Android 4.4 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy Core i8262 via Cyanogenmod 11 Custom ROM is available now. With the release of this latest Android version, everyone were eagerly waiting for this firmware on their phones. But due to its extremely high RAM and hardware compatibility, only a few smartphones were lucky to get it officially.
The low-end devices had to rely on the third party custom ROMs to experience this latest version. As it was impossible that these devices will get the KitKat firmware officially. A few days back we discussed the rooting and CWM flashing process on Samsung Galaxy Core i8262. Now with CWM flashed, it’s time to move on and install different available custom ROMs on this device.
In this article we’ll see a detailed procedure on flashing the latest Android 4.4 KitKat via the most famous and well known Cyanogenmod 11 ROM on Galaxy Core i8262. Samsung have confirmed that they will officially upgrade Galaxy Core i8262 to Android 4.4 KitKat which is fantastic news for Core users. But how long can you wait for that firmware. Till then, you can enjoy those features with this CM 11 ROM.
This Android 4.4 KitKat update given below for Galaxy Core is much risky. Those who are new to this stuff are recommended to stop right at this point. Neither we at Droid Thunder nor the developers will be responsible for any damage.
Note that this Cyanogenmod 11 ROM is only for Samsung Galaxy Core with the model number GT-I8262. Do not install this unofficial firmware on any other device or variant.
- Charge your phone to at least 60%.
- Backup your important phone data and settings before going further.
- Backup EFS folder present in your phones system directory.
- Also, install the latest Samsung USB drivers on your PC.
- Enable the USB Debugging mode on your device.
- Finally, root Galaxy Core and install CWM recovery.
Steps to update Galaxy Core i8262 to CM 11 ROM:
- After successfully downloading both the package files given above, connect your phone to PC using USB cable, enable USB debugging mode and transfer both of them (without extracting) on your phones external SD card. Remember not to place them in deep directories.
- Disconnect your Galaxy Core from PC and switch it off completely.
- Boot into recovery mode now. For Galaxy Core, recovery mode can be entered by pressing and holding Volume up + Home button (middle button) + Power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
- Furthermore, make a complete Nandroid backup of your current ROM.
- After taking the backup, return to the main menu of recovery and navigate to the ‘install zip from SD card ‘ option & select it. On the next screen select ‘choose zip from SD card’ option. This will show you all the data present on your external SD card.
- Just navigate to the CM 11 ROM file which you’ve copied earlier and select it. Select ‘Yes’ option on the next screen to start the ROM flashing process. Be patient until the process completes.
- Select ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ option on the recovery mode to clear all your data & caches from the phone’s memory respectively.
- Similarly, you can flash the downloaded Google Apps (containing Play Store, Gmail, etc). But remember not to wipe data after flashing them.
- All the flashing processes completes here. Just restart your device by selecting ‘reboot system now’ option from the recovery mode. The first boot will take more time to start than usual.
- 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 Volume up + Home button (middle button) + Power Button simultaneously. Select ‘Backup and Restore’ option and on next screen select ‘Restore’ option to restore the ROM you want.
Finally! The Android 4.4 KitKat flavored Cyanogenmod 11 Custom ROM has been successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy Core i8262. You may verify the same from Menu→Settings→About Phone. If you come across any difficulty, then do comment below.