Galaxy SL I9003

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.

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  1. Jo

    April 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    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. Nitish

    April 17, 2012 at 10:41 am

    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!!

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      just try again, if it doesn’t then there is no fix for it as of now!

  3. Ishfaque

    March 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    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. Ruchir

    January 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

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

  5. shrikanth

    December 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    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

    • Pradeep Neela

      December 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      is it a locked handset? are you able to access all gsm networks in India? If no then it first needs to be unlocked!

  6. Srinath

    December 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 17, 2011 at 12:48 am


  7. Ducu

    December 13, 2011 at 1:32 am

    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?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      clear the cache from recovery and re apply the update. please follow the instructions!

  8. Said Abdillah

    December 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    It works well .. Thanks !

  9. MUM Khan

    December 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    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. ap awesome

    December 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 7, 2011 at 12:55 am

      yes you can apply with this update but we advice you should go with XXKPN update!

      • ap awesome

        December 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm

        Thanks Neil.. So I can apply the XXKPN upgrade with my current firmware XWKPG ?

        • NeaL Pradeep

          December 11, 2011 at 11:38 pm

          yes you can update directly!

        • ap awesome

          December 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

          Thnx alot Neil !

  11. Piyush

    December 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    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.

    • Piyush

      December 6, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      Hey Neal,
      please reply for my above queries…
      And which one is better in ddkpg and xxkpn

      • NeaL Pradeep

        December 7, 2011 at 12:59 am

        due to heavy load of comments, sometimes it may get delayed to reply comments!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      there will be no issues if you follow the instructions!

  12. Afzal

    December 4, 2011 at 10:46 am


  13. Sam

    December 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 4, 2011 at 12:07 am


  14. Shyam

    December 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Just updated through Kies. Looks good so far.

  15. pritam.kukillaya

    December 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

    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.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 4, 2011 at 12:12 am

      it doesnt support kies as its on the beta version of firmware!

  16. Daksh

    December 2, 2011 at 12:46 am

    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. Daksh

    December 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm

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

  18. Daksh

    December 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      go with XXKPN as of now! as we got positive feedbacks for the same!

  19. HEMANT

    November 30, 2011 at 10:58 am

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      December 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      just turn off the phone for 15 – 20 minutes, and then restart the phone! it will be solved!

  20. VIJAY

    November 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm


    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      no, as of now you can update the same manually!

  21. VIJAY

    November 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      have you updated via KIES? you can update with XXKPN firmware for your SL I9003

  22. Nick

    November 24, 2011 at 11:45 am

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 24, 2011 at 11:45 am

      yes nick you can proceed with the update!

  23. Nick

    November 24, 2011 at 11:04 am

    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. Prathvish

    November 23, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      XXKPN is better!

      • prathvish

        November 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm

        hi Neal.
        please assist me how to flash xxkpn version. i never updated any Europe version. previously it was 2.2.1. now i updated 2.3.5 ddkpg version via kies. i have xxkpn binary. in that pda files only available. so pit, phone, csc not required ? we can flash directly Xxkpn over ddkpg? please tell me.

        • NeaL Pradeep

          November 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm

          simple, follow the instructions and you will not face any issues!


    November 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm


    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      update with XXKPN!


        November 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm



    November 22, 2011 at 1:02 am

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 22, 2011 at 9:30 am

      yes the front cam works in skype for XXKPN Update!

  27. vivek

    November 20, 2011 at 1:38 am

    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.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 20, 2011 at 10:52 am

      update with XXKPN as its the latest version!

  28. Mohammed Aamir

    November 16, 2011 at 12:56 am

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 16, 2011 at 1:00 am

      update with XXKPN VERSION OF FIRMWARE FOR I9003!

      • Mohammed Aamir

        November 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

        XXKPN also gives me the same problem ….

        • NeaL Pradeep

          November 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

          have you checked by clearing the cache?

  29. Gaurav Pitale

    November 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 16, 2011 at 12:49 am


  30. Gaurav Pitale

    November 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    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. bhargava pejakala

    November 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    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. rroxx

    November 14, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 16, 2011 at 12:56 am

      sure buddy!

      • rroxx

        November 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

        Hey Neal, Currently im running Gingerbread 2.3.5 DDKPG Firmware,
        Heard XXKPN is more stable so can i directly change from DDKPG to XXKPN 2.3.5 ?
        Should i first install XXKPE and then change to XXKPN 2.3.5 !!!
        Im confused! Please guide me buddy 🙂
        Many Thanks

        • NeaL Pradeep

          November 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

          yes you can directly apply the update of XXKPN!

  33. Siddhanta

    November 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      update with the latest XXKPN version of firmware!

      • Siddhanta

        November 14, 2011 at 11:13 pm

        tried it, but the same problem persists…

      • anindya

        November 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm

        hiiii everyone 🙂
        i have a samasung galaxy SL I9003 with froyo 2.2.1 .
        i neever updated my phone before with ODIN or somekind of tricks .
        i dont have a memory card too 🙁
        so i just want to know that can i use this update XXKPN ?????
        thanks in advance ,
        great site 😀

        • NeaL Pradeep

          November 16, 2011 at 12:55 am

          yes, you can proceed with the update! let us know for any help!

      • Siddhanta

        November 15, 2011 at 9:47 am

        i downgraded to kph firmware again and now i still cant connect over wi-fi… previously i was able to connect over it… need help… please

        • NeaL Pradeep

          November 15, 2011 at 10:50 am

          you need to apply update via Wi Fi!

      • Siddhanta

        November 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        how do i do that?

  34. Siddhanta

    November 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      yes you can directly update the phone!

  35. Sohan

    November 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    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. Tufail

    November 14, 2011 at 9:50 am

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


  37. Nikhil

    November 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    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.

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 14, 2011 at 12:16 am

      yes nikhil you can very well update!
      we recommend original cable as other cable may or may not connect the device!

      • Nikhil

        November 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

        thank you neil for your reply..:)


    November 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm

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

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 14, 2011 at 12:21 am

      we will soon come up with the same!

  39. kevin

    November 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    “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?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 14, 2011 at 12:21 am

      XXKPN is reportedly more stable than any other version!

  40. Santhosh

    November 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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

    Why it is so? Will there be any problem?

  41. kumi

    November 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm

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

  42. dzoneink

    November 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm

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

  43. Vivek

    November 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    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)


    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      we will soon cover the xxkpn update!

  44. Vivek

    November 13, 2011 at 3:29 am

    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.


    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 13, 2011 at 10:32 am

      yes you can update with the same!

      • Vivek

        November 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

        I have upgraded it, but it shows i9003DDKp3 not kpg, also it shows on Kies. this version cant support/ cant get update via Kies.. xxkpn was working fine on Kies.

        PLease let me know. any other updates?

  45. shashi

    November 13, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Ive applied this update over XXKPN its working fine.

    • kavish

      November 27, 2011 at 10:14 am

      Does this version have any Wifi issue

  46. deepak

    November 12, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    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. Jacob

    November 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    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. Santhosh

    November 12, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    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?


    • Santhosh

      November 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm


      Please help me can i proceed direct to this firmware update from my JPKP5 2.3.4 or is there any prerequisite?

      • NeaL Pradeep

        November 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

        you can update with this version of firmware!

  49. Joey

    November 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    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?


    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      yes you can update with XXKPN version of firmware!

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