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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.


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

    • yes you can but an unofficial build

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

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

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

  5. i need ice_cream_sandwich_sdk_build_firstbootable.zip for samsung gt 9003

  6. i need ice_cream_sandwich_sdk_build_firstbootable.zip

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

  8. Sandeep Thakurala

    Hi Neal,

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


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

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

  12. 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 ??

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

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

  15. 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,


  16. 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. 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. 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 !!!

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

  20. 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

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