How to Update Galaxy ACE S5830 with CM 9 ICS Android 4.0.3 Beta 8 Firmware

Galaxy Ace LogoBeta 6, Beta 7 and now here comes an all new version Beta 8 ICS firmware for Galaxy ACE which we will be checking out in the due course on how you can update with the same. Many users are facing with some random force close errors and it has been fixed in this. In the due course of this article, we will be checking out on what are the things which work in this firmware release along with the list of pre requisites followed by the tutorial on how to update in the next page. Ensure that you have already rooted your device before following the instructions.

Please be informed that this is not an official firmware update released by Samsung and also there is no ETA on by when developer will be coming out with a stable firmware update of ICS. There will be few issues with this firmware as its still in the beta stages but as soon as a stable version arrives, we will come out with the same.

Disclaimer: Neither we, nor developer should be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of following the instructions mentioned in this article. It’s very unlikely that there will be any issues but just in case if at all there are any issues then we are committed to help you in solving the same.

Change Log of Beta 8 Firmware:

  • Wifi should be fully working right now
  • YouTube HQ is working, first 5-10 secound of movie can be laggy (will be improved)
  • Really, really more free RAM
  • Again faster than ever ealier
  • new KGSL back port
  • new gen lock back port
  • new adreno framebuffer
  • new video decoder in kernel
  • improved file system cache
  • 800MHz is now default CPU clock
  • fixed overclocking bugs
  • added KSM for even better performance (enabled by deafult, you can disable it in Performance settings)
  • now we are using clean libgenlock
  • improved KGSL page table size


  • 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

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 70% 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

  • Just in case of you are on the custom ROM firmware, you need to ensure that you have disabled 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.

So, assuming that you have followed all the instructions you can now proceed to the next page where we have mentioned the detailed instructions on how to apply this firmware.

  • Rain Rainrayn

    i’m sorry sound not work

  • Vincent

    I followed all, but it’s always fail in the process, plz help!

    • Pradeep Neela

      you need to root the device before yopu apply this firmware

  • Drsajjadp

    I did as was adviced, but now the phone does not reboot, tried removing the battery too. The home screen never appears.
    Please help

  • totoy

    is there any news about the camera fix at CM9 Beta 8 ???

    • Pradeep Neela

      as of now there are some users reporting issues with the camera

  • Yash

    Does Wi-fi and Bluetooth work on this?

  • saravanan

    plz. fix the camera problem. it is not work for me.
    plz…fix it…… otherwise it is awesome rom….

  • Khai

    Youtube doesnt really work

  • Niraj Janee

    I did all the process to install CM8 beta correctly , reinsert the battery 2 – 3 times apply the update again … still getting blue screen !!!!!!!

    • Pradeep Neela

      have you tried after installing the custom recovery?

  • Khai

    I cant connect to the internet by 3g but if by wifi I can help ! :(

    • Pradeep Neela

      please check with the apn settings!

  • Nikk

    pradeep neela: in your earlier coment u mentioned cm9 beta 10 has arrived is it true?
    if yes than from were i can get?

  • Nikk

    Neal:do you mean to say cm 9 beta10 has arrived?

    • Shobith

      No. It has not arrived. He is blabbering something(maybe he is drunk or blind). Beta 9 will release this week!

  • julian wardle

    installed from zip file, cannot get past cm9 start screen help please

  • jonaah

    it just says failed to mount system

  • jonaah

    My phone says system aborted and is just going to a blue or black screen when turn on, wiping the data to take it back to factory reset isnt working. What do i do

  • Niraj Janee

    I think we need official 3.0 kernels for CM9 to get the camera.

  • Niraj Janee

    Can any one tell me plzz — Is Camera working in CM9 beta8 ?

  • Niraj Janee

    Dear Pradeep ,
    First of all good work keep going , you and ur developer teams working too hard for us .. Thank you to each & very member of u and ur team .. I am feel greed to install CM beta 8 on my galaxy ace S 5830 , but still waiting till the Camera error is fixed.. and me also worried about battery issues , previously i was using CM& & battery wouldnt last even 7-8 hrs :( ..Ny ways FEEDBACK is just to Thank you for your & your team effort .Cheers tp Pradeep Neela & his team !!

    • Pradeep Neela

      all credits to the Developers who develop the ROMS for all the users! They deserve all the credit!

      • Niraj Janee

        Thats modest of u !!

    • Shobith

      No. Pradeep Neela is not developing the ROM. A developer called Macleij(Maclaw) based on Portugal is developing the ROM. Pradeep Neela is just sharing the ROM so that people are aware of the ROM. For any bug reports, please contact Maclaw in XDA only. These people do not develop the ROM.

      • Shobith

        Based on Poland, not Portugal!
        Sorry for error.

  • cobba

    Followed all steps correctly. (Used many downloads from this website and they worked beautifully)

    My phone just turns onto a blue screen and stays there.
    I have pulled out battery several times and it still progresses to the same blue screen.

    Can anyone help?

    • Pradeep Neela

      beta 10 has arrived, update with the same!

      • Peter

        I am having the same problem with the blue screen. Help please?

      • Shobith

        No. It hasn’t. Please don’t try to fool people. Get your facts right.

  • Ramesh

    plz fix the camera

  • Ali

    I am using SAMSUNG GALAXY Ace s5830i, can use this update? is it compatible?
    My android version is 2.3.6

  • Ziad

    For whatever reason how do you revert to the original state of the mobile before applying this update? Currently my mobile is as bought from samsung.

    • Pradeep Neela

      you need to root and install the custom recovery image to apply this!

  • Hussein

    Camera and GPS does not work for me :(

  • afraaa

    aweeeeeeeeeeeeeeesome ROM AWESOME i am wondering why ppl didnt understand majesty of ics !

    i am using it as my daily ROM without camera even without vpn that is just like food in iran , this rom is beyond the imagination cant u see how speedy and smooth it works

    woooow today i had my star war for my xbox and kinect and i was like OMFG , this game is awesome and still wondering about cyanogen ICS for galacy ace , enjoy ROM without camera that even dont use 4 time in month .

  • Raja

    Daer Sir

    What ever the software that your ie Samsung companyis given is ok and updating also is ok but the main important thing is the Camera is not working and it is telling as Camera error cannot able to connect please do the software changes on Camera so it has to working after changing the software for 8MegaPixel at least

    Thanks & rgds

  • Shankar

    Good work but the camera does not work, Error : Could not connect to camera”.Even the mobile network/internet settings does not work.
    Please do check on these and reply me on my email if possible . Thank you .

  • yash

    so dis will updaye my ACE to Android 4.0 kya? n wen u sae backup everything..wat specifically r u referring to?
    plss reply

  • Shobith

    By the way, it’s 4.0.4!

  • Art mayo

    after the process is complete the screen turns blue, why??

  • dineshbhai

    is asmart phone four anroid

  • vivek

    Do we need rootes ddkq8 for upgrading or we can go with rooted ddkq6

    Or provide the link to roor ddjq8

  • vivek

    Do qe need rootes ddkq8 for upgrading or we can go with rooted ddkq6

    Or provide the link to roor ddjq8

  • S Thiruvengadam

    Hi Everybody. Go to the forum before download you will notice that the camera is not yet fixed.The new update looks fine sans camera. What is the use.Wait for somemore time

  • nagaraja

    can this be used on ace duos ach-i589?

  • Shobith

    No guys. Camera doesn’t work and it has not been fixed in this update.

    • Ahmed

      It will never get fixed ….. One of android experts confirmed that… !”
      :S. ..

      • Shobith

        It will be. XDA members Wayland_Ace and Maclaw are currently working on it! Will be fixed when 3.0 kernel is ported! ;)

  • Ahmed

    Plzz Answer me Honestly !!!! Do The Camera Works Perfectly ????