Galaxy S I9000

How To Update Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 with Xtra Long Battery Amestris ROM v3.5

Amestris ROM LogoIf you are in search for a custom firmware for your phone then you have come to a right place as in the due run of this article we will see on how you can taste your phone with the final and stable version of custom ROM called as Amestris ROM which has the version number as 3.5. There are quite a few number of enhancements which this version of custom ROMs comes along which we will see in the due course of this article. While the Froyo was themed and was wet in the blue colour, Gingerbread in the green colour, this Amestris custom ROM is fully filled with the Orange colour which i think is really a nice visually appealing one as shown in the screen shots in page number 2 of this article.

Just in case if you wish to know all the features which this phone comes along then the below listed features might just grow on you to make you move applying this update for your phone. Just like its earlier version of firmware, this version of firmware too is based on the Gingerbread 2.3.4 XXJVR Edition. Also, additionally, note that this ROM Firmware is not in any manner is released by the Samsung Electronics as this is as it’s a custom made ROM built by various developers. Also, this update of Amestris ROM can only be applied by the users who have rooted their Galaxy S GT I9000 powered with the XXJVR 2.3.4 version.

It has been found that several times many users tend to apply the updated for the wrong phone. So, before proceeding to apply this update, ensure that you only apply this update for Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 and not to any other similar phones like Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000M or I9000T or Captivate or even to Mesmerize etc. We take no responsibility in what so ever manner in whole or in parts if you still proceed with the updation of device. So, ensure that you don’t proceed with the instructions if your phone is not Galaxy S GT I9000.

Please note that If you are not sure of whether the version you are On is XXKG6 or not then you need to head to the path from your phone which is Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version where you will find the version of Android OS where it will show XXJVR 2.3.4

How to Check whether the Phone is Rooted or not?
The simplest and the easiest method to find this out is to find for an application called the Super User application in your application list which will be in the skull shaped icon. If you are able to see this application in the application list then that means that the device is rooted and you are ready to proceed with the procedure of applying this update.

Disclaimer: We take no responsibility in any manner if any damage occurs with your phone which is a very unlikely event if you follow each and every single instruction which is mentioned in the due course of this article. Although if at all there are any issues then do report us in the comments section and we will help you in solving the same.

Note: In the process of updation you will be losing all the data which is SMS, Contacts, Music, Videos and Pictures if they are stored in the phone. All the contents stored in your external SD Card will stay intact and no contents will be modified in the external SD card. Additionally, all the APN Settings as well as the MMS Settings too will be erased, so you need to ensure that you are noting all this settings somewhere so that you can then restore the same by configuring it manually once the firmware updation process is done.

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102 Comments

102 Comments

  1. chandy s

    January 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    hi neal I am getting the follwing message in recover mode.
    efs backup
    assert failed:is_mounted(/mnt/sdcard)
    E:Error in /sdcard/Amestris_version3.5.zip.
    (status7)
    installation aborted
    helppppp plllsss

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      you need to root the phone before applying this!

  2. Jitin Rathod

    November 15, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    HI NEAL
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE ABOVE INFORMATION. NOW MY DEVICE IS RUNNING SMOOTH, NO CALL DROPS, INTERNET IS WORKING FINE, BATTERY RUNS FOR A LONGER TIME, BATTERY CHARGES VERY FAST, TILL NOW EVERYTHING IS SUPER COOL BUT THERES ONE ISSUE I CANT CONNECT TO THE GOOGLE SERVERS AFTER THE UPDATE PROCESS, AS IT IS NECESSARY TO ACCESS VARIOUS APPS AND ONE MORE IMPORTANT THING PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU SUCCESSFULLY ACTIVATE LIVE WALLPAPERS ON GT-I5801.

    THANK YOU

    • Jitin Rathod

      November 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      sorry i commented on the wrong post it was actually for gt-i5801

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

      as of now due to hardware limitations, it doesnt support live wallpapers!

      • chandy s

        January 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm

        neal I am having the following problem regarding
        efs backup
        assert failed:is_mounted(“/mnt/sdcard”)
        E:Error in /sdcard/Amestris_version3.5.zip.
        (status7)
        installation aborted
        what should I do?
        plsss help.

        • Pradeep Neela

          January 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm

          we are working on the amestris version and will be coming out v soon!

  3. jubin

    October 17, 2011 at 6:23 am

    hi
    im using samsung galaxy gt i9000. i bought this phone in middle east. it has 2.2 froyo baseband version is i9000jxjpb and kernel version 2.6.32.9 root@se-s606 #53 build number is froyo.jpjpa. i want to upgrade the frimware to 2.3.4 xxjvr gingerbread, but when i connect it to kies it shows not upgrade for this version. so im planning to upgrade it with odin but there are plenty options to upgrade so which one should i select and plz give me the link to get into it

  4. mark callaway

    October 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    HI Neal, Ive already installed this rom and im having a problem when charging my phone. The problem is, my phone shows that its already charged(100%) but when i unplug it, it shows 95%,97 or 98%, what could be problem?help please

  5. tarsem saul

    October 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    HI Neal, Ive already installed this rom and im having a problem when charging my phone. The problem is, my phone shows that its already charged(100%) but when i unplug it, it shows 95%,97 or 98%, what could be problem?help please

  6. Jenni

    October 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Best custom rom I have tried in terms of battery life, however, I have noticed that several apps keep automatically popping up in the active apps (running even without user intervention) – I noticed this on the go widget which monitors apps opened… this was very odd hence I changed to another rom. Currently on Darky now – more stable but batt life is not as good as amestris.

  7. Hamsheed

    September 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Hey Neal,

    I have been facing an issue with the gallery ,After opening it shows loading and then says no items.

    this happens at times is there a fix.

  8. john

    September 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Hi, Neal

    Does Amestris v3.5 support to install tw4.5 launcher?
    For the voodoo lagfix, may i know how to install it?
    Lastly, when you’ll post the latest Amestris rom (v3.6 or v3.6.1)?

    Thank you

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm

      yes it does support!
      you need to download Voodoo tool from market
      as soon as it arrives in stable format, we will update with the same!

  9. Sunil

    September 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Hello Neal

    Amestris ROM 3.5 is very beautiful rom,
    I am facing the problem of tethering and portable hotspot,
    plz rectify this problem because I dont want to change this ROM

  10. Hamsheed

    September 13, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Hey Neal,

    Does Amestris ROM 3.5 come with Voodoo Lag Fix..Or Does It have to be Installed Seperately.

    I have Installed Amestris ROM but could not find the Voodoo Option in the Recovery Mode.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      no, you need to additionally fix it!

      • Hamsheed

        September 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm

        Can you please advise how to install voodoo and from where i can download the file

        • NeaL Pradeep

          September 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm

          you can install voodoo from market after installing the custom rom!

  11. Alin

    September 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Da forced closed dupa dialling .

  12. Sujith

    September 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Hey ,

    Does The Amestris ROM come with Voodoo lag fix… Or Does it hav to be done seperately.

    Is the new release of 2.3.5 worth using over amestris. or any other custom ROMS.

  13. Sunil

    September 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Hello, I updated Amestris ROM 3.5 but I am faceing the problem in Mobile AP showing error, if I disable use packet data, it show but it is useless,
    and sometimes I encounter the force close program in email,

    Please rectify this problem because this rom is very beautiful and low battery consumes.

    pls send me email if you have any solution for the above said problem

    Thanking you

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      we will soon come out with the new version!

  14. Sreehari

    September 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

    This is mya first custom rom .. thanks to you .. look good especially the cathode ray burst while clicking sleep button (reminds me of nexus s ) . hey ! but my power control widget is not working 🙁

  15. hamsheed

    September 12, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Hey Neal,

    I Installed 2.3.4 XXJVR and rooted my phone also. do I have to run the Performance fix zip file posted on the other link by you before flashing the amestris ROM 3.5.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 12, 2011 at 9:11 am

      no, its ok as if you have followed the instructions then there will be no issues!

      • Hamsheed

        September 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

        Does Amestris ROM 3.5 come with Voodoo Lag Fix..

        • NeaL Pradeep

          September 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm

          yes hamsheed it comes with the Voodoo!

  16. YC

    September 11, 2011 at 7:01 am

    I read another post where the owner has Darky ROM 10.3, and I have 10.2. Neal responded to wipe EVERYTHING, does that include Dalvik Cache?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

      yes, if you are changing to another ROM then wipe even the dalvik cache!

  17. behzad

    September 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    is farsi available on base of this rom?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      no, its not available in this version!

  18. kenband

    September 10, 2011 at 6:31 am

    hi Neal,

    after install the rom, I didn’t notice any extra long battery life, what should I do after flashed the rom to get the extra long battery feature? do I need to select the “CPU: conservative Gov” in the tweak app?
    need helps thank you

  19. Kenband

    September 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Hi,

    Just install the amestris v35, but at the lock screen when i try to slide the “Einherjar” the phone freeze and reboot.
    I tried flashed again, but it still the same. how to fix this?
    thanks

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 17, 2011 at 11:16 am

      have you checked with any other version?

  20. PyroPhreak

    September 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Neal

    Can i flash the same extras package that was given with EO 3.4 on the ROM? Would like to have the sgsTool and other apps.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

      yes you can flash the same! it will come by default!

  21. Aaron L

    September 9, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Updated to Extra ordinary rom 3.4 on Galaxy i9000t. I know the instructions said it was not applicable to this device but I felt left out. Anyways for the most part it work good except that I was not able to make a data connection and some menu keys were not visible.

    I am now considering block buster 5.0 or amestris 3.5, battery life and ability to connect to kies is a must which do you recommend?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 17, 2011 at 11:58 am

      hey aaron, this is not valid update for I9000T!

  22. raju

    September 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    hey neal i installed this firmware in ma Samsung galaxy s gt i 9000 now the problem is i don’t find any YouTube videos downloading software from market using this firmware. like tubemate, tube x etc. plz tell me how to solve this problem

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      you need to again download the apps from the market!

  23. Anil

    September 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    For users experiences battery drain in their Android phone. This could be because of goggle map with new version (4 and above). You can check (main > Settings>about Phone>Battery use). IF maps is showing high usage please remove updates and install again while charging phone. You may have to do multiple times till you dont see main in high usage (Dont ask me why).

    This gave me almost double of battery life. Good luck.

  24. Janno

    September 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    It sucks 5.0 blockbuster is better?

    just a question im going to update my i9000 to 3.5 amestris, or is it so called extra ordinary rom 3.5? im confused @.@

    anyway, my i9000 still be on ext4 partition?

    thanks neal! next update please give us the best and STABLE rom that even you wanted to use! 🙂

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      have you tried clearing the cache and applying it again?
      no, the partition will be changed to RFS!
      Sure buddy we will try our level best to cover the same!

  25. Kartik Iyer

    September 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I see that 5.5 has been released on XDA site, is it worth trying? Any inputs on that?

  26. Kartik Iyer

    September 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    which is better 3.5 or 5.0 (block buster) and why?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      5.0 is better than all of them as of now! A new version too will be coming soon!!

  27. raju

    September 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    hi neal flashed this firmware but

    USB tethering and AP tethering is showing error. both not working in this firmware

    kindly comment regarding this problem and i just cleared both cache and did factory setting but even after that this is not working

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      have you tried flashing the ROM again?

  28. Umer

    September 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

    the battery is much better than EO 3.4 UI is pretty smooth as well, the only problem,,YOUTUBE. may be that is the reason it has long battery coz no on is able to use YOUTUBE 🙂

  29. Kartik Iyer

    September 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I already have 3.4 ROM on my phone, will 3.5 contain everything that 3.4 contains + extra stuff, or is any of 3.4 features is removed?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 7, 2011 at 9:53 am

      all features are carried forward to 3.5

  30. Muhammad

    September 7, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Brother every thing works fabulous but the lock screen on the home screen with call, lock, silent, message(einherjar). brother the einherjar doesn’t work at all on the lock screen.the screen goes black after a minute it returns to lock screen. i am using it for a week now & i discovered it today. except that every thing is more than expected good battery life, fast response etc etc. i don’t know if i am only experiencing the glitch

    • Kartik Iyer

      September 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      I am also experiencing the same, neal, any inputs?

      • NeaL Pradeep

        September 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

        what issue you are facing??

      • zeny

        September 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm

        Hi Neal

        Same problem here, message(einherjar)- d minutes i swipe it, it looks like itself will auto restart , all receiption cut off for time being then back to norm again. it does not go to message at all..

        another one – started pre install adobe reader, it force close somehow..

        Anyway , thx for the great Rom! Keep it up Neal, hoping all these feedback can better enchance the phone performance to the limit! 😀

  31. zeny

    September 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    oO… Neal… Thk u for the superb rom , can i root it using the same xxjvq?

  32. Sachin

    September 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Hey Neal

    thanks for the detailed instructions..worked perfectly. i love this forum, its simple and user friendly.
    Just 2 doubts about this update. Do we need to clear the cache after this ROM upgrade? and it seems like adfree android dosent work after the 2.3.4 update, any clue to that?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      it should work, have you chosen that option in ANdroid Market Place!?

      • Sachin

        September 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm

        yes.. let me try again

  33. Umer

    September 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    whenever i open YOU TUBE app on my SGS after flashing with custom ROMS , i open any video BUT only one plays back, THE IRISH WOLFHOUND ,,why why why ??? 🙁

    help needed !!!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      that script is not supported due to no support from the developer of this ROM!

  34. andrew

    September 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Some of the apps you have to reinstall after flashing this rom

  35. Umer

    September 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    It was all OK but now starting to give me FORCE CLOSE ERRORS and even some apps GALLERY & MUSIC are not opening today, anyways will get it flashed once more, if the problems persists will go back to EO 3.4 which was perfect.

    • Umer

      September 6, 2011 at 10:13 am

      flashed it again,working pretty nicely now.

  36. harsha

    September 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    hi neal
    should i convret the ext4 filesytem to rfs while updating from extrodinary 3.4

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      yes you need to convert for better speed!

  37. Umer

    September 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    No one is posting any comments on this article, wonder why….?

    • Colpro

      September 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      It is easily installed if the procedure is followed.
      Like any other ROM it has it’s pro’s and cons.
      I like the battery life, a couple of the apps. inculded. Phone clocked at 1376 (quadrant) which is more than double Std.
      Apps open and close quicker.
      Three things I miss (and preferred in ExtraOrdinary ROM) are the blue increment line when phone powered on, the full screen stand-by mode picture and the notification bar at the top of the screen was green – now orange (I don’t like orange).

      Colpro

  38. Colpro

    September 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Neal
    Updated successfully. Great. One problem:

    Android Market ( com.android.vending ) has error “Force close” whenever I select it.
    I have gone through the update procedure 4 times.

    Can you help??

    Colpro

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      from the manage applications, clear the data and cache of that application!

      • Colpro

        September 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

        Fixed – thanx Neal, for quick reply.

        NEW QUESTION
        How do I go back to ExtraOrdinary 3.4? (If I want to at some time).

        Colpro

        • NeaL Pradeep

          September 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

          simply place the file in your phone and select the same to update!

  39. SAsha

    September 4, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I have Complete_2.3.3 XWJVB_Package on_GalaxyS GT I9000 installed can i also update directly ?
    Thanx and grate work with the firmware so far the only site that works for me.

  40. jayesh

    September 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Hi neal,

    I updated this new firmware.Buy my gtalk with video is not working
    I get camera icon for call,but not able to call and video.Please let me know what to do for that?

    jayesh

    • abhishek

      September 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      Hi neal, same problem is with my phone, i am getting camera icon on my friends name but neither they are able to send me video calls nor i can send vcall to them. When i click camera icon against my buddy name, screen becomes black and come back after 5-6seconds with no results.

      Pls help

      Thanks
      Abhishek

      • NeaL Pradeep

        September 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm

        YOU ARE CURRENTLY WHICH VERSION OF AR?

        • abhishek

          September 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm

          ar v3.5 downloaded the file from this site only

  41. Manu

    September 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Can i use KIES application to restore the contacts, videos and photos backed up previously after the Amestris ROM v3.5 update ?

    Does kies recognise the device after updating it with custom rom ?

    i am using XXJVR stock rom and i could not find the ‘import contacts’ or ‘backup contacts’ in the contacts menu inside ‘more’ as explained in http://androidadvices.com/how-to-backup-contacts-in-android-phones/

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      no, kies won’t be recognizing the phone after updating with this version of firmware!

  42. Kath

    September 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Al these options are very tempting to me.
    But I’m not familiar with this Amestris roms so I have a couple of questions:
    Does it support the Dutch language?
    Does it also still has the SWYPE text input method?
    Can I keep using the Go Launcher EX?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      yes it has swype and yes rest all you can customize the phone!

  43. adlibitum

    September 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Everything works smooth and fine!

    P.S.: “Quadrant Standard” points on my “SGS-I9000” for

    “BlockBuster 5.0 Custom ROM Firmware” = 1350

    “Xtra Long Battery Amestris ROM v3.5” = 2150

    🙂

    • Maniz

      September 5, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      I don’t really care Quadrant Standard score, it doesn’t reflect the performance of your devices, if lag fix is on score will be high. What I care is battery life, GPS, wifi and mobile networks, and bugs. I am happy with 1400 QS score if these things are better. Currently using stock XXJVR with semaphore kernel 1.6, will you believe it battery life of my SGS is 36 hours after more then normal (almost heavy) use?? But QS score is only 1450 🙂

      • adlibitum

        September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

        Hi, Maniz !

        I agree with your comment! Indeed, you are right! But, as you see my main aswer [about] “Xtra Long Battery Amestris ROM v3.5″ is that „Everything works smooth and fine! And I wrote „Post Scriptum“ some additional info, knowing that „Quadrant Standard score“, doesn’t reflect the performance of the device.
        Before all, I would like to write that I‘m fan of all which is better than before in broad sence. For this reason I like to experiment and to try different tnings. For instance, as for now, I had tried all proposed firmwares and ROMs as well for SGS-I9000. My last favourite was “Extra Ordinary ROM v 3.3”. But the drain of the battery and some occasional force close errors continued my search for something better.

        🙂

        So, straight to the point – the performance according to my (e.g. my observation) of SGS-I9000 on “Xtra Long Battery Amestris ROM v3.5″:
        # When is full charged the display show me [for instace today], that battery life has 62 hours.
        # GPS : from 10 to max 15 seconds for primary location (for „Google Maps“ and „Sygic 3.0 Aura“ as well). And after that the GPS-navigaton work without no interruptions.
        # The Wi-Fi connection is also perfect and stable.
        # As for now, I have not seen any force close errors or bugs and so on.

        🙂

        I know that this sounds too good to be true. It doesn’t matter, because I don’t want to convince anyone of anything. Moreover, I’m looking forward to the next new firmware or ROM to try it.

        Greetings!

        • adlibitum

          September 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm

          P.S.: It is clear but anyway – “aswer” to be read “answer”.

  44. Radi

    September 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    PLEEASE, where can I purchase this hardware ROM ? And how to root the phone? Nobody answered to my previous question.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      which hardware you are talking of?

    • Rash

      October 16, 2011 at 5:05 am

      What phone and model do you have..
      Updating your phone ROM you need correct download files according to your phone model and country you based in..
      This website has links on how to root your phone..
      Also custom ROM is updated not purchased via Odin or other methods..
      What kind of hardware?? I think you meant to say firmware
      Any questions reply back

      • NeaL Pradeep

        October 16, 2011 at 9:40 am

        the next version of ROM is coming up within the next 24 hours, stay tuned for more!

  45. Satish Nayak

    September 4, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Can i update with XXJVR patch file newly arrived for bug fix and then update with this ROM?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      no, you cannot update with this ROM!

  46. Satish Nayak

    September 4, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Call i update with XXJVR patch file newly arrived for bug fix and then update with this ROM?

  47. Umer

    September 4, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Thank you Mr. Neal 🙂

  48. Umer

    September 4, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Hi Neal, thanks thanks 🙂

    Currently on EXTRA ORDINARY ROM 3.4, after following the procedure of wiping of cache e.t.c. Can I flash the zip file in RECOVERY MODE, as already base version is XXJVR. OR do I 1st need to do the whole thing again i.e go back to stock ROM, root it and than install the zip file. ?????

    Thanks

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 4, 2011 at 11:17 am

      yes you can update directly!

      • adrian

        September 4, 2011 at 11:08 pm

        how about on darky 10.3 can i directly install this one?

        • NeaL Pradeep

          September 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

          NO, WIPE EVERY THING FROM RECOVERY MODE AND THEN APPLY THIS UPDATE!

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