The Old developer Community have managed to yet again get hold of another Beta release of the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for the Samsung Galaxy SII.

                   The release version is named I9100XXLPB, and has a build date of 29 January, so it’s fairly recent indeed. And according to users who have flashed their Galaxy SII with this pre-release firmware, it would seem to be a big improvement over a previously leaked version of the ICS update.

              As you can see from the picture above, the update has an improved UI compared to previous ICS betas, and according to reports the latest version also has better battery performance too.
This leaked version of ICS for the SII seems to be the most stable useable version yet. However, there are still areas that are either a bit iffy or do not work at all yet – like the GPS functionality. Also, there is apparently an update notification that refuses to go away. Check out the video below to see the update in action.

                 If the fact that a few things are still not working hasn’t put you off and you want to give the latest update a test run you can follow this link to download the files required. Once you’ve done that you’ll also need to download this file to find a step by step tutorial for applying the update. You’ll also need to root your Galaxy SII – files and tutorial can be found here.
Remember, it’s important you know what you are doing though, as if you don’t it can go horribly wrong and will most likely void your warranty.


Again Here is the Good news For the Galaxy Nexus Users. A new update for the phone has somehow managed by the Developers at XDA and is now available for the public to download. It brings the phone up to version Android 4.0.4 and includes a whole bunch of  Bug fixes and improvements.

Changelog:

  • Phone runs much faster than the Previous Updates
  • Signal Strength Improved
  • Changed Power Menu
  • Faster Boot Time
  • Change in Auto brightness Functionality
  • Multitouch issue resolved
  • Fixes the battery stats bug
  • Improved radios for much better 3G/4G switching
  • Increased Volume
  • Keyboard fixes and a lot more

Surely Every Galaxy Nexus User want this Update as soon as Possible on their Phones.For Further Details Head over to the XDA-Developers forum for download links.

             A BGR report suggests that Samsung Galaxy S3 release is expected in April and it will come with 12 mega pixel camera.
            Samsung Galaxy S3 is making headlines across the world. There are all sorts of speculations about how the forthcoming edition of Samsung’s Galaxy S series smart phone would look like and what improvements it would incorporate in it. Though no one is sure, nonetheless reports reveal that the new phone would hit the shelves as early as April.
A report in the Boy Genius Report that has made several successful revelations in the past has suggested that the new Galaxy S series phone from Samsung will be introduced in April in a press conference a few weeks after the Mobile World Congress.
The Mobile World Congress will begin in Barcelona on Feb. 27 and will end on March 1. A BGR report says, “Following the leak of an image depicting what will likely be the first Galaxy-branded smartphone to carry Samsung’s custom user interface atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, industry insider Eldar Murtazin noted on Thursday that he believes the Galaxy S III will launch in April”.
There are all sorts of speculation doing the round about the forthcoming super phone from Samsung. The new Galaxy S3 phone is expected be powered by a 1.8 GHz quad core processor with Samsung’s Exynos series of SoC, a Super AMOLED HD display and 4G LTE connectivity. It is also expected to come with 2GB RAM. Of course, the new Galaxy S phone will work on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the most recent update to the mobile OS from Google. Well, we will be getting one more incredible smartphone from Samsung next year.
Though many wouldn’t agree, but the next gen Samsung phone may also be a 3D version. “A 3D version of the Galaxy is expected and it’s likely to be called the Galaxy S 3D. A 3D display is likely along with support for 3D video and photo shooting. The 3D fever seems to be hitting mobile phones and Samsung hadn’t jumped onboard the bandwagon,” says Tech2’s Rossi Fernandes.
Sony is going to follow the latest market trends when it comes to storage. It will certainly come with three storage options including 16/32/64GB of storage. It is also expected to have an option of microSD card of up to 64GB.
A great attraction that the forthcoming smart phone from Samsung will have is 12 megapixel 4000×3000 pixels, LED flash rear camera.  If it showcases such a strong camera, Apple will also be forced to improve the camera in its forthcoming smart phone, iPhone 5.

For all Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 users who were asking for the Cyanogen Mod ROM, here it is as in the due course of the article we will see on how you can install the latest version of Gingerbread 2.3.7 version. This update is basically a custom ROM and not the official or leaked Stock / Default ROM. You need to be very careful as in you need to follow all the instructions very carefully while applying this update or else there is a high probability that you may even brick your phone. We have tried our level best to make this article crisp and short in order to facilitate the faster and speedier update process.

Over a period of this article we will see on what are the list of –

  1. Pre Requisites,
  2. Enhancements in Cyanogen MOD ROM for Galaxy fit,
  3. Procedure to update Galaxy fit s5670 with Gingerbread 2.3.7 Cyanogen MOD Release

Note: Please note that this Cyanogen Mod release if the un official release and still the Official Cyanogen MOD ROM is not yet released, so ensure that you are flashing at your own risk.

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible in any manner just in case if anything happens to your device which is a very unlikely case if you follow the instructions which are mentioned in the due course of the article.

This update is not the Official update which is released by the Samsung Electronics Ltd. and is the custom ROM which is released by the third party developer. Also, in the process of applying this custom ROM, you will have to root the phone and after which you will be losing the warranty which can be claimed only when you update with any of the Stock releases of Gingerbread Update which we have seen earlier. Soon, a modified version of Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 version will be arriving for the Galaxy fit s5670 phone which too will be covered here.

Enhancements in the Cyanogen MOD ROM:

    Camera issue has been fixed in this firmware of Cyanogen,
    Gingerbread 2.3.7 AOSP Build,
    Video Playback has been fixed,
    Headset Button is now fully working,
    FM Radio Works better than ever,
    Fixed Built number GWK74,
    Setup Wizard Fixed,
    Super user application now comes updated by default,
    New kernel based on Ketut,
    Camera Orientation bug has been fixed,
    Compass works perfectly,
    Battery too has been optimized so as to give higher battery life and also the Internet browser is now faster than ever
    Also there are many performance fixes which have been worked around to give better user experience with new fresh User interffit

Pre Requisites:

  • Charge your device to a minimum of 90% as since the procedure is bit lengthy, the phone will consume more battery than the normal usage. Lesser battery will lead to the turning Off of the device in the middle of the firmware update process.
  • Back up all your data which is there in the phone memory, as in an unlikely event if the data gets lost then you can easily restore the backup.
  • Up next is you need to ensure that the USB Debugging is enabled in your phone. The USB Debugging can be enabled from the path of Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging. Apart from this you also need to ensure that your computer has ADMIN privileges and USB Read / Write Access. It’s not recommended to use computers which have limited access.

Special Instructions to users on Custom ROM:

Just in case if you are any of the custom ROMs then you need turn Off your phone so that you can then enter into the recovery mode. The recovery mode can be entered by pressing Volume UP Key + Middle button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. You can also refer to an interactive video to know more on how you can enter the same in the recovery mode. If the device boots normally then you need to again try to enter the same.

In the recovery mode, select the options like Wipe data/factory reset, Wipe Cache partition and then select reboot system now to reboot the phone. You can select the options using the Volume keys and can select the appropriate option by pressing the Power button. This basically clears off all the cache data which is there in the phone so that the room can be made to accommodate this all new custom ROM firmwares
So let’s head to the procedure which is mentioned Further..

Procedure to update Samsung Galaxy Ace with Cyanogen Mod Gingerbread 2.3.7 ROM:
For your convenience, we have created different steps wherein you can follow individual step easily.
Step 1: Base Firmware Installation:

  • First up you need to update your phone with the 2.3.x version of firmware. You need to follow the instructions which are mentioned below in the form of Links. Please note that it’s a base firmware and you need to install it.

Procedure to Update Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 to DDKT1 Firmware

Now, once you updated the device.You will need to proceed to install the Clock Work MOD Recovery in your phone which we will see in the next step.

Step 2: Clock Work MOD Installation

  • First up you need to download the beni_cwm-5_ext4_v2.tar.Extract the file and Find Odin 4.38.exe And BENI_v1.0.ops in your Extracted Folder.
  • Now, Switch off Your Fit And Enter into Download Mode By Pressing Power+Menu Button+Volume Down Button Until Downloading Mode Appears.Open S5670_Odin_Multi_Downloader_v4.38.exe.Place BENI_v1.0.ops on OPS tab.Check the One Package Option.Place beni_cwm-5_ext4_v2.tar on One Package tab.Connect the device to PC which you have put in Downloading Mode.Press Start and wait for flashing process is finished.

After this you will have to proceed to the next step which is mentioned Further

Step 3: Installation of Cyanogen Mod 7.2 RC3 ROM

  • First up you need to download Zip file which is mentioned below in your computer

CyanogenMod 7.2 RC3 For Galaxy Fit.zip

          Google Apps.zip

  • Now, once you are done with downloading the above files in your computer, you need to now copy the files in your phone and ensure that you are not placing these file deep into the phone. Please note that you should not modify or rename the files which you have downloaded or else there is a high probability that the file would not be supported.
  • After this Enter in Recovery Mode by Holding Power Off + Menu Button Until Recovery Mode Appears.
  • In the recovery mode, you will have to choose “choose zip from SD”. Now, from the list of files and paths you will need to first select the file which is named as “update CM 7.2 RC3″. Ensure that you select the file properly.
  • Now, as soon as the process is over.Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset And Wipe Cache Partition.Again Select “choose zip from SD”and Select “gapps” which You Have downloaded Earlier.After All Done Select “Reboot System Now”.

So, there you go as soon as the phone is rebooted you will see that the firmware is updated with the latest version of Cyanogen mod 7.2 RC3 ROM Gingerbread 2.3.7. Let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues as we will try our level best to sort out the same.

Good news for Galaxy R users as an all new Official firmware has arrived and is dubbed as Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware. This update will be very short lived as an all new Official version of Android 4.0 ICS will be rolling out very soon in this Year. Though this update is official you can update with the help of KIES too but for all those who are on the beta firmwares and KIES doesn’t recognize the device too can apply this update as we will see in the due course of the article on how to manually apply tis update. The update which we will be checking out is specially for Indian Galaxy R users, though it can be applied by any Galaxy R I9103 users as it’s a Global update with Multi CSC. The version is dubbed as ZCKJ3 Gingerbread 2.3.6.

Disclaimer: Please note that this process of firmware update is not recommended for the basic users and is only recommended for the advanced users. Also, we should not be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in any manner after applying this update.

So, let’s proceed with the list of Pre Requisites you need to follow after which we will see the Further procedure.

Pre Requisistes:

  • So as to ensure that the data is kept safe, you need to backup the same using the below mentioned tips so that just in case if the data gets erased or gets corrupted, the same can be easily restored Later on.(Optional)
  • A minimum of 50% battery charge needs to be there left in the device so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update. The APN Settings are located in this path, Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names, you need to note all these manually on a piece of paper so that you can reconfigure the same. Disable tools like Security Suites, Firewall tools and also the KIES PC Suite as these tools generally tend to interrupt the process of firmware update.

So, once you are done with all the above instructions, it’s time to proceed further where we will see on what are the instructions to update Galaxy R with Gingerbread 2.3.6 ZCKJ3.

Procedure to Update Galaxy R GT I9103 with Gingerbread ZCKJ3 2.3.6 Firmware:

  • Download Gingerbread 2.3.6 Package & Odin.zip in your computer. Once you download the same, you need to extract it. In the process of extraction, you will be prompted to enter the password, enter the password as “sampro.pl” without inverted comas. After extracting, open the Odin tool in your computer.
  • Now, enable the USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging” after which turn off your phone so as to enter the phone in the Download Mode.
  • The download mode can be entered by pressing Volume down Key, Center button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. Refer below Video for more.
  • As soon as you enter the phone in the Download mode, connect the phone to the computer after which you will see that the ID : COM section in the Odin will turn yellow which will mean that all the drivers are successfully installed. Please don’t proceed further is the ID : COM section doesn’t turn yellow.

  • Note: If ID : COM doesn’t turn yellow then install Samsung USB Drivers, .net framework and also you need to update the KIES with the latest version so that the missing drivers are installed. Also, most importantly you need to have the admin rights so as to turn ID : COM section yellow.

    • After this you need to click on “PDA” to select file “GT-I9103_INU_I9103ZCKJ3.tar.md5” and click on “Start”. Once the process gets finished, the phone will be restarting. Once the phone gets restarted, you need to remove the USB cable when you see the Home Screen.

      • Now, you need to Close the Odin in computer and turn off phone so as to enter into the Download Mode once again. Once the device is turned ON in the download mode, open the odin in your computer and with the help of USB cable, connect the phone to the computer.
      • Once phone is connected, the ID : COM section will turn yellow. Click on “PDA” to select the file “Kernel_I9103ZCKJ3.tar.md5” and then click on “Start”. Within a minute the device will be restarted. Now after you see the home screen, remove the USB cable to enjoy your Galaxy R GTI9103 on the latest and official Gingerbread 2.3.6 update.

      For users Facing Force Close Errors:

      • Just in case if you are facing issues with the force close errors then you need to turn Off the phone to enter your phone in the recovery mode. The recovery mode can be entered by pressing Volume Up Key, Center button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button.

      In the recovery mode screen, you need to select “Wipe Data / factory reset” and “Wipe Cache Partition” which will clear off all the data which is stored in the phone.
      Do let us know just in case if you face any issues in the comments section below as we will try to address them as soon as possible.

      The Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830I is big hit and it’s among the top selling Android Smartphones after Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note. Good news for the Galaxy Ace users in India as there is an Android 2.3.6 update available for them. This is an official release from Samsung and the users should be able to update it Over the Air. This upgrade will update Android version to Android 2.3.5 and if you are on 2.3.5 then you can directly proceed with the software.

      This update is available via OTA and you don’t require any connection to Samsung KIES. If you are on GPRS please make sure that you switch over to Wi-Fi as it may cost you much for the download of the software file.
      There is no official change released by Samsung in this update and we are sure that this will fixes bugs from the previous version and it will provide few improvements and enhancements. This update will delete contacts, call logs, phone memory storage files and we recommend you to back it up before you update. In some cases you might receive notification of this update on your device, if you have received such follow the onscreen instructions and update with the same. If you have not received any such then you can check it manually. To do that follow the path of home screen and hit Menu > Settings > About Phone > System update and click on Android update. Your update will be automatically be installed on your handset and you would be able to use your handset within 10 minutes.
      To check the software version on your device after update you need to go to Home Screen tap on Menu > Settings > About phone and check the Android version present on your handset. It should show Android 2.3.6 after the update. Do let us know about your experience after the firmware upgrade. If you wants to get Ice Cream Sandwich overlay on your Galaxy Ace, although officially Samsung has announced that Galaxy Ace will not receive ICS update as hardware is not compatible you can install Styled Custom ROM and have a fell of Android 4.0. For your information Galaxy Ace successor is arrived in the form of Galaxy Ace Plus and do check it out its specifications.
       The S5830I model does have a better camera and a few more features, but the price jump is almost unrealistic.

      Here is the news for Galaxy S2 users as an all new Official firmware has arrived and is dubbed as Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware. This update will be very short lived as an all new Official version of Android 4.0 ICS will be rolling out very soon in 2012. Though this update is official you can update with the help of KIES too but for all those who are on the beta firmwares and KIES doesn’t recognize the device too can apply this update as we will see in the due course of the article on how to manually apply tis update. The update which we will be checking out is specially for Indian Galaxy S2 GT I9100 users, though it can be applied by any S2 I9100 users as it’s a Global update with Multi CSC. The version is dubbed as XWKL1 Gingerbread 2.3.6.

      Note: This update is not for Galaxy S2 I9100G users and is strictly for the devices of whose the model number is GT I9100. If you are not sure of the Model number then you can find by dialing “*#1234#” in your phone after which you will get to see the model number of yours.

      Disclaimer: Please note that this process of firmware update is not recommended for the basic users and is only recommended for the advanced users. Also, we should not be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in any manner after applying this update.

      So, Let’s proceed with the list of Pre Requisites you need to follow after which we will see the further procedure.
      Pre Requisistes:

      • So as to ensure that the data is kept safe, you need to backup the same using the below mentioned tips so that just in case if the data gets erased or gets corrupted.

      Note: Don’t backup the below mentioned data with the help of KIES as it may or may not support KIES after the update.

      • A minimum of 50% battery charge needs to be there left in the device so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update. The APN Settings are located in this path, Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names, you need to note all these manually on a piece of paper so that you can reconfigure the same. Disable tools like Security Suites, Firewall tools and also the KIES PC Suite as these tools generally tend to interrupt the process of firmware update.

      So, once you are done with all the above instructions, it’s time to proceed further where we will see on what are the instructions to update Galaxy S2 with Gingerbread 2.3.6 XWKL1.

      Procedure to Update Galaxy S2 GT I9100 with Gingerbread XWKL1 2.3.6 Firmware:

      • Download Odin3_1.85.zip & Gingerbread 2.3.6 Package in your computer.Once you download the same, you need to extract it.Password For Extraction:”sampro.pl”(Without Inverted Commas). After extracting, open the Odin tool in your computer.
        • Now, enable the USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging” after which turn off your phone so as to enter the phone in the Download Mode.
        • The download mode can be entered by pressing Volume down Key, Center button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. Refer below Video for more.
        • As soon as you enter the phone in the Download mode, connect the phone to the computer after which you will see that the ID : COM section in the Odin will turn yellow which will mean that all the drivers are successfully installed. Please don’t proceed further is the ID : COM section doesn’t turn yellow.
         
        • Note: If ID : COM doesn’t turn yellow then install Samsung USB Drivers, .net framework and also you need to update the KIES with the latest version so that the missing drivers are installed. Also, most importantly you need to have the admin rights so as to turn ID : COM section yellow.

        • After this you need to click on “PDA” to select file “GT-I9100_INU_I9100XWKL1_I9100ODDKL1_I9100DDKL1.tar.md5” and click on “Start”. Once the process gets finished, the phone will be restarting. Once the phone gets restarted, you need to remove the USB cable when you see the Home Screen.
        • Now, you need to Close the Odin in computer and turn off phone so as to enter into the Download Mode once again. Once the device is turned ON in the download mode, open the odin in your computer and with the help of USB cable, connect the phone to the computer.
        • Once phone is connected, the ID : COM section will turn yellow. Click on “PDA” to select the file “Kernel_I9100XWKL1.tar.md5” and then click on “Start”. Within a minute the device will be restarted. Now after you see the home screen, remove the USB cable to enjoy your Galaxy S2 GTI9100 on the latest and official Gingerbread 2.3.6 update.

         

        For users Facing Force Close Errors:

        • Just in case if you are facing issues with the force close errors then you need to turn Off the phone to enter your phone in the recovery mode. The recovery mode can be entered by pressing Volume Up Key, Center button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button.

        In the recovery mode screen, you need to select “Wipe Data / factory reset” and “Wipe Cache Partition” which will clear off all the data which is stored in the phone.
        Do let us know just in case if you face any issues in the comments section below as we will try to address them as soon as possible.