How To Update Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 with Official Gingerbread 2.3.5 DDKPG Firmware

Special Advisory: Proceed with the instructions if and only if you are from India and has Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 phone. This update is not recommended by the users of any other region.

Turn On Smart Life LogoUsers who faced issues with the Gingerbread 2.3 release like XXKPM as well as other versions can now update with a new version of firmware of DDKPG Gingerbread 2.3. This update was recently released by Samsung Electronics via KIES. This update can’t be applied if you have recently updated your Galaxy SL I9003 with XXKPM version or any other. Recently it has been found that users were facing many issues with the beta firmwares and this firmware of DDKPG comes as a huge respite for all of them.

In the due course of the article we will see on what are the list of pre requisites followed by the list of instructions to apply this update of Gingerbread 2.3.4.

Rooting Information:
Please note that applying this update won’t root the device in any manner, hence the warranty stays intact. Also, just in case if you have rooted the phone earlier then after updating with this version, the rooting access is revoked. Also, applying this update won’t require you to root your device. Just in case if you are interested to root the phone, then we will soon come up with the article on how to root Galaxy SL I9003 on DDKPG firmware version.

Note: Please note that this update is only valid for the users having the device with the model number as Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 and not with any other similar looking models like I9000 etc.

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

Before proceeding you strictly need to follow the pre requisite as mentioned so to avoid from the post firmware upgrade issues which are mentioned below.

Pre Firmware Upgrade Instructions:

  • Charge your phone’s battery to the minimum of 70% before proceeding just to make sure that device doesn’t get turned Off in the process of firmware update.
  • Backup all the data which is in the phone memory, so that if any of the data is corrupted or lost can be restored back easily. Follow the backup and restore tricks which are mentioned below.

Text messages – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Phone Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
Pictures, Music, 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 as shown in the below screenshot. Disable all the tools like Firewalls, Antivirus suites and KIES in your computer as these tools tend to interrupt he process of the firmware update.

Instructions to Users on Custom ROMs:
If you are on any of the custom ROMs then you need to turn Off the phone so that the Recovery MODE can be turned ON in the phone. 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 Video below to know more on how to enter the phone into the recovery mode.

The recovery mode can be entered by pressing  Volume UP + Center button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. 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. This process will basically clear all the cache data which is present in your phone.

In the recovery mode, if you see the “advanced” option then select he same and disable the “Voodoo” options if at all there are any and alternatively you need to clear the battery stats too. After this select “Go back” and then choose the options like Wipe data/factory reset, Wipe Cache partition and then select reboot system now to reboot he phone.

So, let’s start with the procedure which is mentioned in the next page.


  1. this upgrade worked like charm, and connecting to wifi hasnt been a problem..until i cant connect to wifi anymore..i got my phone into recovery mode and wipe cache then reboot,still cant connect..can anyone help me..??this frustrates me real bad…..:(

    samsung galaxy sL i9003

  2. Neel, I have GT-i9003 with Froyo 2.1 DDKB2.

    Am unable to enter the Download Mode by simultaneously pressing the 3 keys.

    Please suggest a workaround!!

  3. Hi My Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 reboot continuously. Every time when system reboot the startup steps screen is appear and when i complete the steps system reboot again some time on middle in the steps and some time on home screen when i click on menu. System is also not going in recovery mood by clicking volume down + Home (Middle button) + Reboot but recovery screen is not appear. Please help me to resolve the issue

  4. DDKPG is the CSC name and XWKPG is the PDA or the firmware name/version. Am I right?

  5. I bought my mobile from dubai of china made n its hanging up again n again n gettting swithchoff ..
    m in india now.. can i upgrade my software from here.. which one i have to do.
    in service centre they denied to upgrade and told that the motherboard may get harm if they do.. is this is true…
    plz help me

  6. After i have Up graded my firmware i cant download any app from android market i get msg like insufficient space error while downloading…

    can anyone help me in fixing this problem

    Thanks in advance

  7. Hello, i have fw 2.2.1 on my i9003. In order to upgrade the firmware i have downloaded Kies, connected the device to my pc, Kies automaticly recognizes Samsung i9003 SL device and prompts me that a firmware update is ready to be installed, i click ok -> accept all license agreements -> then while the software is \downloading files to be installed on my device\ the phone disconnects from Kies …. so i remain in an infinite \prepare for firmware upgrade – please do not disconnect the cable from the PC\ message loop
    I don’t even touch the damn thing, any ideas?

  8. It works well .. Thanks !

  9. I have updated my Samsung galaxy Sl i9003 with this XXKPN GB ,After this i am unable to connect via Kies for Backup restoration,which is done before up gradation .Even after going back to Froyo 2.2.1 version.On connecting mobile to kies giving message as..
    Android MTP…
    Samsung mobile MTP device ….
    A problem occurred during installation.your hardware might not working properly.
    please help me.

  10. My phone has I9003DDKP3 and gingerbread XWKPG. I have updated the phone offcially via KIES. My question is that can I root the phone?

  11. Hey i have one cofusion. As of now u r only providing the file for [PDA] in odin and previously u were giving the seperate file for all like modem, csc, bootloader, pit and all. So, my question is, recent upgrades will upgrade every thing or only some part. As recent two three upgrades made no changes in my directory structure of my SDCard. Where as you say the firmware deletes everything like apps and data.. but after applying froyo ddkb2, and later ginger JPKP5 and XXKPQ doesnt even deleted any folder created by old installed apps as well as data. Please tell me wether all the temporary files are still lying if it is how to remove all those, as i had already done wipe cache partition and all after everytime i upgraded it to any firmware. I want to completely flush my mobile and reinstall from scrath.

  12. Hi i have a 2.2.1 froyo DDKB2 & MY BASEBAND IS I9003DDKA5 CAN I APPLY THIS UPDATE ON MY PHONE?


    not able to download the package. And i guess i can do this on my brand new SG I9003 ?

  14. Just updated through Kies. Looks good so far.

  15. After upgrading to 2.3.5, i9003DDKP3. gingerbread.xwpg;

    when i connect USB to Kies (PC/Laptop)

    1) Phone goes into MTP mode directly, no choice like before.

    Sometimes asks what action i would like to take .ie. nothing, browse…

    2) Kies does not connect to the phone. reloaded Kies also which still does not help.

  16. Hey neal i followed instructions to download XXKPN Package but at the first of my upgrade only im not able to unzip the package as it shows me empty folder and invalid please help me bro i want upgrade my phone

  17. Is the 2.3.6 firmware UVKJ6 good and has it been released in india

  18. Hey friend can u recommendme wich firmware is good for galaxy s i9003 XXKPM or DDKPG

  19. Hey neal i updated wid ddkpg version wrks grt…xcept fr the fact dat it overheats:-(


  21. Hi!!
    i updated my i9003 with 2.3.5 gingerbread.XWKPG THROUGH KIES UPDATE FROM FRAYO.

  22. thnx neal…after updating will it work perfectly?? i hav never updated before.. any useful tips???

  23. hey neal i am hvng samsung galaxy sl i9003 which is presently running on froyo 2.2.1. can i directly upgrade it to gingerbread 2.3.5 DDKPG using the above procedure?? or do i need to follow any other procedure in between??will the warranty of my phone be void if i follow the above procedure?

  24. Hi i am from India, I’ve updated my phone Samsung galaxy i9003 from 2.2.1 to 2.3.5 via kies.

    My phone shows :

    Base band version I9003DDKP3
    Build number: GINGERBREAD.XWKPG

    Please tell me which one is better DDKPG or XXKPN? If i have to go XXKPN then what i’ve to do. directly flash XXKPN, or i’ve to flash first European software (XXKPM etc) then ive to go XXKPN?
    Please assist me


  26. does this solve thw problem of front camera while uising skype? hpw is the battery life compared to the froyo?

  27. dear neal ji
    i am in india, which is best for me xxkpn or ddkpg for my galaxy sl i9003. i frequently use my phone as a usb modem via kies would i be able to do it after update. i am currently on jpkp5.
    please let me know soon. i am very exited for 2.3.5 I REALLY LIKE AND APPRECIATE YOUR WORK.

  28. Please help me . My phone keeps restarting again and again after the firmware has updated . what do i do ?? Please help …

  29. Hi!
    I updated from DDKF1 to DDKPG through KIES but the problem is my phone is showing the following values
    also now the firmware version is not shown when i connect to kies
    even though i’m getting network the market app is having problem.
    I have 2 questions!
    1:should update to firmware provided in this post?
    2:and if i should update will have to flash first with XXKPE or directly flash with DDKPG provided here?

    PLS reply

  30. Hi!
    I updated from DDKF1 to DDKPG through but the problem is my phone is showing the following values
    also now the firmware version is not shown when i connect to kies
    even though i’m getting network the market app is having problem.
    I have 2 questions!
    1:should update to firmware provided in this post?
    2:and if i should update will have to flash first with XXKPE or directly flash with DDKPG provided here?

    PLS reply

  31. I follwed the procedure above but after the download was complete it never prompted me to enter the google account details.I continued and turned on phone in revovery mode.Now i am not able to set up gmail account.Please help

  32. Thanks Neal :) Updated and the process was really smooth with your detailed steps of explanation thanks again!

    Now help me rooting this Gingerbread 2.3.5 DDKPG please :)

    Thank you

  33. facing connectivity issues with wi-fi… it keeps disconnecting repeatedly… any suggestions?

  34. i’m using xxkph now… can i update to ddkpg directly? my phone from india

  35. hello thank you for every thing
    i am from India currently using xxkpm and rooted…now dilemma between xxkpn and ddkpg. which one is better? or should I stay with xxkpm?

  36. I bought my i9003 from Dubai but I am right now in India. Which version should I update to, DDKPG or XXKPN?


  37. Hi Neil,

    I stay at Dubai and I bought this phone in Dubai it self…my mobile is made in China..

    1st Question can I update my mobile using this version and

    2nd Question I dont have the samsung original cable but I have another cable when I connect my mobile to system using that cable it works normally as it used to…

    Please help me with ur reply asap..

    Thank You.

  38. Please tell a way to root in ddkpg.. Without that, Im not able to fully customise the phone.. Thanks…!!!

  39. “This update can’t be applied if you have recently updated your Galaxy SL I9003 with XXKPM version or any other.” Is it mean that now i have a version 2.3.5xxkpm so i can’t update to this? and wat’s the difference between them? which 1 is more stable?

  40. Hi,
    I have updated but by baseband version it shows DDKP3 and not DDKPG.

    Why it is so? Will there be any problem?

  41. i did what is says in the video… but my phone doesnt go downloading….. i dunno wat else to do… im from philippine

  42. Updaed from XXKPM to DDKPG. Everything works fine but not supported in Kies.
    Can I get back to XXKPM?

  43. This DDKP3 released on 28th oct, XXKPN was released on November8th, I think XXKPN latest and stable. DDKP3, I feel my phone getting heated easily. Neal PLease advise me. what do you think? (XXKPN can latest updates from Kies2 too. but DDKP3 can not)


  44. I have 2.3.5 XXKPN already. which i updated from Kies. do i have to update DDKPG, is that same of mine or latest?. I still hav the problem. video calls not sending my video to others..on skype.


  45. Ive applied this update over XXKPN its working fine.

  46. hi, followed all the steps but as i hit start it just hangs up and dosent go further. please help what to do. i use galaxy s i9003 (india)

  47. good day.. thanks for this update.. i updated the phone via software update in the phone and the end result is xxkpn, is this the same with ddkpg? sorry im a noobie..

  48. Hi,
    What are the changes in this firmware update? Also right now i’m using JPKP5 2.3.4 can i go to this update directly?


  49. What does this mean?

    “This update can’t be applied if you have recently updated your Galaxy SL I9003 with XXKPM version or any other.”

    I updated my unit to 2.3.5 XXKPM just recently. Why I can’t apply this official version to my phone?