Each of the Galaxy S, Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 has seen a few Jelly Bean custom ROMs come out for it, and it seems the Samsung Epic 4G Touch might soon be catching up to them. With one Android 4.1 ROM already under its belt, a new one has come out in quick succession, all while people wait for Samsung to even announce which devices of theirs will be getting the official Jelly Bean update.
XDA Senior Member PhantomPhreak53 has released the unofficial CM10 (CyanogenMod 10) ROM for the Epic 4G Touch, which is based on Jelly Bean Android 4.1 and also features CyanogenMod’s time tested performance and useful customization options. You also get important features that Jelly Bean brings to Android, such as a much smoother interface, advanced voice recognition, offline voice typing, improved and actionable notifications, smarter keyboard, faster browser and lots more.
The ROM is currently a work in progress and not very suitable for every day use as it has a few important bugs and issues at this point, which are mentioned below (quoted from the development page), so consider this a preview of Jelly Bean/CM10:
- 4G initial start says unknown but then connects
- Random screen wake ups
- Front facing camera pictures are distorted
- Video playback in gallery
- SOD (Sleep of Death)
- LOS (Loss of Service)
Now, let’s take a look at how the unofficial CM10 ROM can be installed on the Epic 4G Touch.
This procedure and the guide below is compatible only and only with the Epic 4G Touch, model number SPH-D710. It’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device’s model number in Settings » About phone.
The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to you or your device, we won’t be held liable.
How to Install CM10 on Epic 4G Touch
- [Important] Install the CM9 ROM on your phone by following the guide → here.
- [Skip if you already made a backup while installing CM9 in step 1] This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.
NOTE: Don’t forget to at least make a backup of your APN settings, which you can restore later if your data connection does not work after installing the ROM. Use the backup guide to find out how.
- Download the latest version of the ROM from its development page.
- Download the Google Apps package. This will install apps like Play Store, Gmail, etc. which are not present in the ROM by default.
Download Gapps | Filename: gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip
- Copy the downloaded zip files from step 3 and 4 to the internal SD card.
- Turn off the phone and boot into Clockworkmod recovery. To do so, press and hold the Volume Up + Home + Power buttons together till the screen turns on, then let go of the buttons to boot into CWM.
In recovery, use the Volume buttons to scroll up and down and the Power button to select options.
- Select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm. Wait a while till the data wipe is complete.
- Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the ROM file on the SD card and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen.
- After ROM installation completes, select choose zip from sdcard again, then select the gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip file to install the Google apps package.
- After the installation is complete, select go back then select reboot system now to reboot the phone and boot up into CM10 ROM. The first boot can take up to 5 minutes, so be patient.
CM10 based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now installed and running on your Epic 4G Touch. Visit the official development page for more info and to get the latest updates on the ROM. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments.