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Phone [ROM] [KK] [UNOFFICIAL] CarbonRom for the SGH-I777/SGH-959G

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11th August 2014, 11:39 PM   |  #1  
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YOU HAVE NOW BEEN CARBONIZED

Built from the Carbon source, these unofficial builds will be updated weekly. Maybe more if time permits or there are any huge changes to be incorporated. Built specifically for our devices, no ports here anymore. This should allow it to run a bit better than a rom that was technically built for another device.

And now, on with the show!

About Carbon
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CarbonRom is an aftermarket firmware based on the Android Open Source Project. We are dedicated to fast, stable, and feature-filled roms, honesty and communication with our users, and openness with our code. We like frequent builds, with the very latest and greatest hardware support and fixes. We strive to not only provide you with the best rom we can build, but also to give back to the Android community and our fellow developers. For us, this is about creating something we can be proud of and hope you will enjoy.

Please feel free to look at, build, and use our code on CarbonDev GitHub. and on our Gerrit CarbonDev Gerrit.

We would like to thank CyanogenMod for their device trees, framework/settings mods and their code that was incorporated into this project. We also extend our gratitude to the devs whose code that we have incorporated. Proper authorship has been maintained and can be viewed on our repository.

Special thanks also go to Slim Rom for some of their features, PA, AOKP, and anyone else we may have borrowed commits from that hasn't been mentioned here. If you feel you have been unfairly left out, please - let us know.

While we make every effort to test these builds as much as possible, we are not responsible for anything that may happen to your device, family, pets, or perception of reality. We ask that you do your part to know your device and know how to recover from problems before you flash! If you have questions, ask your fellow users or ask us in #teamcarbon on freenode IRC.




Carbon Features

All of our features can be found on our site here:

Here are some screenshots:

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Carbon Updates
Join us on these Social Media Channels to keep yourself up-to-date on all the latest Carbon news, updates, contests, and more! Join our completely open Google+ community for insider conversation with devs and other users.

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***NOW BUILT WITH ArchiDroid OPTIMIZATION STARTING 11/07***
Many thanks to @JustArchi for his commit regarding optimizations in Android builds. What are these optimizations? Check out THIS THREAD for more details on what this entails. In most basic terms, this optimizes code within the build a lot more than the traditional flags set by the code I build from. You may not see a doubled AnTuTu score, or doubled battery life. But this provides a lot more stability and smoothness than simply using the Sabermod toolchain that is also included in these builds. So props to him for this commit. Go give the man some thanks!


Special Thanks
Let me do this first and foremost before moving on with the downloads and installation instructions. This would not be possible without the help and guidance of a few other talented builders here in our community, and without the help of those who tested this before it was posted.

Thanks to @rogersb11 and @cyril279 for helping me out along the way. Their guidance and support have been most beneficial, and without that help, this thread wouldn't be here. So if you thank me, be sure to thank them too!

Thanks to the entire Carbon Team for the hard work they put into building such an amazing AOSP rom.

Thanks to my testers, @cyril279, @edwin270, @rogersb11 and @dsteele for being brave enough to be the first people outside of myself to take this new build for a spin.

To anyone else who has helped me along the way in my Android experience and journey from noob to only partially, just a bit of a noob. Your guidance and support has been appreciated more than you could know.


Download and Installation Instructions

As always, neither I, nor the people thanked in this thread, nor your neighbor are responsible for anything that may happen to your device including, but certainly not limited to: Soft Brick, Hard Brick, Exploding Batteries, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, raining porcupines, or male patterned baldness.

**IMPORTANT: If you are coming from ICS or JB, you MUST upgrade your recovery BEFORE flashing this rom. See below for compatible recoveries**

CWM - 6.0.4.4+
TWRP - 2.6.3.0+

For SGH-S959G

CWM - 6.0.4.5 from here
TWRP - 2.6.3.0 from here

1) Download the latest build from here (Current Build: 11/07 ). Older builds can be found here.

2) Download the Gapps pack of your choice. (I personally use Slim Minimal 4.4.4 which you can find here). But feel free to use whichever Gapps package you prefer.

3) FULL WIPE if coming from any other rom. If updating, wipe cache/dalvic before flashing, unless stated to do a full wipe.

4) Flash the ROM package

5) Flash Gapps package of your choice

6) (Optional) Reboot recovery, wipe dalvic/cache. (Recommended if you are coming from a custom kernel build.

7) Reboot device and enjoy the goodness.


SPECIAL NOTES

This will flash with the stock CM kernel with CWM Recovery, which many people find a little laggy. There are custom kernels in the forums that you can flash after the rom if you want more control, performance, stability, etc.

This is built straight from the source code found on the CarbonDev Github. The only things that have been changed are the removal of CarbonDelta and ROM Stats. Since these are unofficial builds, not supported by the Carbon team, these two apps really serve us no purpose. All updates will need to be flashed through recovery.

All bugs or questions should be reported to THIS THREAD ONLY. Do not send questions to the Carbon Team as this is not an officially supported device anymore. So don't bother them. Bother me instead.

For general CarbonRom questions, check out the FAQ.

That's all I have for now. If you enjoy this rom, please hit that thanks button and inflate my ego a little bit.

Happy flashing!



ROM: CarbonRom (Unofficial Builds)
Android Version: 4.4.4
Kernel: Stock CM Kernel Source
Built by: @TheGeekyNimrod
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Here we go...booting as I type...
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Here we go...booting as I type...

Woo hoo!

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Woo hoo!

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747

OK, I don't have a BT device, but almost everything seems very smooth and functional. USB connections/transfers seem fine, and mobile data almost seems fine. I can download web content in the browser, but never could get the playstore to download any apps. It pulled up and went through the steps to say it was downloading, but the app never actually got pulled down.

Pretty good stuff to this point though...

Also, it didn't set up my google account when I was setting it up, that's usually an included step. I didn't realize it til I opened the Play Store and then it went through the Google setup.

Edit: rebooted and a playstore download started up... it just seems a little finicky about beginning to pull. I don't have full signal at home, but was getting 3 of 4 bars most of the time.
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That sounds more like just a bum install of Gapps. Especially if it didn't ask for Google Account right off the bat. I've had that happen before. Usually not a rom or Gapps package issue, but just something hanging in the flashing process.

Glad to hear everything else went fine. I'll do another fresh install on mine in the morning and see if the same issue crops up.

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OK, I don't have a BT device, but almost everything seems very smooth and functional. USB connections/transfers seem fine, and mobile data almost seems fine. I can download web content in the browser, but never could get the playstore to download any apps. It pulled up and went through the steps to say it was downloading, but the app never actually got pulled down.

Pretty good stuff to this point though...

Also, it didn't set up my google account when I was setting it up, that's usually an included step. I didn't realize it til I opened the Play Store and then it went through the Google setup.

Edit: rebooted and a playstore download started up... it just seems a little finicky about beginning to pull. I don't have full signal at home, but was getting 3 of 4 bars most of the time.

For network I am always on 2g unless i do want to use the phone data( which i mostly never use, always on wifi). Sure 3g signal is not so strong from within your room.

When done with rom flash, I made it boot first. Then went ahead to set it up without google account, when back to recovery and flashed gapps.
Finally, after changing to "art" runtime I launched playstore then did setup my google account.

So far, so good............just about to pull my battery stat, to be sure it last as it should be. All my apps are running great so far.

NOTE: be sure to wipe/factory reset 3 times. Since previous gapps could be left untouched. I again make sure i wipe data, cache, dalvik cache again respectively, so to be certain.
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Let me know how the battery stats look. I haven't really tested that, but mine is running with the RB11-Shift kernel so it would be different than if I had the stock kernel with it.

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Well, baking overnight and possibly stronger signal downtown seems to have cured whatever mobile data issue I was having. I've done a couple of d/l's here at work, and it jumped on them fairly quickly, and the transfer rate seemed in line with what I normally get.

Did they include Heads-up?
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Let me know how the battery stats look. I haven't really tested that, but mine is running with the RB11-Shift kernel so it would be different than if I had the stock kernel with it.

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Had I decent amount of random screen lighting up lol. I have a logger running now so we'll see what happens. Other than that I've been pushing this thing

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