Samsung Galaxy SL users seem to get lucky as they now update their smartphone with another firmware update known as Gingerbread 2.3.6 DDKP2. This firmware comes with some fixes such as the Adobe Flash Player crash has been fixed along with Pink Spot issue in camera. The update is an Official release for Indian users but users from other countries can also apply this update since it is not a Boot loader update.
The update can only be applied to phones bearing model number “Samsung Galaxy SL I9003” and to “Samsung Galaxy SL GT I9003” as both are same. You do not require to root your phone to apply this update but if your phone is already rooted from before, the rooting access will be revoked after the update is applied and thus you can claim back the warranty.
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 update procedure is only applicable to Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 phones 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 Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 with Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware:
Step-1: Download Gingerbread 2.3.6 DDKP2 Package from the Must Have section to your computer, unzip it and place it on the desktop for easy accessibility. During the extraction process you will be prompted to enter a password so give the password as Coveringandroid.com
Step-2: After the files are successfully extracted, you will find three files that will consist of Odin flash tool, PDA file and one supporting .dll file that can be ignored. Match them with the image given below and if a single file is found missing, download the zip file again.
Step-3: Open Odin .exe from the extracted files and power Off your phone to enter your device into Download mode by pressing the Volume Down Key + (OK)Center button and holding both press Power button simultaneously.
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 the “PDA” tab in Odin and select the “I9003DDKP2_I9003ODDKPH_I9003DDKP4_HOME.tar.md5” file from the extracted folder. Match all settings in Odin including “Re Partition” etc but don’t select the “Re Partition” option.
Step-6: Now click on Start. The firmware updation process will start and after the firmware is updated, your phone will restart on its own. It will take up to 10mins for the updation process to complete. To confirm whether the firmware has been successfully updated or not, go to the path “Applications > Settings > About Phone” where you will discover the firmware version as DDKP2 2.3.6 Gingerbread version. If the version is different, then you have to apply the firmware updation process again.
Step-8: If you are facing problems related to force close errors then, turn Off your phone and enter into Recovery mode by pressing Volume Down key + OK Button and holding both press Power button simultaneously. If the phone boots normally then repeat the button combination till you enter into Recovery mode. Now choose wipe data/ factory reset then choose wipe Cache partition and reboot your device by clicking on reboot system now option.
Thus by following the above simple steps you can easily update your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 with Gingerbread 2.3.6 DDKP2 firmware. If you are interrupted during the firmware updation process, you will have to reapply the whole process again from the beginning.