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

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 Comments
  1. Reply vivin August 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

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

    • Reply Pradeep Neela August 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      yes you can but an unofficial build

      • Reply saif cute August 29, 2012 at 11:13 am

        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 August 29, 2012 at 11:18 am

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

  2. Reply dddd May 26, 2012 at 10:18 am

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

  3. Reply JIGAR May 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm

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

  4. Reply mathew May 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

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

  5. Reply madhusha April 28, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    i need ice_cream_sandwich_sdk_build_firstbootable.zip for samsung gt 9003

  6. Reply madhusha April 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    i need ice_cream_sandwich_sdk_build_firstbootable.zip

  7. Reply vinoth April 2, 2012 at 7:38 am

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

    • Reply Neela Pradeep April 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      no, please follow the tutorial!

  8. Reply Sandeep Thakurala March 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Hi Neal,

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

    Thanks

  9. Reply Gurpreet singh March 16, 2012 at 11:01 am

    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

  10. Reply gokul March 15, 2012 at 1:35 pm

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

  11. Reply Ala'a March 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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

  12. Reply Jasjot March 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    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 ??

    • Reply Pradeep Neela March 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

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

    • Reply satheem August 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

      2.3.6 ddlf2 upadate available with officially

  13. Reply muse February 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm

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

    • Reply Pradeep Neela February 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

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

      • Reply Deepak February 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

        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..

  14. Reply richard January 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm

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

    • Reply Pradeep Neela January 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

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

  15. Reply Gulshan Narula December 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    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

    • Reply Pradeep Neela December 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      try clearing the cache and then re apply the update!

  16. Reply Tamilselvan December 28, 2011 at 3:10 am

    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…

  17. Reply Tamilselvan December 28, 2011 at 2:06 am

    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…

  18. Reply Prem December 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    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 !!!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm

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

  19. Reply Sushil December 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 18, 2011 at 11:56 pm

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

  20. Reply Abhinav December 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 18, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      it will be getting but an un official update!

  21. Reply Nithin December 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

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

  22. Reply Prem December 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    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.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 17, 2011 at 12:44 am

      VIDEO TALK DOESNT SUPPORT IN THIS VERSION!

      • Reply Prem December 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm

        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 !!!

        • NeaL Pradeep December 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

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

  23. Reply Prasad December 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

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

  24. Reply daksh December 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      please read and follow the instructions!

      • Reply daksh December 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm

        kk sory

  25. Reply daksh December 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      yes daksh you can directly update but please follow the instructions

  26. Reply amrith December 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm

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

    • Reply Pradeep Neela December 29, 2011 at 2:23 am

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

  27. Reply tuckhoe December 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

    tried to update, done but stuck at boot screen

  28. Reply tuckhoe December 9, 2011 at 8:10 am

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep December 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

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

  29. Reply Nidhesh December 9, 2011 at 1:22 am

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

    • Reply Yogesh Patel December 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      Will keep you updated, subscribe to email alerts, Thanks

  30. Reply kunalujain December 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm

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

  31. Reply ayaz November 26, 2011 at 12:50 am

    can i apply this on xxkpq 2.3.6 version

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      yes you can apply this but it should be rooted!

  32. Reply Unknown November 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

    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.

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 24, 2011 at 10:55 am

      we have mentioned credits at the end of the article!

  33. Reply Thomas November 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

    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…

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 24, 2011 at 10:56 am

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

      • Reply Thomas November 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm

        I have rooted my phone early already. so how?

        • NeaL Pradeep November 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

          you can proceed with this update!

        • Thomas November 25, 2011 at 1:16 am

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

        • NeaL Pradeep November 25, 2011 at 11:02 am

          no, its not necessary!

        • Thomas November 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm

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

  34. Reply Dharmin November 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm

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

  35. Reply Unknown November 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

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

    • Reply Unknown November 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      *on* sry for my typing error

  36. Reply Vikas Kalol November 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I didnt get it. Samsung will unofficially release it ?

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      it will be developed by third party developers!

  37. Reply Vikas Kalol November 22, 2011 at 10:45 am

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

  38. Reply Thomas November 20, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    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.

    • Reply Prabhu November 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      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…

      • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

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

        • Prabhu November 22, 2011 at 10:27 am

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

  39. Reply nir November 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm

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

  40. Reply Vivek November 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    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

    • Reply Vivek November 20, 2011 at 12:40 am

      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.

      • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm

        yes its an alpha port and not the final version!

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

      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

  41. Reply Marcel November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      the stable version will soon be coming out!

  42. Reply Avinash November 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm

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

  43. Reply Vivek November 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    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

    • Reply NeaL Pradeep November 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm

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

  44. Reply Naresh November 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    it is not supported for i9003

  45. Reply Prabhu November 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    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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