Tutorial to Install Android 4.0.3 Firmware in Samsung Galaxy SL I9003

Sanjana January 19, 2012 0

There’s great news for Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 users as they can now update their smartphone with a new version of ICS Android 4.0.3 firmware. This is the first alpha version and is still in the making. This firmware only works on rooted devices so make sure that you have rooted your phone before proceeding into the updation instructions. However rooting will void the warranty but you can reclaim back the lost warranty by re-applying the default or stock firmware again.

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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 to Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 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 look at some of the operational features that come with this firmware update.

Operational Features:

  • Bluetooth
  • Touchscreen
  • Market and Google Sync
  • Cell Radio – Calls / SMS
  • GPS – Not Tested (Network Location Service Works)
  • SDCards (Internal and External SD)
  • WIFI – Network Scanning and DHCP issues
  • Hardware Acceleration – Needs a Driver Upgrade in the Kernel


Backup all the 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. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Must Have:

Download Android 4.0.3 Alpha versionDownload Google Apps

Steps to Update Android 4.0.3 Firmware on Samsung Galaxy SL I9003:

Before proceeding you need to follow the two links mentioned below

Steps to Update Galaxy SL I9003 with XXKPN Gingerbread 2.3.5

Steps to Root Galaxy SL I9003 on XXKPN Gingerbread 2.3.5

Step-1: Download Android 4.0.3 Alpha version followed by Google Apps from the Must Have section to your computer. Connect the smartphone via original USB Cable obtained at purchase time and copy both the downloaded zip files to your phone’s SD Card.

Step-2: Power off your phone to enter into Recovery mode by pressing Volume up key + OK button and holding both press Power button simultaneously. If the device enters into Normal mode then try to enter into Recovery mode multiple times till you are finally there.

Step-3: In Recovery mode choose “Install zip from SD Card” >  “Choose zip from sd card” and select the file named as “CM9-GalaxySL-IML74K-Alpha1.zip” then select “gappsv7.1.zip”. After selecting the files, the firmware updation process will begin and the phone will automatically reboot.  If the device is not rebooted, select the option of “++++ Go Back ++++” then choose “Reboot system now” to reboot the phone in the ICS firmware Android 4.0.3 version.

For users Getting Force Close errors:

If you are facing issues related to force close errors then clear all cache from the recovery mode by choosing the options of  “Wipe data/factory reset” > “Wipe Cache partition” then select “reboot system now”option.

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Thus you can easily update your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 smartphone with the latest Android 4.0.3 firmware by following the steps mentioned above carefully.

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