the Samsung Galaxy ACE update by using the CyanogenMod 9 ICS Android 4.0.3 Firmware, so pay attention and do all exactly as explained during the steps.
- First of all, download the CyanogenMod 9 tool from here. Then, connect the phone with the computer by using its USB cord.
- Place the file you just downloaded on your phone’s SD Card and not in other places.
- Disconnect the handset from the PC.
- Turn off the Galaxy Ace.
- Reboot the phone by entering in the recovery mode (hold down in the same time the Menu and then Power ON button).
- On this menu, use the side volume buttons to move around, and either the power button or the trackball to select your option.
- Select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”. The file should be there, just pick it.
- When the process finishes you have to select “+++Go Back+++” and “reboot system now”.
- That’s it; CyanogenMod 9 was installed on your Samsung Galaxy Ace.
There you have it, the procedure that offers you the possibility of enjoying the Android Ice Cream Sandwich on your Ace smartphone. If somehow, something went wrong, or if you can’t understand one of my explanations, share the issues with us (in the comments are) so we can help you through.