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

By Pradeep Neela / November 17, 2011 / Galaxy SL I9003 2

Quick Pre Upgrade Instructions:

  • First up you will have to charge your phone to a minimum of 60% so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the process of firmware update.
  • Backup all your data as this is the Alpha built of ICS 4.0 and most of the functionalities doesn’t work, the data will be lost. With the help of below mentioned tips you can back up all your data which is there in your phone. Also, remove the Sim card from your phone so that the data in the sim memory is kept safe.

Notes – Backup in the mail so that you can then restore manually
SMS Messages – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts Stored in Phone MemorySync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
Videos, Images, Videos & Files etc.– Copy to internal / External SD Card,
Internet & MMS Settings – Backup all the settings from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”.

  • Enable the USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging”. Close / disable all the Antivirus, Firewall and PC suites like KIES in your computer or else these tools will interrupt the process of firmware update.
  • Just in case if you are on the custom ROM then you will have to get into the recovery mode first and then you need to select the options like Wipe Cache partition and Wipe Data as after doing this you will see that all the cache data will be deleted. Also, just in case if the Voodoo components are installed then you need to disable the same from the “advanced” option in recovery mode.

USB Debugging

Let’s proceed to the next page where we will see on how you can install this all new firmware of ICS.

95 thoughts on “How To Update Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 Alpha Firmware”

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

      1. 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

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

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

  4. 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

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

  6. 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 ??

      1. 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..

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

  8. 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

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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 !!!

  12. 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

  13. 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.

      1. 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 !!!

  14. 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

  15. 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

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

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

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

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

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

  22. 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.

    1. 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…

  23. 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

    1. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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…

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