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Samsung Galaxy Y
Samsung Galaxy Y.jpg
Model Number: GT-S5360
Manufacturer: Samsung Samsung-icon.png
Release Date: October 2011
Operating System: Android Android-icon.jpg
Dimensions: 58 x 104 x 11.5mm
Weight: 97.5g
Chipset: Broadcom BCM21553, 832MHz CPU and Videocore IV GPU BCM2763
Display: 3.0" QVGA 240x320 LCD (~133 ppi)
Networks: 2G Network GSM 850,900,1800,1900
3G Network HSDPA 900,2100
Wifi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot functionality
Bluetooth: 3.0 with A2DP, HS
NFC: Not Known
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS
Video out: Not Known
Camera: 2 MP FF (No Flash) with Geotagging, Panorama, Smile Detection. Video @15 FPS
Secondary Camera: None
Internal Memory: 290MB RAM, 190MB NAND
Memory Card: microSD & microSDHC (upto 32GB)
Battery: 4400 mAh type Samsung 3.7 V Li-ion battery GB/T18287-2000
Additional Features: accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor, FM radio (87.5-108MHz) with RDS


SAMSUNG Galaxy Y (aka SGY or y-phone) was launched in October 2011. It is the cheapest smartphone available in the Galaxy series to-date. There is a specific reason behind the name of this handset i.e. 'Y' symbolizes 'Young'. The name clearly indicates that it is meant for the young generation. GT-5363 is a model variant with some minor changes in the design of the casing. PCB board name is totoro. Galaxy Fit has the same CPU. GT-S5360L and ...H are variants for GSM-900 MHz instead of GSM 850 MHz. The Y was derived from Galaxy Fit S5670 with the same CPU.


Galaxy Y features Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (currently upgradable to v2.3.6) with an 832 MHz processor. It has the SWYPE virtual keyboard pre-installed for quick and flawless typing. It also has a 2 MP camera and has been powered with Google Voice Search. The phone has a good touch interface and connectivity options such as 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro-USB. It also has a 3.5 mm audio jack. It supports up to 32 GB of storage via Micro-SD Card. 3G HSDPA speed's up to 7.2 mbps. Though the phone has no front camera for video calling, you can do so through IM clients like Yahoo! Messenger. It has a tethering feature which enables users to share the phone's internet with other Wi-Fi enabled devices. Overall, the phone offers a full smartphone experience. It is priced at ~ US$140. The USB jig consisting of a plug with a 301k Ohm resistor is reported to work in that it puts the SGY into ODIN mode upon boot in bricked state. Resetting the flashing counter works with an app or a manual procedure. SGY comes complete with USB flashing cable and charger - and in some countries a 2 GB mini sd-card. Accessories include extra battery chargers, colourful or rugged covers etc.


here is as list of stuff you cannot expect from the SGY even though it is a smartphone:

  • modem functionality - many phones such as HTC Hermes, Kaiser have way better modem functionality
  • ruggedness - SGY is not an outdoor phone, still quite OK
  • display of RDS data in FM radio is a joke (no history, too few characters displayed)

Flashing Guide

Using nandroids for backup and restore with CWM

The "SGY" supports "clockwork mod", a minimal OS mainly for recovery purposes, version for nandroid backup and restore.

Using ODIN to flash

Odin3 version 1.84 and 1.85 work OK with the SGY. higher versions of ODIN are not geared towards SGY and don't work properly with the SGY model.

Tips & tricks

  • safe mode: to disable non-system autostart services, boot up in safe mode

instructions: press power. wait approx. 20 seconds until first still boot logo disappears and boot animation appears instead. immediately press and hold MENU (left softbutton) until long vibe (i.e. for approx. 12 seconds). release MENU. the screen shows "safe mode" in lower right corner until power off. safe mode may conflict with some custom launchers.

  • MAC change (temporary until reboot) in root shell type

echo CA:FE:AF:FE:00:00 > /data/misc/wifi/

  • USB jig to plug into mini-USB socket powers up (de-bricks) the SGY into FACTORY MODE (like ODIN mode to download custom flash binaries). contains 301 KOhm resistor.

Stock ROM versions and issues with them

ROM version ...KL2

Custom ROM versions

The SGY kernel is open sourced. One overclocker kernel is already out : Merruk .

list of csc codes

Instructions to install version "KL2" firmware with CWM instead of ODIN

  • One may start out with BancetDev KI6 ROM (use ODIN v1.85 to flash it) as a confirmedly working base system for the SGY phone ("y-phone")
  • Download ... DXKL2.tar file from post #1 in this thread forum
  • On sd-card create in CWM dir a subfolder such as "KL2" e.g. /mnt/sdcard/clockworkmod/backup/kl2/
  • copy the files from tar-file in there (e.g. via bluetooth), namely:
    • nandroid.md5
    • .android_secure.vfat.tar
    • cache.rfs.tar
    • data.rfs.tar (large)
    • system.rfs.tar (large)
  • Boot into recovery console ("Android system recovery")
  • Run your via "run zip from sd" menu entry
  • In CWM menu (yellow text), choose "restore" and select above "KL2" directory
  • Execute the "restore" or "advanced restore" operation (restore system, restore data but probably not "sd-ext", restore boot is unnecessary) and
  • Reboot into a nice "KL2" system (i.e. PDA=...DXKL2 , CSC=...OLBKL2 , Phone is ...XXKI6 or untouched)
  • Do a full reset by dialling code: *2767*3855# then "pristine" device starts in English, extra apps are goners, asf.

USSD codes

import dozens of USSD codes in .vcf file from here:

  • *#06# IMEI Number Show
  • *#0*# LCD Test Mode. This allows to check working of all Hardware. (Works only on stock/stock based ROMs if lcdtest.apk is present)
  • *#272* your IMEI # reset to localized pristine state with choice of sales code (country) look up: csc
  • *#*#4636#*#* engineering menu
  • *#*#232339#*#* OR *#*#526#*#* OR *#*#528#*#* - WLAN test (Use "Menu" button to start various tests)
  • *#*#232338#*#* - Shows WiFi MAC address or look up in advanced wifi options menu
  • *#*#1472365#*#* - GPS test
  • *#*#1575#*#* - Another GPS test
  • *#*#232331#*#* - Bluetooth test
  • *#*#232337#*# - Shows Bluetooth device address