Many Android devices that have a very little chance of getting an official Android 4.4 update are fortunately getting custom ROMs build for them. As a result, its users are thankful to the developers for letting them experience the latest Android OS on their devices. And seems like the users of Samsung Galaxy S (GT-I9000) have XDA Recognized Developer pawitp to thank for developing an unofficial CM 11 custom ROM which allows users to run Android 4.4 on the Galaxy S.
The Galaxy S was Samsung’s first device from its flagship S series that was launched in 2010. The smartphone paved the way for Samsung to become the powerhouse that it is in the mobile market by developing many more such devices. It had a 4″ Super AMOLED screen, 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 8/16 GB internal storage which could be further expanded up to 32 GB via a microSD card. It also had a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front facing camera and originally ran on Android 2.1 with an Android 2.3 update made available later. Let us now see how you can install Android 4.4 on it.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Samsung Galaxy S:
- Create a Nandroid Backup
- Backup and Restore your Android smartphone via Desktop PC
- Backup/Sync and Restore contacts on Android smartphone
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
- Download the latest CM 11 ROM zip file and the Gapps zip file and copy it to the SD card of your Samsung Galaxy S.
- Turn off your device and boot into recovery mode.
- Now select “wipe data/factory reset” and then choose “Yes”.
- Next select “wipe cache partition” and then choose “Yes”.
- Select “install zip from SD card” and then “select zip from SD card” and choose the CM 11 ROM zip file.
- Again select “install zip from SD card” and then “select zip from SD card” and choose the Gapps zip file this time.
- After the installation is complete, reboot your device.
You have successfully installed CM 11 ROM (Android 4.4) on your Samsung Galaxy S (GT-I9000).
Note: The ROM is still an early build and does contain many bugs.