Aug 9, 2011

Install Android Gingerbread 2.3 in Samsung Galaxy 5 [I5500/I5503] without rooting

Before going through this post i will suggest you to read previous post for froyo update in samsung galaxy here

The Galaxy 5 I5500, also known as the Corby I5500 has been around in the Android world since June 2010. The phone is one of the lower-end budget friendly Android devices out there who’s time is running out as new devices and ROMs arrive on the scene. However, XDA-Developers forum member subpsyke has recently ported the famous CyanogenMod 7 custom ROM on to the Galaxy 5 which has just given the device a new lease of life. More on the ROM and how to install it after the break.

The release is CM 7.0.3 based on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread but far from perfect. In no way is this ROM meant as a daily driver, but for those who know their way around ADB, recoveries, ODIN etc., can give this ROM a try and provide the developer with feedback that could help in fixing the bugs or issues that remain. So if you do wish to give it a try, let us point out the working and broken features.

Working features:
* GPS [1]
* WiFi [2]
* WiFi tethering
* 3G
* Sensors [3]
* Brightness controls* Video
* Audio (recording and playback)
* Touchscreen (no multitouch, don't ask because I'm not working on it)
* Root
* Camera (and video recorder)
* Bluetooth [4]

Partially working features:
* Telephony [5]
* Microphone [6]

Not working/unknown features:
* Radio
* MAD Team EXT4 app2sd [7]
* SIM Contacts / SIM Toolkit
* Kies – note: you should never expect a custom rom to work with Kies – Cyanogen or otherwise. You can always downgrade to an official ROM to restore Kies compatibility.
* Hardware encoding/decoding (video acceleration).

[1] GPS does not work with the newest Americas baseband ending in JP9. Check your version at Settings -> About phone -> Baseband. If you have the new baseband, you should downgrade to the JP2 baseband to get GPS (and possibly also 3G) working correctly. GPS is confirmed to work correctly on all European basebands (so far).
[2] WiFi functions properly (connect/disconnect, signal strength and mac address are all working correctly). There may still be problems with automatic reconnection from idle states, and if you quickly turn off/on the WiFi device, DHCP may be slow to connect. I'm still working on these problems.
[3] Although the sensors seems to work fine, the sensor daemon is draining battery like crazy. With sensors enabled, the phone does between 800-1000 wakeups a second. With the sensors turned off, the phone does just 70-80 wakeups a second (note: less wakeups = less battery used). Until this daemon problem is fixed, I recommend that you consider disabling the sensors (Settings -> Display -> Auto-rotate screen) for maximum battery savings. Another problem: you must toggle (turn back on and off) this setting after each reboot, or else the battery drain will continue even though the sensors are supposed to be turned off :/.
[4] Your Bluetooth MAC address will not be correct on the very first start (i.e., the first boot after doing a data wipe). However, on the next reboot (and all future reboots) it will use the proper address. In future I hope to resolve this small problem.
[5] When you first boot the phone, if you receive a call and try to answer with the hardware keys, your phone will reboot. You can clear this bug by making an outgoing call after you first turn on the phone. If you do this, the bug will not return until you turn off your phone. If you receive an incoming call but you forgot to clear the bug, answering with the touchscreen controls instead of hardware keys may not cause a reboot.
[6] The microphone beside the earpiece is activated instead of the microphone at your mouth. This means that callers may have problems with call quality, since they're listening to your ear . Until this bug is fixed, I recommend you practice telepathy with your friends (maybe the earpiece microphone will help transmit your thoughts).
[7] I won't add MAD Team app2sd support until this rom is stable (i.e., the microphone, reboot and battery usage bugs are fixed). This should only be used for testing, not for regular use, so I don't want to encourage people to use it so heavily. You can still use Cyanogen's built-in app2sd (the "Move to SD" button) - it's more advanced than Froyo's.

this steps are similar to froyo update that got a huge success for galaxy 5

-->>ODIN installed on your
-->>Samsung USB drivers installed. Download USB drivers for 32 bit Windows | For 64 bit Windows.
-->>CyanogenMod 7 ROM.

  • To begin, download the ROM from the link above and extract it to find a .tar file.
  • Run ODIN, check the One Package option and click on the One Package tab choosing the .tar file you extracted in step 1 when prompted. (If you’re coming from a Froyo or Éclair based ROM, be sure to do a factory reset.)
  • That done, put your phone in download mode by taking the battery out, putting it back in after 5 seconds and pressing the Volume Up key, Center button and the Power button at the same time.
  • Once done, connect it to the PC via USB and click on Start in ODIN.

Once the ROM is flashed, the phone should reboot into CM7. The first boot will be slower then normal and you may see a bootloop but that is normal.

this is similar to this steps...just the .tar file will be different..and u will get gingerbread in your device

note::i personally not suggest u to try this with your phone that is on daily use..if u have another phone for stand by then u can try it for sure ,,it is working great..i have tried it my self.

thanx to for thr support..

by - hemal modi


the link above doesn't work anymore.

hi..Im college student, thanks for sharing :)

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