A big advantage of running a custom ROM on your Samsung Galaxy S is that ROM developers come out with updates MUCH more often than official updates from Samsung or your cellular provider. This is a HUGE benefit as you get to have the latest software on your phone sometimes even hours after it is released. That’s markedly different from official updates, which can come 6 months later.
A good example of this can be seen with Samsung’s Froyo updates. Google released Android 2.2 Froyo at the end of May. Here we are 7 months later at the end of December, and in many markets 2.2 has just started to roll-out, or has not even been released yet. In the meantime Google has already released Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
That means all the 2.1 Eclair users out there are now running an operating system that is 2 versions old!!
Run a custom ROM on your phone however, and you get the newest software immediately. Darky’s ROM is currently based on the newest Froyo 2.2.1 firmware.
I would expect within a month we will start to see versions based on Gingerbread. Imagine how well that’s going to run on the Galaxy S. You are in essence going to have the Nexus S experience.
Darky’s Version 6.0 ROM was based on Froyo JPX firmware. 2 days ago Darky released Version 7.0 of his popular ROM, based on the newer JPY firmware.
Once you already have a custom ROM installed, upgrading to a newer version of that ROM is a Piece of Cake. All you do is save the file, restart the phone, and click on the file. That’s pretty much all there is to it.
Just follow these 3 simple steps:
1. Download and copy the ROM to your internal SD card.
2. Reboot into ClockWorkMod Recovery (easy to do with the phone shut-down menu.)
3. Click on the ROM zip file to flash it, and then reboot the phone.
That’s it. A very simple upgrade process, and in most cases you can keep all your user data, settings, and apps.
If you want to start with a clean slate, you can easily do a full wipe from the recovery menu before you flash the new ROM.
In the video below I do a full delete of all data, and then upgrade to the newer version 7.0 ROM: