The Samsung Galaxy Ace has received a port of CM10 based on Jelly Bean Android 4.1, making it the first device with an ARM6v7 processor to get a working Jelly Bean ROM, thanks to XDA Senior Member Macław. Jelly Bean brings many new features and improvements to Android, including a smooth as butter interface, Google’s voice recognition helper called Google Now, a smarter keyboard, better accessibility, an improved and actionable notifications menu, and a lot of others, which you can get a taste of on your Galaxy Ace with CM10.
NOTE: The ROM is a work in progress and in its early stages and and has some major issues present, along with a few things that do not work properly, so do not expect it to be suitable for daily use. Also, do not expect to see many customization options of CyanogenMod to be present in the ROM right now as CM10 is in its early stages.
Here’s a list of things that work/do not work currently (the most updated list can be found on the development page linked in the guide:
- RIL (full – GSM/SMS/EDGE/3G/SIGNAL etc)
- Audio (all are on louder speaker)
- Sensors (strange issue with proximity)
- Project Butter (100%)
- Full 2D/3D acceleration
- SD card
- Bluetooth (really, really buggy)
- Mass storage
- Live wallpapers
What isn’t working:
- Small speaker (but fixed, will be in next release)
- FM Radio
- Deep sleep
- Native Android app2sd (.android_secure)
- A lot of things….
Continue reading to find out how CM10 can be installed on the Galaxy Ace.
This ROM and the guide below are compatible only and only with the Samsung Galaxy Ace, model number S5830. It may render an incompatible device unusable. Check your model in Settings » About.
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 Galaxy Ace
- 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.
- Make sure you have ClockworkMod recovery/any custom recovery installed on your phone.
- Download the latest version of the ROM from the official development page. The download links will be on the 2nd post of the development page.
- Copy the downloaded zip file to the internal SD card on the phone.
- Power Off your Galaxy Ace. Wait for 5-6 seconds until you feel the vibration to confirm complete switch off.
- Then, press and hold these 2 buttons together: ‘Home+Power’ till the Galaxy Ace logo shows up on-screen. The phone will boot into CWM recovery soon enough.
In recovery, use volume keys to scroll up and down between options and power/home key to select an option.
- Perform a Nandroid Backup of your existing ROM, so that you can always restore it from recovery if something does not work out with this rom. To perform a backup, select Backup and Restore –> On the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete.
- Select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm. Wait a while till the data wipe is complete (this will only erase installed apps and settings, but will leave your personal SD card files intact).
- Now select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the ROM file on the sdcard and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen. The ROM will start installing.
- After the installation is complete, select go back then select reboot system now to reboot the phone into CM10.
- Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery (as given in step 6), select backup and restore then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.
CM10, based on Jelly Bean Android 4.1 is now installed and running on your Galaxy Ace. Visit the official development page for updates and more info. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments below.