Darkside Evolution 3 ROM for T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989!

For those of you who want to take advantage of the latest T-Mobile official ICS update but with more features without losing ClockworkMod Recovery and root, check out the all-new Darkside Evolution 3 ICS ROM, which comes with the official ICS update, 15 toggles, 5x4x5 TouchWiz Modified Launcher, and a whole lot more.

UPDATE: PLEASE SEE New version 7 HERE!!!

Give this ROM a go and let me know what you think!


Download Darkside Evolution 3

Credits – XDA

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  • Chad

    I thought 4.0.4 was the latest? Regardless, I use this ROM on my daily and it’s solid.

    • mnewman

      4.0.4 is ported from an AT&T rom, and tweaked to work with Tmo. This 4.0.3 version is from the actual Tmo release, so it is compatible without all the tweaking.

  • Brent

    Great ROM, had issues with google play shutting down at first but did a davlik wipe and apk re-install to the newest version and is working perfect now.
    “Don’t buy an iphone, because they suck” lol

  • J

    Even better than the AOKP rom? AOKP is working pretty good for me. But then again, I generally prefer ASOP based roms.

  • Tim

    Downloading this rom as i type. I hope it fixed the, deleting call log history problem with the previous darkside evolution.

  • Peter

    I’ve actually been running this ROM for about 3-4 days now and its AWESOME!! battery life is great and it runs better than the stock haha boots quickly everthing is great.

  • tim

    Smooth, super fast. Fixes all the bugs I found on the previous version. I love this from.

  • John

    Hello, can someone please post the STEPS that need to be taken to install this room, thanks,
    do i have to download another software or just this one?

  • vic

    Anybody else having a GPS problem with this ROM nd its predecessor?

    • Hasnain

      Well if you are facing gps problem you should run radios zip file for tmobile.

      • vic

        Thanx, that zip did the trick.

      • Huy

        Where would I find that zip file?

        • Ryan

          Yes, where is this file. I’ve had this problem before.

        • vic

          I replied with a link. However, my “comment is awaiting moderation.” :/

          • John

            Can I ask what you exactly did with the zips? I did “install zip from sd card” and chose the top one, still having issues πŸ™

          • James

            Where is the link??? The zip file?

            • NBK

              So, where is this link?..like seriously…

  • Arlando

    Mms bubble box has a faded look

    • xanderoid

      I noticed this too

  • Arlando

    Can’t send mms picture message neither

  • Alex

    this is pretty much stock with root, boring as hell.. ehh. Sticking with aokp, their nightlies are getting better and better. Needless to say that the call echo is gone on them as well πŸ˜€

  • joe

    All.it does is stay on the s logo ? Tried super wipe and everything else. Any ideas

    • Brent

      Did you wait? First install reboot takes a few minutes.

  • Mike

    I attempted to install this ROM only to get a “bad zip file” error (or something to that effect….sorry…I didn’t write it down). So, I re-installed the stock ICS rom and re-rooted. Back to square 1. I don’t know if this has any bearing on things, but I was running Tasker with Busy Box and Secure Settings …. I use these for a Tasker profile that automatically enables GPS. Should I have un-installed these apps before installing the Darkside Evolution 3 ROM? I’d really like to try out this ROM, but I really hate going through the entire process again only to wind up with the same results. Any thoughts?

    • Brent

      You don’t need to bother uninstalling any apps before you flash because you will be doing a full wipe which will delete everything anyway. I would suggest installing darkside super wipe and cache wipe to your sd card and run that before you re-install.

      • Sam

        I’ve had the bad zip thing.. after scouring XDA forum, i found out that it was probably caused by a hiccup during the download. Try downloading it again and you should be golden. Hope this helps.

        • Mike

          Thanks, Sam. I’ll give that a shot.

      • Mike

        Thanks for the info. I found out about doing a full wipe the hard way. It should be done, anyway, to ensure a clean installation and that no “ghosts” are left over from the previous ROM.

  • Jesse Holman

    I am curious, I have downloaded and used almost all of the roms for my gs2 and lately it seems like my phones battery life is horrible lately i use super wipe and follow install intsructions to the dot, and i see comments on roms, (like this one) that says battery life is great, is there a chance i am doing something incorrect.
    additionaly i also went into clock work and reset bat. stats when the phone was charged to 100%. any ideas as to why i have such bad battery life?

    • Brent

      Resetting battery stats doesn’t do anything. Sometimes it takes a couple days for the ROM to settle in which can drain the battery faster. Also you may want to try setcpu and set your over and underclock.

      • Jesse

        when i underclock it or even set both min/max the the max it doesn’t seem to make a differance what do you set your min / max to, and also do the profiles like power save actually do anything?

  • MikeNeedsHelp

    Hey Max or anybody else, I’ve had some troubles with using the phone so far and I’m not sure If it’s the rom or the radio. Not the echoing, and it was working for about a week, but now people complaining about not being able to hear me at all. I was using Tmo UVLE1 ICS MODIFIED RADIO, and just flashed Tmo UVLC8 ICS MODIFIED RADIO. So far so good with this radio, but if I don’t want it to happen again. Any having in troubles with phone microphone and/or speaker? What to try in case this radio flops in a week as well?

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  • Eric

    the automatic network date and time is not working when I reboot the phone..

  • Rene

    Just want to say your awesome dude! Rooted my Tmobile SGS 2 using your new rooting method. Been flashing like crazy ever since! Keep up the good work!

  • Kevin

    anyone had the media runner scan bug,,, everytime i go to the gallery it say media running or whatever… also don’t scan…

    • Kevin

      i just had to wait enough nevermind

  • soumaine

    hey guys i installed this rom followed every step but my GS2 freezes on the logo and reboot itself. installed the rom again from the previous download on my sd card and it still does the same thing.

  • Wayne

    I’ve just Flashed this one today and so far it has been working well except for one thing. When i was using the video chat through the gtalk just testing out the various features i found it just didn’t work well. skipped a lot and i gave up after a minute or two. I would normally just use my tablet but thought i would try and see. If i come across any other issues i’ll let you all know.

  • Ruthlessjitt

    My camera does not work how can I fix it

  • Brent

    Version 7 is out now with the darkside venom kernel. Here is the link, http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1623430

  • Mike

    I’ve been using this rom for a week now and I love it! The only problem is that I feel like the battery life does not last as long as the stock ics rom. The DarkSIDE EVO 3 lasts about 12 hours for me while the ics stock lasted 16 hours… Does anyone know what I could do to fix this? or is it just me???? I do use fast reboot + task killers yet i still do not know the problem

  • kris

    Guy above me… you want the android internet BTW.. Black berry internet might not work…

    Also on another note…
    Does anyone think ICS is really worth it? i think the battry life is better but other than that i think its slower than my gingerbread because of the new animations and crap. I turned off the ics animations and it still seemed slower… to toggle to make calls. Im a very demanding person and also i havent measured the performance however though qualitative testing i felt it was slower…

    What do yall think??
    Im still on gingerbread after testing a few ics roms out

    • Mike

      I’ve found battery life with the new ICS firmware (T-Mobile release) to be pretty sad. In my opinion, it was much, much better with the UVLDE build of Gingerbread. I’m about ready to revert back to that instead of staying with ICS. Seriously, I was getting a good two full days of battery with modest use of the phone, and it wasn’t even rooted or underclocked. With ICS, I’ve had to do all that just to get one good full day of battery with modest use. Anyone else seeing this?

  • Jeffery

    Downloaded v5 on Sunday and flashed. Everything appeared ok…reloaded apps via Titanium Backup (free version).

    Monday I noticed that after 5-20 minutes one of the ringtones began playing unsolicited regardless of activity. Only way to stop it is to re-boot the device. Cant find any reason for it to start playing.

    Wondering what I need to do to stop this. IT is NOT the ringtone I’ve defaulted for any notification(s).

    Can I easily update to v7? I dont know how to do that, if that is an option. If it is an option do I have to reloade everything all over again.

    I cant use my phone for business or pleasure calls as it is like a Jack in the Box…starts whenever, whereever.


    • Brent

      You install version 7 the same as any other ROM, full wipe, etc.. etc…

    • Wayne W.

      Hey Jeff Go sounds/music effects/select DSPManager. That should fix it.

  • Fernando

    hey hi there Max i have a huge question for you, I’ll be more than happy if you answer me, I installed the darkside.evolution.3 v5 Rom for the galaxys2 for tmobile and I was tryng to take a screen shot with my phone holding down the home and power button and nothing happens, did they disable that or if not how do you take a screen shot? Thank you and your videos rock my world.!

  • John


    ICS changed it to volume down and power now in order to take screenshots.

    I was having trouble connecting to Google Talk after v7 update. I reverted to v5. Anyone else have similar issues with Google Talk on v7?

    • @John

      Hey thank you Jhon, how exactly do you do it to take screenshots? I try holding down volume down and power button and nothing? I don’t get please explain to me how to do it right, thank you friend.

    • @John

      Hey thank you Jhon, how exactly do you do it to take screenshots? I try holding down volume down and power button and nothing? I don’t get please explain to me how to thank you friend.

      • xanderoid

        I think screenshot is broken with this ROM. On ics it should be volume down and power (you can’t hold volume down button, have to press simultaneously). It worked with previous darkside ROM. Am I doing something incorrectly or is this a bug?

        • robin

          Its actually not broken. It took me a while to figure this out but taking screenshot is still the same. Power + home button. But you HAVE TO immediately press the home button right after you press the power button and hold the two buttons until a screen shot is taken.

  • Mike

    Finally got around to flashing this ROM. I was really disappointed. Everything seemed to be going well until I tested the GPS. It took forever to get a GPS fix, and when it did, it couldn’t tell me what north was in Google Maps. What really irked me is that when I tried to recover my rooted, stock ICS backup, it came up with an error. So, I had to unroot and re-install the stock ICS and then re-root. Needless to say, I spent more than a few hours getting everything back the way it was.

    • Mike

      I scoured the XDA forums, and I found the developer’s thread. He included the radios for this ROM in the event people have problems with the GPS/DATA, and from what I read, more than a few were having issues. Now that I know this, I may re-install the ROM and give it another go.



    • Android

      Let me guess…is that what your dad calls you?

    • Brent

      You know how you know iphone sucks? Owners spend their time trolling android forums because they are bored with their boring device.

  • Android

    Or is that what Siri calls you!

  • @John

    hey never mind I found out how to take screenshots! hold down power button + home button and that’s it! =D yeah!

    • John

      Strange, for me it’s the volume down and power button.

      The 2.3.4/5 was the home and power, but 4.0.x is volume down and power.

      • Mike

        I found that it words either way for me since going to ICS.

        • @John

          hey guys I just found out that is works both ways holding down power button + home or volume down.

  • james

    My phone is not vibrating on text message notifications. It will on facebook/twitter notifications but not texts. Any ideas?

    • joe

      Got the same problem. Also it’s really glitchy when I text. Even with other keyboards like go installed. And the GPS won’t work. It finds the place then looses the signal.

  • Jerry

    I’ve flased it twice after doing the darkside wipe and no camera flask. I had given up on ics, really bad battery life, and went back to the last version of gb. I thought I would try this, but I do not want to go without the flash.

  • van

    Can someone please help me. after updating to the official ics for tmobile t989 i cant get back into download mode. i cant get any computer to recognize my phone and i dont have a warranty because i bought it from ebay. plz help me

  • Steve Hewlett

    Works Great! Just curious if anyone knows if I can get the WiFi calling back? Service in my area sucks so the wifi calling/texting is great for when i have no service. thanks, steve

    • xanderoid

      Wifi calling works great for me with this ROM

      • steve hewlett

        yes it does. got it figured out. phone wasnt connecting to my wifi. had to reset it up. duh. lol. thanks for your reply tho.

  • daniel

    where is the galaxy s2 skyrocket roms?

  • darkbizzle

    hey max after i followed all instructions and did everything my data still doesnt work. It worked on darkside evolution 2 but since the official release of ics it hasnt worked on that or on evolution 3 can u please help me out here data just doesnt want to work now………

  • James

    I tried this rom but the keyboard was laggy and it was just a bit laggy overall which bothers me because when I am listening to music and I need to reply to a text my music cuts off and a static sound comes up, even when I pull down the drawer the rom lags and the music cuts off. Is there anything I can do to fix this and make it run smoother? Also where can I get the zip file to fix the radio signals for the GPS? I looked up in this thread and could not find it.

  • James

    Also General question but if I flash the radio for the ICS, and restore will I have th flash the radio to a previous version? Or will my restore, bring me back to the original radios I had. I am going to this ICS rom from a normal stock Gingerbread that came with my phone

  • JD

    I am running ICS 4.0.3 and its solid and smooth. I was wandering if somehow Svoice can be incorporated with this ROM istead of people trying to do this on SGS2’s…..thanks again for good work.

  • NBK

    So, there’s no NFC support with this ROM? Everything is good, except sometimes apps won’t open and I’ll have to do a reboot, which doesn’t bother me too much. And also, text is sometimes replaced with brackets like this [ ] in the dolphin browser.

    I love the ROM, but does anyone know how I can get NFC support back? I tried installing this zip via this link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1407808 to no avail. I think it’s only for T9100.

  • stephan

    i want to know how to flash this rom. odin wont find the file even though its downloaded and unzipped

    • stephan

      i mean i can load it in recovery mode. it says its baddd

  • Jesse

    I was curious if anyone else has had their phone get hot after using this rom or even on the V7 rom available through xda website? I have even under clocked it and left it. It isn’t that it is always hot it seems to get hot if i listen to Pandora or even some other apps.

  • Jr

    I saw that there are two different radios that you could flash on this rom. Do you flash both radios or just one, and if its only one that you flash any suggestion on which one to flash?

    • Brent

      Doesn’t really matter, which ever one works best for you.

  • MikeA

    i’ve been using this rom for a week and it was cool,now i cant reboot my phone and some apps are tripping.Can somebody tell me how to get rid of this rom ? pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Brent

    Version 8 is out woohoo!

  • Jason

    I installed this rom. Will itstill,work if i unroot my device max?

  • Jason

    I installed this rom acouple days ago. And im afraid to brick it . Will the rom still work if i unroot mt device?

    • Max

      If you unroot u will lose the rom u r on obviously but make a backup in ClockworkMod Recovery so you can restore back if you ever want to.

  • Jason

    Two more questions. I backedup the stock rom with rom manager and i have the romfile for this rom on the sd card. So if i brick my phone i can go in th clockworkmod and flash this rom? Or the stock rom. The stock rom came tobe a couple of zip files in a folder, will clockwork mod still read the folder and flash whatever is in there?
    When i chatge my device and hit ower off. My phone will turn off the sceeen and the light keys are still on and i have to pull the battery to reboot.. is there anyway to fix this?

  • Jason

    So your saying that if i make a backup of this rom i can flash this with clockworkmod without rpot access?

    • Max

      Yes on the T-Mobile, the recovery partition is separate from system unlike all other Galaxy S2s, so once u have recovery, you can install new ROMs, root ur phone, everything just like a Galaxy Nexus.

  • Jason

    So what i do is. Backup this rom then what do i do?

    • Max

      Install another ROM?

  • Jason

    Dont get it..but how do i avoid getting it bricked

    • Max

      Don’t install ROM from another Galaxy S2 e.g. do not install AT&T Galaxy S2 ROM on T-Mobile Galaxy S2. If you follow instructions, you won’t brick.

  • Jason

    Whats e.g.? And my phong wont turn off anymore. It always gets stuck on the light keys. Now i need the pull battery.. please tell me how to fix this!!!

  • Jason

    Pleaazzzzz.. u got to help me with this one max

  • Jason

    How do i run this? And you said reinstall? As in flash it again?

    • Max

      flash in CWM then re-install ROM in CWM!

  • jason

    Max it is still not turning off. The first couple of times it did. But now its started to not turning off agian.pleazzzz . This is the only promblem on this rom for me and i love it!!help meeee!!!

    • Max

      Not sure, you will have to ask the developer for bugs, try XDA, see the link under Credits!

  • jasona

    I got couple of questions.. i flashed this rom and its running great but if i dont do any changes (changes that requiers root acess) will my phone get bricked? If i just normaly use th rom and no overclocking or no set cpu.Will it brick?

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  • bob

    max. iflashed this rom. and before i did i got my phone unlock code… so now if i put in another sim card. will the unlock code work?

    • muraks

      I have a tMo SGII and had it unlocked and now I am using an AT&T sim. I’ve been flashing roms with this unlocked phone with AT&T sim with no problem at all. Short answer Bob, yes you will remain unlocked whatever sim you will use and even how many times you flash your phone.

  • Rocky

    Rom keeps freezing, even after i did super wipe and cache wipe, hope version 7 is better

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  • manok

    Any body elce have prpblem navagate audio dosnt work keeps repeating same turn and speaker phone inop. when using navigate battery drains and gets hot

  • aaren

    i having problem with taking a screenshot…power + home doesnt work. Any help pls?