Samsung Fascinate smartphone powered by Verizon Wireless users can too now take a break from the age old Gingerbread firmware as in the due course of this article we will be checking out on how you can actually install the latest ICS Android’s Jellybean 4.1.1 firmware for which we bid a big thank you to the XDA Senior Member Stephen.k.spear who has come up with this update. Over a period of this article you will have to make sure that all the pre requisites mentioned below are followed step by step so as to make sure that the update is applied successfully.
Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible or liable for any damage happened to your device due to not following the instructions. It is very unlikely that there will be any damage to your device if you follow all the instructions.
Unfortunately there is no ETA given on whether VZW will ever push the Jellybean 4.1 firmware update for the device but all thanks to the developers who will be constantly fine-tuning the overall experience so that you can make the most out of your device. For applying this device, you will have to root the device. To check on whether the device is rooted or not, you can check the same from the app called “Root Checker” which can be downloaded from the Google PLAY Store. Once the device is rooted, the warranty will get void. The only way with which the warranty can be reclaimed is by re applying with the Official firmware verison which you can note down from the path “Settings > About Phone > Firmware version”
All the data in your Samsung Fascinate smartphone should be backed up with the help of below steps. Once you have created a backup of all the data, connect your device and place all the backup files in your computer. Once the backup files are copied to your computer, disconnect the same.
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”
From the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”, you will have to enable the USB Debugging in your Samsung Fascinate. Minimum battery left in your device should not be less than 50% and also make sure that all the antivirus suites are disabled / uninstalled preferably.
If you have installed the Samsung Dive then you will have to install the same again. Also, note down the APN Settings if any as you may have to configure it again after the update.
Assuming that all the above mentioned instructions are followed, you can now head to the next step where we have detailed a brief guide which will help you to apply this firmware update in your device.
Procedure to Update Samsung Fascinate with AOKP Based Jellybean 4.1.1 Firmware Update:
- Download the AOKP Jellybean 4.1.1 Firmware Package & Google Apps package from here to your computer. Once downloaded, you now will have to connect your phone to the computer with the help of original USB cable and place these two zip files in your phone.
- Disconnect the device and turn off the phone so that it can be entered in the recovery mode. You can also enter into the recovery mode with the help of the ROM Manager app which you can download from the Google PLAY Store.
- Samsung Fascinate smartphone can be entered in the recovery mode pressing and holding the Volume Up + Volume Down and then press the Power button to enter the device in the recovery mode. In recovery mode, you need to select “install zip from sd card” > “choose zip from sd card” to select the Jellybean 4.1.1 firmware package and then the Google Apps package.
- Once the file is selected, it will take around 4 -5 minutes for applying the update. It will take longer time than expected for the device to reboot as it’s the first time the device will be booted. It may get stuck on the Samsung or VZW Logo for quite a while.
Note: If the device gets into the boot loop sequence or say gets stuck in the welcome screen, just re insert the battery and re follow the above instructions so as to again follow the above mentioned instructions.
So to check now whether the firmware is updated successfully or not, you can check the same from the path “Settings > About Phone and Firmware version”. Do share with us in the comments section just in case if you face any issues as we will try our level best to sort out the same.