Vibrant T959 is a Samsung Galaxy S variant sold by T-Mobile in USA. However, unlike other Galaxy S variants, Vibrant runs on Android Froyo 2.2. T-Mobile hasn’t even released a 2.2.1 firmware upgrade for Vibrant. On the other hand, Galaxy S I9000 was recently upgraded to Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 (XXJVS) firmware.
explodingboy70, a recognized developer at XDA Forums, has successfully ported the stock XXJVS ROM for Vibrant T959 named Simply Stock JVS 2.3.5. :)
Here’s the instructions on how to install this custom ROM on your T-Mobile Vibrant T959:
Warning: I M NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BRICKED/SMOKED PHONES. DO IT ON YOUR OWN RISK.
1: Start with a rooted eclair/froyo rom. (Dont ask me how to do this).
2: Install Gingerbread bootloaders from this page. (Do not skip this or else the phone will show RAINBOW colors while booting up).
3: Download Simply Stock JVS 2.3.5 from here and put it on your SD card/phone memory.
4: Go to Clockworkmod recovery and perform factory reset/wipe data, wipe cache and wipe Dalvik cache.
5: Install Simply Stock JVS 2.3.5 and reboot the phone.
6: Wait for 15 minutes before doing ANYTHING and reboot again. Enjoy.
Optional: Calibrate the battery. See this article for more info.
Update: Some users are experiencing bootloop after installing this ROM. In this case,
a: Reboot to Download mode by pressing the Vol Up+Power button and connect the USB cable to your PC.
b: Download Bullet GB Voodoo KERNEL from here.
c: Open ODIN (link below) and click on PDA and select the Bullet GB Voodoo kernel and click on Start. The phone will then reboot. Enjoy the new Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread ROM without waiting anymore.
Ever since T-Mobile has released the Vibrant 4G (T959v), they have stopped releasing any firmware upgrade for Vibrant T959. I m sure they will never release Gingerbread ROM for Vibrant. Low hardware phones like LG Optimus One and HTC Wildfire are being upgraded to Gingerbread but Vibrant is still at Froyo even though the specs are similar to that of the original Galaxy S I9000.
Shame on you T-Mobile. Thanks to XDA. :)
Download ODIN flashing tool: http://www.multiupload.com/5QR3X8PHWW
There is a new version of this build update to JVT.
- Faster (Overall speed and scrolling)
– Blue overglow effect
– Endless scrolling app menu
– Endless scrolling homescreen menu
– NO WIFI issue (Need feedback, replaced wifi files)
– Noise reduction / Better quality during Call (need more feedback)
– Browser is not crashing (I did a wipe install)
Download Simply Stock XXJVT 2.3.5: http://www.multiupload.com/5GM8SQPTQJ
What’s new in XXJW1:
Latest Samsung I9000 firmware JW1 2.3.6.
Talon SH JVR Kernel
Simply Honey Tweaks
Hacked Camera Mod
9 Statusbar Toggles
Nexus ICS Boot Animation
Added ICS theme GB Keyboard
(GPS Files are in place for use with Bullet kernel)
Everything else is stock as it comes.
Download XXJWI (New Link): http://www.multiupload.com/JTC3U42GQC
Remember to Wipe Data / Factory Reset before flashing the new ROM.
Flashing instructions are same as XXJVS (mentioned above).