How To Download And Install Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread On Samsung Galaxy S I9000


How To Download And Install Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread On Samsung Galaxy S I9000

Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is an Android-powered smartphone that the South Korean-based company announced in March 2010. Galaxy S hit the market 3 months later and it was a sales hit for Samsung, mostly because the high-end specs it featured.

Samsung Galaxy S I9000 was believed to be an ‘iPhone killer” and even though it had similar specifications to the Apple’s smartphone it failed to match the sales of iPhone 4. Still the main attraction of Samsung Galaxy S I9000 was the 4-inch Super AMOLED display. Even though the screen resolution of 480 x 800 nothing new on the smartphones market, Galaxy S’ display dazzled everyone with that impressive contrast. The aforementioned screen is protected against scratches and other external physical factors by a Gorilla Glass display

The device developed by Samsung sports a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU helped by PowerVR SGX540 GPU, all fitted on the Hummingbird chipset. Samsung Galaxy S I9000 was first shipped out with Android 2.1 Eclair, but the manufacturer decided to upgrade the new devices to Android 2.2 Froyo, and thanks to the 512MB of RAM the apps run pretty smooth.

Of course, Samsung Galaxy S comes with all the connectivity features you can find on almost all modern smartphones, like Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0, HSDPA of up to 7.2 Mbps and USB 2.0.

Samsung Galaxy S I9000 was offered in two internal storage versions of 8GB and 16GB, and if it is not enough, you can extend it with up to 32GB using a microSD memory card.

Another attracting feature of Samsung Galaxy S is the TouchWiz 3.0 user interface, that makes the smartphone run smooth and offer a pleasant experience to the user. Of course thanks to the Android OS running on the device the user can customize this interface by downloading various launchers from Android Market.

Anyway since Samsung Galaxy SII was officially released in the spring of 2011, many Galaxy lovers have updated to the new device, but it seems that the ones that stuck to Samsung Galaxy S were not forgotten, as lots of updates for Android OS have been released lately.

As you probably know the new firmware versions usually come with fixed bugs and new features, also with improved performance of your device, that’s why we recommend you to keep your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 up to date with the latest firmware version.

Even though Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread was announced, there’s no official release date for this firmware version Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread is the best option for those that want new features and fixed bugs on their Samsung Galaxy S devices, packed in a beta, but stable version, although is not delivered via KIES. So, if you are one of the lucky owners of a Samsung Galaxy S I9000 and want Android 2.3.5 Gingebread installed on your device, you came to the right place, as the following tutorial will show you how to update your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread XXJVS.

But before proceeding with the update procedure you should know that the below tutorial only works for Samsung Galaxy S I9000, so if you own some other device, please DO NOT proceed with the installation. You should also know that following the tutorial on how to update your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread XXJVS won’t root your device, so the warranty won’t be affected. More than this after installing Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread on your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 your device will be un rooted, so in case you previously rooted your device, the warranty will be restored, as the procedure will restore the device to the factory settings.

The Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread installation procedure is somewhat a risky procedure, that’s why we recommend you to closely follow all the instructions in the below tutorial. That’s why should not be held responsible in any way if you end up bricking your device by following the tutorial on how to install Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread XXJVS on Samsung Galaxy S I9000.

Fortunately there are some ways to reduce the risks of the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread installation procedure. For this we created a set of pre-installation instructions you should closely follow in order to make the procedure safer. But before seeing the pre-installation instructions let’s have a look at the new features Android 2.3.5 brings along.

Even though the list of new features and fixed bugs is not impressive, the new firmware version brings just the tweaks the Android users wished for:

  • For those that wanted the Daily Briefing Weather Widget, now they can have it on their Samsung Galaxy S devices by installing Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread.

  • After installing Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread on your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 you should notice an improved overall speed of your device, just as proved in the Quadrant Ranks.

  • Many complained about the battery life of Galaxy S. Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread firmware update now comes with improved battery life for your device.

  • The Dialer and Phone.apk force close errors have been fixed in the new firmware version for Samsung Galaxy S.

  • The WiFi signal strength was also improved.

Now that you know all the new features and fixed bugs that come along with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, it’s time to move on and prepare you Samsung Galaxy S for the installation procedure. Please follow the below instructions closely so you will be able to smoothly and safely flash your device with the latest firmware:

  • Since the following procedure is a firmware installation process, all the data stored on your Samsung Galaxy S will be wiped off, that’s why you should backup all the files. Thus we recommend you to backup all the contacts, music and video files, text messages, call logs and apps installed from Android Market.

  • The APN and MMS settings used for Internet and MMS services will also be wiped off, so you should backup those as well, by going to Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names and write them down.

  • Another thing you should know is that the battery life of your Samsung Galaxy S should be over the 50% level. By doing this you will ensure that your device does not turn off during the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread installation process. So, if the battery life is less than 50% you should NOT proceed with the installation. Charge the battery above the aforementioned level than return and continue the procedure.

  • Make sure that the computer you are performing the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread installation from is running on on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. Also makes sure that you have administrative rights on the computer and that the computer is compatible with USB 2.0. Also turn off any firewall or antivirus software running on your computer, as they might interfere and block the installation procedure. Also turn off KIES.

  • Please keep the USB data cable you received in the Samsung Galaxy S package in handy, as you will need it to connect your device to the computer.

  • You should check if the device you own is a Samsung Galaxy S I9000 and no other smartphone, as the below procedure only works with the aforementioned Galaxy S model. If not, please DO NOT proceed with the installation as there’s a high risk of bricking your device.

After you carefully prepared your Samsung Galaxy S by following the above instructions, it’s time to go on and flash Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread into your device. Please follow the bellow procedure carefully, and so you should be able to safely update your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread:

  1. First up, you will have to download the Galaxy S Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread XXJVS package that contains all the files you will need in the installation process, by grabbing it from here. The file contains the Odin software plus four more files that contain firmware data.

  2. Next on extract the ZIP file on your computer’s desktop (we recommend that location as it’s easier to access the files from there). If you are prompted for password, please type in “” (without the quotation marks.

  3. Open Odin then turn off your Samsung Galaxy S. Now boot your device in download mode to make the installation safe. To enter your Samsung Galaxy S in download mode, you will to press Home + Volume Down buttons simultaneously, then while holding the two buttons pressed, turn on your device. The green Android Logo followed by a message that writes “Downloading… Do not turn off target!” should appear on the display of your Samsung Galaxy S, indicating that your device have successfully entered download mode. If your Galaxy S haven’t booted in download mode, DO NOT proceed with the installation and repeat the procedure above.

  4. With your Samsung Galaxy S in download mode and Odin running, grab the USB data cable and connect your smartphone to the computer. Now the ID:COM box in Odin should turn yellow, indicating that the drivers have been successfully loaded and that your device is prepared for the installation procedure. The “ADDED!!!” message in Odin is another sign that your device is ready for the update procedure. If the ID:COM box doesn’t turn yellow, then you should unplug your Galaxy S from the computer, then plug it back in.

  5. Make sure that the “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” options are checked. Also uncheck the “Re-Partition” option.

  6. Next, you will have to provide all the required firmware files in order to be able to flash Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Now provide the files from your desktop (if you extracted the ZIP file as instructed above) to the PIT, PDA, Phone and CSC tabs as the following.

  7. For the PIT field navigate and select  s1_odin_20100512.pit; select the PDA tab and provide the file named CODE_I9000XXJVS_CL565837_REV03_user_low_ship.tar; head to the Phone field and navigate for the MODEM_I9000XXJVS_REV_00_CL1059471.tar file; least, but not last click CSC and select GT-I9000-CSC-MULTI-OXAJVS.tar

  8. Please double check to see if the specific files were selected correctly, or else you might end up bricking your Samsung Galaxy S. After making sure that everything is in place, hit the “Start” button in Odin and wait.

  9. It usually takes about 5-10 minutes for your Samsung Galaxy S to be updated to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, but don’t panic if it takes a little bit longer as such situations have been previously reported. After the procedure is competed, your device will reboot and you will be asked to choose the region, language and log in to your Google Account.

  10. Next up you will have to wipe off the cache files of your Samsung Galaxy S in order to clear the files of the previous firmware version and improve the performance of your device. Turn off your device and enter Recovery Mode. To do so, press and hold Home + Volume Up buttons, and then power on your device. Once in Recovery Mode, use the Volume Up / Volume Down buttons to navigate and Home button to select the desired option. Now head to Wipe data / factory reset option and select it. After the operation is performed, choose Wipe cache partition and, after completed, reset your Samsung Galaxy S using the Reboot system now option.

  11. Once your device reboots and homescreen is displayed, check if your Samsung Galaxy S I900 was successfully updated to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread XXJVS by going to Home > Application > Settings > About Phone.

That should be all, now all you have to do is enjoy the new features of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread XXJVS on your Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. Anyway for any questions or any thoughts about the new firmware update, feel free to comment in the section below.

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