Samsung Galaxy W also known as Wonder is an Android 2.3 Gingerbread running mobile. Even though this mid range device can run Android 4.4 KitKat flawlessly, it is never updated beyond Gingerbread. Right now most of the Android smartphones run Android 4.0 ICS and above. So you might be feeling ashamed of your device. You don’t need buy for that.
The latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat is available for Samsung Galaxy W via Cyanogenmod 11 custom ROM. One of the recognized developer arco68 has left no stone unturned to bring this stable ROM for you. Cyanogenmod is one of the renowned custom ROMs. The pure vanilla experience is one of the main feature of this ROM. Lets have a look at the working things of this ROM for Galaxy W.
Receiving and making calls
USB mass storage
HW accelerated gui
HW accelerated video
This list clearly indicates that a stable built of Cyanogenmod 11 is available for Samsung Galaxy W. Go through few simple steps to install Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Galaxy W.
The procedure mentioned ahead for installing a custom ROM is considered as risky may cause damage to your mobile. It is requested for newbie that they should not follow it if they are unaware of this fact. Go through the article completely before going for execution. We or developers are not responsible for bricked or damaged devices after inculcating these steps.
This custom ROM intended only for Samsung Galaxy W with model number I8150. Do not try it on any other mobile. It might lead to some serious problem with device.
Note: Flashing custom ROM voids the warranty. So think before going for it.
- Check that your device is charged at least up to 75% so that there will not be any interruption due to low battery.
- Since all the data is wiped during the installation of custom ROM, it is better to take a backup of all important stuffs like SMS, MMS, APN, contacts etc. to the external memory card.
- How to Backup Android Contacts and Text Messages (SMS / MMS).
- How to Backup Call logs, APNs and EFS folder from your Android Device.
- You need to install custom recovery like clockworkmod recovery (CWM) on your mobile. Without any custom recovery you cannot flash custom ROM.
- Enable USB debugging on. Follow this path for it.
Setting->Developers option->USB debugging on
- Download latest build of Cyanogenmod 11 for Samsung Galaxy W Mini from official development page.
- Cyanogenmod 11 for Galaxy W I8150.
- Since custom ROM does not include Google Apps (due to some license issues), you have to download GApps (contains Gmail, Play Store, Play books etc.) separately and install it afterwards.
- Gapps for Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- After downloading both files, connect your mobile to PC via USB cable and enable mass storage mode on. Copy both files to the external memory card on convenient location and do not extract them.
- Disconnect mobile from computer and switch it off. Boot your mobile into recovery mode. To do so, press and hold volume up + home + power button simultaneously until you boot into recovery mode. Use volume keys for navigation while power key for selecting options.
- It is recommended to take a nandroid backup of current system. You can refer this article for help (Of course this step is not mandatory).
- Now select wipe data/factory reset and then wipe cache partition to wipe all the data on phone and clear caches. Remember to take a backup before executing this step.
- Next select install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard. A list of files will appear in front of you. Select cm-11.zip file for installation. Select yes in next step for confirmation.
- This will take few minutes for installation. In order to avoid boot loops, do factory reset/wipe data again.
- Repeat the step of install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard. But this time choose GApps file for installation.
- In the last select +++++go back+++++ and reboot system now. Remember first boot takes more time than usual.
That’s it! Android 4.4 KitKat is now installed on your Samsung Galaxy W. Thanks to Cyanogenmod 11 custom ROM compiled by arco68. Share your KitKat experience with us. If you have any doubts regarding procedure or anything then post them in comments section. We shall find a solution for them.
Tip: In case you want to revert to previous ROM you can easily do it just by entering into Recovery mode. Then select the Backup and Restore option from the recovery mode. Then select restore option & choose your latest backup to restore. Even you can flash official firmware.