How To Install Android 4.4.4 on Samsung Wave 2


Surprise? You’re reading it right. The badadroid project has been successful after all. With the untiring efforts of third-party devs, you can now enjoy Android on your old Samsung phone. And just a few days ago, the guys from CarbonDev released a custom ROM that could bring your Samsung Wave 2 back to life. I’ve been using the said ROM on my Wave 2 for a while and I can’t believe my eyes up to now while creating this blog post.

We all know that Bada 2.0 is much better than the older version. But after flashing the CarbonRom, I never look back. The experience is buttery smooth, no lags of whatsoever. You can now use your Wave 2 just like any Android phone, install apps from Google Play Store or even change your phone’s theme. Kudos to all the devs involved in this released. You guys are great!

 Tip: Search for Samsung S5 theme and install it via Nova app to change the theme of your Samsung Wave 2. Nova app is already included in the CarbonROM. 

The instructions presented here originally came from a post by hero355, an xdadev member and one of the guys in Team Carbon. If you prefer reading the original instructions, then visit the xda forum post by clicking this link.

Warning: Similar to any attempt of flashing a custom ROM on your phone, no one should be held liable in any damage this might brought you. So please follow the instructions carefully and always make a backup of your data. 

Samsung Wave 2 running on Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS.

Samsung Wave 2 running on Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS.


  1. Prepare your computer. Download the Samsung USB drivers and install. You might need to uninstall first the drivers on your computer. For each install or uninstall, reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. While rebooting, do not plug your phone via USB cable.
  2. Download Multiloader 5.65 and install. Normally, you will get an archive file so all you have to do is to extract the app from there. Run this app. Connect your phone via USB cable.  Click “Port Search” and make sure that your phone is detected.
  3. Prepare your SD-card. Format it with FAT32 file system. You can do this by using a card reader with your SD-card inserted then plug reader on your PC.
  4. Download the ROM, Kernel, Normal Kernel, Bigmem Kernel and FOTA file from the xda forum link provided above.
  5. Copy all Kernel files (*.img) and ROM ( file to your FAT32 formatted SD-card. Do not extract the contents of the archived file. Just copy and paste.
  6. Change your firmware to Turko CFW 10.2 using Multiloader. This firmware is similar to Bada 2.0. This step is important because official firmware won’t allow you to use the CarbonRom. I’ve tried that already. You can follow the steps in this post in flashing this custom firmware on your phone.
  7. After successfully flashing the custom firmware described above, put your phone in Download mode for the second time.
  8. Flash the FOTA file using Multiloader. Let the phone reboot itself.
  9. What you will see next is the Android recovery screen. Follow these steps. “Install” -> “Choose zip with ROM” -> “Swipe to Confirm Flash” -> “Home”. Then go to “Wipe” -> “Advanced Wipe” -> “Check data” -> “Repair or change File System” -> “Change File System” -> “Ext4” -> “Swipe to change” -> Back -> Back -> Back -> Back. Then go to “Reboot” -> “System”.

What do you think of your new Samsung Wave 2 powered by Android Kitkat? Isn’t that wonderful? If you want, you can donate to hero355 by visiting the original forum post or by clicking this link – Donate to Hero355. I’ll post the screen shots later. So far I have no issues with phone. All features are functioning correctly except for video recording and playback which can be solve by installing MX player. The only (minor) problem that I’m experiencing is that the phone will prompt you that it cannot find the boot.img file if the battery is near empty. If this happens, just charge your phone and reboot and everything will be back to normal.

Hats off to all devs responsible for this release!



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    Nov 1, 2015 @ 9:57 am

    Have anyone successfully update their wave 2 bada os to android? Please post your success stories here and indicate also if I omitted some steps in my post.

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    Apr 19, 2015 @ 5:44 am

    Hi Ebrahim, in summary you have to change your Bada 2 firmware to Turko CFW 10.2 then proceed to flashing the CarbonROM. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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    Ebrahim Taffa
    Apr 18, 2015 @ 17:34 pm

    I have downloaded all the software.
    the way to start is worrying
    1.i have Bada 2.0
    2. I downloaded Turko CFW 10.2 extracted put on sd fat32.
    3. downloaded boot files. sd FOTA for S8530
    4.MY github 4 files rom,kernel,normal kernel,bigmemkernel
    5 Multiloader
    give me beter way how to put this together

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    Oct 27, 2014 @ 8:27 am

    Flash the turko without the SDcard. Then after than put the SDcard formatted with FAT32 containing all the files needed. Then proceed to step #7.

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    Oct 27, 2014 @ 8:23 am

    Ok I’ll try to make a video but it would mean erasing all the stuff my wife has put into it haha!

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    Daven Aviso
    Oct 26, 2014 @ 18:54 pm

    can you please show a video?
    so i can clearly do the same way like you did…..because it seems like there is a mistake from what i did… sorry for disturbing you

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    Daven Aviso
    Oct 26, 2014 @ 18:52 pm

    i flashed the turko 10.2 then downloaded the needed files….
    after that i tried to flash the BOOTFILES_28530NELH2 and FBOOT_S8530_Bigmem.fota. then the phone restarted… after that still the sd card is not mounted to the phone -_-

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    Daven Aviso
    Oct 26, 2014 @ 17:08 pm

    thanks…. ill try it again 🙂

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    Oct 20, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    Your sdcard should be formatted with FAT32 filesystem for the trick to work.

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    Daven Aviso
    Oct 18, 2014 @ 18:56 pm


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