Samsung has just recently announced the successor of the highly popular Galaxy Ace and it seems like this has only heated the custom ROM developer community even further. Until its successor arrives, this budget orientated smartphone will surely be one of the top preferences in the developer community, and this nothing but good news to the end users. During the course of this article we will be presenting an easy way of updating your Galaxy Ace to this revolutionary Miracle Custom ROM V3.
The best way to show you the main features of this ROM is the list below, and we will let you comment on which of them seems better or revolutionizes the stock ROM features:
- Fully deodexed
- 100% barebone
- Very lightweight – Only 77,2MB
- 137MB free internal storage and 86MB in system
- Plenty of free ram available
- Adrenaline Engine v3.0 included
- Additional tweaks in build.prop
- Journaling disabled
- GPS/Sensors Patch included
- Frameworkmod (volume only) included
- Fixed double setup when phone first starts
- ICS Theme by Achep set as default theme
- LauncherPro set as default launcher
- Roboto font set as default system font
- Colored icons in Phone Options Menu
- Blue lockscreen buttons
- Status Bar supports transparency
- New lightweight bootanimation (same as V2)
- Google Play Store 3.5.16 included (original and bug fixed, check Bugs)
- Added vpnservices because this is really important to some
You can also get a better look at this particular Miracle ROM thanks to the screen shots below:
If you still are not impressed by what this software can do, you should also know that it is still being developed. This means that new features are added on every new version of the custom ROM, and the few bugs that are present are being fixed in the next iteration as well. You should also keep in mind that this Custom ROM update should only be applied to the original Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 as it is not compatible with any other devices out there.
Even so, we would like you to read and understand our disclaimer note before moving on: 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. This ROM has been thoroughly tested before its release. By going past this point in our guide you have accepted and understood the terms above.
We will continue with the important aspect of backing up your personal data. This is needed as updating to any new Rom on your Galaxy Ace means that its internal memory must be cleared of all data, even if it is yours. We will not be using the KIES software as it cannot handle custom ROM, but we will instead rely on some third party apps and procedures to help you both backup and restore your data once the update is deemed successful:
- 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”
As with any update, your Galaxy Ace must also be in tip top shape in order to minimize the chances of something bad happening, so you should meet the requirements below before trying anything related to an update on your device:
- The first and most important requirement is that you must already have a rooted Samsung Galaxy Ace with ClockworkMod Recovery installed. This is a must as the Miracle V3 ROM is only available with a custom Recovery image.
- You must also ensure that your Samsung Galaxy Ace has enough battery to live through the procedure, and this means charging it to a minimum of 60% of its capacity. If your smartphone runs out of power during the update, it can get severely damaged.
Having understood all the requirements above, you should now be ready to proceed to the actual updating phase. The steps below are all very important and they must be followed exactly in the order given in order to correctly apply the Miracle V3 Custom ROM:
- We will start by downloading this Miracle V3 Custom ROM package to your computer.
- After successfully downloading it you will have to place the Miracle V3 Zip file on the root of the memory card you use in your Galaxy Ace. Make sure not to place the file in any subfolders as you will have a hard time finding it later on.
- Next up you should turn off your Ace and reboot it into the custom Recovery. The easiest way to do this is via the Shut down menu but if you do not have the option there you can simply press and hold the Menu Key and then press the Power Key once the device has been powered off. You will be able to recognize the ClockworkMod Recovery by the first lines of text.
- Now is the perfect time to make a nandroid backup of your entire device just to be on the safe side in case something doesn’t go according to plan. You can do this by going to the Backup and Restore sub menu and then selecting the Backup option.
- Next up you will have to do some cleaning of critical areas of your Ace by selecting the following options from the recovery: “Wipe data/factory reset” & “Wipe Cache partition”. You will have to wait a little bit for your Ace to finish these jobs before proceeding.
- This step is very important as you will apply the update in it. All you have to do is to select the following options: Install zip from sd card -> Choose zip from sd card. From here you only have to navigate to the Miracle ROM V3 Zip file you placed earlier on the microSD memory card and select it. You will notice that your Galaxy Ace will begin the updating process.
- It can take up to 10 minutes for the updating process to finish, so do not be alarmed if your smartphone stays unresponsive for a longer period of time. Once it is done however, you must return to the main menu of the ClockworkMod Recovery and from there select the Reboot now option.
After you Galaxy Ace successfully reboots you can finally rest as the update has been correctly applied. The first boot will take longer than usual, but this is a normal thing, so just be patient and do not remove the battery. If your Ace is still not up and running 30 minutes after the first boot you should try and restart the updating part of our guide. It would also be a good idea to restore that nandroid backup made earlier, as it will get your Ace back to running condition.
If however you still have more questions or you got stuck along the way feel free to write us a line in the comments section below.