Samsung Captivate i896 – How to Update Android 4.0.3 Firmware

Sanjana January 14, 2012 0

Hurray! An all new Android 4.0.3 firmware update has just rolled out for Samsung Galaxy Captivate I896 users. It’s a really wonderful news indeed and we owe our gratitude to the third party developers for their efforts in making custom ROMs inspired by the latest Android 4.0 version Ice Cream Sandwich. However it is to be noted that this firmware is just the beta version and not the official firmware version. Unluckily Samsung won’t be coming up with the Official Android 4.0 firmware version owing the some hardware limitations and Touch Wiz. This new firmware is also known as 2.1 RC firmware of Android 4.0.3 version.

samsung i896 cptivate

We wont be responsible for any harm caused to your device during the updation procedure that is unlikely to happen if you follow the instructions carefully. The updation procedure is not recommended for basic users but is for advanced users and is only applicable for Samsung Galaxy Captivate I896 smartphones that are network unlocked. Do not apply it in any other device as it might not be reversible and may harm the device by blocking it.

Lets take a glance at some of the features that work and come with this firmware.

Operational Features:

  • Hardware Accelaration, Data usage and Audio
  • Calls, SMS and 3G without any script
  • Touch, Wi Fi and both Internal External SD Cards
  • Contacts and Calendar Sync, Camera, Panorama Mode
  • GPS, USB Support, Bluetooth
  • Partition schema now includes data back to avoid issues relating to slow moving devices


You must backup all user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup can help you replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Do not use KIES to back up any data because it wont recognize KIES as it a beta version. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

captivate screen capture

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Special Instructions to Users Running on Custom ROMs:

In case you are running on any custom ROM firmware, Power off your phone to enter into Recovery mode by pressing the Volume Down key + OK button and holding both simultaneously press Power button. Now choose “Wipe data/ Factory reset” then choose “reboot system” so as to restart the phone. Now click on ”Wipe Dalvik Cache” from the “Advanced” folder in Recovery mode. Wiping Dalvik cache removes options like Clock Work Mod Recovery and other tools from your phone.

Must Have:

Download Android 4.0.3 Firmware RC 2.1

Steps to Update Android 4.0.3 Firmware in Samsung Captivate i896:

Step-1: Presuming that you have already rooted your Captivate i896, download Android 4.0.3 Firmware RC 2.1 from the Must Have section to your computer. Connect the smartphone via original USB Cable obtained at purchase time and copy the downloaded zip file to your phone’s SD Card without renaming or modifying it. Do not place the files deep in any sub-folders else it won’t get detected.

Step-2: Power off your phone to enter into Recovery mode by pressing Volume up key + Menu button and holding both press Power button simultaneously. In Recovery mode choose “Wipe data/Factory reset” then “Wipe Cache partition” to clear all cache data present in phone.

Step-3: Next choose ”Install zip from SD Card” > “Choose zip from SD Card” then select the  ICS Android 4.0.3 ROM Zip file placed in your phone to begin the updation process. It will take 10-15 minutes for the updation process to complete. After the updation process is complete, you will again land up in Recovery mode. Now choose “++++Go Back++++” then “Reboot system now” option to reboot the phone.

reboot system now

If the device enters into boot loop mode then you have to re-apply the entire process again from the beginning. It might take more than the normal time to restart the device and display the home screen as it is the first reboot after firmware update. Thus you can easily update the latest version of ICS Android 4.0.3 firmware in your Captivate I896 by following the steps mentioned above carefully.

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