How To Update / Upgrade Samsung Galaxy S I9000 To Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread XXJVP


13.06.2011

How To Update / Upgrade Samsung Galaxy S I9000 To Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread XXJVP

Samsung sold over 10 million Galaxy S smartphones in just months since it was launched, making it the most competitive device in the fight with iPhone 4. Now Samsung Galaxy S II was launched, but a lot of people still want a¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000, so now we are sure that it’s the rival of iPhone 4.

Samsung Galaxy S I9000 comes with a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen is blending perfectly, making you think that¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 has no edges. Underneath the display, there are two Android capacitive buttons, “Menu” and “Back,” which flank the “Home” button. You will find the speaker and a front-facing VGA camera in the top of the device. But the camera that does the magic is located on the back of¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000, a 5MP camera, with¬†auto-focus, but no flash.

What you can’t see at¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is the 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, the 512 MB of RAM, the 2 GB of ROM and the 8 GB of storage memory. Now, if you remove the back case, near the 1,500 mAh Li-Ion battery you will find a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB cards.¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 comes with WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, as well with accelerometer and radio antenna.

The design of¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is simple and classy and his technical specifications make it really competitive. As about the materials used for¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 we should mention that the plastics used for the back case looks resistant and it’s less scratch-prone.

But one of the most attractive features of¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is the 4-inch Super AMOLED display. With a resolution of 480×800 pixels,¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 amazes by colors clarity and high resolution. The viewing angles are almost of 180 degrees and the Super AMOLED display does pretty good even in direct sunlight. The touch sensibility is good, but if there are any complains regarding it, it’s because of the operating system and not the phone. All these elements combine to make the Super AMOLED display of¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 one of the greatest on market (but not greater than¬†Samsung Galaxy S II’s Super AMOLED Plus).

The Camera of¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is indeed exceptional. 5MP on the main camera, as good autofocus and the Android software optimizations are the reasons for the picture’s high quality.¬†Obviously,¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 looses some points because it doesn’t come with a flash light, which can be very frustrating in time. Sometimes it does good even in bad light conditions, but is somewhat limited in such situations. The quality of the videos recorded with¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is up to 720p at 30FPS and to our¬†happiness¬†the frame rate is not affected by the light, like it happens to other smartphones. The VGA camera facing the user is there for video calls, so we won’t insist giving any details.

Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is very fast, powerful and with broad resources for a smartphone. The processor and the RAM are still at high standards even one year after the launch. But what is really pulling Samsung Galaxy S I9000 down is the Android 2.1 Eclair (or Android 2.2 Froyo on later released devices) firmware and misses a lot of features. But for the users of Samsung Galaxy S I9000, there are good news, as now a new they can upgrade their devices to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. After you update your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread you will be able to notice the major speed, stability and compatibility tweaks.

Even though Samsung Galaxy S II is out for some time, it seems that¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 still has a lot of fans around the world. Even though it wasn’t officially rolled out, the owners of¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 can now install a leaked version of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, dubbed XXJVP,¬†which is pretty much the same thing. Anyway one of the nice things about installing Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread on¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is that you don’t have to previously root your device.

Another great thing about updating Samsung Galaxy S I9000 to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread is that you can do it from any firmware version currently on your device. If you previously rooted your Samsung Galaxy S I9000, after you install Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread on your Samsung Galaxy S I9000, you loose the root access on your device. The warranty you lost when you rooted your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 will be recovered once you install Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread on your device. Anyway, if you want admin rights on your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, notice that you will have to again root it after the installation is finished.

Note that installing Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread involves some risks, but if you follow the below instructions you should be able to prepare your¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 properly for safely upgrading it to new firmware version. Let’s see what you have to do:

  1. Since the following procedure is a firmware update, all the data stored on your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 might get wiped off, so we recommend you to backup all the data before proceeding to install Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. So, you should sync your contacts, pictures, text messages, call log, music and video files and applications you download and installed from Android Market with your Google Account. The data on your SD card will not be wiped off, so you can move the backuped data there and restore it once Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread is installed on your Samsung Galaxy S I9000.

  2. Now remove the SIM card and SD memory card from your Samsung Galaxy S I9000. Doing so you will prevent that data stored on your SD card to get corrupted, and minimize the risk that Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread installation procedure to get interrupted unwanted events.

  3. Keep the original USB data cable close to you, as you will need it to upgrade your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.

  4. Make sure that the battery level of your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is at least 50%. Since the firmware update procedure eats a lot of battery, we recommend you not to proceed if the battery level is below the 50% threshold. By keeping your battery level high, you minimize the risk that the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread install procedure to be interrupted by unwanted events.

  5. Make sure that you have admin rights on the computer you want to install Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread on your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 from. As well ensure that the respective computer runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. Also turn off any firewall or antivirus program as they might interact and block the update procedure.

  6. We should mention that installing Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread on your¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 doesn’t mean you are rooting your device, so the warranty of your smartphone will not be affected in any way.

  7. Since Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread also updates the APN settings of your Samsung Galaxy S I9000, so we recommend you to write down the APN settings and restore them after the installation is finished. The APN settings are used to access the Interned as well the MMS. If the problem persists even after you set up the APN after the installation of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, please contact your service provider and ask for APN settings for Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.

Now that you are sure that your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is ready to be updated to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread firmware version, please follow the below steps carefully in order to safely install the latest firmware version on your device:

  1. First you will have to download the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread package for¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000, which you can grab from here. Now after the download of “GalaxyS_GTI9000_2.3.zip” file is completed, we recommend you to extract the ZIP file on your desktop (if asked for password, type in “androidadvices.com” – without the quotation marks), because that’s the place from you can access the contents of the file the easiest. Once the file inside the archive are unzipped, you should be able to see 5 new files on your desktop. If now, download the file again and repeat the procedure.

  2. After getting the files required to install Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread on¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000, turn off your device and put it into download mode. In order to boot your¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 in download mode you must hold the “Volume Down” and “Home” buttons pressed in the same time, then press the “Power” button without releasing the other two buttons. Now your¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 should boot in download mode. If the procedure was performed correctly, you should see a green android logo, saying “Downloading… do not turn off target”

  3. Now open Odin application by double-clicking the “Odin3_v1.o.exe” file. With you¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 in download mode, connect the device to your computer using the USB data cable. After all the drivers are loaded, the “ID:COM” box should turn yellow, indicating that your¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is ready to be updated to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. If the ID:COM box does not turn yellow, repeat the procedure.

  4. Now that the you received the “Added!!!” message from Odin you know that your¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is prepared to be updated to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Now make sure that Odin is properly set. Ensure that in the “Option” panel, only the “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” boxes are checked. Now in the “PIT” field navigate and select the “s1_odin_20100512.pit” file (it should be on your desktop if you extracted the ZIP file as instructed above). Click on the “Phone” button and select the “MODEM_I9000XXJVP_REV_00_CL1019177.tar.md5″ file. Now the name and the path of the file should appear near the Phone field. Do the same for the “PDA” field and provide “CODE_I9000XXJVP_CL264642_REV03_user_low_ship.tar.md5″ you extracted from the ZIP file. Now, finally, click the “CSC” box navigate and insert the “GT-I9000-CSC-MULTI-OXAJVP.tar.md5″ file

  5. Check twice if you selected the proper files in the PIT, Phone, PDA and CSC fields, then make sure that the right boxes are checked in the Options panel. Now simply click the “Start” button and wait. Once you click the Start button Odin will flash the firmware in your device and your¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 will be update to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. It usually takes about 5 minutes for Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread to be installed in your¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000, but don’t panic if it takes a little bit longer as such situations¬†have been reported.

  6. After Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread is installed in your device, your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 will reboot. After the homescreen appears (it usually takes a little bit longer than usual after the first reboot) get your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 in recovery mode to wipe off the cache files.

  7. To get your¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 in recovery mode you will have to use the following combination: pres “Volume Up” and “Menu” buttons in the same time, then without¬†releasing¬†the two buttons, press the “Power” button. Now your¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 should boot in recovery mode. Use the “Volume Up / Down” buttons to navigate and “Menu” key to select. Now go ahead and choose the “wipe data / factory reset ” option. Once completed, reboot your¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 by selecting the “reboot system now” option.

Your¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000 have just been updated to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread firmware version. Anyway, don’t forget to configure the APN settings of your device, as they have been wiped off. Without the APN settings properly configured, you won’t be able to use the Internet, nor the MMS. You should also check if Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread was installed on your¬†Samsung Galaxy S I9000. In order to do so, go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version.

Anyway, fell free to share your opinions about Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread in the comments section below. Also let us know about any issues you encountered while you tried to update Samsung Galaxy S I9000 to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.

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