How To Update Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 with Simply Honey 5.0 Custom ROM Firmware

Procedure to install Simply Honey in Galaxy S GT I9000:

  • After downloading the Zip file of Simple Honey you will get the two files which are Simply Honey Tar tar file and the Odin file. Just in case if it prompts you to enter the password at any point of time then enter the password as “androidadvices.com” without the inverted comas.
  • Once it’s done, open the Odin and turn Off the phone so that you can then enter your phone in the download mode. The download mode can be entered by pressing  down on Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. You can also refer to the video below to know more on how you can enter into the download mode. Just in case if the phone boots up in the normal mode then you will have to again try the process to get the phone into the download mode. For your convenience, we have even shown a video below on how you can easily enter into the download mode.

  • Now, next up, keeping Odin opened in the computer, you will have to now connect the phone which is in the download mode to the computer after which you will see that the ID : COM section will turn yellow which means that all the drivers which are necessary to update the phone are loaded successfully and you are now ready to proceed.

Odin for Simply Honey

  • Now select the tar file by clicking the PDA tab in the Odin, as soon as you do so you need to next up click on the “Start” tab. After you click on the Start you will see that the firmware will be updated and then within few minutes of time. Please note that its highly recommended that at this stage you should not interrupt the process or else there is a high probability that you will have to again follow the procedure to update the phone.

Galaxy S Connected for Simply Honey update

  • You will see that after 5 – 10 minutes the device will be updated and the same will be rebooting. Please note that at this point of time its highly recommended to not to interrupt the process of firmware update, if you do so then there is a high probability that you may end up bricking up the phone. If it hangs or doesn’t respond then you will need to again start the procedure from the start by removing the battery and then following the procedure.
  • After this the phone will get restarted and then you will now have to connect your phone to your computer so that you can then copy the downloaded file named “SimpleHoney-5.0-FullPack.zip” to your phone which we will see on how you can use the same for updating the firmware.
  • Now, after copying this file, you need to pull out the USB cable and then turn Off the phone to get into the recovery mode. The recovery mode can be entered by pressing  Volume UP on Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. For your convenience, we have also made a short video wherein after seeing that you can enter into the recovery mode.

  • Now, after this you need to get into the recovery mode and then select the option of “install zip from SD card” which you can go by selecting the Volume up / down key and can select the option by pressing the Power button which is there on the right hand side of the phone. As soon as you select the option, you will no need to choose the option of “choose zip from SD CARD” after which it will show all the zip files which are present in your phone along with other files. But from the list of files, you need to select the file which is named as “SimpleHoney-5.0-FullPack.zip”.
  • Now, as soon as you select the zip file, you will see that the application will start loading into the phone and then after a span of 5 – 10 minutes the device will be restarted. Please note that just in case if you are experiencing the battery issues in your phone then you will have to follow the procedure to re calibrate the battery which is a simple process.

That’s it as soon as the device is restarted, you can now enjoy the latest firmware version for your Galaxy S phone. Just in case if you were unable to update the phone then you can report the same to use but before that you need to try the procedure again to check whether you don’t miss out any of the steps which are mentioned. Do let us know in the comments section below just in case if you have any issues while updating the phone and we will try to solve the issues as soon as possible.

  • AlonZ

    Hi Neal,

    Does Simply Honey ROM support RTL languages like hebrew, can you set that locale?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      No, it doesnt support hebrew, i guess there is a separate patch for the same!

  • ravi

    Layar does not work. It crashes.
    Is it a problem with that app or the custom ROM

    Cheers. Ravi

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      UPDATE THE LAYAR APP!

  • tarsem saul

    HI NEAL I FOUND THE SOLUTIONS WITH MY OLDER POSTS, NOW MY NEW PROB IS I CANT INSTALL THE SIMPLE HONEY 5.0 FULL PACK?WHEN I CONNECT MY PHONE INTO THE PC, IT SHOW TO DRIVERS, F AND G…CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME?THANK YOU

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      we have just refreshed the link, kindly try once again!

  • tarsem saul

    neal i really need your help man, simply honey 5.0 is already in my phone but when i go to recovery mode, i cant even wipe my date, factory reset and reboot my system..pls help me? by the way my phone has different version of kernel compared to the screenshots,

  • tarsem saul

    Hi neall..as you hve said that the phone will reboot itself after installing the tar file, my phone doesnt reboot itself nor reboot manually..but when i restart my phone, it appears that the rom is already installed, can you please help me? and i hvent copied the the second files yet because when click it nothing’s happening.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      update with the Simply Honey 5.1 version!

  • ronanzki

    guys, Simply Honey is one of the stable ROM, however, you need to be carefully install it on your phone, and do read properly, no laziness is acceptable,,, or else you will have a non working phone and u will act like a cry baby over Mr. Neal :-)
    i did mine last month and it was stable, no need for u to do OC,, as it will cause ur phone at risk, just use it as per normal specs of 1000MHz,,, or if you want this forum thread, you can use this,,

    enjoy, btw new revision already is already done from the thread i give, it was 5.1 already..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      thanks buddy, we will surely update with the 5.1 version too!

  • Darwin

    Hi Neal,

    This is great ROM with lot of tools and utilities,but not good enough coz’ internet and GPS is a bit slow,in my experience, Custom ROM based on XXJVQ(Extra Ordinary ROM 3.3) is better in terms of internet and GPS they connect very fast but faces force close on phone after calling and battery life is short.
    On the other hand, Blockbusters improves battery life, and no force close had been encounter, loading of application is fast but can’t defeat Extra Ordinary in terms of internet and GPS.

    It would be great if Blockbuster or Simply Honey ROM’s can improved internet and GPS, anyways, this is according to my experience.

    Thanks… still look forward for new ROM’s

  • euchye

    Hi, what is the reason that CWM is 2.5 not 3.x like the other ROMs?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      cwm 4.0 has arrived, these versions only have significance for the new device support! basic functionailities wil remain same!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      higher versions support more devices!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      higher versions support more devices which were not supported in the last versions!

      • euchye

        thanks for the answer, relatively new to android. I really enjoy all these rooting, rom etc. In my opinion, jailbreak looks like kid stuff.

  • Tom

    Just updated to this ROM and its the best so far.

    Thanks again Neal for all the advice and more importantly for the easy to follow step by step instructions.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      THANKS TOM!

  • Aaron L

    oops, apparently u need to use the power button for a selection in cwn. thanks anywazs.

  • Aaron L

    Hi Neal , after performing the first part of this update, I can go into recovery mode but I get no response from any of the options. As a result in unable to flash the zip file. I also noticed that I’m on cwm 2.5 from 3 when i had rooted xxjvr. Can I root this rom with cwm 3 and try to install the fullpack file?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      you cant get cwm untill and unless you root the phone! first you need to root the phone and then the CWM will be installed automatically!

  • Mahmud Koya

    Hi Neal,
    My SGS GT-I9000 was on XXVS2.3.5 also rooted as per your tutorial here. Now I have downgraded to xxjvr2.3.4 in order to get the ROM SIMPLY HONEY5.0 and succeeded. It has totally cahnged my phone’s look and performance. My advice for all SGS GT-I9000 owners is undoubtedly to go to this FW and ROM.

    Thank you Neal verymuch, awaiting more magic from you.

    Mahmud K

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      thanks Mahmud for your kind words!

  • Amit Saini

    Hi Neal,

    I have two queries. I have update the phone galaxy 1 to Simple Honey using the attached file but unfortunately i checked the partition box & used the PIT and PDA files as well. did i created EXT4 partition on phone???? I am facing certain issues:

    1. Not able to access android market
    2. Speed slow. clocking at 1300 only on quadrant
    3. Phone restarting itself

    I know i did some steps wrong. Would really appreciate if you can guide with the correct steps.

    many thx in adance

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      1. apply the update once again!
      2. sometimes quadrant speeds are not reliably measured!,
      3. try updating once again and issues will be resolved!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      1. apply the update once again!
      2. sometimes quadrant speeds are not reliably measured!,
      3. try updating once again and issues will be resolved .
      let us know if problem persists!

  • dr.pramod

    Thanks,Neal….got the proper downloads this time and installed without any hassle.

    just one query…do we need to convert from rfs to ext 4 or is it not needed…

    thanks…

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      its not required to convert, is your issue sorted out?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      sorry for inconvenience caused!!

      • dr.pramod

        thanks……yeah,no issues as of now

        thanks again

  • Amit Saini

    Hi Neal, Thanks for the updated file…. i am able to see instructions given in the downloaded file. Do we need to follow those or the one given in on website here??

    Plz advice…

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      no, just ignore that!

  • Sameer Khojla

    the issue not fixed yet i tried lots of times plz i need this can u give me other link

    thanks

  • Sameer Khojla

    some strange files not 2 files as u described and issue not fixed yet i tried lots of times plz i need this can u give me other link

    thanks

  • dhondup

    Hi there,
    is it fixed yet thanks

  • sam

    Hey Neal,

    Its my third download but again same file ????

    only Folders;
    ……………
    META-INF
    system
    updates
    ……………

    Wht happened ???

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      are you unzipping twice?

      • sam

        no simply downloaded and unzip once and got only those folders !!!

        i can see via winrar inside that downloaded “Simply_Honey_5.0_Odin_AndroidAdvices.zip” file which consists only those folders no any odin or .tar file, so i don’t think that you unzip once or twice, u only get those folders.

        check ur upload plz. You have lots of followers so Don’t let them down Neal :)

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          we will fix it as soon as possible!

  • Francois

    Hi there,

    I’m using a samsung galaxy s gt-i9000 on rooted 2.3.5 xxjvs, are there any custom roms for this? if so, please would you tell me which ones they are and where they can be found?

    Thank you!! :)
    Francois

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      soon, custom roms will be rolling out, stay tuned to androidadvices.com!

  • Michael

    Downloaded file “Simply_Honey_5.0_Odin_AndroidAdvices” a number of times but don’t get the required files after extracting. Kindly fix the bug as a few other made the same complaints, though you have instructed to download file again but the problem persist

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      what are the files you are getting after downloading?

      • Michael

        i’m getting these folders: system, data, and META-INF

      • dr.pramod

        same problem….downloaded thrice …getting only the following…
        1.META INF
        2.SYSTEM
        3,UPDATES
        explored the files ,,,still no odin or tar files

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          you just need to unzip one, not twice!

        • dr.pramod

          there are two files..
          1.“Simply_Honey_5.0_Odin_AndroidAdvices….150.78 mb..containing META-INF,SYSTEM and UPDATES but no tar and odin files
          2.SimpleHoney-5.0-FullPack.zip”…..58.856mb containing DATA,META-INF and SYSTEM files

          There is a problem in the link provided because all other readers are having the same problem….tar and odin files are missing…
          Please do look into the matter….thanks

          • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

            we are working on it!

  • Michael

    Downloaded zipped file “Simply_Honey_5.0_Odin_AndroidAdvices” a couple number of time and still don’t get required files after extracting. Please help with this issue as a few other people have the same complaints. you instruct to download again but the bug still seem to be there………

  • tony

    Hi neal
    have down loaded the file 5 times and still the wrong files no tar and odin files

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      first file you need to extract to get the tar file and the second file you will have to directly apply the zip!

  • Sunny

    I am facing a unique issue. Whenever i try to connect my phone to laptop using usb cable to use phone 3g services, it opens kies, media player or connects phone as mass storage depending on what i have chosen in usb settings. I am able to use it on froyo 2.1 plz help!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      What is the default option, USB or mass storage?

  • harsha

    hi neal

    i have downloaded the file for more than 5times the sysytem ans meta folders are there but there are no tar file and odin

  • Hassan

    still waiting for reply

  • Ryan

    Dear Neal,

    Thank you for your regular updates and very informative posts. I particularly like the ones that focus on custom ROMs.

    Unfortunately, after a while it’s rather difficult to recall what the differences/improvements each of the variants offer. I notice that many of your readers also often ask queries that relate to this issue.

    If it is somehow possible, could you please create a “comparative report” post, for all ROMs that you’ve reviewed in 2 months, for a specific phone (say, the Galaxy S) ?

    It could be very useful indeed – and I’m sure your readers would be HUGELY grateful too ! :-)

    Thanks & keep up the great work !

    Ryan

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      each and every update doesn’t come with the change lag as these are the beta updates, so it will be difficult to make a detailed report on what things have changed and what not!

  • Hassan

    same problem. just downloaded again but all i got after unzipping are three folders namely
    META-INF
    SYSTEM
    UPDATES.
    thats all.. no odin or tar file. pls help coz i just flashed down my device from 2.3.5 to 2.3.4 xxjvr for this….

  • ad

    me too i have downloaded both rom files twice and i have the same problem

  • kibao

    Hello… Thank you for the updates… I downloaded the zip file twice and still no tar file please assist. thank you

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      we are fixing it, check after Sep 17, 00:00hrs!

  • nekt27

    when i download simple honey odin file and extract it i dont get a tar file

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      kindly download the files again, yes you need to flash it via odin!

      • nekt27

        i have downloaded both rom files twice and i have the same problem the files are almost the same without tar or odin in it

    • Peewo

      Same problem here. I don’t get the Odin or tar files.

      • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

        kindly download the file again!

        • kibao

          same here third time today no odin or tar files

        • Peewo

          Hi Neal,

          Downloaded the file twice and still no Odin or tar files. Obviously there is a problem with the link. Please don’t advice me to download again unless the problem has actually been corrected.

          • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

            we are working on the same, check the same after September 17 2011 00:00 hrs, it will be fixed!

        • Peewo

          Hi Neal,

          Downloaded the file twice and still no Odin or tar files. Obviously there is a problem with the link. Please don’t advice me to download again unless the problem has actually been corrected. Anyway I went straight to install the simplehoney 5.0 full pack onto my phone. So far the phone is working fine.

  • ryan stratford

    Neal;
    Would you recommend this over the 2.3.5 update?

    What are the benefits of both?

    I’m currently on the galaxy s2 rom on my GT I9000 and have to say I’m not impressed so many force close errors freezing etc.
    Need some help finding the best most stable rom/firmware any suggestions?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      2.3.5 is better if you dont want any add on apps which are mentioned above! its all up to you! Go for 2.3.5 XXJVS!

      • ryan stratford

        Ok think i will Try it out. Is ther a way to get the same sort of blue theme and layout as with the Honey rom? I think the battery icons also would be good if i can have 2.3.5 along with the same sort of layout as Simply honey.
        Is this possible?

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          yes you can update with this ROM!

  • kuber chib

    did any one try? what abt the quadrant scores and battery life?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      Battery Life is better and Quadrant score too!

  • Bharat Ghankutkar

    How To Update/root Samsung Galaxy S GT I9003?

  • Ghamaraj Luitel

    Hi Neal,
    Is it for XXJVS 2.3.5 ?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      no, kindly follow the instructions carefully!

  • Mark Conroy

    I cannot seem to get the correct file. The download has the correct name, Simply_Honey_5.0_Odin_AndroidAdvices.zip, but is actually exactly the same, apart from the name, as the SH-5.0-FullPack.zip file I also downloaded.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      Odin one contains all the files!

  • rambo

    simple honey zip file does not have a tar file

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      follow the instructions carefully!

  • miks1141

    I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO INSTALL THE SIMPLE HONEY 5.0 ROM FIRMWARE .

    I GET THE MESSAGE E-SIGNATURE VERIFICATION FAILED. I FACED THE SAME PROBLEM WHILE INSTALLING 5.5 BLOCKBUSTER ROM

    CURRENTLY I AM ON 2.3.4 XXJVR

    PLEASE HELP

    THX

  • Kartik Iyer

    swype keyboard seems to be missing, how can i get it in?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      we will soon update you on the same!

      • Kartik Iyer

        Any updates?

  • Princezapps

    Thank you for the valuable information.
    I have the XXJVS 2.3.5 firmware on my phone.
    Will the update to the Simply Honey 5.0 be possible?

    If yes, do I need to reinstal the XXJVP2.3.4 before doing the update for the simply Honey?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes, you need to re install the same!

  • Ghamaraj Luitel

    Hi Neal,
    It is Exiting news.

    Is it for the XXJVS 2.3.5 too or only for XXJVR 2.3.4?

    Can I install it to XXJVS 2.3.5?

    Thank you.
    Ghamaraj

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      its for XXJVR!

    • Yogesh Patel

      No, you can’t install it to XXJVS 2.3.5, you need to have XXJVR 2.3.4 installed first!

  • sam

    Hey Neal where is the tar file to add in Odin ?? seems like its a zip file to update from CWM ???

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      KINDLY DOWNLOAD THE FILES ONCE AGAIN!

      • sam

        Neal, again the same files no .tar file
        Please make sure about ur upload !!

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          hey sam, kindly unzip the files to get the tar!

  • gaurav chaudhary

    It looks good. can you pls tell about the battery life for this ? coz its not mentioned anywhere? so that I can proceed

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      battery life is good!

  • harsha

    hi neal
    when i extracted the zip file of simple honey there is no tar file and odin

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      download the files again, there was an issue which is now fixed!!!!

      • Sameer Khojla

        Zip file of Simple Honey after download some strange files not 2 files as u described and issue not fixed yet i tried lots of times plz i need this can u give me other link

        thanks

  • Marcus

    Hi Neal.

    I downloaded the two files but the 1st one, Simply_Honey_5.0_Odin_AndroidAdvices.zip which is around 150Mb
    doesn’t contain the two files mentioned.
    It has folders such as META-INF, system etc.

    Regards

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      download the files again! Sorry for inconvenience!

  • Paddy Padmanabhan

    HI
    I have already updated to 2.3.5 firmware. Thats means I can go for this custom ROM unless I am ready to go back to 2.3.4.
    Is it. Please confirm.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes you need to go back to 2.3.4 for custom rom!

  • callisto

    Hello neal
    is this rom better than the blockbuster roms

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes its better as it has more default apps!

  • Alan

    So Simply Honey is based on 2.3.4? I’m kinda confuse after reading