Users of the Samsung Captivate I897 will have reasons to celebrate as an all new Ice Cream Sandwich ROM has been released for the device.

The fully opensource ROM known as Codename Android will set new standards in custom ROM modifications. Codename Android is based on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and is built with speed, stability, and customizability in mind.

The Samsung Captivate I897 was recently blessed with the Codename Android ROM, which roughly translates to official Codename Android ROMs instead of unofficial ports.

The ROM is still in its beta version with some bugs and nonworking features. However, updates are being made in the form of nightlies which are released regularly.

Check out the rest of this guide to learn how to flash Codename Android on your Samsung Captivate I897 and upgrade the phone to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.


  • Rooted Samsung Captivate I897 with ClockworkMod Recovery installed
  • Fully charged battery or with at least 70% power left
  • Backup of your personal phone data


  1. Download the latest nightly build of Codename Android ROM for the Samsung Captivate I897 from here and save it to your PC.
  2. Download the latest version of the GApps (Google Apps) package from here and save it to your PC.
  3. Connect your phone to your PC via USB cable.
  4. Copy the two ZIP files into the root of your phone’s internal SD card (not microSD).
  5. Disconnect your phone from your PC.
  6. Switch off your phone. You may have to wait at least 30 seconds for your phone to completely shutdown.
  7. Reboot into ClockworkMod Recovery by holding down the Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power buttons until the screen flashes.
  8. Once inside recovery mode, create a Nandroid backup of your current ROM by selecting Backup and Restore > Backup from the menu.
  9. Reset your phone by selecting Wipe data/ factory reset from the menu and confirming the reset on the next screen.
  10. Select Install zip from sdcard > Choose zip from sdcard, browse for the ROM ZIP file you copied to the phone, and select the ZIP file with the Power button.  Confirm the installation by selecting “Yes” to start flashing the ROM.
  11. Flash the Gapps package as in step 10.
  12. Select “go back” then choose “reboot system now” to restart your phone.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich on your Samsung Captivate I897 through the Codename Android custom ROM.

Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.
  • bking007

    after installing the zip from the sdcard, i see “icy glitch kernel v14” splash screen and then att logo then goes on forever in a loop. nothing happens.

  • bking007

    well, i did a wipe on everything (data, cache, etc) then installed zip from sdcard and finally it worked. thanks.

    • Mike

      What mod did you install? What is Codename-Android-(MOD) and what the modification time = 2012-03-15 21:06:31 PDT?

      I ask because I just flashed my captivate a couple of times (wiping data/cache) and the network is still not found. I’m not able to manually enter the network either. Thanks in advance for you help.

  • bking007

    interesting, now my mobile network is not working. cannot make calls, or text. any solution?

    • bking007

      looks like access point name is gone. settings->wireless settings->mobile networks->APNs – there is nothing here. So, tried the option “restore default apn” – and it hangs..nothing happens. also tried manually adding an APN too..any ideas?

      • SAM

        while upgrading the ICS make sure your memory card is not installed and then reboot thedevice again, it will work…

  • Frank R. Jassir

    after upgrade the daily brief is gone.the only answer is it does not appear any more. this company has to have a better answer. Also, how can the phone log be set to only received calls, and not messages also.

  • Srinidhi R

    gprs not working after flashing…APN and all set ..

  • JrColas19

    Quick question for anyone: Are you able to send multimedia messages after the upgrade to 4.0? I can update and reset my phone but 90% of the time, sending MMS doesn’t work.

  • j sizzle

    works good so far!!

  • Shan J

    just done everything in my wife’s phone, seems working alright, Thanks for the share…I’ll get back to you guys if there anything goes wrong…

  • Chetan P. Manchi

    Thanks for the easy instructions it really worked fine until I screwed it up. I installed the ROM and then i rebooted through recovery and then i tried to install the Gapp zip and that went well too. i did not stop there tried to restore from the back up and got hit there now the boot file is deleted i think what do i do the phone simply won’t boot up.

    Please help anybody.!@#$

  • William T. Tucker

    my data nor mms work at all. any answers?

  • victor

    en donde esta el link de descarga???