1. BigBuilder99's Avatar
    Hi, I know this is an old, (try, ancient !), phone but I use it mainly for playing my MP3 collection. However, the firmware is old, old, and I've seen what a difference a firmware upgrade makes to the performance of the phone and the menu layout. And, no, I can't get this upgrade automatically in the UK for some reason that I can't figure out.
    So, I'm trying the manual install path and I've read the posts on the internet and have got as far as installing Odin 5.
    But when I try and download the .TAR file: XXMC8 Jelly Bean 4.1.2, I can't find a website that has it available despite visiting some (very), dodgy sites. Bizarrely, with some links I get re-directed to the Motion Picture Association of America. Very strange. I think someone may be watching me ?
    So, has anyone got the file or, a reliable link or, any other advice would also be welcome.
    Thanks.
    05-18-2018 10:40 AM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    Samsung never wrote a version of 4.1.2 or anything later for the Ace 2, so you won't find any. If you're good, you can pull the hardware layer off the phone and add it to a cut-down version of AOSP to get something newer, but in a phone with about 2GB of total storage, you're not going to fit any decent current version of Android. (Even stripped down, Android runs over 4GB now.) Consider the phone a phone and mp3 player - that's about all it's good for now. ( Inoe, I have a Precedent - about the same size, and about as useless.)

    As for the MPAA redirects, you probably went to sites that, at one time, had movies for download, and as part of the court settlement, those sites became property of the MPAA. (It's illegal to download commercial movies.)
    05-18-2018 12:02 PM
  3. BigBuilder99's Avatar
    O.k., thanks for this response.

    Sadly, I have 2 Ace2s, (although I have an S5 as my regular phone), and, you're quite right, I use the Ace2 as an MP3 player, mainly.

    A few years ago, I took one of my Ace 2s to the US. While there, and connected to one of the providers, it automatically downloaded a firmware update and is now running Android 4.1.2 quite happily.
    The Ace2 I left in the UK is still on Android 2.3.6 and I can't get it to upgrade to 4.1.2. I don't think that upgrade was made available to UK providers which is why I can't upgrade the phone. That's why I'm keen to upgrade it to 4.1.2 - but can't seem to get hold of the upgrade file.
    Any further comments/suggestions most welcome.
    Thanks.
    05-21-2018 04:31 AM
  4. chanchan05's Avatar
    I'm confused at what exact model you have. There is no Galaxy Ace 2S. There is only a Galaxy Ace 2. I see several download links here for the 4.1.2 update in the UK:https://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/...ce-2/GT-I8160/ depending on which carrier it's from.
    05-21-2018 05:00 AM
  5. BigBuilder99's Avatar
    Ahh, no, apologies, 2s is my attempt to convey the fact that I have 2 Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 phones so it's an attempt at the plural version of 2.
    And, yes, I've tried that link - but they want payment to download the file.
    And, yes, I'm trying to get it for free.
    Maybe I should go back to the US .... ?

    But, they do list firmware files for some UK providers so I'm now doubly confused why my Ace 2 hasn't automatically downloaded the update.
    05-21-2018 08:59 AM
  6. chanchan05's Avatar
    Ah yes, as the device is pretty old, they put a paywall for older device firmwares. But that's the best legitimate site for official Samsung ROMs. The only sources of ROMs I would trust for Samsung is either that or XDA. XDA will likely also have custom ROMs for your device.
    05-21-2018 12:10 PM
  7. BigBuilder99's Avatar
    Thanks very much for this further update.
    You've helped me narrow down my choices - to one.
    The XDA suggestion does, indeed have the file I'm interested in. Problem is that one link to the file itself has been blocked due to 'copyright violations', and the other link directs me to a string of code with the warning 'for developers only'. I've been called many things in my life - most of them impolite - but an Android developer isn't one of them so I'm steering well clear of that one.
    This leaves me with your other suggestion: Sammobile so, if I want to upgrade, I will have to bite the bullet and open my wallet .....
    Thanks again for your help - it's been greatly appreciated.
    05-22-2018 04:27 AM

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