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

Updated on July 2, 2013

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

“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.”


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.


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 “ ”

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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      moodoo 4 years ago

      Is it works on Samsung Galaxy S (Anycall) Korean?

      Please reply

      My firmware is 2.3.4 I want this upgrade too much but I'm afraid of my phone's dead!

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      himanshu 4 years ago

      hey bro help me im confucse how to update

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      Rundraj 4 years ago

      Signature verification failed ... why?

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      Wicki2005 4 years ago


      Kies still not working! Version

      Any idea?

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      Happy to help you @Distant Mind.

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      Distant Mind 4 years ago

      This is very useful!

    • profile image 4 years ago

      hi how are u? may i help me ,

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      Kev 4 years ago

      This is a bit outdated by now. I just updated my Samsung S I9000 to jellybean. It makes it significantly faster.

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      ASDASDASDASDASDASD 4 years ago

      does it work on Galaxy S Plus ?

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      peter best 4 years ago

      hi i have successfully updated my phone with this firmware and i think its great but there just one thing and i dont no if its just me but i cant find the settings to change it so when i plug in the comp usb cable it auto opens with kies and not the usb transfer does this firmware not work with kies i was just wondering because at the top you said we must have the latest version of kies. thanks for the rom its great. :-)

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      Luke 4 years ago

      Someone has problem after "wipe data/factory reset", "wipe cache partition" with apply update from sdcard with error E: signature verification falied?

      Thank you for answer

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      Robert 4 years ago

      What are the Pro's and Con's of doing this update? Will I still have all my features like the google store, wifi, etc. I have the Samsung Galaxy S 4G

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      evil 4 years ago

      Hi, I followed this post but now my Samsung Galaxy S is boot looping on the google icon. I can't get into recovery or download mode. I'm completely lost. Please help

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      patwa nauman 5 years ago

      is there any problem in rooting the it compulsory to root the phone to install ICS .in step you provided above

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      Mario 5 years ago

      I´ve done all the procedures but now I can't turn on my Galaxy S GT-I9000. I can't get Recovery mode, only Download mode but my PC can't recognise phonetrough USB. HELP PLEASE

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      Godfrey 5 years ago

      Is it alright if I got no SD card ? then I just put zip file to my internal memory, still work?

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      andy 5 years ago

      my PC was blocked and is not finish instal and now i can not power on my phone S Plus

      I push all buttons but i see black screen

      Can anyone HELLP ME!!!

      my id of messenger is HELLP ME please

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      SoFar 5 years ago

      Everything installed and works great EXCEPT my earpiece... mic works, rear speaker works, bluetooth works, earpiece fails. I've read its either the ROM flash or the hardware. I've ordered new hardware and will see if it fixes my Captivate. Anyone with similar issue or fix?

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      behroz 5 years ago

      does it work on samsung galaxy s any call version?

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      kasun 5 years ago

      How to update anycall

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      kasun 5 years ago

      update galaxy anycall android 4.0

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      Leonardo 5 years ago

      Does work in Galaxy S GT I9000B?

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      PS 5 years ago

      Thanks so much. It worked smooth. I only faced one problem for installation looping starting the phone again and gaian in the start of the installation but thanks to one the post which suggested take the SD card out and then it just worked like charm.....Thank you so much. A galaxy S user.

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      kalhara 5 years ago

      Does work m110s phones?

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      ks 5 years ago

      need help my celpho ne i update it and now my two line of the celphobe its not funtioning it just have one line

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      akasleepy 5 years ago

      missed the part about the removing the external sd card and now the phone just reboots wont even let me into recovery mode any thoughts?

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      Johnny 5 years ago

      Does work this on galaxy s plus + :)

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      Santhosh 5 years ago

      I tried to install s 2's software on s using odin now my phone dead wot shud i do ?

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      vishakha 5 years ago

      im having a problem while installing from sd card......

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      Kiel 5 years ago

      Mine is Samsung Galaxy S I9003 is it posible to update my phone with this ICS?

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      gregmchale 5 years ago

      Is there a different "ice cream sandwich" for different carriers?

      My carrier is Bell Canada would the above work for my Galaxy S?

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      Uday 5 years ago

      Hi! I'm using Galaxy SL 4GB(GT-I9003) in India.

      1) Firmware version : 2.3.6

      2) Baseband version : I9003DDKP4

      3) Kernel version :

      4) Build number : GINGERBREAD.DDKP1

      i Tried to do update my phone but getting Error of E:signature verification failed... it appears in red letters and then it aborts the installation

      Waiting for your reply.

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      Emad Gaballah 5 years ago

      Arabic is supported ?

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      Steve Middeldorp 5 years ago

      Trying it now! Upload has gone well, just starting.. Seems like a whole different phone..! :o)

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      Dileep Shastri 5 years ago

      E:signature verification failed... it appears in red letters and then it aborts the installation..

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      Kuper 5 years ago

      Hey chici you should have to backup your phone first using nandroid backup before updating it.

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      chici20 5 years ago

      i tried to follow as mentioned and now my phone doesn't work. it doesn't even turn on. it is dead. what shall i do ? many thanks

      pls contact me

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      gasper 5 years ago

      Keep getting an error when trying to install from zip file that says verification failed????

      Please assist.

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      mack 5 years ago

      Can i install in Samsung galaxy S I9003?

      and then after its work in or not?????

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      John 5 years ago

      dont work in galaxy s advance?

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      sharmanish 5 years ago from Ahmedabad, India

      can i install old firmware or OS in my mobile after install Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich in my Samsung galaxy 'S' I9003

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      mack 5 years ago

      can i reinstall old firmware after install this framewok or android 4.0 in my samsung galaxy s i9003

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      elad 5 years ago

      Wow listen, this just worked like a charm ! thank u very much for the great step by step tutorial, amazing.

      Although you should add a comment about unmounting the sd card otherwise it will continue restarting, and won't install.

      besides that everything works great (for now, i've only been using it for about 3 hours)

      camera, wi-fi, mobile connection etc... everything works perfect. and much faster then before with gingerbread

      again, thank you :)


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      this 5 years ago

      this shitt garbage my phone is just blinks and shows the is update installing but quick gets off n restart gasrbage program n update

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      Ray 5 years ago

      i did this by moving the zip file from sd card to my phone. and my phone is just blinking n trying to update n blinks n gets off n tried to update and blinks n tried to update and gets off. i did something wrong about it.

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Please update Samsung Kies.

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      Alexandra 5 years ago

      is anyone tell me why i can't connect with Samsung Kies? I've try to re-install Kies, but nothing.. again the same problem.. :(

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      anoniem 5 years ago

      does this works to for galaxy s advance? plz help

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      beerhog 5 years ago

      sweet :D

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      senthen 5 years ago


      i cant find my contatcts form sim-card? how can in fix that problem?

      thanks in advance...!

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      Aditya 5 years ago

      I am using Galaxy s advance Can I install this os???

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      Inteq 5 years ago

      It works. Thank you.

      For all of you that failed to install, please keep your posts to yourself and get a tech guy/girl to do it.

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      shaaz 5 years ago

      is it working?

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      OphirOphir 5 years ago


      First I want to thank you for this article.

      This is my first time I dealt with custom ROM and happily it did not brick.

      THANKS !!

      I must say that ICS is much more fun,

      however I do have some problems & questions that might cause me to go back. and I hope you or others can help me.

      With your permission some questions to you

      1) Currently I can't operate the GPS, moreover after completing all what you suggested I found that my phone does not has Google maps application, I could not find a place to download it form.

      Did I missed something or this is a bug in this version?

      2) I also experiences some random problems such as SD access, shutdown and others. another very annoying feature is that the keyboard for SMS messages does not include line feed anymore, since I am new to ICS & custom ROM's I assume this is part of the deal, am I correct? I have seen other articles with different files and versions, where is the place to find the stability of those versions?

      3) Is there a version of Samsung official ROM version + ICS. I assume it will give less functionally in a more stable fashion, are you aware of such version?

      4) where can I find 'reliable' stock ROM version to operate back my GPS.


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      Arun 5 years ago

      always showing signature verification failed while updating. what shall i do pls replay

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      Gudok 5 years ago

      Worked out fine! Only A4.0 is working a bit slower than original firmware. Any chance to improve?

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      Siddhartha 5 years ago

      Hi! I'm using Galaxy SL 4GB(GT-I9003) in India.

      1) Firmware version : 2.3.6

      2) Baseband version : I9003DDKP4

      3) Kernel version : #1

      4) Build number : GINGERBREAD.DDKP3

      Is this update possible on this model? will the walkthrough be the same? If not, can you please help me?

      Waiting for your reply.

      Thanks in advance!

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      Faiq Majid 5 years ago

      also can apply at s advance i9070..??

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      Sreekanth 5 years ago

      I am using Galaxy i-9003. Can I install 4.0???? Please reply..

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      Kunal Nandy 5 years ago

      Mobile Tracker is not there in Security tab. Please help.

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      sarmi89 5 years ago

      Any ideas how to set my mp3 to ringtones? I put song in file holder but still i can't choose it for my ringtone. Anyone know how to do it?

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      Raymond 5 years ago

      Hi pinappu,

      Could you please say if this Android 4.0 version also works on a Samsung Galaxy S Advance?

      Thank you in advance!!!

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      xechip 5 years ago

      its works awesome in i9000 but will it work with the i9003??

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      Burebista 5 years ago

      Works fine, but the Market application doesn't start; overall aspect of the interface is less atractive and less functional than the original Samsung's, so I am reverting to the previous XXJVU. Way better...

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      Manel 5 years ago

      Is it possible to follow this same guide but with a Galaxy S Advance in mind?

      I mean I want to update my Galaxy S Advance to ICS, is it possible with this guide?

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      JonoG 5 years ago

      Not sure what's going on - for some people it works - for others - including me - only a very basic ICS - no apps - including Play, Navigation etc... In fact the phone is going back to Samsung for repair as just about all functionality of my phone has been lost. I feel cheated by this dodgy upgrade - I have done everything suggested here - including Krisko's work around - however total failure! I won't be doing this again.

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      Hanz Roelofsen 5 years ago

      everything works like a charm...except wifi and thats a pity...because it's the main thing for my galaxy s...sure the package contained a fitting wifidriver?

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      Gary 5 years ago

      Hi, Can I ask GT-i9003 can using this?

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      Selman 5 years ago

      I've done all the things but after rebooting I couldn't turn of my phone. Any solution?

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      ilya 5 years ago

      krisko it worked like a charm.. thank you very much.. I almost gave up.. but not everything works great :]

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      amin 5 years ago

      I updated my phone battery was low and I was off into the dead, how can I be correct?

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      Scott 5 years ago

      Do You Answer anyone or just the people you want to???? Does it work for the galaxy s 4g. Baseband version T959VUVKJ6

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      aRVie 5 years ago

      Worked like a charm. Thx a lot for your trouble and sharing. One remark though; many posts are mentioning the not working Google Play Store. Maybe worth an edit in your guide?

      Thx again,


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      Nonni 5 years ago

      Hello, what Krisko wrote kinda worked out for me (not really though), just had to install the Google Play version 3.7.13 (other versions did not work), ran the file and rebooted. Now I have the same problem as Siggi, where Google play crashes when I try to download an App. I can force stop, remove all data and enter the program again. Any ideas on how to fix this or work around it?

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      Siggi 5 years ago

      Hello! It worked fine, but I am not able to enter into Google Market/Play Store. Always gets an error message saying "unfortunately google play has stopped working". I tried to remove cache, all data, and then it lets me enter into the program, but as soon as I try to download something the error message comes again. Can anyone help?

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      Smos 5 years ago

      I Just updated my Samasung Galaxy S to 4.0 ICS ... Looks fine, looks nice, worked smooth, thanks for the explanation!

      Only question: when i startup, it takes one to two minutes before it gets to the mainscreen.... the coloured panels keep turning for ages (it seems) an reason for this? any way to speed this up a little bit?

      Thanks in advance for a short reply

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      bards 5 years ago

      after i update to ics and i dont want it,can i reset to factory setting for default?any problem when i do that?

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      celi 5 years ago

      its not conecting in the Market keep saying,,Unfortunately,Market has stopped

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      Laurenz 5 years ago

      Can I update my Samsung Galaxy S Advance to ICS version ?

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      Jaffe 5 years ago

      Thanks alot, this works amazing. It really brought new life into my old Galaxy S!

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      Jason 5 years ago

      is it possible to change the IMEI number?

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      Nicolas 5 years ago

      a very veeery big thanks to Krisko your solution on the google apps problem did the trick! thanks man

      other than that the os works like a dream!

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      JonoG 5 years ago

      Managed to download the zip file - followed the instructions - still doesn't work. Also tried downloading 3.5.19 - nothing! What is going on here?

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      gerard 5 years ago

      update, it just worked for 5 min and then stopped again

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      Gerard 5 years ago

      I've installed the latest version of google play store 3.5.19 and it works

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      JonoG 5 years ago

      Same problem here - no Play App - tried installing - keeps crashing. Also the link isn't working. Felling pretty fed up about this update.

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      Gerard 5 years ago

      As "stefanko" i cant start google play store. the programs stops and closes before I can do anything

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      Rajesh Bhuin 5 years ago

      Good Job..............

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      Kane 5 years ago

      Spirit fm not working.

      And can not make any Access Point

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      Udbhav Ojha 5 years ago from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

      Hi there

      thanks for making my galaxy s ICS enable..

      i'm facing few problems..

      1. Google Market app doesn't work.. so i can't enjoy apps

      2. the caller hears my voice echoed at times..

      plz help

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      JB 5 years ago

      Justin ROCKS. ohh.. well.. after installing there no more extra space for apps.lolz

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      Maria 5 years ago

      does this also work on samsung galaxy s plus i9001? I want the android ice cream sandwich!

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      Martin 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot Pinappu for the tutorial, and thanks to Krisko for fixing the google play problem. It works great on my Galaxy S so far (2 days)

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      dexter 5 years ago

      @ Arun

      i did it

      to get rid of the error u need to go to settings

      and click restore factory defaults

      this will cause the phone to restart n then when it starts again it'll run


      without any error message

      This is for all who get the android media stopped or something error message..

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      dexter 5 years ago

      @ arun

      even i'm having the same problem!

      should i go back to 2.6.3??

      some1 please help

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      Kunal Nandy 5 years ago


      Mobile Tracker is not there in Security tab. Please help.

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      Bernard 5 years ago

      why we've need XXJVU firmware in our phone ? that it's mean will fail in another firmware ?

      please respone my questions :)

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      Arun T 5 years ago

      I have Samsung Galaxy S i9000, I followed all the steps and it completed the upgrade and then after it is rebooted, my phone's sound is gone. I keep getting the pop-up window saying "Unfortunately, the process has stopped"... please advise, how can I fix this problem?



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      rusdy 5 years ago

      thank..... ics wrkng 100%%%%%

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      Kane 5 years ago

      Thank you Krisko