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Finally it’s here. Yes, the most awaited (not more than Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0) Gingerbread 2.3.6 version has arrived for the Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 has arrived. So, in the due course of this article we will check out on how you can apply this update. This update comes at a time when most of the users faced some issues with the last few firmwares like XFJVA etc. which didn’t match the expectations of the users. Also, just in case if you are a Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 user then an all new Official Gingerbread 2.3.6 is in the making and the same will be released very soon. We will soon come up with the rooting process for the same too.
Last but not the least, this firmware of Gingerbread 2.3.6 is dubbed as XWJVX. This update comes at a time when in the last article we saw on how to update Galaxy SL I9003 with Gingerbread 2.3.6. We will also come up with the next version of Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 which will enter into the beta stage on Samgalaxyseries.blogspot.com, so stay tuned for the action for your Galaxy S GT I9000 and other Android devices. Please note that this procedure should not be applied on network Locked devices and since its a Global update, anyone with their Galaxy S GT I9000 device can apply this update.

Disclaimer: At Samsung Galaxy Series, we have made sure in all respects that all the information regarding the firmware update is mentioned correctly in this article. We hold no responsibility in any manner just in case if any damage happens to your Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions carefully.

Note: Please note that this is not the Official firmware released by Samsung Electronics Ltd. and also after applying this update you will not be able to make use of KIES tool as this is the beta firmware. The only way you can install the firmware is
So, before proceeding you need to first ensure that you have followed all the pre Requisites which are mentioned in the below link. It’s very important for you to follow the instructions which are mentioned in the below link so as to facilitate the smoother, safer & faster firmware update.

Procedure to Update Latest XWJVX Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware on Galaxy S:

  • Before proceeding, you need to download Odin3_1.85.zip & Gingerbread 2.3.6 XWJVX firmware Zip Package in your computer and extract the both to desktop. In the process of extraction, you will be prompted to enter in the password, enter the password as “sampro.pl” without the inverted comas.
JVX Select Files
  • Once the files are extracted, you need to now match with the files which are shown in the below screen capture. Just in case if the contents get mismatched, you need to check with the file extraction or download. The total Size of Zipped File should be (MB).
JVX Extracted Files

  • From the extracted files, open the odin executable file in your computer and turn off the phone so that you cn then enter your phone into 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 on how to get into download mode.
  • Now, connect the phone in the download mode to the computer while keeping the Odin opened in your computer. As soon as you connect the phone, the ID : COM section will turn Yellow which will mean that all the drivers are successfully updated and you are now ready to proceed with the firmware update.
I9000 Connected for XWJVX

DANGER: Don’t proceed to the next step if the ID : COM Section doesn’t turn Yellow!

  • Up next Click on “PDA” tab and choose the file named as “JVX_JV3_JVT” which you can select from the extracted files. Once you select the same, click on the “Start” tab to start the process of firmware update. Please note that you will have to wait for 3 – 4 minutes till the process of firmware update is completed.
JVX Select Files

  • As soon as the firmware update process is done, the phone will be rebooting after which you will be prompted on screen to select the Language Settings as well as the Google Account Credentials. Once you see the home screen, you need to turn Off the phone. To heck on the firmware has successfully applied or not, you can check the same from the path “Applications > Settings > About Phone” where you will find the firmware version as XWJVX 2.3.6 Gingerbread version.

For users facing FORCE CLOSE ISSUES:

  • Just in case if you are facing issues like force close errors in your phone then you need to turn off the phone and then you need to enter into the recovery mode.
  • Now, turn Off the phone so that you can then enter into the recovery mode. The recovery mode can be entered by pressing  Volume UP Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. You can also refer to the below mentioned video to know more on how to enter into the recovery mode.
  • In the recovery mode select Wipe data/factory reset and also you need to select Wipe Cache partition and then reboot your device by selecting reboot system now option.

Note: Just in case if the power goes Off or the process of firmware update is interrupted due to un avoidable reasons, then reinsert the battery, again enter into the download mode to follow the instructions from the start again. No need to panic. In Download Mode everything is safe. Also, don’t forget to restore back the data which you have backed up so that you can easily use all the services like before your phone was in.
Do let us know just in case if you face any issues while applying this update as we will try our level best to sort out the same.

 We love Ice Cream Sandwich, isn’t it? And our love for this has been complimented by Google in the form of an OS version named after Ice Cream Sandwich to mark the arrival of Android 4.0 version. Over the last few days, we have been getting tremendous comments for a working and a usable port of Android 4.0 ICS for Galaxy S GT I9000 but since it’s still in the early stages, it will be difficult for us to find and come out with an article featuring the stable ICS build. Not to worry, we just want to thank brilliant efforts of some developers who are dedicatedly working on launching a new ROM which has similar traits that of an ICS build. Please note that VPN Still doesnt work in this version of firmware.

So, on the similar lines in this article we will check out the latest version Ice Cream Sandwich in the form of Cyanogen MOD 9.0 which will be launching very soon to the public with the beta and stable versions very soon.

Caution: This article is not for the basic users and is only recommended for the advanced level users or the developers. Though we have taken extreme measures so as to make this article as simple as possible that even a starter can follow it, it’s highly recommended to follow all the instructions properly or else you may also end up bricking up the phone.

Before proceeding you first need to follow the list of pre Requisites instructions which are mentioned below and then you need to proceed Further where we will see on procedure to apply this on your Galaxy S.

List of Pre Requisites to be followed:

  • Before proceeding, backup all the data which is there in your phone.
  • Before proceeding, you need to be first check whether you are on the latest version of firmware which is rooted XXJVT version or not.

Tip: To know on what version of firmware you are currently on then you need to go to path “Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version” where you will find the version of Android OS where it will show Gingerbread XXJVT 2.3.5 version.

  • After this you will have to close all the tools like Security Suites, Firewall tools and also the KIES PC Suite as these tools generally tend to interrupt the process of firmware update. Disable the USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”.

    Special instructions to users on Custom ROMs:
    If you are any of the custom ROMs then you need to first turn Off the phone so that you can then enter into the recovery mode by pressing  Volume UP on Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button.
    In the recovery mode, you will find an option called the “advanced” tools, select the same and disable the Voodoo options if there are any and after that also select the option of “Dalvik Cache” and also clear the battery stats by selecting the respective option.

    Now, let’s proceed Further where we will see on the instructions on how to apply this all new firmware of Ice Cream Sandwich.

    Procedure to Update ICS Build 5 on Galaxy S GT I9000:

    • Download the below mentioned three files in your computer so that you can then make use of the same in the later part of this article. The three files are the firmware file, Google Apps file and also the face unlock file. All the files will be in the zip format and please don’t rename the files.

    Cyanogen MOD 9 ICS Build 5
    Google Apps
    Face Unlock Add ON

    • Once you download the above files, you then need to proceed to connect your phone to the computer using the USB cable which you got at the time of purchase. Once you do this, you now need to copy the two zip files which you have downloaded in your computer to your phone.
    • After copying, disconnect the phone from the computer and then turn Off the phone so that you can then enter into the recovery mode. The recovery mode can be entered by pressing Volume UP + Center button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button. You can also refer the below mentioned video for knowing more on how to enter the recovery mode.
      • In the recovery mode, you need to select the option of “install zip from SD card” and then “choose zip from SD Card” after which you will see the list of files which are there in the phone. From the list of files, select the file which is named as “CM9_ICS_BUILD5.zip” first, followed by select the file which is named as “gappsv5-final.zip” and then “face-unlock-addon.zip” for face unlock feature to be enabled in your phone.

      recovery mode

      • So, once you select all the files which are mentioned above, you now need to select the option of “ ++++ Go back ++++ ” to select the option of “reboot system now” for rebooting the phone. So, as soon as the phone is restarted you will see that the phone will be on the Build 5 version of Ice Cream Sandwich.
      • Please note that just in case if you face any issues after turning the device ON, get into the recovery mode first and then you will have to select the options like “Wipe data/factory reset”, “Wipe Cache partition” after which select the option of “reboot system now” as this will clear out all the data which is there in the cache.

      Do let us know your thoughts on this version of ICS build in the form of upcoming Cyanogen Mod 9 Custom ROM. Over the next few coming days we will be coming up with much more stable versions. Do let us know just in case if you face any issues in the comments section.

      Samsung Galaxy S I9000

      Posted: January 3, 2012 in Samsung Galaxy S I9000
      It may have been less than a year ago, but that’s a long time in mobile phone world. And this one has shipped by the bucket load. Samsung surpassed its aim of selling ten million Galaxy S units back in January, and for the South Korean technology legend, it’s the gift that just keeps giving.Originally shipping with 2.1 Eclair, then upgraded to 2.2 Froyo and now given a new lease of life, rocking 2.3 Gingerbread, the Galaxy S is no longer Samsung’s flagship – its big brother, the Galaxy S2, takes that crown.

      Samsung galaxy s review
      But retailers are still selling it and punters are still buying it. A fantastic screen, surfing experience that really works and 5MP camera are just a few attributes that make the Samsung Galaxy S at least looklike it ticks all the boxes.
      But is it really out of this world?
      Samsung galaxy s review
      We know some Android fans won’t like this, but sorry, there’s one word we have to bring up here and we can’t help it: iPhone.
      Like it or not, the Samsung Galaxy S will be compared to Apple’s offering.
      Samsung galaxy s review
      In fact, when it was launched last year as Samsung’s flagship device, it was probably the main challenger to the iPhone and the choice of those who didn’t want to be locked into Apple’s way of doing things, yet still wanted the benefits of a touchscreen smartphone with all mod cons.
      More recently, it’s been knocked out the spotlight by its own replacement, the Samsung Galaxy S2, but Samsung clearly believes this is a popular handset and it’s now being marketed as a higher mid-level phone to those who don’t want to compromise on features and go for a budget smartphone (such as the Galaxy Mini) but can’t necessarily afford to go premium.
      Samsung galaxy s
      With a 1GHz processor, GPS, HSDPA/HSUPA, HD video recorder, generous built-in memory (8GB or 16GB) and the latest Android operating system, this could never be considered a slouch of a phone.
      We found one retailer selling it SIM-free for £309 (not far off £200 cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S2) and contract-wise, you can pick it up for free at £20 per month on certain network deals.
      Back to Apple, though, and there’s no mistaking it – the Samsung Galaxy S and iPhone 3G/3GS could very easily have been separated at birth.
      Samsung galaxy s
      From the all-black shiny front, to the curved bezel around the frame, to the single physical button (albeit a rounded square rather than a circle) and even the glossy back in a choice of white or black, there is no way Jonathan Ive wouldn’t have felt at least a little miffed (or flattered) when he saw the Samsung Galaxy S design for the first time.
      It’s not a bad thing – but apart from the Samsung logo just beneath the earpiece and a slightly larger screen, there’s not much difference in the Samsung Galaxy S’s appearance.
      In terms of size, the handset measures 64.2 x 122.4 x 9.9mm. It feels significantly smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S2 – which it is due to the fact that it doesn’t have the latter’s huge screen.
      Despite our love for the Samsung Galaxy S2, we actually found we preferred holding the Galaxy S, because the smaller size made it easier to grip. But it’s definitely a trade off, and one that each buyer can evaluate, based on their own needs.
      Samsung galaxy s review
      The Samsung Galaxy S does feel like a quality device in the hand – but it’s also very plasticky. The glossy plastic rear cover is a fingerprint magnet, but at least it all keeps the weight down.
      Because when we first picked up the Samsung Galaxy S, coming from an iPhone 4, we couldn’t believe just how light it was. In fact, we opened the back thinking the battery must have been missing, but it was in there. At 119g, it feels great and not something you’re likely to notice in your pocket.
      With the Home button on the front, you also have two soft keys either side of it. They light up when the screen is on and register your interest with a little haptic vibration when pressed. The one to the left is the Menu/Options button, and a Back button is located to the right.
      Samsung galaxy s review
      There’s no dedicated search button like you might find on some other Android handsets. Likewise there is no dedicated camera button on the side of the Samsung Galaxy S, which is something we’d like to see because it makes the startup process and actual picture taking a lot easier, but we’ll not hold that one against Samsung too much.
      On the left side is a simple volume rocker, and the right-hand edge houses the lock button about two thirds of the way up. If you’re left handed, you’ll have no problems because you can hold the Samsung Galaxy S in your palm and reach around to press it with your index finger.
      Samsung galaxy s review
      If you’re right handed, you’ll have no such luck. In fact, this was our first gripe with the Samsung Galaxy S that we found really irked us. The problem is, if you hold it one-handed in your right hand, it’s natural to press the button in with your thumb – although you can tap the home button to wake the phone back up too.
      Samsung galaxy s
      The top holds a standard 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro USB port for charging/syncing. Thoughtfully, Samsung has also fitted that port with a little sliding door – presumably to keep rain out because it’s at the top of the phone.
      It hasn’t put one over the headphone jack though – we assume it thinks you’ll have your headphones plugged in most of the time. Or it would be just too annoying to have it there.
      The back holds the camera lens (5MP) and a speaker grill. There’s no flash. Yes, no flash. On what was Samsung’s flagship handset – and is still a mid-to-top level mobile phone – there’s no light. Not even a little LED. Zilch. We’ll go onto that in more detail in the Camera section. It won’t be pretty.
      There’s also a rather curious bump along the bottom that protrudes – think the HTC chin found on various handsets such as the Salsa but on the back and sticking out the other way. Heaven knows why.
      Samsung galaxy s review
      The MicroSD slot is located under the cover. But it’s not behind the battery (hurrah!), which means it’s fully hot-swappable.
      The real surprise is when you turn this baby on. The Samsung Galaxy S screen is a belter – a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED – and it’s so vibrant. Not that we’d expect any less.
      Samsung’s screens have always been probably the best out there on mobile handsets – even back in the days of the T100 and D410 (we’re speaking relatively, of course, compared to the competition at the time.)
      Samsung galaxy s
      Pixel-wise, it’s not 100 per cent perfect – close up you don’t get the clarity of, say, a retina display or the updated Super AMOLED Plus. But as for those colours, you really can’t take your eyes off them. Vivid, bright and full of life is how we’d describe them.
      We installed a free HD wallpaper on our review unit and thought it looked amazing. So much so, we kept fiddling and turning the screen on to look at it. It’s probably the first sign of madness.

      Current Price:Around Rs.19000 (Appro.$380)- Varies From Region to Region..