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How To Update Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 to Gingerbread 2.3.5 Firmware

Galaxy S2 LogoThe wait for the Gingerbread 2.3.5 for Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 is over, as you can now take out your Samsung Galaxy S2 phone for updating the same. This update comes as a great respite for all those 10 million Galaxy S2 handsets which Samsung has sold. Please note that this update of Gingerbread 2.3.5 is still not officially yet launched over the KIES but it’s the leaked beta version which is now being out. It was around a week back when Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 had got a Gingerbread 2.3.5 update.

This update of Gingerbread 2.3.5 is dubbed as XXKI3. Please note that anyone with their Galaxy S2 handset and irrespective of the current version can proceed with the updating with this firmware version. Also, this update is only applicable for all the Galaxy S2 phones with the model number as GT I9100 only, if you proceed to update this firmware to any other phones then you might just end up bricking up the phone.

As it’s a beta release, one can only update using the Odin flash tool and not with the help of the KIES. Also, there is no Estimated time of Arrival (ETA) on by when this update of Gingerbread 2.3.5 will arrive officially but it’s expected to arrive very soon worldwide. Adding to the simplicity, we have broken this article into separate pages wherein in the next page you will see the pre upgrade instructions and then followed by the instructions to update the Galaxy S2 GT I9100 with Gingerbread 2.3.5 version. Also, the new version of Gingerbread 2.3.6 is in the making for Samsung Galaxy S2, the same will be covered on AndroidAdvices.com as soon as it becomes available. Please note that since its a beta firmware and not the official firmware, we couldn’t provide the exact details on the change log but you can let us know if you find any changes in the comments section.

Positive Enhancements:

  • There have been substantial number of changes which have been done in this version which are mentioned below,
  • Elastic Scrolling along with the blue colored shade effect is now induced in this update, you can generally see this while accessing the menu and settings.
  • Android Market Place Application has been updated to the latest version of 3.1.5,
  • Swype version has been updated to the version 3.8.86,
  • Custom power saving as well as the system power saving modes have been added,
  • Battery is further tuned to give longer battery backup by a marginal 3 – 5 %.

Negative Enhancements:

  • Video GTalk feature still missing,
  • Some of them reported that JIG not being supported by this XXKI3 Firmware,

GT 9100 2..3.5

Rooting Information:
There have been lot of speculations when it comes to rooting, but you will be glad to hear that applying this update on your Galaxy S2 handset won’t in any manner will be rooting the handset. But just in case if you have rooted the phone then the rooting access will be revoked. So, to root the same again you will have to follow the rooting procedure again.

We will also soon come out with the procedure on how you can root Galaxy S2 GT I9100 on XXKI3 Gingerbread 2.3.5 firmware. Just in case if you wish to un root the device then this is the best firmware to apply with as this come up with the boot loader after applying with which you will be able to claim back the warranty with Samsung Electronics Ltd.

Please note that we should not be held liable or responsible in any manner if anything wrong happens to your device which is the most unlikely if you follow the instructions as prescribed in the due course of this article and also apply the mentioned update only on Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100.

Video Tutorial to Update:


  1. hey man thanx for the instruction
    but i have a problem after i did exactly what you written ,after the appearance of the (pass) in odin , the mobile just reboots and stuck on the SGS2 logo without any yellow triangle or anything , any solution for that?

  2. i’ve installed KI3 and now the keyboard only use AZERTY layout in french. How can i change it to QWERTY ??

  3. Model number GT-I9100
    Android version 2.3.3
    Baseband version I9100DDKE$
    Kernel version #2
    Build number GINGERBREAD.XWKF3

    Neal buddy please understand that im not much of a techie so it would be gr8 if u could help me through this. When i plug my device to the computer n connect to kies it says that the current firmware version is PDA:KF3 / Phone:KE4 / CSC:KF3 (INU). It shows the same for the latest firmware version as well.

  4. Hi neal,

    Should I plug in my phone cable before turn off the phone and open the “Odin” executable file?

  5. pls tell me the what the latest OFFICIAL firmware for Samsung Galaxy S II is in India. My phone is running Gingerbread 2.3.3 and Kies doesnt show any update. What could be the problem?

  6. the link aint workin

  7. MD5 is a check sum. It’s used to check to verify the file which has been downloaded is complete and accurate copy of the source. Clearly in this case it’s not.

  8. Hi Neal,

    Does this firmware support at Malaysia country?


  9. Hi,

    I just get the SAMSUNG GALAXY S2

    Android version 2.3.3
    Baseband Version: I9100BOKG1
    Kernel Version: root@DELL104#2
    Build Number: GINGEBREAD.BOKG2

    My phone is locketd on T-Mobile, I want to ask it is ok if i upload version 2.3.5 ?
    And if it`s ok are there going to be problems at updating?


  10. Hi Neal,

    I bought a Galaxy s II with Android version 2.3.3 model number GT-9100 Build number – Gingerbread.XWKE7.

    I have wandered across the internet in search of how I can root this phone. I am only getting instructions for rooting firmware version 2.3.5 Please let me know where I can get the instructions for rooting the phone without upgrading it.

    Thanks in advance.

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