The third party developers of Android have taken some kind of oath to never quit their journey of success. They have taken the Android OS beyond our imagination. To accomplish this they with their best effort made Android faster and more reliable, with less prone to crashes. Google announced their new latest Android 4.4 OS named KitKat with the release of their flagship device Nexus 5 in November 13. But till now, this 4.4 version is officially only on 2 percent of devices.
While Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is still dominating the market with almost 60 percent of the devices running on it. From the date KitKat released till today there is only 0.5 percent increase in the devices officially running on it. All these statistics have come from Google’s Android developer portal.It has also been heard that this latest version may run on low end devices having memory of at least 512 MB. This decision is especially made for owners of those mid end devices, who have been eagerly waiting from the time it is released. Their hope can be fulfilled only by those third party Android developers.
Also Samsung will never roll out further updates for these devices as there are many hardware limitations which will oppose the new features to run on them. But then again, we can always hope Samsung will be able to work some magic and update at least some of the devices to Android 4.4.2 and breathe new life into them, in a nice gesture of support to users.
Galaxy Ace S5830 is one of those smart phones which is expected to get android 4.4 KitKat update of course un-officially. This device was launched with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread around two years ago. Further it did get official 2.3.6 update from Samsung but thereafter the Company got diverted from this device and hence stopped providing further firmware upgrades. It had Qualcomm MSM7227 800 MHz processor which was quite sufficient to run further Android updates.
Then came the third party android developers who with their best efforts brought many new ROMs for Galaxy Ace. Some of them were CM9 based on Android 4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich, CM10, CM10.1 and CM10.2 based on Android 4.1.2, 4.2.2 and 4.3 Jelly Bean. Although these Cyanogenmod ROMs had some bugs due to hardware in-compatibility, they did get fixed with the further tweaks and updates. After when Google announced their new KitKat version, many rumors were heard regarding that this update will not be launched for low end device like Galaxy Ace. This was so because of the new drastic features that this new update has.
But when it comes for Cyanogenmod team, there never quit attitude makes them to achieve whatever is impossible for us. Even this time they moved their magic wand and did something that was just shocking for Galaxy Ace users. The CM team brought Android 4.4.4 KitKat for Galaxy Ace. The initial build which was rolled out had many bugs that ruined many users mood. But thereafter with many system tweaks and more improvements, the CM team made this ROM more stable. All thanks goes to androidarmv6 team of XDA community for bringing an initial build for this device. XDA Recognized member, Mardon also has contributed to this build. This CM11 ROM is based on the original Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which is designed to deliver enhanced performance and reliability over stock Android for your device. Some of its change logs are given below.
- New additional google libs, permissions and framework files added.
- Removed apps like Music.apk and Cyanogenmod file manager for increasing more space on the internal system.
- Some system apps have been slimmed down.
- Replaced Launcher3 with Apex Launcher version 2.2.0.
- Added some tweaks.
- Integrated MA6 Kernel
- Integrated Lockscreen pin-unlock Fix.
- Integrated Google Play Store to version 4.5.10
- New customization.
- Camera tweaks.
- Integrated some more tweaks.
- Added Total Commander File Manager v 2.03 final.
- Battery saving tweaks.
- Added new boot animation.
- Activated Statusbar transparency.
If you face any bug in this ROM then don’t worry, since this update is expected to release every week with the latest changes & tweaks from the CM team. This way the bugs will surely get vanished. So if you are looking for a stable and less buggy KitKat ROM for your Galaxy Ace, then read & follow the further step by step given procedure properly.
This process of updating your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat via Cyanogenmod 11 ROM is considered to be of much risk. It may damage your Galaxy Ace if not followed properly. If you are new to this stuff and have no knowledge regarding the same that it’s better to stop here. Advanced android users who have gone through such thing may freely proceed further. If in case your Galaxy Ace gets damaged or bricked by following this guide 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 step by step properly and without attempting anything by your own. Also you must note that this update is only compatible for Samsung Galaxy Ace bearing the model number GT-S5830. Flashing this on any other device or variant will result into unwanted outcomes or bricked device. You can verify your device model number with the number given above from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone.
- Ensure that you have a proper battery backup. Lack of battery life may interrupt the flashing process thus leading into further problems. Thus I highly recommend to charge the battery of your mobile at least up to 60%.
- While flashing any ROM the first thing you should do is Backup. In the last step of this flashing process you need to clear all the data and cache from your phone internal memory. Hence I highly recommend you to backup all your important data and settings including contacts, messages and call logs etc. to external memory card or on your PC for safety.
- 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, a very sensitive folder present in your system directory must be backed up. This is very highly recommended as this folder contains all your phones specific information such as the IMEI, wireless devices MAC addresses, product code, and much more. There is always a risk that sometimes flashing ROM may corrupt the content within this EFS folder. If so happened, your device will be 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 Ace is rooted. If not, then follow the guide given below to do so.
- For installing a ROM the most needed thing is Custom recovery through which these ROMs are needed to be flashed. So ensure that a Custom Recovery like Clockworkmod (CWM) recovery is installed on your device.
- (IMPORTANT!) For flashing Android 4.4 KitKat you need to install the latest Clockworkmod Custom recovery 22.214.171.124 or above. If you haven’t installed it yet, then don’t worry just follow this steps given below:
Step 1: Download the latest CWM 126.96.36.199 recovery package from Here.
Step 2: Transfer it on your external SD card using USB cable.
Step 3: Switch off your Galaxy Ace & boot into recovery mode.
Step 4: For doing so, keep holding home button and power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
Step 5: Select Install from SD card option & install this latest 188.8.131.52 recovery.
After successful flashing of the latest CWM 184.108.40.206 recovery, proceed further for the actual Android 4.4 KitKat ROM installation process.
Procedure to update Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 to CM11 ROM [Android 4.4.2]:
Step 1: After successful downloading the ROM package given above, enable USB debugging mode, then connect your device to PC using the USB cable, and transfer that ROM package on your external SD card. Remember not to place it in deep directories. No need to extract it.
Step 2: Now disconnect your phone 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 CWM recovery. So all you need to do is use Volume Up and Down keys for navigation and Home button for selection.
Step 4: Firstly do a complete nandroid backup. 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 the saved previous ROM from the CWM recovery. Thus CWM recovery helps the most in taking proper nandroid backups.
Refer our detailed article for taking Nandroid backup:
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.
Let’s move to the actual installation process now.
Step 6: After taking nandroid backup, again return to the main menu of recovery mode and navigate to the ‘install zip from SD card ‘ option located on the recovery mode itself & select it. Then on the next screen select ‘choose zip from SD card’ option. As soon as you click on it, you will see all your important data present on your external SD card. Just select the CM 11 ROM package which you’ve copied earlier. Confirm the installation by pressing ‘Yes’ option on the next screen. This will start the installation process immediately. It will hardly take few minutes to complete. 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 your phones memory respectively.
Step 8: If you have problems with video recording then a video recording patch is given above. Download and flash it from the recovery itself but don’t forget to make a nandroid backup first.
After completing everything that is mentioned above, restart your device by selecting ‘reboot system now’ option from the recovery mode. Do note that the first boot will take 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.
If you want to flash Official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread on your Galaxy Ace then follow our article given below.
If you want to flash stable Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM on Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 then follow our guide given below.
That’s it! You are succeeded in flashing Cyanogenmod 11 ROM running on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat on your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830. You can feel and enjoy all those KitKat flavored features on your Galaxy Ace with this ROM. Along with that you can even experience the Cyanogenmod 11 features. I have made this article very simple so as to understand you properly, still if you come across any difficulty or have problem regarding the content given above then without hesitate inform us. For doing so, just drop your problem through the comments given below. We’ll provide you with an exact solution as soon as possible. Till then Enjoy! 🙂