Update Samsung Galaxy S to Android 4.2.1 via Helly Bean Rom [Guide]
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Samsung Galaxy S can now be updated to Android 4.2.1, the latest version of Jelly Bean via Helly Bean ROM. The Helly Bean ROM is built from the source of CyanogenMod 10.1 (CM10.1). However, this is an early build and might contain bugs or issues.

Readers looking to update a Galaxy S to this Jelly Bean custom ROM can do so by following this tutorial. However, IBTimes UK warns its readers that it will not be held responsible for damages to the device during installation. Please note this ROM and guide is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy S (I9000).


  • Ensure all important data is backed-up
  • Ensure device is rooted and has ClockWorkMod (CWM) custom Recovery installed
  • Enable USB debugging
  • Ensure all appropriate USBdriversare installed

To Install Android 4.2.1 Helly Bean ROM on Samsung Galaxy S

  • Download Android 4.2.1 custom firmware and Google Apps to PC
  • Connect the device to PC via USB cable and copy the zip file to the device's SD card
  • Unplug the device from the PC and turn the device off (to do so, press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons until you see a Samsung logo
  • Make a Nandroid back-up of the existing ROM by navigating to Backup and Restore > Backup
  • Perform data wipe once again (you can do so by choosing Wipe Data/Factory Reset and then choose Yes)
  • Choose Install Zip from SD Card > Choose Zip from SD Card. Navigate to and select the Helly Bean zip file. Once selected, confirm the same by tapping on Yes. Once the update is applied, the device will reboot by itself
  • Repeat this step to install Gapps package as well
  • After installation, go back to main recovery menu and select Reboot System Now to reboot the device and boot into Helly Bean Android 4.2.1 ROM

Congrats... the Helly Bean Android 4.2.1 ROM is now installed and running on Samsung Galaxy S.

[Source: Android Jinn]