Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos users can now update their devices to Android 4.4.2 KitKat version through the custom ROM firmware. The successful model from Samsung which launched in January 2013 is currently running on Android 4.2.2 Jellybean officially. The update period of the device is already over so that it has a very less chance to get the official version of latest android version any time soon.
So if you are a Galaxy Grand Duos user and want to enjoy the flavour of KitKat on your device, your only option is to install the custom ROM on your device. There are various custom ROMs available for the device but our choice is the ParanoidAndroid (v4.0) ROM which is released by XDA developers recently. You can read the full functions of the ROM from here.
So if you have decided to flash the latest version of Android on your Grand Duos, here is the step by step guide to do the same. The procedure is simple and easy if you follow it properly. To install an unofficial custom ROM on any device it should be rooted, so if you haven’t rooted the device yet, do the same by following this article and come back. If you have a rooted device already you can proceed with the flashing method.
This article is meant for the Galaxy Grand Duos model number GT-I9082 running on official Android 4.2.2. So check your device number and OS version from ‘Settings > About Phone’ before proceeding further. Flashing this ROM on other untested devices may brick your phone or some functions of the phone may not work.
- Take the backup of important data and the current ROM.
- Charge your device battery to at least 70%-80% to avoid unexpected shutdown during the ROM flash.
- Enable the USB debugging from ‘Settings > Developer Options’.
- Install Samsung Kies for the USB drivers of Duos.
- Make sure it’s rooted and the latest version of CWM is installed.
- ParanoidAndroid ROM v4.0 Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- GApps for Android 4.4.2
How to Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos via ParanoidAndroid
Step 1. Download the ROM and Gapps files on your computer from the above links.
Step 2. Connect the device to your PC using the USB cable and copy the downloaded files to the root folder without extracting anything.
Step 3. Now switch off your device and then boot it to the Recovery mode. You can boot to Recovery mode by press and hold the ‘Volume Up + Home + Power’ buttons together until the manufacturer logo appears. Once you are in the home screen of CWM Recovery you can use the Power key to select any option and volume keys to navigate.
Step 4. Choose the option ‘Wipe data/Factory reset‘ and select ‘Yes‘ on the next screen, which will delete all the installed apps and data. Then execute the option ‘Wipe Cache Partition‘ and tap on ‘Yes‘ in the screen.
Step 5. In the next step, select the Advanced option from the CWM home screen and do ‘Wipe Dalvik Cache‘.
Step 6. Once the cleanup process completed, select the option ‘Install Zip from sdcard‘ and then choose the option ‘Zip from sdcard‘. Browse the location of the downloaded ROM file and select. It will ask for the confirmation and tap on ‘Yes’ to begin the installation.
Step 7. It will take some time to install the ROM, once it’s completed follow the previous step again and choose the Gapps file instead of the ROM file.
Step 8. After both the process completed select the option ‘reboot system now‘ from CWM main screen.
That’s it! Your Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos will now boot into Android 4.4.2 KitKat and you will be able to enjoy the latest features of Android.
You can ask us in the comments section, if you face any issues during the ROM installation. Also let us know your experience about the Android KitKat and the custom ROM.