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.

114 Comments
  1. Reply AlonZ December 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Hi Neal,

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 7, 2011 at 12:58 am

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

  2. Reply ravi October 9, 2011 at 4:32 am

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

    Cheers. Ravi

  3. Reply tarsem saul September 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 30, 2011 at 10:16 am

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

  4. Reply tarsem saul September 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    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,

  5. Reply tarsem saul September 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    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.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 30, 2011 at 10:52 am

      update with the Simply Honey 5.1 version!

  6. Reply ronanzki September 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

    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..

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 29, 2011 at 10:16 am

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

  7. Reply Darwin September 29, 2011 at 1:54 am

    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

  8. Reply euchye September 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm

      higher versions support more devices!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm

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

      • Reply euchye September 29, 2011 at 10:42 am

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

  9. Reply Tom September 27, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    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.

  10. Reply Aaron L September 26, 2011 at 7:23 am

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

  11. Reply Aaron L September 26, 2011 at 6:44 am

    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?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 26, 2011 at 9:48 am

      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!

  12. Reply Mahmud Koya September 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    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

  13. Reply Amit Saini September 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 26, 2011 at 10:10 am

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 26, 2011 at 10:10 am

      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!

  14. Reply dr.pramod September 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    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…

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      sorry for inconvenience caused!!

      • Reply dr.pramod September 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

        thanks……yeah,no issues as of now

        thanks again

  15. Reply Amit Saini September 20, 2011 at 11:06 am

    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…

  16. Reply Sameer Khojla September 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm

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

    thanks

  17. Reply Sameer Khojla September 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    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

  18. Reply dhondup September 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Hi there,
    is it fixed yet thanks

  19. Reply sam September 19, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Hey Neal,

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

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

    Wht happened ???

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 19, 2011 at 11:45 am

      are you unzipping twice?

      • Reply sam September 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm

        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 :)

        • NeaL Pradeep September 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm

          we will fix it as soon as possible!

  20. Reply Francois September 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 19, 2011 at 1:12 am

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

  21. Reply Michael September 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 19, 2011 at 1:22 am

      what are the files you are getting after downloading?

      • Reply Michael September 19, 2011 at 2:58 am

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

      • Reply dr.pramod September 19, 2011 at 5:36 am

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

        • NeaL Pradeep September 19, 2011 at 9:17 am

          you just need to unzip one, not twice!

        • dr.pramod September 19, 2011 at 11:27 am

          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

        • NeaL Pradeep September 19, 2011 at 11:49 am

          we are working on it!

  22. Reply Michael September 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    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………

  23. Reply tony September 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 19, 2011 at 1:21 am

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

  24. Reply Sunny September 18, 2011 at 9:08 am

    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!!!!!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 19, 2011 at 1:42 am

      What is the default option, USB or mass storage?

  25. Reply harsha September 16, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    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

  26. Reply Hassan September 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    still waiting for reply

  27. Reply Ryan September 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      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!

  28. Reply Hassan September 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    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….

  29. Reply ad September 15, 2011 at 7:04 am

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

  30. Reply kibao September 15, 2011 at 1:59 am

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

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

  31. Reply nekt27 September 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 14, 2011 at 11:34 pm

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

      • Reply nekt27 September 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm

        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

    • Reply Peewo September 15, 2011 at 9:18 am

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

      • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 15, 2011 at 10:07 am

        kindly download the file again!

        • kibao September 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

          same here third time today no odin or tar files

        • Peewo September 15, 2011 at 6:48 pm

          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.

        • NeaL Pradeep September 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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

        • Peewo September 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm

          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.

  32. Reply ryan stratford September 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    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?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      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!

      • Reply ryan stratford September 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

        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?

        • NeaL Pradeep September 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

          yes you can update with this ROM!

  33. Reply kuber chib September 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      Battery Life is better and Quadrant score too!

  34. Reply Bharat Ghankutkar September 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    How To Update/root Samsung Galaxy S GT I9003?

  35. Reply Ghamaraj Luitel September 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Hi Neal,
    Is it for XXJVS 2.3.5 ?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      no, kindly follow the instructions carefully!

  36. Reply Mark Conroy September 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    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.

  37. Reply rambo September 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    simple honey zip file does not have a tar file

  38. Reply miks1141 September 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    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

  39. Reply Kartik Iyer September 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      we will soon update you on the same!

      • Reply Kartik Iyer September 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

        Any updates?

  40. Reply Princezapps September 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    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?

  41. Reply Ghamaraj Luitel September 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      its for XXJVR!

    • Reply Yogesh Patel September 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

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

  42. Reply sam September 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm

      KINDLY DOWNLOAD THE FILES ONCE AGAIN!

      • Reply sam September 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

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

        • NeaL Pradeep September 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm

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

  43. Reply gaurav chaudhary September 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

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

  44. Reply harsha September 14, 2011 at 8:43 am

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 15, 2011 at 12:13 am

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

  45. Reply Marcus September 14, 2011 at 6:46 am

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 15, 2011 at 12:12 am

      download the files again! Sorry for inconvenience!

  46. Reply Paddy Padmanabhan September 14, 2011 at 4:42 am

    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.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 15, 2011 at 12:11 am

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

  47. Reply callisto September 14, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Hello neal
    is this rom better than the blockbuster roms

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep September 15, 2011 at 12:21 am

      yes its better as it has more default apps!

  48. Reply Alan September 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm

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

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