Install Official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160P NFC (I8160PXXME1)

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160P ‘I8160PXXME1’ Official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update

The official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update on Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160P with NFC support version has began rolling. It’s now currently hitting Germany owners of the unbranded Galaxy Ace I8160P and comes in new firmware build numbers I8160PXXME1. This update brings some stuff of the Jelly bean features including the battery power saving option. This firmware is stable but still there a disadvantage when it comes to RAM usage and maybe this is due to the newly added apps running in the system background. But, you can sort out things and make it run smoother when you reduce or disable some apps that you don’t actually needed.

Again, this update is only available in Germany for now, and it’s already live via Samsung Kies.
Those from other countries who can’t take much longer to wait, can try this firmware using the manual Odin flashing method. Just simply download and install the stock I8160PXXME1 firmware from below source.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 from 2.3.6 Gingerbread to 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

I8160XXMC8 4.12 I8160XXMC8

Disclaimer: We shall not be held responsible if anything happens to your device by following this guide. You may proceed at your own risk, your phone is not a toy for us, it is your own personal property, it is up to you to decide on what and how to do about it.

Important Reminders before Flashing Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 Stock Firmware

– Make sure that your Galaxy Ace 2′s battery is fully charge.
– Stock ROM packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it doesn’t delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc.  before flashing no-matter if it is Full-WIpe or Non-Wipe,  just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in  safe  if something went wrong during the flashing process.
– Remember or back up the network APN settings of your device. ( This only done if you try to install this firmware and you are not from Germany.
– Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USBserial port.  Odin will not work on MAC OS.
– Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy S3.
– Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings. Go to Settings > Applications > Development, and tick the box that says ‘Enable USB Debugging’.
– Do a “Hard Reset” if you have a lot of 3rd party applications installed from your phone, this is useful to gain a smooth flashing. (Just make sure that you already back up all your important files before resetting your device.
– Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.

Step 1: Download the needed tools for flashing
Odin Flasher Odin3_v3.07 link Tool and USB Driver Ace 2 USB Driver

Stock Firmware: 
Germany (Unbranded)  – download
France (Unbranded)  – download

Warning! This stock firmware is for Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 with model number GT-I8160P which has NFC function and runs with the original Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread firmwares.  DO NOT install it on Galaxy Ace I8160 for it might possibly result to bricking your device in no time.  The Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 Jelly Bean is here. DO NOT directly install this on your Galaxy Ace 2 I8160P if it’s currently installed with custom ROM, your device system ‘Re-Partition’ might have been change with your current custom ROM and it  might also result to possible bricks.

This device is designed with a very low system memory and very vulnerable into bricks if mishandled carefully.

Again, for Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160P that runs with  just stock 2.3.6 Gingerbread like these build numbers I8160PXXLK3 ,I8160PXXLE6, I8160PXXLE6 etc. as long it’s official and not rooted or modified firmwares.


Step 2: Extract the downloaded stock
You need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip files, so that you’ll get the two files. If you miss with this step you’ll only get error. (See the screenshot below)

I8160PXXME1_I8160PDBTME1_DBT firmware file screenshot
Once you unzip the downloaded firmware, you’ll get these two files.

  • HOME_I8160PXXME1_I8160PDBTME1_I8160PXXME1_1106830_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5
  • SS_DL.dll

Step 3: Run and Configure Odin
Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.07 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked, only the ‘AUTO-REBOOT and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes are both remained checked.

Step 4: Reboot your Galaxy Ace 2 into Download Mode
To reboot the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 into download mode , you need to turn the power off. After it completely shut off, just press and hold the Volume Down key, Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.

You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”

Step 5: Connect your Phone to PC or Laptop
Once you already reboot the phone in download mode, simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin.

Step 6: Load the binary .tar.md5 file
Now, you need to just simply click on the PDA button, then browse to the folder where the
you have previously extracted and then select and load it.

Step 7: Start Flashing or Installing the stock ROM
Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.

Step 8: Watch out for the word PASS!!
When the Stock ROM installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s time to remove it from the computer USB connection.

Confirm your fresh firmware installed
Go to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.

Check and reconfigure your APN settings when data networks connection issues encountered. This only happens if you installed other regions stock ROM.

Optional: Perform factory reset to gain a fresher firmware installation, this can get rid lags and apps freezing issues. Press  Volume Up, Home  and the Power ON/OFF button then select Wipe Data/Factory reset in recovery options.

That’s it just do share to us how this Jelly Bean update performs on your Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160P devices. Does, it wort it to upgrade? Does have any bugs and problems you encounter?

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