How to Update Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 with Alpha ICS 4.0.3 Firmware

Ice Cream Sandwich LogoFor all the users of Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 users, here comes a great news for all you guys as an all new version of Ice Cream Sandwich Android of 4.0.3 firmware. Though this is still in the making and this is the first alpha version. Yesterday on twitter (@androidadvices) we asked the users on for which phone you are waiting for the ICS firmware version and most of the users said that they are waiting for ICS Android 4.0 firmware for their Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 phones. We value your trust and your valuable feedback and so as we are here with this article to acknowledge your trust. We are really thankful to dhiru1602 who has come up with this ICS version for I9003 users.

So, on the similar lines let’s check out this alpha build. This version of firmware is still in the making and will take few more days and we will constantly cover the latest on this front as in when developments are released we will cover the same here.

Note: This update of Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.3 is not the official firmware version released by Samsung Electronics Ltd. but is the alpha version developed by third party developers. There is still no ETA on by when Samsung will be officially rolling out this firmware for SL I9003.

Rooting Information:
This firmware only works on the Rooted firmwares, so ensure that you have rooted your phone before applying this ICS Android 4.0.3 firmware update. Also note that once you root the device, the warranty will get void. The only way you can restore the lost warranty is by updating the phone again with the default / stock firmware.

Disclaimer: At Android Advices, we have made sure in all respects that all the information regarding the firmware update is mentioned correctly in this article. We hold no responsibility in any manner just in case if any damage happens to your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003. Neither we nor developer hold the responsibility for the damage caused to your device in the process of updating the phone.

Let’s check out on what are the things which work and also we will check out on what are the things which work in this version.

What Works:

  • Cell Radio – Calls / SMS
  • Touchscreen
  • SDCards (Internal and External SD)
  • Market and Google Sync
  • GPS – Not Tested (Network Location Service Works)
  • Bluetooth

What Partially Works:

  • Hardware Acceleration – Needs a Driver Upgrade in the Kernel.
  • WIFI – Network Scanning and DHCP issues.

What Doesn’t Works:

  • Camera
  • Video Recording
  • Media Playback H/W Support
  • USB Mass Storage Support

Assuming that you have followed all the instructions clearly, lets head to the procedure in the next page where we have summed up the procedure to apply this ICS Alpha version of 4.0.3 version.

Procedure to Install Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.3 Firmware on Samsung Galaxy SL I9003:

  • Before proceeding you need to follow two steps which are mentioned below.

Procedure to update Galaxy SL I9003 with XXKPN Gingerbread 2.3.5,

Procedure to Root Galaxy SL I9003 on XXKPN Gingerbread 2.3.5

  • Download ICS Android 4.0.3 Alpha version of firmware and Google Apps from here to your computer. Once you download this, you need to copy the same to your phone by connecting Galaxy SL I9003 phone with the computer using the USB cable.
  • Copy the downloaded Zip files to your internal memory of the phone and then you need to remove the connected USB cable to turn Off the phone.
  • Now, turn Off the phone to enter in the recovery mode. The recovery mode can be entered by pressing the Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. You can also refer to the video below to know more on how you can enter into the recovery mode. If the phone boots in the normal mode then you need to try entering again into the recovery mode.

  • From the recovery mode, select “install zip from SD card” which you can select by using the Volume selection keys and Power button. After this you will have to choose the option of “choose zip from SD Card” and select the file named as “” and then you need to select “”. Once you select the file, the process of firmware update will be started and once it’s finished, the phone will be rebooting on its own.

recovery mode

Just in case if the device is not rebooted, you will have to select “++++ Go Back ++++” and choose “reboot system now” to reboot the phone in the ICS Firmware Android 4.0.3 version.

For users Getting Force Close errors:
If you are getting the force close errors then you will have to clear the cache from the recovery mode by selecting the options “Wipe data/factory reset”, “Wipe Cache partition” and select the option of “reboot system now”.

Congrats, you are now on the Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.3 firmware. Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues in the process of firmware update as we will try our level best to sort out the same.


  1. Hello ! Is there any problems in donwloading the zip. files with ICS for SL I9003 ? Because it keeps telling me that the files have been removed ! Thanks

  2. the file has been deleted. plz upload again.

  3. Hi,

    Is this for Samsung GT-I9003 ?

  4. Please tell any approximate date of release of a fully functional
    ics for galaxy sl i9003.
    I wud be highly oblged .

  5. Please tell any approximate date of release of a fully functional
    ics for galaxy sl i9003.
    I wud be highly oblged . :-):-)

  6. Hey dude android 4.0.3 files ( are hv been deleted man.. plz help

  7. Prodeep Neela, You’re a famous developer. I like you. I waiting for ICS 4.0.3 of Galaxy S GT-I9003 for long time. Please update this stable version.

  8. Hey sorry but if i install Ice cream Sandwich on my I9003DDKP4 2.3.6
    Then U mean to say is that my,
    Video Recording
    Media Playback H/W Support
    USB Mass Storage Support
    AUDIO – PHONE CALLS / MEDIA……Won’t Work……..:-O..??

  9. Hi!
    I’m waitin’ for the stable firmware of ICS for my GT-I9003
    First u mentioned that u will release the stable firmware by end of march2012..
    When it will b available?
    Please do comment!:)

  10. The link is dead. Can you please refresh it.

  11. You are amazing dude.plz tell when a stable ics will be out??? Plz reply…

  12. @Pradeep Neela, Hi,

    after the update, i do not See android Market or Google Play. Also please give me the steps to revert back to default firmware

    Thanks in advance

  13. @Pradeep Neela,

  14. And waiting.!! =)

  15. Any news as to when a stable version of ice cream sandwich be out for this phone?
    Waiting desperately!

    Thanks and Regards,

  16. pradeep i am amazing for your work. I am waiting for ics for Galaxy gt-i9003

  17. hey plsssss anyone tell how to use rom manager in gt i9003


  18. Sandeep Thakurala

    Hi Pradeep,

    I am a fan of you guys. I really appreciate the hardwork you do. I just want to ask when do you think stable version of ICS will be available.


  19. Janak Ramchandani

    Just updated to this firmware, and it feels great to have ICS for our phones. =D
    Waiting for a stable version.

    Android Advice’s FTW.

    Thanks and Regards,

  20. Hello, Does it mean the i will not be able to make calls from the phone after this upgrade ??
    And the multiupload does not exits anymore…

  21. Thanks for your hard guys. Question, how do you get back to rooted xxkpn version once you have updated with this firmware?

  22. sir pls upload any stable and full version of ics….thanks in advance

  23. is it for GT-I9003? please reply.. as my cell was bricked once i dont want it to be bricked again.

  24. why doesnt the call and camera nt working whn will the stable version be out???

  25. I am on DDKP2 and rooted. Can directly flash this through CWM > recovery?

    What is meant by ‘media playback hardware support’ not working? Will my poweramp app work with my music files in ext SD card?

    Will I be able to transfer music files from PC?


  26. If USB mass storage support is not working then how to we flash another ROM in future? In spite, the phone at least must connect USB to the computer.

  27. If USB mass storage support is not working then how do we flash another ROM in future? in spite, the phone should at least must connect USB to the computer.

  28. When will you release the stable version of ICS?

  29. Neil,

    Is this the official release??

    Thanks anyway..

    Great Job


  30. Dear Pradeep,
    XXKPN is Gingerbread 2.3.6 right? Not 2.3.5 as mention above..

  31. Thank u very much love your website dude

  32. hey neal u r awesome thnx for your great!! support and your great site thnxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx