[Unofficial] Cyanogenmod 9.0 Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 Beta 1 for Samsung Galaxy Ace [+Video]

Update: Beta 1 is now released but still is marked for developers only.

Not Working: (Beta 1)
Camera ,  Radio

Discussions Thread @XDA

The official version of ICS may seem like a  distant dream & expecting (official) Cyanogenmod 9 for Ace is again a doubtful case. But you can’t stop individual developers from trying their best.

A group of devs under the group name TeamHackAce are working on bringing the ICS to SGA.

Here is a video for Cyanogenmod Alpha 8 (based on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich) in action. Note that the latest version is now at Alpha 13 at the moment. The build is far from complete (that’s why it is called alpha) & not for everyday use. The features like camera & browsing don’t work for now. So we don’t recommend you guys to download and install it.

So just kick back & relax.

Not Working: (Alpha 13)
Browser problem, Problem with animation , Proximity Sensors ( not by default ) , Camera , Usb , Gps

All in all this is good news & we will keep updating you of the latest developments.

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Flash Player 10.3 for Samsung Galaxy Ace

The ARMv6 Architecture of Samsung Galaxy Ace’s processor obviously lacks Adobe flash support. But mods keep flying around the internet which sometimes work and sometimes don’t.

For those who don’t know already, flash player is needed to play embedded videos on websites like youtube etc. or flash content on your mobile.

So here is Flash 10.3 which will work with many Custom Roms for Ace. Try it for yourself & report the success here (or in any forum with this page address attached, so that we may track it)

Download Link

Update: This is not working with stock firmwares upto Android 2.3.4. (Including DDKQ6) It is reportedly working on CM7 beta.

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>> Adobe Flash Player 11.1 for Samsung Galaxy Ace [Working]

[via xda-developers]

Gingerbread 2.3.4 DDKQ6 (Kies Update India) & Differences

Yes!! The latest firmware for India region is now DDKQ6 Android 2.3.4.

Method 1: Update using Samsung Kies
Method 2: For flashing with Odin. here is the link to the firmware: DDKQ6 (Pass: sampro.pl)
Then just follow the ODIN tutorial.
We were unable to spot any differences from KQ5 so far. Did you?

Update: One of our reader Ramit has informed that the process of taking screenshots has changed. (by pressing back and home key simultaneously)
Simply press & keep holding the Home key. Task manager will pop up. Press back. Now press lock key to take a screenshot.
This way you can even navigate in the menu (still holding the home key) or some app and take multiple screenshots at a time conveniently.

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How to Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Ace via ODIN

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ODIN is a firmware flashing tool for Samsung galaxy smartphones. Upgrading firmware through ODIN is very simple & powerful.  Though, if you want to update firmware via Samsung Kies, have a look at this tutorial.
>> How to update Samsung Galaxy Ace through Samsung Kies

Here is what you will need:

  1. You might already have USB drivers for you Ace if you have Kies installed. If not, download manually from here.
  2. Download Odin Multi Downloader v4.38 (Imp.- version no. is important) and the cooper_v1.0.ops file from here.
  3. Now download a firmware of your choice from samfirmware.com.
  4. Make sure you have the phone’s battery charged to at least 40-50%.

Now that you have everything now you need to go and set Odin.

  1. On ODIN select the OPS button and load the Cooper_v1.0.ops file unto it. Ensure that the Auto-Reboot, Protect OPS and Reset Time is checked.
  2. Unzip the firmware .Zip file  in a folder If you get have the contents in .TAR (or .tar.md5), Check “One Package” option on the left side & skip PDA, Phone, CSC, BOOT  options & directly go to ‘One Package’ option. Browse for the .tar (or .tar.md5) file & select it.

    One package

    Else leave the ‘One Package’ option unchecked &
    -Click on BOOT and select the file called  APBOOT
    -Click on PHONE and select the file called MODEM
    -Click on PDA and select the file called CODE
    -Click on CSC and select a file called CSC
    WARNING: Do not select anything in EFS

  3. Before connecting to the pc boot your phone in the download mode which can be done by pressing Middle Key(HOME Key) + Power key and Volume Down Key .


  4. Now connect your phone to PC via USB cable. On ODIN a COM Port mapping will indicate and turn to color yellow if the device is already detected. Click on Start.

Wait until the whole process completes (around 5 minutes). A progress bar on the left side of ODIN will show you the downloading progress. When it says “Close Serial Port & Wait Untill Reboot” , unplug the USB. You’re phone mostly likely to reboot into new ROM now. Change the default language at your own Region & you’re done. Note- In some cases,you might get a bootloop. Simply shutdown & reboot into Recovery Mode. Wipe Cache partion & Clear personal Data/Factory Reset. Restart Again. Done!