It’s the time to rejoice and make merry for all Samsung Galaxy I9003 users. According to recent reports Samsung had decided to discontinue support for this phone but now surprisingly it has come out with the Official Gingerbread 2.3.6 version. This new update is the Official Gingerbread 2.3.6 update for Galaxy SL I9003 otherwise known as DDKP1. You can apply this update directly without having to wait to update the phone from KIES Samsung Official tool. The coolest part is that it is this is the Official update from Samsung Electronics Ltd. This ROM for Galaxy SL I9003 will definitely be called as Kolaveri Di ROM since it is an official update of Gingerbread 2.3.6.
This update is meant for Indian users although users from other countries can apply this update too since this is not the Boot loader update. Indian users facing problems such as phone not getting connected with KIES, need not worry anymore as this Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware supports KIES. If you have rooted and lost the warranty, you can reclaim it back after applying this update and then apply all future updates from KIES. You don’t require rooting the phone to apply this update which indicates that the warranty won’t be void. In case you are already on rooted firmware then after applying this firmware, the rooting access will be revoked again.
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. This updation procedure is only applicable to Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 phones and to Galaxy SL GT I9003 as both are same so do not try it in any other devices as it may not be reversible and harm the device by blocking it.
You must 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.
Steps to Update Galaxy SL with Official Gingerbread 2.3.6:
Step-1: Download Galaxy SL DDKP1 2.3.6 Firmware Package from the Must Have section to your computer. Unzip it and place it on the desktop for easy accessibility. After the files are extracted, match them with the image given below and if the contents get mismatched, check with the file extraction and download again. The total zipped file size should be 194MB.
Step-3: Open Odin .exe from the extracted files and power off your phone to enter your device into Download mode. The Download mode can be entered by pressing the Volume Down Key + (OK)Center button and holding both press Power button simultaneously.
You can refer to the video posted below to know more on how to enter into Download mode.
Step-4: Once you enter into download mode connect your phone to the computer via USB Cable while keeping the ODIN opened. Now the drivers will get installed and ID: COM will turn yellow indicating that you can now proceed to the next step. It may take 3-4mins for the ID:COM block to install all the drivers hence wait till the process completes. Dont proceed to the next step if the ID:COM block doesn’t turn yellow.
Step-5: Click on PDA tab and select the file named as “I9003DDKP1_I9003ODDKPH_I9003DDKP4_HOME.tar.md5”. Match all settings in Odin including “Re-partition” but do not select the option of “Re-partition”. After cross checking the file selection, click on Start in Odin to begin the firmware updation process. Within 3-4 mins the whole updation process will conclude and the phone will reboot.
Step-6: Now you will be prompted to enter Google account credentials and Language settings in the home screen of your phone after which you can disconnect the USB Cable. If the power goes off or you are interrupted during the updation process due to any unavoidable reasons then do not worry, re-insert the battery and enter into download mode again to follow the instructions from the beginning.
To confirm whether the firmware has been updated successfully or not, navigate to “Applications > Settings > About Phone” where you will discover the firmware version as DDKP1 2.3.6 Gingerbread version. If you are facing problems related to force close errors then turn off your phone and enter into Recovery mode by pressing Volume Up key + OK button and holding both simultaneously press Power button.
You can refer to the below mentioned video to know more about on how to enter into Recovery mode.
In Recovery Mode, choose “Wipe Data / Factory reset then choose “Wipe Cache Partition” and reboot your device by choosing the option of “Reboot system now”.
Thus by following the above simple steps you can easily update your Galaxy SL with Official Gingerbread 2.3.6 version.