Galaxy SL I9003

How to Update Galaxy SL I9003 with MIUI v10 2.3.16 Custom ROM Firmware

MIUI LogoMore than your imagination and may be more than Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 version too! Are you ready for it? We too are ready, in the due course of this article we will be checking out on how you can turn your Galaxy SL I9003 smartphone into a super phone with an all new custom ROM firmware which is dubbed as MIUI v10 2.3.16. This custom ROM firmware bundles all the famous features like SONY’s Bravia Engine, Sony XCloud, beats Audio and Apps to SD features which are always a HOT favorite for Android users.

Please note that this firmware is not released by Samsung Electronics Ltd. and also there won’t be any ICS Android 4.0 firmware for Galaxy SL I9003 Officially. Since it’s a custom ROM firmware and is still in the beta stages, there will be some bugs which will be addressed in the coming days.

Disclaimer: Neither we, nor developer should be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of following the instructions mentioned in this article. It’s very unlikely that there will be any issues but just in case if at all there are any issues then we are committed to help you in solving the same.

Change Log of MIUI v10 2.3.16:

  • MIUI Version updated to 2.3.16
  • Included Vurrut V4 Kernel
  • Add VMdirty
  • Change sysctl values
  • Add Priority to Launcher, phone, status bar
  • Add extended status bar settings

What Works:

  • Wi-Fi
  • 2G & 3G
  • BLN (Light buttons Notification)
  • All sensors
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • USB tethering
  • Video and Audio
  • Calls and Sms.
  • Internal and external SD
  • All MIUI UI and APPS

So, in the process of this article we will also be checking out on the things which work with this firmware along with the detailed pre requisites and tutorial on how to apply this firmware in your phone. Hotspot and Radio doesn’t work by default but for these things we will come out in the separate article which will help you to activate these things in your phone.

Pre Requisites:

  • We recommend you to back up all the data present in your device with the help of below mentioned steps. Don’t use KIES to back up the data as it will not support the phone after this update snce it’s a custom ROM firmware.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log – Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

  • Minimum charge left in the phone should be 80% so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update. (If you don’t follow this step then the chances are more that your phone may get DEAD for which we should not be responsible).
  • Disable all the security suites installed in your computer and uninstall all antivirus tools in your computer so as to ensure that the firmware update is not interrupted in the middle of the process.
  • Enable the USB debugging in your phone from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked. USB Debugging Mode can only be enabled once you disconnect the phone from computer. USB Debugging should be ticked.

USB Debugging

  • Ensure that you are on the Rooted firmware of XXKPQ. Just in case if you are not on the rooted firmware, then you will have to update and root the same by following the below mentioned steps,

Procedure to Update Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 with XXKPQ Firmware

Procedure to Root Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 on XXKPQ Firmware

Assuming that you have followed all the above mentioned instructions you can now proceed to the next page where we have summed up detailed tutorial on how to apply this update of MIUI 2.3.16.


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  1. remaneta

    February 11, 2013 at 1:37 am

    hello,does it arabic support?

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      yes it supports arabic

  2. Sujash

    September 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    # which one is better?
    1-SL I9003 with MIUI 2.3.16 Custom ROM Firmware
    2-SL I9003 with MIUI v10 2.3.16 Custom ROM Firmware
    # are these firmware stable?
    # are there no sign of official ICS 4 for sl i9003?

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      both are better actually, though check the feature list

  3. Sujash CHakma

    September 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    hi Pradeep Neela,
    #which one is better ?
    1-MIUI 2.3.16 Custom ROM Firmware
    2- MIUI v10 2.3.16 Custom ROM Firmware
    #are these firmware are stable or further update will come?

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      both are better!!!!

  4. AOdu29

    August 22, 2012 at 5:10 am

    I Have Test on XXKPN and it’s work very fine!

    • Pradeep Neela

      August 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      both the firmwares are fine

  5. raj

    May 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    i have updated my phone every thing works well except wifi tethering and video recording. can u suggest me what to do ?

  6. kunal

    May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    CAn I flash this ROM
    My conf:
    Model No :gt-i9003
    Firmaware Ver: 2.3.5
    baseband version: i9003ddkp4
    build number: gingerbread.xwkpg

  7. nir

    May 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    ths rom work perfectly…thnks million times neel

  8. neobie

    May 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    recovery mode is up button………

  9. rohit

    May 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    i have rooted my samsung galaxy s i90003 (firware ddkp3). i facting one problem my phone is auto rebotting again and again. pl help me

  10. sagar

    May 8, 2012 at 1:18 am

    facing serious problem with the external sd card, i have 8gb sd card, however my phone only shows 1.23 gb remaining under sd card, also when im trying to download anything from web it gives insufficient memory error.
    need urgent assistance on the same… actual sd space remaining is around 4 gb when connected to pc and checked.
    kindly assist…..m in love with miui and dont want to install any other rom….but need help on this.

  11. asamboi84

    May 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    im on I9003XXKPQ_I9003SERKPQ_SER ..i followed all the instructions but still bout ics..any stable recomendations?

    • Pradeep Neela

      May 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      it is not an ics update!

  12. asamboi84

    May 2, 2012 at 11:34 am

    hello Pradeep Neela..can u teach me how to update samsung galaxy ace s5830 with stable custom rom or stable ics..i’ve try to root it so many times but still dont working..huhuhhhhhhhhhhhh..HELP!!!HELP!!!HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Pradeep Neela

      May 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      on which firmware you are on in your SL I9003?

  13. asamboi84

    April 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

    work really goods on my SL i9003..great jobs guys!!.. \m/ \m/ ..btw can galaxy ace be update with miui custom rom to?thanks ya~!

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

      yes you can but for that this wont be working!

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

      yes you can but for that this wont be working!!!!

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

      yes you can but for that this wont be working on your device as its juz for i9003

  14. Jim

    April 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Found this one, and it works!

  15. Jim

    April 29, 2012 at 4:27 am

    I am also interested in rooting procedure for XXKPU.

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      you can root the same!

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      you can root the same!!!

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      you can root the same on your XXKPU firmware

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      you can root the same on your XXKPU firmware!!

  16. sagar

    April 21, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Hi All, just updated the miui firmware for the first time, truly its fantastic, really amazing, ya just that the video camera gets stuck, and also when we press the back key when in camera, the h/s restarts, kindly fix the same, eagerly waiting for some new updates…

    just had a small query : we have installed the xcloud, beat audio, however where do we find that…..sry guys not aware of this hence asking.

  17. Gome

    April 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Sorry video camera does not work as soon as you click on recording button it stuck. Everything else seems fine.

  18. Gome

    April 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm



  19. shamas

    March 30, 2012 at 8:37 am

    same problem signature not verified.

  20. Sandeep Thakurala

    March 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Neal,

    I had XXKPQ rooted on my I9003 but I had recently updated my phone using kies and new details are as below:

    Model Number: GT-I9003
    Firmware Version: 2.3.6
    Baseband Version: I9330XXKPU

    I didn’t find rooting procedure for XXKPU. Can I still update to this new custom rom and if not then can you please provide help on rooting XXKPU.

    Thanks a million.

  21. vatsal

    March 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    error signature not verified while installing miui rom .zip package
    help please

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      please root the device

  22. cozy

    March 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Another update of this Rom dubbed as v2.3.23. Ie miuiv10.2 has also arrived so can you pls can you please make a blog and procedure for it.thanks in advance.

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      we will come up within 24 hours! thanks for updating us!

    • cozy

      March 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Pls reply sir

    • cozy

      March 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      sir pls answer

  23. Mr.Unknown

    March 24, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I`m searching for a Working REAL Fm Radio app for this Custom Firmware.
    Has anybody an app for this, or can I install the official Samsung Fm Radio App?
    Spirit Fm Radio is working, but no sound!

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

      have you updated with google apps?

      • Mr.Unknown

        March 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm

        No I haven`t updatet google apps. Google apps doesn`t have a radio app. Has any body an other app?

  24. Ritesh

    March 23, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Can I root my phone with this custom ROM when I have just upgraded my firmware to DDKP3, 2.3.6.

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      yes you can but please follow the instructions!

    • jhamez

      March 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      @Ritesh, im using it with DDKP3

  25. jhamez

    March 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Ok … my post has been deleted?

  26. king

    March 22, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Hi, I got it on my GT I9003. Thank You very much. All are looking good. Got one small issue, could not able to install apps from Market. Saying not enough space, though I have SD almost free and external SD as well has space. Can some one help me with this?

  27. Venkatesh

    March 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    great development. Congratulations. One of the best UI i have seen and it works so fast. just amazing. THANK YOU 🙂

  28. jhamez

    March 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Guys, I accidentally flashed this rom with FW DDKP3 and it’s working fine. Except for the camera. I only used it once and it crashed. Don’t know with the video, though.

  29. Shunmuganathan

    March 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I’m on DDKP3. Should I flash XXKPQ first? If yes, XXKPE should be flashed first (as XXKPQ update is having only PDA file!). Then should flash XXKPQ. Isn’t it? Thanks in Advance!

  30. dakshinboy

    March 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    hey neal how to get back to stock firmware from this rom if needed pls answer

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      to get back you need to apply any stock firmware!

  31. Hemant Karandikar

    March 22, 2012 at 11:46 am

    @Neal Please let me know if DDKP3 rooted phone can be flashed directly with this?

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm


  32. Kevin

    March 22, 2012 at 5:16 am

    The problem that i faced after updated to Gingerbread XXKPQ 2.3.6 Firmware is the Wifi issue…Most of the time, i cant turn off the Wifi, when i press turn off, it stated “turning off…” and my phone will hang there until i have to restart it…After that when i restart my phone, the Wifi is still on and i cant switch it off…What i can do to solve this problem?

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

      yes it will be solved with a patched release!

  33. Chintan

    March 22, 2012 at 1:31 am

    i have a galaxy s gt i9000 upgraded to 2.3.3. I want to update it to 4.0.3 .so is it strictly necessary to initially update to 2.3.6 xxjvu ? if yes then why only xxjvu ?
    please reply soon !!

  34. daksh vijan

    March 22, 2012 at 12:50 am

    hey neal can u tell if it can be used on rooted ddkp3

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 22, 2012 at 2:44 am


      • meet

        May 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

        i have rooted my ddkp3 phone. can i follow the same instructions. but its not xxkpq. its ddkp3.

  35. Misledz

    March 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I am astonished at how you take full credit for this without including the authors name who worked so hard on this, despite working in the same project, before ripping anything off, atleast don’t steal credit’s if it isn’t your work, Give credit’s to the real owner’s. gm007

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 22, 2012 at 8:24 am

      MIND IT: at the end of the article we have mentioned the SOURCE and also the download link is that of original itself! we NEVER said that we have developed this ROM!

    • cozy

      March 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Please don’t post such foolish things on the site because this site and the owner always mentions the name of the developer and also the site that is xda. So u must read the whole article till end and then post such things.Because this is a good site which keeps us updated with the latest updates for our phone.THanks to this site.

      • Pradeep Neela

        April 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm


        • hero

          May 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm

          i found this site very good….i saw pradeep assisting every question and problems asked…misledz u have a bad attitude…

  36. Marce Auja

    March 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Neal, thanks for this firmware, my i9003 updated without any problems. However i could not see the “sim toolkit” app, is this a bug in it? if not please advice on how to get it on screen

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

      yes its a bug and will be addressed in the coming days! sim toolkit will come soon!

    • Shunmuganathan

      March 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      @Marce Auja, Camera & Video recording working? I’m on DDKP3 rooted! Is it possible to flash?

  37. prabhu

    March 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    wow fantastic… superb work…working fine..Thanks dude…

  38. Hemant Karandikar

    March 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Sorry, I am on DDKP3 rooted. My questions remain the same as my previous comment.

  39. Hemant Karandikar

    March 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I am on DDKP2 rooted. Can I flash this CROM directly?

    Is this better than DDKP2?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      no, please stick to the mentioned instructions!

    • daksh vijan

      March 22, 2012 at 12:43 am

      @Hemant Karandikar, same question i also want 2 ask d same as im also rooted on ddkp3

  40. Parthiban

    March 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

    When i tried to load the MIUI version in I9003 for more than 10 minutes it says Downloading. How much time does it takes to load the firmware?

  41. Vincent

    March 21, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I have try before, hoewever, “Spirit FM Radio” can’t work.

    any other real Tuned FM radio app for i9003 ?

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm


  42. Aly Abo Shady

    March 21, 2012 at 4:09 am

    the video recording is not working plz find a solution

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      we have forwarded the issue!

    • Sandeep rathod

      March 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      @Aly Abo Shady, Use video cam illusion from android market

  43. rohit

    March 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    shall I update on gingerbread DDKP2 2.3.6

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