Carbon ROM is now one of the most famous ROM among the users. It offers features like scrollable tabs under respective categories, customization of navigation bar, customizable power menu, quick launch ring, customizable quick setting menu, active display and many more. Several devices have already received this ROM. Now its time for Galaxy Ace 2.
One of the XDA member has compiled Carbon ROM based on Android 4.4 KitKat for Ace 2. All the features of Android 4.4 KitKat ported to this custom ROM along with typical Carbon features as mentioned earlier. As Samsung is not upgrading this device to KitKat officially, Carbon ROM is a nice way to get this update unofficially.
As developers are still working on it, you may face few issues in this ROM. Some of them are mentioned below. You may not come across these issues in the future updates.
rotation glitch(rarer occurrence)
If you can cope up with this negligible issues, you can proceed ahead to flash Android 4.4 KitKat on Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 through Carbon ROM.
The procedure mentioned in the article written ahead is considered as risky and can cause damage to your mobile. It is requested that you should not go for it if you are not aware of all these things. Read article completely before executing steps. Execute steps at your own risk. We or Rom developers are not responsible for any damage cause to your mobile after implementing these steps.
This tutorial is strictly intended for Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 with model number I8160. Don’t implement it on any other mobile or variant to avoid unwanted results.
- Don’t forget to charge your device up to 70% in order to avoid unwanted interruption in installation process due to low battery.
- It is better to take a backup of all important personal data like SMS, MMS, APN, contacts etc. to the external memory card as it gets wiped completely during flashing of custom ROM.
- How to backup Android Contacts and Text Messages (SMS/MMS).
- How to backup Call logs & APNs from your Android Device.
- Most important!! Custom recovery is a tool through which custom ROM is flashed. So install custom recovery like Clockworkmod recovery or TWRP recovery on your phone. Without any custom recovery, we cannot flash custom ROM.
- First download Carbon ROM for Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 form official development page.
- Carbon ROM for Ace 2
- Also download Gapps for KitKat which contains Google apps like Gmail, Gtalk, Play store etc. which are not present in custom ROM.
- Gapps for Android 4.4 KitKat
- After downloading these files connect phone to computer via USB cable and enable mass storage mode on. Copy both files to the external memory card. Don’t extract them.
- Now switch off your mobile and enter into recovery mode. For that press & hold volume up + power button + home button simultaneously until mobile vibrates. Recovery mode will appear in front of you.
- First take a nandroid backup of current system which can be restored backup if anything goes wrong. Refer this article for it.
- For wiping the data and clearing the cache partitions, select wipe data/factory reset and then wipe cache partitions. (Caution: This wipes all the data from the internal memory.)
- Next is actual flashing of custom ROM. Select install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard. Then select the carbon_codina_unofficial-20140225.zip file from the list of files. And confirm it by selecting yes in next step.
- It will take few time installation of ROM.
- Now perform wipe data/cache partitions again to avoid bootloops.
- Again repeat the above step of install zip from sdcard and then choose zip form sdcard. This time select Gapps file for installation.
- After successful flashing of both the files, select +++++go back+++++ and then reboot system now.
Good job! Your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is successfully upgraded to Android 4.4.2 KitKat via Carbon ROM. Share your experience about Carbon ROM. Ask any queries regarding procedure or anything in comments section. We shall come 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 previous ROM just by entering into the recovery mode. Then select backup & restore option followed by restore & chose your latest backup to restore.