Surprise! Surprise! Look what we have today! The entry level smartphone Galaxy 5 I5500 with low hardware spec received Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and all thanks to CM10.1. The ROM should work on other model in Galaxy 5 lineup which is GT-I5500L, GT-I550M, GT-I5503 and GT-I5508. The smartphone Galaxy 5 I5500 is runs on 600 MHz processor, so you won’t enjoy all features of Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean but who cares! Read through this article to learn step-by-step process to install Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean based custom ROM CM10.1 on Galaxy 5 I5500.
Few notable Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean features are multi-user support, gesture typing, new quick settings option, lock-screen widget, new camera app, photo sphere, improved Google Now, new daydream feature, miracast display and more.
Note: This unofficial CM10.1 build is under development and may contain bugs and issues. All issues will be resolved as development progress. CM10.1 ROM is known for hundreds of customization and special theme engine that stock ROM don’t offer.
- 2D & 3D acceleration with triple-buffering (Butter UI)
- Audio (attenuation & extamp support included, FM support not yet implemented)
- Bluetooth tethering
- Camera & camcorder
- Galaxy5Parts (Settings -> Device -> Advanced)
- Hardware-accelerated video encoding/decoding (OMX)
- Telephony (calling, mobiledata & messaging)
- Touchscreen (fake dual-touch also available)
- USB Mass Storage
- USB tethering
- WiFi tethering (wpa2-psk has problems – use wpa-psk or open)
- USB drivers: the kernel in this release uses backported 3.0 USB drivers. As a side effect, the device will use the Galaxy S product ID (but the device name shown on Windows will be correct). I will try to see if this can be better solved later.
- zRam (compcache): it works, but causes system instability (random crashing of applications). I highly recommend that you avoid zRam; regular swap is working fine.
This tutorial is only for Galaxy 5, model number I5500. Don’t try this guide in any other Android device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About phone. Also, we are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. Although, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.
Backup your data first using below mentioned instructions, so that if you lost any data you can recover it easily.
SMS & Call Log – Use SMS, MMS & Call Log Entries Backup & Restore App
Contacts & Settings – Use Android default backup options.
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to Internal/External SD card.
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”
- Make sure your device have at least 80% battery power. [How to Check Battery Percentage in Android Phones]
- Backup your EFS Folder. [Guide]
- You already have USB Driver Installed for Galaxy 5 I5500 in your PC. [Download USB Driver]
- Make sure USB Debugging is enabled. [Guide]
- Your smartphone must run on Android 2.2 Froyo or any other CyanogenMod based ROM.
- Your device have ClockworkMod Recovery Installed [Guide].
If you done everything that we mentioned above then you are ready to move the next page of this guide where we compile an easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to flash Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean based custom firmware CM10.1 for Galaxy 5 I5500.
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