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Update Samsung Galaxy S I9000 to Android 4.4.4 with OmniROM Nightlies

Galaxy S I9000 has received its own version of OmniROM based on stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Use this guide in order to learn how to successfully install it on your device.

The Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is the first Galaxy device ever released by Samsung in June 2010, but it seems like custom ROM developers aren’t ready to give it up just yet. This OmniROM build is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat stock and it also features various extra features released by the Omni team. Learn more about their work here.

Note that the Galaxy S I9000 has limited hardware specs and you might find this release to be laggy, which is why you should only install it for testing purposes and on a secondary device that you don’t use on a daily basis.

Before starting the installation you will need to take a look at these guidelines:

  • use this post only with the Samsung Galaxy S model number I9000.
    – check the model number of your phone under Settings> About Phone.
    – if the I9000 model isn’t listed then you should close this guide.
    – this tutorial will not work with any other Android devices.
  • your Galaxy S I9000 has to be rooted and it should run the latest CWM / TWRP Recovery build.
  • before installing OmniROM Android 4.4.4 Nightly on your phone you will also need to apply a NANDROID Backup and a Factory Reset.
    – NANDROID Backup: this creates a full restore point for your phone, one that can be used in case the new KitKat 4.4.4 custom ROM doesn’t boot.
    – Factory Reset: this process will wipe all data from the system memory, so that you will install OmniROM clean on your device.=
    – factory reset process doesn’t remove any data from internal nor external storage.
  • if you want to save any data from installed apps, then you should try to use Helium app.
    sync Contacts info from Gmail account.
  • use this tutorial only if you’re an advanced Android users and you wish to tinker with your device’s OS.
  • read the entire post, don’t skip any steps and you should be fine.
  • check the battery charge level of your smartphone and make sure that it is over 50%, this will prevent it from powering off during installation.

These were all the guidelines that you had to go over in order to prepare your device for the installation.

How to install OmniROM Android 4.4.4 Nightly for Galaxy S I9000:

  1. Download the latest build of OmniROM 4.4.4 Nightly from here.
  2. Download Gapps for Android 4.4.x custom ROMs from here.
  3. Connect your device to your computer using the USB cable and move both zip files on to its internal storage.
    – do not unzip the contents of the archived files.
    – in case you’ve used your device to download the files, then you can ignore this step.
  4. Power off the phone and then boot it in Custom Recovery Mode.
    – Recovery Mode can be booted by pressing Volume Up, Home and Power, all at the same time until the CWM / TWRP Recovery screen appears.
  5. First, create a full NANDROID ROM Backup:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’.
    – TWRP: press Backup.
    – set a name for the file and confirm process.
  6. Apply the ‘factory reset’ now:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
    – TWRP: press Wipe.
    – confirm process.
  7. Start the installation process of OmniROM 4.4.4 Nightly for Galaxy S I9000:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
    – TWRP: press Install.
    – find the ROM zip file and confirm installation.
  8. After the ROM is flashed you should install Gapps zip, too.
  9. When all files are installed you will need to reboot the phone in normal mode.
    – note that the OmniROM 4.4.4 first boot process might take a while before it loads all the new files.
    – don’t press any buttons until you see the home screen of your device.
  10. Use your Google Account info in order to take control over your device once again.

These were the steps that you had to take in order to learn how to flash a custom ROM for your Galaxy S I9000. In case you will need extra help, then you should use the comments field below.

If the installation fails you should try to repeat the whole guide more than once, make sure that you don’t skip any steps and you apply ‘factory reset’ and ‘format /system’ before installing the ROM.

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