HOW TO: Install Android 4.1 on Galaxy S I9000 Jelly Bean

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Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 is one of Samsung’s best and high-end Android phones of its time. Samsung dropped support for this phone by not releasing Android 4.0 ICS on it and now when we have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it is up to developers to bring Jelly Bean to the Galaxy S.

In this tutorial, we will tell you how to install Android 4.0 on Galaxy S with complete steps. One of the developers has ported Android 4.1 to Galaxy S I9000. Some of the features work, and some don’t.

Disclaimer: All the tools, mods or ROMs mentioned below belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial ;-)

Android 4.1 ROM Features Working:

  • Touchscreen
  • GPU
  • Softkeys/Hardkeys
  • Butter
  • ADB
  • USB
  • Internal SD
  • Camera
  • Audio
  • WiFi
  • HW Video Acc

Features Not Working:

  • Bluetooth
  • Call/SMS/Data
  • GPS
  • External SD
  • Google Now

Make sure you have installed all your USB drivers for the Samsung Galaxy S to connect it with the computer. Download Samsung Galaxy S USB drivers! Apart from just the USB drivers, there are a few more things that you need to take care of.

1. You need to enable USB debugging mode. This helps to connect your Android phone with the PC. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging.

2. Your phone battery should be 80-85% charged. If your phone goes off suddenly because of battery, during flashing ROMs or installing mods and updates — your phone might go dead permanently. See here: How to Check Battery Percentage.

3. Backup all your important data that you might need as soon as your flash a new ROM, or make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below on how to backup data:

Data can also be backed up using Samsung KIES for their devices, but if you backup data manually, you get more options what top choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

4. Your phone should be factory unlocked. Additional instructions for locked Android devices will be added in the tutorial for unlocking devices.

Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update your phone to the latest Galaxy S I9000 4.1 Jelly Bean custom firmware.