Galaxy SL I9003

How to Update Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 with Arabic Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware

Samsung Galaxy SL LogoImportant: Of late it has been found that users are not following all the instructions in the article which leads to the unwanted issues like force close errors and faster battery draining issues. So, to avoid all these, follow each and every single instruction mentioned in the article for ZERO ISSUES.

Arabic and Pakistan users can now smile as in the due course of this article we will see on how you can power your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 with the latest Gingerbread 2.3.6 Arabic specific version in your phone. This article is in lines to our continuous efforts to help you in satisfying your requirements as we have promised to come out with an article which will help you to update your device with not only the latest but also your native Arabic language. We really apologize for the delay, but we were just waiting for the 2.3.6 leaks so that you can make the most out of the Arabic firmware. This Arabic 2.3.6 firmware is dubbed as JPKPE.

In the due course of this article, we will speak about on the list of pre requisites which you need to follow after which we will head to the list of instructions you need to follow so as to facilitate smoother and safer firmware upgrade.

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 should not be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of updating your phone which is very unlikely if you follow the instructions.

Rooting Information:

  • Updating this firmware in your phone in no manner will root the phone and hence won’t void the warranty.
  • Just in case if you have rooted the phone, after applying with this firmware the root access will be revoked and the lost warranty can be reclaimed.
  • If you wish to root this firmware, then we will be soon coming out with the procedure with which you can easily root your device.

Quick Pre Requisites:
Quick Pre Requisites

Special Instructions to Users on Custom ROM:

  • If you are on any of the custom ROM firmware, then you need to first turn Off the phone and enter into the recovery mode.  The recovery mode can be entered by pressing  Volume UP Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. You can also refer to the below mentioned video to know more on how to enter into the recovery mode.

  • In the recovery mode select Wipe data/factory reset and also you need to select Wipe Cache partition and then reboot your device by selecting reboot system now option.

So, assuming that you have followed all the above instructions, you now need to proceed to next page where instructions to apply this update are mentioned.

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  1. ramez

    August 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    i just want to ask WHAT THE ROOT MEANS !! and why every one want to root there phones i need every thin gabout rooting and what the root for and what it does !! plz help

  2. jojiak

    June 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Neel, thanks for the update man….
    My phone is working good after the update.

    Just 1 doubt.
    I need to uninstall some system application from the phone.
    For that do I need to wait for the rooting of this fw or is there any other way to do that???

  3. j.ak

    May 30, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Hello Neal, do you have a froyo 2.2.1 fw for gt i9003?
    The details are
    PDA: I9003JVKB1
    PHONE: I9003JXKA4
    CSC: I9003OJVKA6
    and the region code its showing AFR.

  4. Ahmed

    April 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    after installing gingerbread 2.3.6 jpkpe or xxkpq on GT-I9003 the device restart Automatically (still make restart and can’t log in till i press the Power Button) after log in it made factory reset Automatically (all this repeated not one time).
    before installation this issue happens but without factory reset it was(FROYO)

  5. rajeshnair

    March 31, 2012 at 2:34 am


    i have galaxy i9003 is restarting I upgraded Gingerbread 2.3.5,same as i doit Hard resat.thear showing ( E:format_volume:rfs format failed on/dev/block/mmcb1k0p2)what can i do plese help me


    • Pradeep Neela

      April 8, 2012 at 11:53 am

      seems like you are flashing on the n/w locked device!

  6. jamal

    March 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    does this firmware also support english?
    can i swap between arabic and english?
    thanks alot.

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 8, 2012 at 11:40 am

      yes but some arab apps will be there!

  7. Sarwar

    March 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    i will downgrade to 2.3.4 to the time when rooting is available for 2.3.6.

  8. Sarwar

    March 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    if it possible to Root my Sl i9003 with Baseband V. I9003JXKP3 & Build No. Gingerbread.JPKPE with any other Root firmware (for example the DDKP1 or 2 or 3)for main phone?

  9. ayadali

    February 21, 2012 at 10:32 am

    my phone is not lunching, it is only show the welcome screen and home page does not appear. can i fix it by using this room ? help me please

    • Pradeep Neela

      February 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      re insert the battery and apply the update again!

  10. Ahmed

    February 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Hello bro,
    Hope you are doing well and a lot of thanks for your procuders and iformations ,
    I didn’t hear any feedback from you Please do a favor & answer the following URGENT ASAP:

    1) if it possible to Root my (Sl i9003 with Baseband V. I9003JXKP3 & Build No. Gingerbread.JPKPE) with any other Root firmware (for example the DDKP1 or 2 or 3)for main phone??? dose that will brack my Phone????
    2) Otherwise, Please provide me When will be the root for the same (2.3.6 JPKPE Arabic FW) as mentioned above?

    Appreciate your feedback soon
    Thanks Neela

  11. Ahmed

    February 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Hello bro,
    Hope you are doing well and a lot of thanks for your procuders and ifomations 🙂 ,
    Please advice the following:

    1) When will be the root for the same mentioned above?
    2) if it possible to Root my Sl i9003 with Baseband V. I9003JXKP3 & Build No. Gingerbread.JPKPE with any other Root firmware (for example the DDKP1 or 2 or 3)for main phone?

    Appreciate your feedback soon
    Thanks Neela

  12. Yazan

    February 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    can you please pull up the same rom except with arabic support.. i tried it and i loveeee ittt but some times i receive arabic messages and i cant read them 😀

  13. Kutub

    February 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Mr. Neal,

    Thank you for the upload. Its such a wonderful thing. I upgraded from froyo to Gingerbread arabic version. All is going well except yahoo messenger video calling whenever i start video calling using yahoo messenger my mobile reboots automatically. So requested to advice as soon as possible please..

    Thanks and regards,


  14. Ajemy

    February 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

    what the different/improvement from 2.3.4 to this 2.3.6 firmware?

  15. Leo

    February 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Does the root for this 2.3.6 JPKPE available now or still waiting!
    I’ve downgraded my phone due to rooting…

  16. ib_gooner

    January 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Does this version have both Arabic and English or only Arabic?

  17. ashcool

    January 27, 2012 at 7:35 am

    1-Samsung gt-I9003 that is what written on the back of my phone under the battery ,firmware froyo 2.2.1 is it the same one you are talking about in this article. If anything went wrong is it possible to restore the original firmware using kies.

    2-will it have only arabic language in it, what about english.

    Thank you.

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      it will have english too, you can change the language from locale and text option from settings!

  18. Bassam

    January 27, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Thank you so much for the firmware … I did updated my GT-9003 from fryo 2.2.1 to 2.3.6 everything went very well and had my phone wi-fi connects and reconnects without any problems. I did test it in viber, skype and it is perfectly stable. Need to convey my deep gratitude and thanks.

  19. Ruchir

    January 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Is this firmware better than DDKP2??

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      both are good firmwares! this one is for all arabic users!

  20. Marc Ashley

    January 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Hello, I upgraded my phone using Samsung Kies and it installed GINGERBREAD.JPKPE…
    How can I root my phone in this version???
    Please reply…and Yes I am new to Android World. This is my first android phone also..

    Thank you

  21. Ali Riaz Mughal

    January 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I am on 2.3.6 XXKPQ and I want this arabic version will I need to clear my chache or simply install it?

  22. Ahmed

    January 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I update my official rom froyo to GB 2.3.6 but the data still not change or delete and all programmes still without any change

    but when go to setting — about phone — the frimware is 2.3.6 so the update done right or I should make that”In the recovery mode select Wipe data/factory reset and also you need to select Wipe Cache partition and then reboot your device by selecting reboot system now option”

    waitting your reply


  23. Hazem

    January 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Dear Neela,
    After I got this update in my SL I faced a frequently disconected from the WIFI.

  24. Hazem

    January 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Neela,
    I hope you fine, First thanks for this stable version.
    And I have question may be it’s not related to android but I hope I found answer with you. Why the galaxy SL have two kind of memory or in another way why it separate the internal memory to USB storage and device memory while I can only use the USB storage.

    Sorry for inconvenience but I trust in this site.

  25. Murali

    January 9, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Hi Pradeeb
    I use the GT-I9003
    Firmware version- 2.3.6
    Base band version- I9003JXKP3
    Kernal version-
    Build number- GINGERBREAD.JPKPE
    but i want read indian languages like Tamil
    What i do

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      download language packs from market after rooting the device!

  26. Murali

    January 9, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Hi Pradeeb
    I use the GT-I9003
    Firmware version- 2.3.6
    Base band version- I9003JXKP3
    Kernal version-
    Build number- GINGERBREAD.JPKPE
    but i want read indian languages like Tamil
    What i do. How do it
    Plssss help me

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      you can download the same from android market place. you need to download the fonts!

  27. Leo

    January 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm


    What kind of android OSs that supported by Samsung Galaxy 9003?

  28. Leo

    January 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm


    1. Does the Rooting avilable now for Galaxy 9003 gingerbread 2.3.6 JPKPE, you told me it will release very soon!
    2. How can I make my Galaxy S 9003 gingerbread 2.3.6 JPKPE, can see the ad-hoc networks?

    Thanks in advance…


    • Pradeep Neela

      January 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      no, not as of now!
      the new version has come, you need to update and root the same!

  29. ahmad korch

    January 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Dear Neela
    i had Firmware in english 2.3.6 and it’s rooted i tried to update to this arabic firmware and it’s give me failed when i press start on odin kindly advice

  30. Hasnain

    January 3, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Hey Neal,
    successfully updated my phone and no problems so far. Thanks for the upload =D
    and bro, why don’t you release a version that has changes in the interface as well? We would love that.

  31. Charles

    January 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Would this also happen to be the official update for “Africa region”?

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

      you can update, its not an official one though!

  32. Leo

    January 3, 2012 at 12:12 am


    Is there any released pack to ROOT the Galaxy I9003 Gingerbread JPKPE 2.3.6 ? and if not, how much time it takesto be released? Really I don’t want to downgrade my version to 2.3.4 to make it rooted!!

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 3, 2012 at 12:22 am

      yes, we are working on it! will come out with the rooting very soon!

      • Leo

        January 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm

        Any update please?? still looking for the root!


        • Pradeep Neela

          January 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

          as of now rooting procedure is not there!

  33. abhishek

    January 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    hello pradeep first i wanna wish u a very happy new year n , thanks for all ur tremendous updates ,, those helped me a lot.
    i just wanna ask that m from india n on DDKP2 version,, can i switch on this version posted here .. is this frimware is more stable than DDKP2 ?? sir is there any custom rom for DDKP2 ??

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Happy New Year to you and your family too from AndroidADVICES.
      yes you can update with any version!

  34. Hasnain

    January 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    is it a more stable version than DDKP2?

  35. Ruchir

    December 31, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    there is no problem with the operator and settings…..there’s a problem with the update

  36. zees

    December 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    hi bro

    am using smasung Galaxy SL I9003 on FROYO JVKB1

    should i follow the above steps right away or should i do something else first ? like installing another gingerbread version of android and then the above one ?

    thank you

  37. zees

    December 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    hi bro

    i have one question : am using Samsung Galaxy SL i 9003 but my firmware is FROYO JVKB1 and it is not supporting Arabic

    can i follow the above steps and apply this rom right away or should i do something else first???

    thanks alot

  38. Hasnain

    December 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Neal,
    Is it advisable to update my phone from DDKP2 to this version? I am in Pakistan!

  39. Hasnain

    December 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Neal,
    Is it advisable to update my phone from DDKP2 to this version? I am in Pakistan.

  40. bobby jadoun

    December 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    how can writ in hindi leng.

  41. Ruchir

    December 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Hey Neal,
    My packet data and wifi get disconnected automatically after i applied this update….also, the battery life is not that gud….plz help

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      check with the operator and settings!

      • Ruchir

        January 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        The mobile operator and settings are working fine…..there’s some problem with the update…

  42. Moh

    December 31, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Thanks veryyyyyyyyyyyy much 🙂

  43. Hazem

    December 31, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Thank you V.much for your great efforts.
    But you don’t mention if it’s officially or not?
    Thank you again.

  44. Adeel

    December 31, 2011 at 2:28 am

    I have followed all the steps and tried updating twice but i am getting XXKPN instead. I was at XXKPQ before this update. help?

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 31, 2011 at 11:03 am

      you van apply with this update as its an official version for pakistan!

  45. alshiekh

    December 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks Mr.Neal for your offer really we were waiting the firmware for long time . but we trust on you . and you keep your promise .
    thank you again .

  46. bilal

    December 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    When you guys will upload xwjv1 for gt-i9000 or when the official 2.3.6 is coming with better wifi and battery improvrement than xfjva?

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      we are working on the same and will come out!

  47. Adeel Khalid

    December 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Where can we download the firmware from?

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      you can download the firmware from the procedure section!

      • zaid

        December 31, 2011 at 5:41 pm

        bro am on FROYO JVKB1 can i follow these steps as well or there is something else i should do first ?

        • Pradeep Neela

          January 1, 2012 at 11:16 am


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