The developers of Android have taken their OS to such a level that in today’s world there is no one who dares to compete with them. One after another many of their new Android versions are releasing and ruling the entire market. From Android 1.5 Cup cake to the recently launched Android 4.4 KitKat, there has been a tremendous change in the performance, specs and many other aspects. From the day the new Android 4.4 KitKat is released, everyone is talking about this new firmware. But due to its much high hardware and RAM compatibility it is only available for flagship devices. The rest users need to rely on those ROMs so as to experience the same. A week ago, it was announced that this latest version is going to get available for mid range devices like Galaxy Ace, Fit, Mini and Gio. In this article we are going to discuss about the detailed procedure for updating Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660 to Android 4.4 KitKat through Cyanogenmod 11.
Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660 launched back in 2011 was a low budget device and had descent specs and features. That’s the reason it was not able to attract many users. It had Android 2.2 Froyo which was later upgraded to 2.3 Gingerbread, a 3.2 MP auto-focus camera, 16m color screen and was sold at the price of $160. The Gio users had no hope regarding the further official firmware releases for this device. But it was the third party Android developers who took keen interest in this device and with much hard work launched the next Android versions of course unofficially.
The much well known Cyanogenmod team took the initiative and launched their latest Cyanogenmod 11 ROM for S5660 users. So its now possible for the Gio users to enjoy and experience all those latest KitKat flavored features like refurnished Google home with new launcher, new phone dialer app, screen recording, security and system improvements, NFC emulation, Google wallet, new quick office, low memory management support, new gallery, battery saving tweaks, new keyboard and much more on your device. Along with that you’ll also be able to enjoy the Cyanogenmod features, thus having a dual features experience.
This is an experimental build and we should thank the xda community for that. But every good thing has it’s drawback. This ROM too have it. While using this CM 11 ROM you may come across some untested bugs and issues. This may ruin your entire mood, but hey don’t worry the CM team with their most recognized developers is working hard to fixed these bugs & to give you a pure stable Android 4.4 KitKat ROM. So if you are ready to install the latest Android 4.4 KitKat flavored CM 11 ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660 then proceed further for the step by step installation process.
The given update of installing Android 4.4 KitKat via Cyanogenmod 11 ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660 is too risky and may permanently damage your device, if not followed properly. For the advanced Android users who have a complete knowledge regarding this stuff and have gone through it before are free to proceed further. But the newbies, who are completely un-aware must stop right at this point. If in case your Galaxy Gio gets damaged or bricked by following this article then neither we nor the developers will be held liable for that. Even though the chances that your device will get damaged is least, but still I highly recommend you to follow all that is given below properly and without attempting anything by your own. Also you must note that this Android 4.4 KitKat ROM is only compatible for Samsung Galaxy Gio having the model number GT-S5660. Installing this on any other device or variant will result into unwanted outcomes or bricked device. So you must verify your device model number with the number given above from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone.
- A proper battery backup is must before performing any flashing process. Lack of battery may increase the risk of interruption in the flashing process thus leading to further problems. So I highly recommend to charge the battery of your phone at least up to 80%.
- Using USB cable connect your Galaxy Gio to PC, enable USB debugging mode and take a backup of your entire SD card. Along with that you must also backup your contacts, messages, apn settings, call logs etc for safety. All these precautions are need to be taken as disaster can knock your door anytime without giving a sign. Also the last step of this flashing process involves wiping all your data and cache from your phones internal memory. That’s why a backup is must.
- Make sure that Samsung device drivers are installed on your PC so as to recognize your device when connected to PC. You can install them by installing Kies or manually install them from the link given below:
- EFS folder present in your system directory must be backed up. This sensitive folder contains all your phones specific information such as the IMEI, wireless devices MAC addresses, product code, and much more. If by mistake the data in it gets wiped, then this will make your phone completely useless & will no longer be recognized by your carrier. Refer our article to backup and restore EFS/IMEI data:
- Make sure that your Galaxy Gio is rooted. If not, then follow our guide given below to do so.
- A custom recovery is must for flashing any custom ROM. So make sure that you have installed a recovery like Clockworkmod (CWM) or TWRP before proceeding further. For installing CWM you can refer our article from the link given above.
- (IMPORTANT!) For flashing Android 4.4 KitKat you need to have the latest Custom recovery like 220.127.116.11 installed on your Galaxy Gio. 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: Connect your device to PC, enable USB debugging mode and transfer this recovery on your SD card.
Step 3: Now disconnect your Galaxy Gio and switch it off 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: In recovery mode, using volume keys navigate to the option named Install from SD card and select it using Home (middle) button to install this latest 22.214.171.124 recovery.
After successful flashing of the latest CWM 126.96.36.199 recovery, proceed further for the actual Android 4.4 KitKat ROM installation process.
Procedure to update Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660 to CM11 [Android 4.4]:
Step 1: After successful downloading the ROM package given above, connect your device to PC using the USB cable, enable USB debugging mode and transfer that ROM package on your SD card. Do not extract this zip file. Also remember not to place it in deep directories.
Step 2: Now disconnect your phone from PC and switch it off completely.
Step 3: Enter into recovery mode now. For doing so, hold ‘Home Button (middle button) + Power Button’ simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
Note: Touch will not work in recovery, so you’ll have to use Volume Up and Down keys for navigation and Home button for selection.
Step 4: The CWM recovery is well known because of its feature called nandroid backup. Actually nandroid backup is the backup of your entire operating system & is much essential in case if this installation fails or some problem occurs, then you can easily restore your saved previous ROM from the CWM recovery.
Refer our detailed article for taking Nandroid backup:
Step 5: For taking a proper nandroid backup, 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 for taking a proper backup.
Next we’ll move to the actual CM11 ROM installation process.
Step 6: Return to the main menu of recovery mode and navigate to the ‘install zip from SD card ‘ option & select it. Then on the next screen select ‘choose zip from SD card’ option. By clicking on this option you will see all your important files & folders present on your external SD card. Just select the Android 4.4 KitKat ROM package which you’ve copied earlier using Home button.Press ‘Yes’ option on the next screen to initiate the flashing process. It will take few minutes to complete the CM 11 flashing process. Wait until the process is completed fully.
Step 7: After successful flashing process, select ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ option on the recovery mode to clear all your data & caches from the phones memory respectively.
Step 8: Now similarly flash the GApps zip file as you’ve installed the custom ROM. Just remember not to wipe data after that.
All the flashing process completes here. You just need to restart your device by selecting ‘reboot system now’ option from the recovery mode. You’ll notice that the first boot takes more time to start than usual.
Note: If you don’t like this ROM and want to restore back your previous Rom 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.
Great! You have successfully flashed the new Cyanogenmod 11 ROM running on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat on your Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660. Enjoy the all new Kitkat flavored features on your Galaxy Gio with this ROM. I have made this article very simple so as to understand you properly, still if you come across any difficulty or have problem while going through the process given above then without hesitating drop your problem through the comments section below. We are always here to help you out. Till then Enjoy! 🙂