Recently Samsung released official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for their flagship device Note 3 and subsequently thinking to release for Galaxy S4. As we know that Android 4.4 is not a revolutionary update over Android 4.3, there are not many significant changes in UI. Nevertheless performance wise it is better than the Jelly Bean.
One of the best feature of KitKat is light weight OS unlike previous versions. It is tested that it works flawlessly on low end devices. But still it is very unlikely that any company will release it for older mobiles. So the custom ROM is only way through which you will get this update.
One of such low end popular device is Samsung Galaxy Gio. And thankfully Cyanogenmod 11 custom ROM has already been compiled for it. Cyanogenmod is one of the most famous after market firmware known for it stability and some additional tweaks. As CM11 is Android 4.4.2 KitKat based ROM, you will get the feel all KitKat features. Since it is in alpha state, some bugs are bound to be there. Lets have a look at some of the working features.
- SD Card
- Tethering (USB and Wi-Fi)
Go through the procedure to flash this Android 4.4.2 KitKat based Cyanogenmod 11 on Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660.
The given article is considered as risky and may cause damage to your mobile. If you are not aware of all these things, it is recommended that you should not follow this article. Read article carefully before going for execution. We AndroidLegend.com are not responsible for any damage to your mobile.
The given article is strictly meant for Samsung Galaxy Gio bearing model number S5660. Flashing this ROM on any other variant or mobile may cause permanent damage to it.
Caution: Flashing any custom ROM voids warranty. So think once before going for procedure.
- Ensure that your mobile is charged at least up to 70% so that installation process will not be interrupted due to low battery power.
- It is highly recommended that you should take a backup of all your important data such as SMS, MMS, contacts, APN etc.to the external memory card since it gets wiped during installation. For help you can refer following articles.
- How to Backup Android Contacts and Text Messages (SMS/MMS).
- How to backup Call logs, APNs and EFS folder from your Android Device.
- Most important thing is you must have installed Clockworkmod recovery on your mobile. Note that you need CWM v126.96.36.199 or above to flash any ROM based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
- You will require two files for Galaxy Gio. First one is Cyanogenmod for Galaxy Gio from official development page. Download the latest build from official build. Also download Gapps for Android 4.4.2 KitKat (or CM11) which includes all the Google apps like Play Store, Gmail etc.
- Cyanogenmod 11 for Galaxy Gio.
- Gapps for Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- Copy both files to the external memory card. Do not extract them.
- Now switch off mobile and boot into recovery. For that use key combinations volume up + home + power button simultaneously until mobile vibrates. You must be aware of the fact that touch won’t work in this mode. Use volume keys for navigation.
- Once you land into recovery mode, first of all take a nandroid backup. For that refer this article. This is not mandatory step.
- Next select wipe data/factory reset and then wipe cache partition. Remember this will wipe all the data from the internal memory.
- Then select install zip from sdcard followed by chose zip from sdcard. Select Cm11.zip file from the list. Confirm it in next step.
- It will take few minutes for flashing.
- Again do wipe data/factory reset and then wipe cache partition to avoid boot loops.
- Repeat the step of install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard. This time chose GApps zip from the list.
- After flashing both files successfully, press back button and then select reboot system now.
Well done! Android 4.4.2 KitKat is now running on your Samsung Galaxy Gio through Cyanogenmod 11 custom ROM. Do let us know how it is working for you. If you come across any difficulty, feel free to ask through comments. We will come up with solution for you.
Tip: If you don’t like this ROM or you are not comfortable with this ROM, you can easily return back to the previous ROM just by entering into the recovery mode. Then select backup & restore option followed by restore & chose your latest backup to restore.