How to Update Galaxy ACE S5830 with CM 9 ICS Android 4.0.3 Beta 7 Firmware

Galaxy Ace LogoSamsung Galaxy ACE S5830 gets an all new ICS based custom ROM Firmware which is the Cyanogen mod 9 based firmware. Last time we saw the Beta 6 version but in this article we will be checking out on how one can install the latest Beta 7 version. Over a period of this article we will be also checking out on what are the things which work in this article along with the Change log and also in the due course of this article we will be checking out on what are the things which work in this version. Please be informed that this is not an Official firmware version released by Samsung Electronics.


  • boot
  • GSM (phone/messages/GPRS/EDGE/3G)
  • Wifi
  • Bluetooth
  • HW acceleration (full)
  • Sound
  • Headphones
  • GPS
  • All sensors (proximity, roration etc)
  • CyanogenMod settings (not all, it’s not fully merged by CyanogenMod team, not my fault)
  • Market (now you can download all apps available for Gio with GB)
  • Fixed animations (now it looks so good)
  • Facebook sync
  • Buttons backlight
  • GMail fully works
  • Browser fully works
  • ICS keyboard
  • Games – works as smoothly as on Gingerbread
  • YouTube
  • Deep sleep
  • Wifi signal indicator

Change log for Beta 7:

  • New Adreno200 libraries for ICS
  • Fast and smooth system
  • Live Wallpapers working – won’t slow down your system, like on Gingerbread! (I’m using Phase Beam, it’s beautiful)
  • Gallery and calculator fully working all the time
  • Gmail working without any problem
  • Browser working really good (smooth and fast)
  • All apps with graphic problems, like Power amp, now working without any
  • Updated AOSP/CM9 sources
  • (development info) New gralloc and hwcomposer
  • Updated Macław’s audio libriaries
  • FM seems to be working

Pre Requisites:

  • All the data present in your phone should be backed up as in the process of applying this update, the data might get either lost or corrupted. With the help of below mentioned steps you can easily backup the same. After updating with this release, the KIES won’t recognize the device as it’s a custom ROM firmware.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
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

  • Minimum charge left in the device should be at least 60% so as to ensure that device doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.
  • Enable the USB Debugging in your Galaxy ACE from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked.

USB Debugging

  • Disable all the antivirus suites in your computer and uninstall the same in your device as these tools generally tend to interrupt the process of firmware update.

Special Instructions to Users on Custom ROM Firmware:

  • It’s very important for you to be on the Rooted Firmware, as this firmware will only work on the rooted firmware. Ensure that you disable the Lag fixes if any installed from the recovery mode. You also need to ensure that the Dalvik Cache in your phone too is wiped off so as to ensure that just in case if any data cache is there that too is wiped off completely.
  • The recovery mode in the Galaxy ACE S5830 can be entered by Holding Menu Button and then Power ON the device. If the device turns ON in the normal mode then you need to try again to enter into the recovery mode.

So, assuming that you have followed all the above mentioned instructions you can now proceed to the next page where detailed instructions on how to update with the Cyanogen Mod 9 Beta 7 release is summed up.

  • dikshant

    playstore has gone after installing cm 7.
    now what to do
    plzzzzz tell meeee

  • casper

    i downloaded but the camera dont work it is amazing but will wait for the camera fix as i love to take pictures while on the move

  • Shobith

    And by the way this is a [DEV] rom as the thread in XDA implies. So, its currently only for developers and experienced users. Please wait till the final release as there are bugs which will make the people who update angry!

  • Shobith

    Beta 8 is released. Please note that camera does not work. Do not say that it works and it will not be fixed soon.

    • Pradeep Neela

      we only say as per what developer mentions!

      • Shobith

        Developer said that camera does not work on his bugtracking website and he also said that camera will have to wait as there are no hardware libraries available for Samsung Galaxy Ace in ICS.

  • Niraj Janee

    what about battery life ? Coz previously i was using CM 7 on my phone .. it was consuming too much battery ..

    • Pradeep Neela

      battery life has improved a bit but have more room for improvisation!

    • Pradeep Neela

      its improved a bit

  • Marc

    why are you posting updates that the camera is not working which is in fact camera is one of the important components in a smartphone… i’d rather have a stable launcher and a rooted stock OS than update an incomplete custom rom… crap…

  • afraaa

    dont need to answer several time ,,, that camera will fix,

    dont make your self tired , ppl will see the first answer about camera

    • Ramesh

      s ur right everybody waiting for about camera,

  • andreas

    Pws kamw update?

  • shailesh sharma

    cam not wrking. when will u fix this bug.

  • js112

    my wifi is not working wit this firmware,just keeps saying obtaining ip address any ideas,other than that this is a much better firmware than gingerbread.

  • AShik

    i tried to install it so many times but won’t work help……..!!!!
    It loads up to samsung logo then the logo disappear……….Help

    • Pradeep Neela

      root the device again and try!

  • 1958bru

    Why bother
    Dodgie payment system stupid adds with facebook google twitter who wants to use it

  • Ramesh

    Camera is not working, plz solve this probelm, otherwise its awesome,

  • congminh

    camera still doesnt work…help me!!

  • Amal

    Friend, I am using Samsung galaxy Ace with 2.3.6 version and interested to install this ICS version. what means “Dalvik Cache”. will i need wipe any cache memory in recovery mode?

    And in this beta 7 version camera work for my galaxy ace mobile?

    kindly reply me.

    • Pradeep Neela

      no, for some users it doesnt work!

  • chong jie wen

    is this version compatible with ace 2.2.1?

    • Pradeep Neela

      Yes its compatible!

  • Miguel

    I just install the firmware. Some bugs.

    camera: “can’t connect to the camera”
    Wireless: Terrible connection, disconnects all the time. I Have bad signal on my Home WIFI with this firmware (with 2.3.6 i had great signal)

    Fix wireless! Or i have bad configurations?

    Great job with the firmware, sometimes slow, but the visuals are great, and you did had so much work!


    • Pradeep Neela

      yes, all of these will be addressed in the coming builds!

  • vinay

    i am using rooted android 2.3.9, DDKQ6

    tried to upgrade it to ICS, it said 100% ready to use but the phone does not restart, just shows the samsung logo and then just a bright screen.


  • Abhijeet

    Camera still does not work……. Please help. Everything’s great. Resolve camera please

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes it should be fixed in the next beta release!

      • Ramesh

        when ll be next version release,, plz fix the camera otherwise this version is awesome

        • Pradeep Neela

          it will be releasing soon

  • rikilook

    camera dos not work

    • Pradeep Neela

      it will work in the next version!

  • Mithun

    heh i have updated my phone wid diz upgrade everything works well bt CAMERA its not working :( U said itz works well … help me plz…!!!

    • Pradeep Neela

      please wait till the next update or you can go back to the stock firmware!

  • ceci

    Camera don´t work!!

  • zaqtroy

    am still on the original v2.2.2 firmware can i use this rom or what am suppose to do before i update?

  • Tom Pedersen

    It went well with the istall part, but when I reboot, I was just a light blue screen: (

    • Pradeep Neela

      is it solved now after hard reset!

      • Art mayo

        i did it but the blue screen appears again

      • Peter

        I am having the same problem. Same goes for the beta 8. Light blue screen =(

  • dinesh kumar

    ur the first source says cam workin… but maclaw say cam will nt work…ur wrong plzz dont do this..delete this thread..its waste of tym for u givin wrong info’s .. f u c off

  • karuna babu

    is this version compatible with ace 2.3.6?

    • Yogesh Patel

      Yes, it is.

      • SGA_ics

        my camara doesnt work with the beta 7, when will be work!!!

        • Pradeep Neela


    • Art mayo

      my phone is 2.3.6 but CM 9 ICS Beta 7 Beta 6 and Myth ICS 4.0.3 v3.0 Custom doesnt work why?

  • Peter

    Hi guys, I tried installing this rom and managed to install it succesfully. However, I ended up with a blue-screen. Any ideas on what could I have done wrong?

  • dinesh kumar

    does camera works fyn in this?….

    • Yogesh Patel

      According to developer it works fine.

      • Shobith

        Lol…check your eyes!

    • ceci


  • anyview

    The source is of CM9, so is this considered Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich?
    What I mean is, when I download apks, will those that worked for Gingerbread work well on CM9?

    • Yogesh Patel

      Yes, it will work.

  • S Thiruvengadam

    Dear Sir, I already tried this firmware but the camera issue is still not resolved. What to do? And the automatic clock is not working. I will have to do it manually. Please help me.

  • nanang

    camera works??

    • Yogesh Patel

      Yes, it works!

      • koso

        camera not work

      • zul

        not for me

    • Ramesh

      no,, camera is not workong