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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 & 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 “” 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.

      Samsung Galaxy R I9103

      Posted: January 2, 2012 in Samsung Galaxy R
      With the Samsung Galaxy S2 still winning praises all over the shop, It was natural that Samsung was going to capitalise on this technology and release another version of the smartphone – albeit one that’s specs aren’t quite as impressive.
      Enter the Samsung Galaxy R; a fine addition to Samsung’s portfolio and one that tries to copy much of what the S2 delivers.
      After checking out the phone at IFA 2011, we did notice some differences between the Galaxy R and its bedfellow. For a start it is not as light or as thin as the S2 – the chassis has a touch more bulk (at 0.04 inches) to it and is made from plastic, with a brush metal removeable back that hides the battery.

      Looks-wise, this gives the handset more of a professional finish than the Galaxy S2.
      Flick the screen on, though, and the Galaxy R isn’t so impressive – instead of a Super AMOLED screen, what you get is a 4.2-inch Super LCD Screen, which is not only lower quality it is smaller too. It’s only 0.1-inch of a difference but you know what they say?

                  Underneath the hood the specs have also changed. On board is a 5MP camera, compared to the S2’s 8MP sensor, and a 1GHz Tegra 2 chip has been added and the 1.2GHz chip of the S2 has been taken Out.
                  This does mean, though, that Tegra 2 games will be at your fingertips with the Samsung Galaxy R.All of these changes sound big, but quality wise they hardly seemed to affect the Galaxy R in our hands on with the device.

                  Even though resolution wasn’t as crisp as on a Super AMOLED display, colours still pinged when we watched demo video on the unit.The Samsung Galaxy R is up to date too – it has been given Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is also draped in Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. All of this worked great on the model we were fondling.

                  The Galaxy R was swift too. We tried to catch it out with quick loading apps, clicking back to the home screen, consistently swiping through screens and we found no lag whatsoever.
      In short, Samsung seemed to have trimmed the edges of the specs of the Samsung Galaxy R, rather than cut corners.

      There is no Samsung Galaxy R UK release date or pricing as of yet, but we are really hoping that Samsung doesn’t see fit to add a similar price to this handset as the Galaxy S2.
      It may look that little bit nicer, but the features are slightly compromised because of it. If the price reflects this, then the Galaxy R may well be a winner.