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Samsung Galaxy S firmware update to Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich

Updated on July 02, 2013
ICS for SGS
ICS for SGS

Samsung Galaxy S Update | Dream of Android 4.0 Galaxy S

If you are an unfortunate owner of a Samsung Galaxy S mobile then you have probably known that you are not getting the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich update from Samsung. It is because of their complex Touchwiz launcher which runs over the basic Android they are unable to update it.There is no chance of any Jelly Bean update either.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 4.0 or ICS will be a killer combination!

N.B.: Samsung is giving some ICS smell to the existing Samsung Galaxy S I9000 users. It is not ICS but some functions of ICS in Gingerbread.

According to theverge.com

“Samsung has just distributed the worst news of this Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade cycle: the popular Galaxy S smartphone that sold 10 million units last year and the 7-inch Galaxy Tab tablet won't be upgraded to Android 4.0. The company's argument is that they lack sufficient RAM and ROM to run the new OS alongside TouchWiz and other "experience-enhancing" software. This will come as a massive blow to the great many users of the Galaxy S, who would have rightly expected the 1GHz Hummingbird processor and accompanying memory to be able to handle ICS — it's the same hardware as you'll find inside the Nexus S, and that phone is receiving Android 4.0 over the air right now.”

c.f. http://www.theverge.com

Before Update
Before Update
After update
After update

So, the Galaxy S users are in the dark forever? No, you have a solution in hand for Galaxy S update. The Samsung Galaxy S software update process we are going to discuss is tested with positive results.

Your mobile is an android device and freedom is the main mantra of Android. So, it is very much possible to update Samsung Galaxy S to ICS. Just follow the simple steps and see the magic.

Warnings!


The ICS ROM is Updated for You! With fully working camera and wi-fi tethering support.

Before jumping to the process of upgrading you must consider these words of caution as follows:

1. If you are a novice android user better to seek an expert’s help to do it.
2. This process is not 100% safe and you should proceed in your own risk. But if you do it rightly chances of any harm to your phone is very low. Don’t blame me afterwards.
3. Charge your phone fully before updating. If the battery empties during the process your phone may become dead.
4. Network locked devices are not recommended for this update.

Samsung Galaxy S Ice Cream Sandwich Update

To update your Galaxy S to Icecream Sandwich you need to follow the steps described below:

Stage I

1.Update your Samsung KIES tool to the latest version (of it is not already done.)

2.Backup all your data before advancing. While backup never use KIES backup tool but use other methods like backing up your Notes in Mail; videos, images and songs in SD card and contacts in outlook etc. Use an app to do better backup of your all files and settings. You may perform a nandroid backup.

3.You need XXJVU firmware in your phone. Check it in your phone by: Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version. If it is not then update it to XXJVU from here.

4. You also to root your device before advancing. If it is not already done you can go here.

5.Enable USB Debugging on your device from: Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging.

6. Download the main package: Android ICS 4.0.3. Then transfer the zip to your Galaxy S mobile’s SD card.

7.Now disconnect the mobile from the PC by detaching the USB cable.

8.Go to the recovery mood by pressing and holding three switches simultaneously: Volume UP + OK + Power.

9.While in recovery mode, select “Wipe data/factory reset”, “Wipe Cache partition” to clear all the cache present in the device.

10.Select “install zip from sd card” > “choose zip from sd card” and then select the zip file which you placed in the phone “ I9000_STOCKPLUS_ICS_RC4_v2.zip ”

11.It will take around 15 – 20 minutes for applying this update. After this, you need to select “++++ Go Back ++++” and then select “reboot system now” to reboot the phone.

12.Repeat is necessary if the updating fails.

Now you have an Android 4.0 Samsung Galaxy S device.

Some Cool Features of Android ICS

1) No need of physical back, home, search and menu buttons.

2) Great multitasking and app switching.

3) Faster than previous Androids.

4) Face Unlock support.

5) Sleek.

6) Re-sizable widgets.

Samsung Galaxy S Quick Info

Samsung Galaxy S was the 2010 flagship of Samsung in response to Apple made iPhone. This phone has a 4 inches super AMOLED screen with 640x800 resolution. It is powered by a 1 GHz Cortex A8 CPU and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The handset has a 5MP camera capable of shooting 720p video.

Will this Update Work for Me?

The results show that most of the SGS users who have tried this method got success. So, it can be said that this firmware up-gradation method works.

But for some people the ICS update process fails. There can be many reasons for such failures. The most common reason is that SGS has wild varieties of models with different type of in-built softwares which can create trouble. The users with no experience at all should consult a known person before doing it.

If You Face Problems

Some of the users are facing some problems. In some cases, the Google Play Store is not functioning. In that case, you can install this GApps package. You need to put the zip file on the SD card. After that go to the recovery mode (as stated above) and install the zip from the SD card. I hope that it would help to solve your problems.


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      Sgaap 4 years ago

      Thanks works like a charm!!

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      I am happy too help.

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      kromwal 4 years ago

      is it possible to change the language after installing 4.0?

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      Roger 4 years ago

      Your article starts with Galaxy S then goes to S II. Which is it? Or does it not matter?

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Changing language is possible @kromwal

      Where it goes to Galaxy sII???

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      Roger 4 years ago

      In #6 it says S II. Doesn't matter?

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Roger it is now corrected. Thank you for your pointing out the error.

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      Roger 4 years ago

      NP. Now that that's clear I'll give it a try.

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      Rainer 4 years ago

      Does this update also work on Samsung Galaxy S (non-international). I´m not sure if the Rom also works on a german Galaxy S

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      alex 4 years ago

      my phone is restarting for like 30 minutes... I can't read what is saying... .. is it ok this way?:) thank you

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      alex 4 years ago

      please add this to your post: if you have an sd card please remove it :) it will give you some error and will restart for ever :)

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      MAZEERMOHAMAD 4 years ago

      Hello! works great! thanx! can you tell me how to snap the screen??? i've tried back button+home button didn't work.. also, back button+power button and also volume up key+power button.. NOTHING WORK.. can anyone share the tricks?? thank you! :'D

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      Antitrust 4 years ago

      First press the volue up button, then home button and last power. Hold all three buttons for few seconds...

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      Elior 4 years ago

      Thanks works great

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      chris 4 years ago

      does it work on s plus? thank you

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Chance is less

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      Ana 4 years ago

      hi everyone,

      i´ve done all the procedures but it keeps restarting all the time..is it normal?? Or do I have to remove actually the sd card? I thought that I had to install the zip file from sd card..pleeeease someone help!!

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      Ana 4 years ago

      Problem solved!

      I took out the sd card and now it´s installing the rom without being restarted all the time...

      YOU REALLY HAVE TO REMOVE THE SD CARD TO PROCEDE WITH THE INSTALL !!

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      janicealcantara 4 years ago

      Nice tutorial!

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      G.M. 4 years ago

      I have tried other custom rom but FM radio and external sd card not woking. Is it working in this rom.

      Please reply

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