How To Update Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 Alpha Firmware

Ice Cream Sandwich LogoAdvisory: This firmware is not for newbies and is just for the developers as it is an Alpha release of the firmware, the only things which work in the Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 port are the Lock Screen and initial touch screens. No, Calling or Messaging or Application can be accessed in this Port of ICS 4.0 for Galaxy SL I9003.

In a bid towards development of an all new Ice Cream Sandwich version of firmware for Samsung Galaxy SL I9003, the alpha version of ICS leaks out which we will see in the due course of the article. Please note that this is the beta release and not the official or the completed beta release. If you want to update to the most stable version for your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 then we recommend you to update your phone with the Gingerbread 2.3.5 release which is none other than XXKPN. We are also pleased to inform that there are no major issues which are reported in this XXKPN version.

So, coming back to the Android 4.0 ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy SL I9003, this is the alpha port and soon we will see the near stable or beta version of ICS 4.0 for I9003 before the end of March 2012 as per our close sources who are into this building of ICS 4.0 for Galaxy SL I9003. Also, there is no clue from Samsung that by when it will launch this ICS officially.

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 which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions carefully.

Over a due course of this article we will see on what is the list of quick pre requisites followed by the procedure to apply the update of this Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • vivin

    hi neal.,
    my phone is samsung galaxy sli9003 can change android ice cream sandwich plz reply.. me fast my dear frend

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can but an unofficial build

      • saif cute

        hi pradeep neela bro iam saif i had i9003 mobile i update wid update-cm-7.1.0-GalaxySL-KANG-signed but in this version if i install applications from google play its showing not enough memory and the its showing application closing forcely..and phone was heating tooo much neeela bro iam totally depends on u

        • saif cute

          bro if u have fb account ur facebook id bec i need ur help bec im getting mad wid dis mobile

  • dddd

    is there any stable ics for gt i9003…plz reply honestly…..

  • JIGAR

    Did you know when Ice Cream Sandwich official version available for Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 ?

  • mathew

    the ics rom is removed from all sites. please upload some more sites…….!!!!!!!!!!!

  • madhusha

    i need ice_cream_sandwich_sdk_build_firstbootable.zip for samsung gt 9003

  • madhusha

    i need ice_cream_sandwich_sdk_build_firstbootable.zip

  • vinoth

    is rooting needed for xxkpq?? if so tell me the procedure

    • Neela Pradeep

      no, please follow the tutorial!

  • Sandeep Thakurala

    Hi Neal,

    I am very eargely waiting for ICS for I9003 hope it will be out soon.

    Thanks

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neela Pradeep

      ICS for I9003 will be coming unofficially!

  • Gurpreet singh

    hello Sir
    Currently i am on I9003DDKP4, which i have updated as per your instructions.I just want to know that if i upgrade to ICS 4.0 ? plz. Help me & Please revert me back i like this softwear ICS

  • gokul

    hai neal ,
    i cannot find the ics pakage , its not available in the link given above , where can i find it …………?

  • Ala’a

    is this support Arabic language plz,, if not .what the version can support Arabic language

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Neela Pradeep

      it doesnt support arabic!

  • http://www.wedetectives.com Jasjot

    Hi Neal
    Can you tell me by when will ICS be out for GT I9003? Or if any version newer than 2.3.6 is available for download ??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      yes it will be but still its in the beta stages!

    • http://www.maruthamunaisatha.page4.me/ satheem

      2.3.6 ddlf2 upadate available with officially

  • muse

    IT IS NOT!after i used all the step and reboot….it always stuck at samsung logo…fuck

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      remove the battery, re insert and apply the update once again!

      • Deepak

        Pradeep,

        pls provide d froyo 2.2.1 DDKF1..
        it was most stable wen i have that originally wen i bought my phone..plz help me..
        my galaxy sl GTI-9003 is in a unstable state right now..

  • richard

    stuck at samsung logo.. hw to fix it..?? rooted.. and follow instructions.. still have the same result..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      if problem persists then you can roll back to XXJVU Firmware!

  • Gulshan Narula

    Dear Neal,

    I have updated Gingerbread.DDKP2 firmware version 2.3.6 on my Samsung Galaxy i9003 using Samsung KIES. Since last few days, it automatically goes into a restart loop on daily basis and does’t come to home screen till the time I hold the power on key for some time. And everytime it happens, the messages, concacts, call logs, etc. get erased.

    Please help me to trace the issue and resolution thereof.

    Thanks n regards,

    Gulshan

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      try clearing the cache and then re apply the update!

  • Tamilselvan

    Thanks Neal…… I am updating what ever you give and so far everything works great….

    Updating with ICS now and will let you know how it works… Thanks a lot again…

    update: My phone didnt boot after installing using ur instructions… Stuck at boot scrren.. could you pls help out as I did wipe cache and reset factory settings…

  • Tamilselvan

    Thanks Neal…… I am updating what ever you give and so far everything works great….

    Updating with ICS now and will let you know how it works… Thanks a lot again…

  • Prem

    Thanks Neal for your quick reply,
    I just want to clarify below points before i flash my SL with ICS 4.0
    1) Does all the application works after going to ICS 4.0 ? I mean – Gmail, Games, Other Apps
    2) Will i be bale to use internet connection or Wifi ?
    3) How can i retain my already installed Apps ? As last time when i flashed with XXKPQ, All of my Apps got deleted and i had to install them again from market.

    Waiting for your quick response. And thanks for great work !!!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes, some apps work while some dont!
      no, not as of now fully,
      no, apps will eb cleared!

  • Sushil

    Hi guys when will be ICS on Galaxy s i9003 ….. thanks

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      there is no exact date, but as in it arrives, we will let you know!

  • Abhinav

    i m unable to understand if galaxy sl will get d official ics update or not… this is coz i hav to choose between neo v and galaxy sl and d neo v will get an official update to ics…. and hows d support of the developer community for d galaxy sl

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      it will be getting but an un official update!

  • Nithin

    thanks man, i updated to 2.3.6 in my I9003
    thank u very much

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      thanks nithin for your comment!

  • Prem

    Hi Neal,
    Currently i am on XXKPQ, which i have updated as per your instructions. Current Version XXKPQ is running smoothly without any issue and Kies also supports this without any issue. I just want to know that if i upgrade to ICS 4.0, Is there any chance that Skype Video Call / Vtok Video talk will work with front camera ? If answer is yes than i see a point in upgrading to ICS 4.0. Please revert me back.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      VIDEO TALK DOESNT SUPPORT IN THIS VERSION!

      • Prem

        Thanks Neal for your quick reply,
        I just want to clarify below points before i flash my SL with ICS 4.0
        1) Does all the application works after going to ICS 4.0 ? I mean – Gmail, Games, Other Apps
        2) Will i be bale to use internet connection or Wifi ?
        3) How can i retain my already installed Apps ? As last time when i flashed with XXKPQ, All of my Apps got deleted and i had to install them again from market.

        Waiting for your quick response. And thanks for great work !!!

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          we have already replied your query, please check with the same!

  • Prasad

    everythin’ is workin’ fine…
    only video call issues!

  • daksh

    ALso my phon is not rooted so to use this version will i have to root my phon as my firmware is ddkpi .please rplyyy thnxx

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      please read and follow the instructions!

      • daksh

        kk sory

  • daksh

    hey neal few days back i updated my phon with 2.3.6 ddkpi so can i directly update with this versiondou recommend me to download this or waith until a stable version has arrived

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes daksh you can directly update but please follow the instructions

  • amrith

    no it is not working at all i think this is fake

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela Pradeep Neela

      Its working, since its alpha most of the things wont work!

  • tuckhoe

    tried to update, done but stuck at boot screen

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      remove the battery and try again!

  • tuckhoe

    neal, this version cant support any app at all??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes, since its in the alpha stage some of the apps won’t work!

  • Nidhesh

    HO GAYA BHAI.. THANK YOU.. JAB ANDROID 4 AA JAYE TO BATA DENA.. OR ESE HI EXPLAIN KERKE UPDATE KERNA…. APPRECIATED… :-)

    • Yogesh Patel

      Will keep you updated, subscribe to email alerts, Thanks

  • kunalujain

    can we Update Galaxy SL XXKPH 2.3.4 with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 Alpha Firmware…? without flashing xxkpn…?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes you can apply the update!

  • ayaz

    can i apply this on xxkpq 2.3.6 version

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes you can apply this but it should be rooted!

  • Unknown

    This is a copy from someone other than him and he made it like it was made of him without giving credits to the original creator.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      we have mentioned credits at the end of the article!

  • Thomas

    Why new Custom Rom doesn’t work for my i9003 ?

    After i install “ice_cream_sandwich_sdk_build_firstbootable.zip” from SDcard, my device keep stucking at “samsung” logo and never boot into main screen. Can you help me?

    This is the step i did:
    1) Put the “ice_cream_sandwich_sdk_build_firstbootable.zip” file into SDcard
    2) go to Rom Manager > Flash into recovery mode (i choose i9000)
    3) do nandroid backup & titanium backup
    4) boot into recovery mode, select install zip. from SDcard.
    5) choose zip from SDcard then install

    After that the message show bellow>

    Finding update package…
    Verifing update package…
    E.Failed to verify the whole-file sygnature
    E:signature verification failed
    Instalation aborted.

    Then i choose
    toggle signature verification
    change from “enable” to “disable”
    install zip. again message shown installation completed
    wide dalvik cache in recovery mode,
    After that, reboot system.

    Once i reboot, i found out that my phone stuck in the “Samsung” logo… God, please help me !!
    Currently my phone have been restart many time and flash so many time, i just want to get simple custom rom only. Amen…

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      you need to root your phone to use this ROM, as i can see your phone is not yet rooted!

      • Thomas

        I have rooted my phone early already. so how?

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          you can proceed with this update!

        • Thomas

          Is it necessary for us to deodex our i9003 before we proceed the update?

          • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

            no, its not necessary!

        • Thomas

          Anyway, the theme work nicely after i deodex my phone. However, some of animation never work and often shown “failed unexpectedly, try again”. Thx…

  • Dharmin

    Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 Alpha Firmware not working after updating…. my phone not starting after Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 Alpha Firmware update…….

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      its an unstable update! you need to update with stable release!

  • Unknown

    can you tell us who are the great guys working no the port?

    • Unknown

      *on* sry for my typing error

  • Vikas Kalol

    I didnt get it. Samsung will unofficially release it ?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      it will be developed by third party developers!

  • Vikas Kalol

    Have you guys confirmed from people working in Samsung that ICS will be released for this phone? If yes, that is awesome news.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      it will be released un officially!

  • Thomas

    I like the way you post with clearly steps all the time and the website is very convenient to use. Somehow, one thing i not satisfied is my phone was stacking at the logo when booting. I wait for 15 minute after that i pull out my battery then my phone reboot over and over again, finally i decided to flashing it back to XXKPN.

    • Prabhu

      the same which i faced too…
      when again i flashed xxkpn and rooted now i am unable to send or receive through bluetooth.. are u facing that too uh?
      please suggest me how to resolve this issue…

      • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

        no, there are not any issues reported in XXKPN AS OF NOW!

        • Prabhu

          i wiped cache and data now i didnt see that issue…

  • nir

    After rooting with xxkpn…the benchmark score is 1417…even more the nexus one2.2.thnk you neal..

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      its normal!

  • Vivek

    Hi Near,

    heard latest firmware recently updated again for GTI9003, after xxkpn. is it true ? XXKPQ, how can we get it..\\ i am expecting new version. for my video call issue.. when front camera gets turned on internet video call. my device gets reboot.. in yahoo messenger new version. video calls supports frontcamera. but not working on GTI9003.

    Last modified:
    2011-11-09
    Latest firmware:
    I9003XXKPQ/I9003SERKPQ/I9003XXKPQ/I9003XXKPQ

    thanks
    thanks

    • Vivek

      Yes, now I got Update from KIES.. 2.3.6 XXKPQ already.. good n stable version.. skype yahoo video calls issue same.. front camera not working yet on internet video call.

      • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

        yes its an alpha port and not the final version!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      as of now we didn’t find any such update, we will keep you posted as soon as we get the info on the same

  • Marcel

    hey, since ICS source code is out, when can we expect a beta android 4.0.1 upgrade for samsung i9003 .
    BTW, can thank you all those working hard to get ICS working in i9003

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      the stable version will soon be coming out!

  • Avinash

    Hi Neal, Can you please put up pictures of already upgraded phone? Would like to feel the difference, also is face unlock feature working with I9003?

    Thank you

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      we will try our level best to put up the same!

  • Vivek

    Hi Neal,

    Do you think, My Skype video call issue will be solved. if i update to Ice cream sandwich.?. Currently I’m on XXKPN…

    Thanks

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      NO, THIS UPDATE IS AN ALPHA RELEASE AND NO APPS WORK IN THIS VERSION

  • Naresh

    it is not supported for i9003

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      it is for I9003!

  • Prabhu

    Hi neel,
    followed all the steps carefully but its not working for me… after “install zip from SD card” in recovery mode.. its telling updated success fully but still it hangs at boot screen itself not entering inside not even turning off, when i press power button.. i removed battery and installed XXKPN again and rooted…