Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 users seem to get real lucky in this year as they can update their device with yet another new version of Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3. This new ICS firmware is known as XXLP2 firmware. Applying this firmware won’t root your device in any manner and if you have already rooted your device from before then, after applying this update the rooting access will again get revoked. This is not the official release by Samsung Electronics thus there a few performance fixes that come with this firmware.
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 S2 GT I9100 smartphones that are network unlocked. Do not apply it on Galaxy S2 I9100G or in any other device as it might not be reversible and may harm the device by blocking it.You can check the model number by dialing *#1234# from your smartphone.
You ought to 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. 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.
Steps to Update XXLP2 Android 4.0.3 in Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100:
Step-1: Download XXLP2 Android 4.0.3 Firmware 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 android.
Step-2: After the files are successfully extracted match them with the image given below and if a single file is found missing, download the zip file again. The total size of downloaded file is ***.** MB.
Enable USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging” then tick the option.
Step-3: Power off your phone to enter your device into Download mode by pressing Volume Down Key + (OK)Center button and holding both press Power button simultaneously after which a green robot will be displayed.
You can refer to the video mentioned below to know more about on how to enter into Download mode.
Do not proceed into the next step if the phone refuses to get into the Download mode in spite of repeated attempts.
Step-4: Once you enter into download mode open Odin in your computer and 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.
In case the ID: COM doesn’t turn yellow then you need to install Samsung USB Drivers, .NET Framework and update KIES with the latest version so that the missing drivers get installed.
Step-5: Click on the respective tabs in Odin and select the corresponding files as mentioned below
PIT – u1_02_20110310_emmc_EXT4.pit
PDA – I9100_CODE_I9100XXLP2_CL57619_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5,
Phone – MODEM_I9100XXLP1_REV_02_CL1095381.tar.md5
CSC – GT-I9100-MULTI-CSC-OXALP2.tar.md5
Step-6: Tap on “Start” to begin the updation process. After updation is over, your device will restart and you will be prompted to enter your Google Account and other Internet credentials that you have to skip. Power Off your device to enter into Recovery Mode by pressing Volume Up Key + (OK)Center button and holding both press Power button simultaneously.
Step-7: In Recovery mode choose “Wipe data/ Factory reset” then choose “Wipe Cache partition” and reboot your device by clicking on “Reboot system now” option using the help of Volume Rocker keys. If the phone boots normally then repeat the button combination till you enter into Recovery mode.
You can refer to the video mentioned below to know more about on how to enter into Recovery mode.
You can check the current firmware from the path “Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version” where you will discover the current firmware as XXLP2 Android 4.0.3 firmware. You can now restore back all your data that you had previously taken a back up of and also restore the APN Settings that are responsible for accessing internet.
Thus you can easily update your Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 smartphone with the latest firmware of XXLP2 Android 4.0.3 by following the steps mentioned above carefully.