December 28, 2013 By: Tomek Kondrat
It’s been quite some time since Google launched Android 4.4 KitKat, alongside its Nexus 5. Google has even released two point revisions to the OS. And despite lacking official support, the Sony Xperia Tipo and Google Nexus Onehave already gotten unofficial ports of this OS. The number of older devices running KitKat gets bigger and bigger every day.
Now, developers from the AndroidArmV6 group, most notably XDA Recognized Developers psyke83 and erikcas, XDA Recognized Contributor yajnab, and few others did some remarkable development and brought initial builds to some extremely popular Samsung devices: Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Gio, Galaxy Mini and Galaxy Fit.
Builds for these devices are still quite early, so some bugs like the camera are still present. These devices have very little internal storage, so a lack of space is currently an issue. However, we hope that the developers will find a solution to solve all the issues. Android 4.4 on these devices is a big thing, as they were initially released with Android 2.2 and upgradeable to Android 2.3.
The newest KitKat builds for these devices can be found in the threads below:
December 31, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
As the official and unofficial builds of CM10.1 continue to roll out, yet another two lower specced devices, which some may have dismissed as not being capable of receiving such an update, are now running unofficial builds. Never let it be said that such devices aren’t well supported here at XDA. The Samsung Galaxy Mini and Samsung Galaxy Ace can both now be updated to the latest version of CyanogenMod thanks to XDA Senior Members AntiBillOS and Wayland_ACE, respectively. Both ROMS are still in their early stages, so there will be bugs. However, there don’t seem to be too many deal-breakers.
The version for the Galaxy Mini currently suffers from a some graphical and tethering issues involving both USB and WiFi tethering. Everything else is listed as functional, but be sure to read through the thread first to avoid any possible surprises. The version for the Galaxy Ace is struggling with video playback, and multi-user support is also disabled. Again, be sure to check the relevant thread thoroughly before flashing.
[Thanks to King_ACE for the tip.]
December 21, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
So you were trying to flash a ROM or kernel to your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830i through ODIN. What was that? Did you say that you (or your cat) accidentally unplugging the device in the middle of the process? While this won’t always result in a bricked device, you can likely get stuck in a state where the device is detected by Odin, but nothing can be flashed. For cases like this, XDA Member brijeshep might have the solution.
This convenient tool bundles together everything you need to restore your device, install a stock ROM, or convert a ROM from a flashable zip to an ODIN-compatible format. The bundled tools include the required drivers, ODIN, Cygwin, SplitFus tool, and direct links to stock firmware downloads. The tool itself guides you through the whole process with a convenient and easy-to-use GUI.
You can find the download link and detailed instructions in the forum thread.
October 6, 2012 By: Former Writer
Everyone enjoys a good mash-up every now and then. There are a variety of mash-ups out there, from music to pictures to videos. Pretty much everyone has a favorite mash up. One type of mash up we don’t see very often are ROM mash-ups. Unless you have a Samsung Galaxy Ace.
XDA Recognized Contributor nims11 has gone and combined some old favorites into a new flavor. Many can’t decide on whether to flash AOKP, ParanoidAndroid, or CyanogenMod. Well, nims11 solved that problem by kanging all three in one ROM.
Called PAC (Paranoid, AOKP, CM), the ROM brings the best of Jelly Bean all in one package. The PAC ROM was developed by Recognized Contributor szl.kiev for the Xperia Ray. Presumably, it has features from all three ROMs. In addition to posting the ROM, nims11 has also posted a FAQ with pictures to show users how to use it. As per the norm, the ROM has bugs but nothing overly major. The camcorder doesn’t work, no method of tethering works, and due to Qualcomm not releasing OpenMAX libraries, and HQ video playback probably won’t ever work.
Even so, this ROM could be a fun alternative to the usual offerings, and it gives users the chance to see what it would be like if all these ROMs were merged together. If you want to check it out, follow the link to the PAC thread.
September 19, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
A couple of months back, we wrote about the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 getting an unofficial port of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean based CyanogenMod 10. Meanwhile, the Jellaxy project has also brought another unofficial CM10 port to the device. While CM10 may seem to be “just right” for many of us, there is always room for improvement. XDA Senior Member King ACE has filled in some of that room by developing a mod that adds several features to CM10 running for the Ace.
The features include smooth scrolling, center clock on lock screen and status bar, 30-step volume control and ICS-style on-screen controls. The mod is built for the Jellaxy ROM for the Ace but should work on other CM10 ports available for it as well. Note that it will not work on other CM10-based ROMs such as MIUI that have a modified framework.
Before installing the mod, it is recommended that you backup your existing SystemUI.apk from /system/app and framework-res.apk from /system/framework, in case you wish to revert the changes. You can find more information in the original thread.
July 26, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
It’s always nice to see older and lower spec devices brought up to date and in line with the heavyweights. Those with ARM v6 devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Gio or ZTE Blade, might not have ever expected to see your device running Ice Cream Sandwich, let alone Jelly Bean. That, however, is not how things work here at XDA. There’s always somebody out there who refuses to accept that their device will not run the latest version of Android. Thankfully for the three devices I just mentioned, they were right.
While XDA Senior Member Matt4321 has posted an unofficial version of CM10 by konstaT for the ZTE Blade, XDA Senior Member Maclaw has been doing the same for the Samsung Galaxy Ace and Gio. Obviously these build aren’t going to be flawless, but they certainly do show that these devices are capable of a whole lot more than they are often given credit for.
CM10 for the ZTE Blade is functional for the most part, but has some issues with hardware acceleration. Also, the camera, tethering, and FM radio aren’t working—although a 3rd party app can be used to tether wirelessly. As far as the Ace and Gio builds are concerned, there are few more serious bugs such as the microphone, headphones, camera, and deep sleep not functioning as they should. The earpiece speaker does not currently work, but a fix has been found and will be incorporated into the next release. Bugs aside, it’s still pretty impressive to see 4.1 on these devices at a time when HTC has shown reluctance in updating a much more capable device to 4.0
If you want to try out CM10 on your device, visit the release threads below:
April 25, 2012 By: Former Writer
Just because an OEM says that a device can’t handle newer software doesn’t mean they’re necessarily right. Okay, more often than not, they aren’t, as devices as old as the G1 have been given Ice Cream Sandwich. It is with this spirit in mind that devices remain alive long after their manufacturers toss them to the wind and keeps older devices looking new until those daunting two year contracts have expired.
This is the case for the Samsung Galaxy Ace. Despite being over a year old and not receiving an official Ice Cream Sandwich update, developers haven’t given up on the device. XDA Recognized Themer spacecaker and XDA Recognized Contributor slaid480 have helped by bringing TouchWiz4 to the Ace.
Despite the projects being separate, they amount to the same goal. For spacecaker, this is being accomplished by building upon the TouchWiz 3 Launcher and then installing it, while deleting the TouchWiz launcher already on the device. The result is a mostly TouchWiz4 experience, giving users a taste of what newer generations of Samsung devices are using. Slaid480 has taken it a step further and is actually building TouchWiz4 into an AOSP ROM, giving users an even more genuine experience by adding TouchWiz applications and themes along with the launcher. In either case, any user looking to try out the newest TouchWiz can’t go wrong.
April 2, 2012 By: Former Writer
Not all phones are at their optimal performance and battery life out of the box. Even with a heavily tweaked ROM or kernel, some phones require just a little extra boost. This is why users install various scripts, tweaks, and mods—to get that little extra jolt and make their phones everything they can be. As a follow up to his work on the Nexus S, XDA Recognized Contributor slaid480 has developed another script for the Samsung Galaxy Ace.
The tweak features what you’d expect from a high quality script. Not only does it bring better performance. but it also boasts better battery life and even a few build.prop and other tweaks to help enhance and increase 3G network speeds. The only catch is that the script doesn’t come in an easy to flash update.zip file, users will have to manually place the files where they belong and set the permissions correctly. After that, and a reboot, the script should be firmly in place and giving the Galaxy Ace a new breath of life. There are a few requirements, as users need to be running Gingerbread, a kernel that allows init.d scripts, and at least 1MB of free space in their /system.
For additional details, a more complete list of features, requirements and instructions as well as a hefty thank-you list and more, check out the scipt thread. As per the norm, make a backup before flashing.
March 18, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
A common method for delivering mods from devs to users the use of scripts, which are a set of instructions for an OS to run. Writing a script for Windows or Linux can simplify the root procedure for a device, quickly apply patches and modifications, and in general, make life easier for the end user. Often packaged as ‘one-click’ solutions, a well developed script can make even the most difficult operations manageable.
XDA Forum Member epic118 has created a program that allows the use of these one-click modifications to any device. This is accomplished through ‘toolkits’ that power users and developers alike can create and use. The toolkits currently available include the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830, Motorola Xoom, and a universal toolkit with proprietary functions for all devices.
The number of modifications and tweaks available in these initial toolkits is impressive. Some of the features already available include enabling root access and bootloader lock and unlock for the Motorola Xoom, flashing ClockworkMod Recovery for the Samsung Galaxy Ace, and standard ADB functions like pushing/pulling of files, remounting the file system as r/w, and rebooting into fastboot or recovery for all devices.
Apps2SD has historically been one of the most used and useful tools in the Android arsenal. It not only allows users with limited internal storage to keep their apps installed, but is still even used today to allow users to keep their internal storage free and clear for things like music.
The method is pretty simple, and only requires a few steps. Most of the installation procedure involves commands from the Ace’s settings menu. Essentially, you are simply partitioning an SD card and installing an application–no big deal.
While APPS2SD certainly does take the load off the internal storage, the developer would like to note:
NOTE: Some widgets or applications that have widgets, don’t work while installed in the SD card. Those must be moved to the internal storage. The same thing applies to any themes you’re using, launcher, camera apps, or anything else you believe should be installed internally.
NOTE 2: Please also keep in mind that when you reboot your phone (or turn it on) anything installed in the SD won’t work until the phone is done scanning the SD card and confirms the item is installed.
As with other implementations of Apps2SD, make sure you move your widget apps back to the internal storage, and be patient when the phone reboots. Otherwise, everything is just peachy.
For those with the Galaxy Ace who want to give this a shot, you can find the full instructions and additional information in the original thread. Be sure to make a backup of your SD card contents before partitioning, just in case something goes wrong!
Galaxy Ace S5830 owner who are fans of the overscroll glow first seen in Gingerbread, need not wait any longer. XDA forum member fla.sh has successfully ported the visual effect to the Galaxy Ace.
In order to apply the port to your Android device, you’ll need to deodex your firmware beforehand. Then just download the required file for your specific firmware, extract, copy to your SD card, open adb and run the command provided by the XDA member.
Note that the tweak is no CWM flashable.
For more information and to download the relevant file, head on over to the modification thread.