Carbon ROM for T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989! [Android 4.4.2 KitKat]


For this week’s T-Mobile S2 ROM of the week, check out latest version of Carbon ROM.

Based on latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Carbon ROM brings you one of the best KitKat AOSP ROMs on the market “right now”.  This is one of my favorite AOSP ROMs of all time and I have been trying every week to see if broken camera got fixed.

Well, that’s the good news, camera/camcorder now works 100% with latest version of Carbon ROM along with a load of customization you will be able to do on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat.  Hands down, Carbon ROM is one of the best AOSP ROMs you will want to definitely give a try so go for a short test drive this week(end) and do let me know what you think!


Download Carbon ROM for T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989

Download Android 4.4.2 Gapps

IF YOU HAVE CWM RECOVERY OLDER THAN VERSION, UPGRADE your CWM Recovery to latest version by downloading the zip and installing with your CWM recovery OTHERWISE ROM WILL NOT INSTALL!

Download and install CWM Recovery for KitKat custom ROMs (ONLY FOR SGH-T989!!!)

Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer of this ROM or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!


DownloadAndroid 4.3 PhotoSphere Camera

If you want to run your apps in tablet/hybrid/custom DPI mode, see our Xposed App Settings guide.

If you want PIE Controls, see our LMT Pie Control guide.

If you want some awesome audio, check out Viper4Audio FX MOD, which you can install on this ROM to enhance your music 100%.

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  • akshit topiwala

    Can you tell me if the battery drains out or not compared to hacxedwiz rom coz I am going to use the phone daily thanks for any response in advance

    • Brian

      I’d love to be able to install this if only I could get past T-Mobiles “brick wall”. I own the phone and no longer have them for my provider.

      • Terry

        All you have to do is get an unlock code from Tmobile which is free and comes with instructions how to. I used a sim card from Straight Talk at Walmart and now am using AT&T network through Straight Talk on my Tmobile GS2 phone.
        Best of luck,

  • Daniel

    What about carbon rom 4.4.2 for international version gt-i 9100, would it take much time???

  • Mike Pratte

    Hi, i am currently running Jedi mind trick JB7, its super solid and quick, but would like to change. Would this be a good choice, is it solid for daily use and will I notice any speed gain or just more options?, thanks

    • Danny

      I’m running Jedi Mind Trick JB7 as well, but getting some bad lag. Seems to have gotten worse the longer I had it. Any suggestions?

  • Erskine

    Max, Is there any particular reason that the is used rather than any other gapps listed on I was just wondering before i tried a later version of 4.4.2 gapps.

    • Roman

      The google apps (gapps) posted by Max was the latest gapps at the time of the post. Max does so many reviews of different roms along with different phones it would be impossible to keep posting everytime an update is made to a rom or gapps. Max merely wants to introduce us to what is out there. It is up to the users to stay up to date on updates being made to the rom by the developers and the google apps. I myself am running a slightly new nightly release of carbon with the latest Gapps, But I would have never heard of carbon rom if it wasn’t for Max 🙂

  • vuntmaster

    Max, which build are you testing in the video?

  • Rendon

    Can I install with TWRP too? And for what reason the link of the download doesn’t work? when I try to download it, the page only recharge, but not allow me download the file??? can you help me?

    • Roman

      It works with twerp too, that is what I am running with this rom 🙂

  • Jess

    Is there a way to load custom ROMs onto the Galaxy S2 T989 if the power button is not working?

  • Jed

    Don’t like it too much lag

  • Mark

    Love this Rom. No issues so far. No lagging no fc. Battery seems to be good also. Using as daily driver right now.

  • k-ñemo

    freezes up on me sometimes not liking that

  • Cory

    Anyone experience on the t989 when headphones are plugged in and if u switch app the music is played thru the phone speakers

  • Paul

    Hi I have tried a few 4.4.2 roms and currently on this one. All do not allow music streaming thru bluetooth. I am using google player and tried a few others as well but same results. I get an error that the track can not be played. Anyone have a fix for this?

    • wvuravens-fan

      BT works on alpine rom 4.4.2

      • Paul

        Thanks went on Alpine and its working perfect with Bluetooth. When using Hangouts Video it crashes and when streaming Netflix video is choppy. Have you experienced this? Thanks Paul

  • Shane

    it works ok, just log a little sometimes, battery life’s good too.

  • greenb

    Good rom but need fixes.(download manager) force close after a while. Bluetooth work with youtube…etc but when used with installed music player app( havent found one music that work yet), does not function and force close, no audio. App need ota uprade features, rom manager say doesnt support. Would be perfect rom if these get fix

  • r3jt

    “… that’s the good news, camera/camcorder now works 100% with latest version of Carbon ROM…”
    FAIL. Camcorder DOES NOT work 100%.

    • Marc

      Lol i thought my phone was the only one that didnt have a working camera/camcorder

  • greenb

    Pls fix Bluetooth problem. I like this ROM so much. Hope it it get a fix

  • Brahim

    The rom is wonderfull, clean & fast, battery life is really good, one bigg problem i’ve been having though, donnow if it’s the phone or theses latest roms, googleservices crash all the time, it happened with beanstalk and witch Carbon, if i could fix that, i would definitely stick with this carbon rom cuz it’s the best

  • JC Tolentino

    it says error:

    ERROR: Radio must be newer than UVCM6 asserted failed: run program……blah blah

    I already downloaded the link that you gave help

    • Sobezap

      Flash this first then, then the rom. This is the jelly bean radio

  • baoquoc

    the file in this form or xxx.rar, but the program will need to file xxx.tar Odin 1.85, md5 ….
    – You look back and guide other way
    – Sincerely

  • Roman

    Apps were freezing like crazy. So I started turning off features. Found out the notifications on the lock screen was the problem. After I turned off lock screen notifications, everything started running smoother. Feels much better. Still don’t have camcorder. Gonna try and install photo sphere that Max has listed on this site and see if that fixes the camcorder problem??? Roman.

  • ganga

    i run this rom on my SG s2 t989. this rom is great only issue i ave is that my phone wont charge. i tried other roms on it and it charge so i know its nt hardware problem. plz help

  • Taylor

    I thought i was good til i started experiencing some problems like when i hit the home button while listening to music on headphones the music will play out of the phone instead of the headphones but when u open an app it starts back playing through headphones. Another problems is the wifi has stopped working i cant connect to wifi at all. Instagram’s video will be stuck for the first 5-6 seconds then it will start recording and u lose the first 5-6 second of video

  • Roman

    Hey guys the version posted here gave me some problems. but I went to carbon rom website and flashed a later nightly release and so far no lag. I think the Video camera still has problems but that seems to be common with our phone so a while back I purchased a video camera from play store. Now video cam problems are not an issue for me. I also used a later version of gapps. seems to be running smoothly. Here is where you can find them:

    look for:

    remember guys, Max is not a developer, he is a reviewer. If there is a rom that gives you problems but you like the interface, go directly to the developer website for the latest updates as these guys are always working hard to get the bugs out. 🙂

  • Jones

    Anyone knows how to root a T-mobile S2 GT-i9100? is it possible to use this ROM?

  • Erskine

    Can’t recieve text messages at all. FC’s as soon as message is recieved. Video playback and camcorder are still the same as every KK rom…

  • Ian

    Hi. I have a problem with the rom. There’s this message that keeps popping up every 2 seconds saying “unfortunately, the process has stopped.” Is there anyway to fix this? i can’t use my phone at’s as good as bricked.please i really need help.thank you

    • Omead

      ur phone is fine u probs just dirty flashed, just factory reset from CWM or TWRP and then reflash the rom.

  • mnnal

    Camera and camcorder are working fine but the quality seems not as same as jb stock rom’s. Panorama out of focus.. is there any other rom that good at camera ?

  • Lyndon

    Hey Max, Just installed the Carbon ROM and been using it for the past 3 days. The ROM itself is awesome, but the only neg side of it is that it drains my battery life a lot faster than my previous JMT ROM (that I have been using for more than a year or two). My phone didn’t last for more than 5-6 hours and I had to turn my phone off for about 1.5 hours to save battery life while away from home/charger. When I play my own music, it gets laggy/delayed when fast forwarding. That is my only complaints of this Carbon ROM. Of course my battery is the OEM when i bought the phone new 1850mAh. I just purchased Anker 2200mAh battery for my galaxy S2 T989 and will be arriving shortly. I will be switching ROM to Dirty Unicorn and give that a try. Battery life is important for me, signal/wifi, and performance (speed). Keep up the great work Max. Thank You.

    • Evan

      hi does this carbon rom for the s2 support gps? the carbon kitkat i have doesnt,.


  • Spike

    I get fairly bad battery life out of this, even when underclocking and running powersave. With AOKP i could get 3 days out of my phone, with CM11 i got almost 2… i don’t get a full 24 hours out of this one.
    After a couple of weeks, it gets sluggish for me, and frequently hangs.
    I like the ROM, but the bugs and performance problems drive me away.

  • fidelio

    Is there a way for the Carbon Rom to utilize 4G LTE? The only option are for 2G and 3G.