Samsung Galaxy Ace Gets an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Based ROM (+Installation Steps)
By on December 19th, 2011

Nearly all the popular high-end Android handsets have got an alpha build of Ice Cream Sandwich since the OS code went public. Thanks to the new features and changes brought about in Ice Cream Sandwich by Google, it was clear that mid-range Android phones with less than 512MB of RAM and a Developers also had made it clear that they will not port ICS to lower-end phones since the final port will be unusable.

However, a team of developers known as TeamHackAce still decided to port Ice Cream Sandwich to their handset, and their hard work has finally bore fruit. The Galaxy Ace has got a working alpha build of Ice Cream Sandwich based on Android 4.0.3.

Since this is an alpha build there are quite a few issues with the ROM, but the developers are hard at fixing them. In fact they have managed to fix nearly all the major issues in the last few days. Since the Ace is low on RAM, the Ice Cream Sandwich is not as smooth as you will find it on other higher end handsets.

Below is a list of what works and what does not work in the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha ROM for the Galaxy Ace -:

Working -:

  • Phone
  • 3G/Data
  • Wi-Fi
  • Touchscreen
  • Backspeaker
  • Screen Rotation
  • Proximity Sensor
  • GPS
Not Working -:
  • Camera
  • Random Screen flickering and lagging issue

Interested Galaxy Ace users can install the alpha version of Ice Cream Sandwich on their handset by using the steps below -:

Before proceeding with the steps below, make sure your Ace is running an Android 2.3 firmware from Samsung. Also make sure to backup your data (refer to our guide here), since installing this ROM will wipe your handset clean from all data.

Also, make sure you have rooted your Galaxy Ace with ClockworkMod recovery installed before proceeding with the steps below.

Step 1: Download the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha ROM for the Galaxy Ace from here (Alpha 13_3). Once downloaded, transfer the file to your phone’s memory card.

Step 2: Reboot into CWM (ClockWorkMod) Recovery Mode. To do so, turn off your Ace and re-insert the battery. Now press the press Home key + Power button simultaneously, and the handset will automatically boot into Recovery mode.

Step 3: Navigate in CWM mode using the Volume keys and select an option by pressing the Home button. Select the ‘Wipe Data/Factory Reset’ option and then select Yes. Now format the /system partition option, which is located under ‘Mounts and Storage’.

Step 4: Now select the “Install Zip from SDCARD” option and then select “Choose zip from sdcard”. Now select the ICS ROM zip file which you had transferred in Step 1 to your phone and flash it. Once the ROM is flashed, reboot your phone. The first boot will take sometime so please be patient. 

Voila! You have successfully managed to install Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on your Galaxy Ace. 

Author: Rajesh Pandey Google Profile for Rajesh Pandey
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