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Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Galaxy Core I8260 with Monster$ Custom ROM

Just yesterday we wrote how to install Android 4.4.2 KitKat on the Galaxy Core, and now we have another KitKat custom ROM for the Galaxy Core I8290 (single SIM) as well. Samsung is not expected to release an official Android 4.4.2 firmware, so this is why third-party developers are coming out with a stock Android custom ROM based on the AOSP — no need of the TouchWiz UI as it slows down your phone. Just a heads up, this ROM is not yet final and is still in active development. You can update Galaxy Core I8260 to Android 4.4.2 Monster$ KitKat custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by Samsung, but just a custom ROM which would require a custom recovery like ClockworkMod in order to flash the ROM zip and Google Apps zip files on your phone.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you through the entire process of how to install Android 4.4.2 Monster$ KitKat on Galaxy Core I8260 with complete steps. Don’t forget to read all the tips below that you have to keep in mind before proceeding. Please make sure you backup all your data as given below because this tutorial will wipe your data. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s get to the tutorial now.


Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( 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 4.4.2 Monster$ KitKat ROM Details:

This amazing Monster$ custom ROM comes with tons of new features and is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. A quick list of the main features in Monster$ is given below and we are sure you’d love to use this on your Galaxy Core I8260:

  • Initial release.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Samsung Galaxy Core, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Like this Monster$ ROM based on the latest Android 4.4.2? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

Samsung Galaxy Core USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Core properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy Core USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to 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.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Galaxy Core I8260 to Android 4.4.2 Monster$ KitKat custom firmware.

About the author

Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.


  • at the last step when i reboot my system it is rebooting in recovery mode again. I tried it many times but it keeps happening, please help

  • I installed it yesterday and it works perfectly. First time I not did not installed google apps and phone freezed on Splash screen with model name. but after that I wiped all data and then I installed rom with GApps. After that phone booted up and run first use wizard.

  • Bugs:
    When I click in options-> information about phone -> 4.4.2 a few times i see Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean and a lot of beans.

    when i open internet browser i see window ,, register you”. All the time when i power on internet browser i see it. I register and all the time see it.

  • I see statement on start screen that I have message. On picture text message I see numer one. I must restart telephone to remove it.

  • Installation was OK (I had to use anothe GApps package because the other one that I downloaded from the link on this page shows an error message) but I still see a yellow warning “!” when the mobile is turning on. What I have to do?

    PS. The phones works fine! But this warning advertency at the beggining call my atention…

  • This is not an Kit-Kat ROM:
    Android SDK Version (API) is 16.
    Code name is JELLY_BEAN.
    Conclusion: don’t let you fool by a 4.1.*-ROM.

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