By now you have all heard about the Galaxy S smartphone, the Android device that almost single handedly started the smartphone ascension a few years ago. While the Galaxy S i9000 may now be considered an old and outdated device, the efforts of its dedicated developer community have kept the device alive with numerous custom ROM’s and fixes. The real development for the Galaxy S started after Samsung announced that it will not upgrade their former flagship to Android 4.0 ICS, and from there on things started looking better and better for the developer community.
The ROM we are going to present today is named Brightside Evolution and it comes as a heavily tuned flavor of Android 4.0.4 ICS, which is as you might know the latest and greatest ICS edition. This means that the two year old device with a modest 1 GHz processor can run the newest OS without any problems. It might have been a big mistake for Samsung to cancel the official ICS update, but nevertheless, the dark ways of Android were employed with maximum efficiency in the case of the Galaxy S.
During this article we will present an easy and safe way of upgrading your Galaxy S with the Brightside Evolution custom ROM, as well as ways of transferring your personal data on the new ROM and some safety requirements that should be applied every time you want to update your device.
We will begin with the feature list of Brightside Evolution Android 4.0 ICS custom ROM:
- Based on Official CM9 for the GT-I9000
- Full tablet UI experience
- Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Great support
- Working Phone.apk
- New Combine bar: Saves a ton of space
- New Camera UI
- Two column Settings
- Zip aligned
- ROM Name changed
- Added in custom wallpaper
- Added Inferno Browser.apk (Thanks mxbrowser)
- Added Titanium Backup.apk
- Added ES File Explorer.apk
- Other minor changes
And below you will find the official logo image of this custom ROM. You should be able to make out how it looks like from it:
Before moving on to the actual guide, there is one last thing that you have to do, read and accept our disclaimer notice: This software is not our creation so we must warn you that you cannot hold us responsible for any damage that might occur to your device by following the procedures in this guide. However, we will try to help you sort out any glitches or problems that might arise by following the steps in this guide to the extent our knowledge limits us. By going further into this guide you have accepted the risks and terms above.
The first critical aspect that you need to take into account when updating your device is the safety of your personal data. With every unofficial update, and even with the official ones, you should still backup all of your personal data, just to be safe if you run into any troubles. Having said this, please take a look at the apps and procedures below. We will not use the official KIES application because it does not support custom ROMs.
- Text messages – We will back them up with the following application : SMS Backup & Restore
- Phone Contacts – You can simply synchronize them to your Gmail account or export them to the micro SD card as a .vcf file
- Call Log – We will use the following application to backup your call log : Call Log Backup and Restore
- Pictures, Music, Videos, and other files - Simply copy them to your microSD card.
- Internet & MMS Settings – Write down all the settings from this path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”
Updating your Galaxy S with the Brightside Evolution does have its risks, but to coutenr them we have summed up some minimum safety precautions that you need to meet in order to maximize your chances of success. Keep in mind that these are safety precautions and try not to skip any of them:
- You must charge your Samsung Galaxy S to a minimum of 60% or even to full battery capacity in order to prevent it from accidentally powering off during the procedure.
- You must make sure that your Galaxy S is already running on a rooted firmware, either an official version or another Custom ROM.
- You must make sure that your Samsung Galaxy S has the Clockwork Mod recovery properly installed and working.
- If you are already running a Custom ROM please make sure that the Voodoo Lag fix or any other such kind of fixes has been disabled prior to starting the updating procedure.
- Please note that this update can only be applied to the international version of the Galaxy S, the Galaxy S i9000. If you have any other similar device please stop here.
These are all the precautions needed for a safe updating procedure, and once you have fulfilled all of the above please move on to the next part of our guide.
This last part will be covering the actual updating process, so please make sure you follow all the steps in the presented order and that you do not skip any of them. The steps below should not seem complicated, but please pay attention and follow the procedures to the letter:
- The first step will be the one where we will download the custom ROM. Please download this Brightside Evolution Package and this Google Apps Package to your computer and save them to an easily accessible place such as your desktop.
- Now you need to connect your Samsung Galaxy S to your computer using its original USB cable and copy the two software packages downloaded at step one to the root folder of your microSD card. Make sure not to place the packages into any additional sub folders as you will have a harder time finding them later on, just paste them on the microSD card. After finishing the transfer please disconnect your Galaxy S from the PC.
- Next up you will have to restart your Galaxy S into the Clockwork Mod Recovery and the easiest way of doing so is to turn off your device and then press and hold the Volume Up Button and the Home Button while pressing the Power Button. This button combination should start your Galaxy S into Clockwork Mod Recovery. If you are running a custom ROM you could also select the Reboot to Recovery option from the Shut Down menu.
- Now, on this step you will have to clean some areas of the memory of the Galaxy S, and you can do so by selecting the Wipe data/factory reset & Wipe Cache partition options from the main menu of the Clockwork Mod Recovery and wait for them to finish their jobs. After they finish please return to the main menu of the recovery.
- This next step is the one where you will actually apply the update so please pay attention. You will have to select the following option from the main menu of the recovery: Install zip from sd card -> Choose zip from sd card, and then choose Brightside Evolution Package Zip file that you have earlier placed on your microSD card.
- Now you will have to wait for the update to be applied, and once it is done you have to return to the main menu of the Clockwork Mod recovery and choose the options: Install zip from sd card -> Choose zip from sd card, but this time you will select the Google Apps package Zip.
- After everything has finished flashing, you will have to again return to the main screen of the Clockwork Mod recovery and select the Reboot Now option. Do not be alarmed if the boot up process will seem longer than usual as this is a normal aspect of updating your device.
If however, your Galaxy S has not started after 30 minutes, or if something has not gone according to plan in the instructions above you should stop the updating process and pull out and reinsert the battery of your Galaxy S. After doing so you should restart the last part of our guide and retry all the steps. If you still face issues even after a second attempt of updating please write us a line in the comments section below and we will do our best to help you.
If on the other hand, everything has worked out just right, you should now have a Galaxy S running the latest and greatest Brightside Evolution Android 4.0.4 Custom ROM. All that is left now for you to do is to enjoy the benefits of this update and explore the benefits and performance improvements of the new operating system.