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Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 is a mid-range budget smartphone launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS in February 2012. The handset was highly targeted towards those consumers seeking to avail decent features at affordable price tags. Though it has been launched a year back, the handset has not got any official upgrade due to hardware limitation.
Good news for all Galaxy Ace 2 users as the unofficial Jelly Bean custom ROMs are available for the smartphone. According to a SamMobile report, the handset can be upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and enjoy the user experience. The leaked Jelly Bean firmware is a confirmation that assures the users that the handset will receive Jelly Bean upgrade soon.
Currently running on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, if Galaxy Ace is upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, it is definitely a giant leap and it is for sure that users will avail an overhauled and revamped user interface and features.
Definitely, the Jelly Bean upgrade will bring about new features including Google Now, the new expandable and contractible notification panel, blocking mode, lockscreen app shortcuts, camera enhancements, Project Butter and more.
It is always recommended to wait for the official rollout of upgrades by Samsung, however, for those users who are eager to try their hands on Jelly Bean experience in Galaxy Ace 2, it can be done by downloading and installing the leaked firmware XXMB2. But, ensure that you backup all the files stored on the handset prior to installing the upgrade.
How to update Galaxy Ace 2 with unofficial Jelly Bean 4.1.2 firmware?
Step 1: Download Samsung KIES and install the proper drivers for your phone on your computer.
Step 2: Download and install Odin on the computer.
Step 3: Download the update file from here.
Step 4: Extract the firmware file on the computer.
Step 5: On the PC open Odin.
Step 6: Turn off the phone.
Step 7: Reboot it into download mode.
Step 8: With the Galaxy Ace 2 in download mode use the USB cable and connect the device with the computer.
Step 9: Take a look on Odin: the "added" message should now be displayed and the ID:COM section should be either yellow or blue.
Step 10: If different, it means that something went wrong; so you will have to disconnect the devices, turn off Odin, reinstall the drivers and then repeat the procedure from the beginning.
Step 11: Then, from Odin, select "PDA" and pick the "I8160XXMB2" file and "CSC" and pick the "I8160OXAMB4" file.
Step 12: Don't make any other changes; click on "Start" to begin the update process.
Step 13: When it is done, on Odin the "pass" message will be displayed; you can unplug the USB cable and reboot your phone.
The first time the handset is rebooted after installing the firmware, it might take few minutes and then it will prompt to set up the Gmail and Samsung accounts. Once all the information is provided, Galaxy Ace 2 will come with the new Nature TouchWiz UX.
Reminding the specs of Galaxy Ace 2, the handset comes with a 3.8 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 800MHz dual core processor, 4GB internal storage, 768MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G and a 1,500 mAh battery.