The new Google OS Android 4.4 KitKat is making headlines day after day. There is a buzz going around as everyone talks about the number of devastating and memory optimization features that comes with this new 4.4 version. The Google’s head of Android, Sundar Pichai, itself have told that this update can easily and comfortably run on devices having 512 MB RAM. This is pretty good news for those low end device users. They can at last get rid of that Gingerbread version. The number of users having Gingerbread running on their devices is more than those having Ice-cream sandwich and Jelly Bean. With this update they will be finally relaxed as same like others it will be possible for them to experience the latest features on their mobiles.
It was Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, after which Google took a huge leap forward in usability and responsiveness. However, due to their more interest towards the hardware compatibility, many low end devices suffered a lot. The main reason is that the new introduced features were not compatible to run on the limited hardware and RAM size.
The third party Android developers helped to overcome this issue. They with their hard work developed ROMs running on all those latest versions especially for low range mobiles. With these ROMs you can customize everything you want.
A week before, the androids recognized developers, the well known Cyanogenmod team launched their new CM 11 update running on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat for low range device like Galaxy Ace, Fit, Gio and Mini. In this article we will talk about detailed procedure regarding Android 4.4.3 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy Mini/Pop S5570. This aging device was launched three years ago with official Android 2.2 Froyo. Later it was upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But after that, Samsung stopped its further updates due to lack of hardware and RAM compatibility. One of the recognized contributor of XDA, yajnab, has compiled an alpha build of CM 11 ROM for Galaxy Mini. You can experience all new features of KitKat like refurnished Google home with new launcher, new phone dialer app, screen recording, new gallery, new quick office app and much more on your Galaxy Mini/Pop with this ROM. The list does not end here as along with that you can even feel the Cyanogenmod features. Thus a combo pack ROM with amazing features is waiting for you. Some of the working features of it are listed below. Check them out.
- SD Card
- Tethering (USB and Wifi)
You must note that this update is in its working stage so it may contain untested bugs and issues. But don’t worry as it is updated weekly the bugs will be fixed soon. Now you can proceed further to the actual flashing procedure of updating Galaxy Mini/Pop to CM 11 Android 4.4.3 KitKat.
The update given below for flashing Android 4.4.3 KitKat via Cyanogenmod 11 ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Mini/Pop S5570 is considered to be of much risk. Hence should be performed only by advanced users who are used to this stuff. For Newbie, we highly recommend you to follow each and every step properly and at your own risk. If in case your Galaxy Mini/Pop gets damaged or bricked by using this article then neither we nor the developers will be held responsible for that. Although the chances that your device will get damaged is least, but still I recommend you to follow all the given procedure properly and without any single mistake. Also note that this update must be only performed on Samsung Galaxy Mini/Pop bearing the model number GT-S5570. Flashing this on any other device or variant may result into unwanted outcomes or even bricked device. It’s better that you firstly verify your device model number with the number given above from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone.
- Better check your mobiles battery power first. It is must as due to lack of battery, the flashing process may get interrupted thus giving rise to further problems. Thus I highly recommend to charge the battery of your galaxy Mini/Pop at least up to 80%.
- Backup all your entire SD card along with the contacts, messages apn settings, call logs etc. and transfer them on your PC for more safety. This is necessary as in the last step of this procedure you need to wipe all the data and cache that is currently present onto your phone memory.
- Backup of a folder named EFS, present in your system directory is highly important. This is a very sensitive folder as it contains all your phones specific information such as the IMEI number, wireless devices MAC addresses, product code, and much more. If while wiping all the data and cache, this folder also gets deleted by mistake then this will be a great disaster for you. Your device will no longer be recognized by your carrier & will become just useless. If so happened, you won’t be able to receive or make a call and message either. To know more about EFS and its backup refer this article.
- Ensure that your Galaxy Mini/Pop is rooted. If not, then follow our guide given below to do so.
- This ROM can be flashed only when you have a custom recovery installed on your device. So ensure that a Custom Recovery like Clockworkmod (CWM) or TWRP recovery is installed on your Galaxy Mini/Pop.
- (IMPORTANT!) You need to have a latest Clockworkmod Custom recovery like 220.127.116.11 for flashing Android 4.4.3 KitKat on your Galaxy Mini/Pop. If you haven’t installed it yet, then don’t worry just follow this steps given below:
Step 1: Download the latest CWM 18.104.22.168 recovery package from Here.
Step 2: After successful downloading, connect your device to PC, enable USB debugging mode and transfer this recovery on your mobiles external SD card.
Step 3: Now disconnect your device from PC and switch it completely.
Step 4: You need to enter into recovery mode now. For doing so, keep holding home button and power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
Step 5: On recovery mode, Select Install from SD card option using volume and home button & install this latest 22.214.171.124 recovery.
After successful flashing the latest CWM 126.96.36.199 recovery, proceed further for the actual Android 4.4.3 KitKat ROM installation process.
Procedure to update Samsung Galaxy Mini/Pop S5570 to CM11 ROM [Android 4.4.3 KitKat]:
Step 1: After successful downloading both the package files given above, connect your mobile to PC, enable USB debugging mode and transfer them on your mobiles external SD card. Remember not to place it in deep directories. Also remember not to extract it.
Step 2: Disconnect your Mini/Pop from PC and switch it off completely.
Step 3: You need to enter into the recovery mode now. For that hold ‘Home Button (middle button) + Power Button’ simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
Note: Touch won’t work in this recovery. So use your device Volume Up and Down keys for navigation and Home button for selection.
Step 4: If this CM 11 ROM fails to touch your heart or some problem occurs and you want your previous ROM (the one you are using now), then a Nandroid backup feature of CWM will help you out. Nandroid backup is the backup of your entire operating system & helps you easily restore the saved previous ROM from the CWM recovery in case of some emergency.
Step 5: For doing same, navigate to the ‘backup & restore’ option on the recovery mode itself and on the next screen select ‘backup’ option. This will make a complete nandroid backup of your current ROM. Refer the screenshot given below.
Let’s move to the actual CM 11 ROM installation process now.
Step 6: After taking proper nandroid backup, again return to the main menu of recovery mode and select the ‘install zip from SD card ‘ option located on the recovery mode itself. Then on the next screen select ‘choose zip from SD card’ option. This will show you all the files and folders present on your external SD card along with CM 11 ROM package which you’ve copied earlier. Select it using home button. On the next screen, press ‘Yes’ option to begin the actual ROM flashing process. It will hardly take 5 to 10 few minutes to complete. Be patient until the process is completed fully.
Step 7: After successful flashing process, again return to the main menu of recovery mode and select ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ option which will clear all your data & caches from your phones memory.
Step 8: Now you need to flash the Google Apps package containing Playstore, Gmail, Gtalk separately after flashing the ROM. Use the same above procedure for that. Just don’t wipe data/cache after installing those GApps.
All the flashing processes completes here. You just need to reboot your device now. The same can be done by selecting ‘reboot system now’ option from the recovery mode. Keep in mind that the first boot will take more time to start than usual.
Note: If you are not fully satisfied with this ROM and want to restore back your previous one then you can do that by simply going back to the recovery mode by holding Home Button (middle button) + Power Button simultaneously and select ‘Backup and Restore’ option and then on next screen select ‘Restore’ option. This will show all the saved backups of your previous ROMs. Just select the one you want & restore it.
You can regain your device warranty and default system by flashing the official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread firmwares. For the same, you may refer our articles given below:
If you want to install the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop themed ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570 then refer our guide:
Congrats! You have finally installed the Cyanogenmod 11 ROM running on the latest Android 4.4.3 KitKat on your Samsung Galaxy Mini/Pop S5570. You can verify the same from Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy the new advanced and much stable KitKat flavored features on your Galaxy Mini/Pop with this CM 11 ROM. Do tell us your views and experience after using it. I have made this article so simple that even a newbie can understand it properly, still if you have any doubt or query regarding the same then you can inform us through the comments provided below. An exact solution will be given to your each problem as soon as possible. Till then Enjoy!