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                    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.

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.


    A very, very early build of Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI has been leaked today. While it is too unstable for daily use, it does give us a potential glimpse at what Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich will look like when it releases in a few months for the Samsung Galaxy S II. Details after the jump!

    The news comes from SamMobile – a blog dedicated to covering all things Samsung – in the form of a post in which they talk about the leaked build of Android 4.0.1 (Build: KP1) Ice Cream Sandwich for International Version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. The leak has, apparently, been sourced from Sam Mobile’s “insider” at Samsung.
    This is, of course, a very early leaked build. It does offer us a “glimpse” at the what the final version may look like (heavy emphasis on may), but since we have quite a few months before the update is actually released, so this shouldn’t be taken as final. Samsung has plenty of time to make changes to give their custom TouchWiz UI an ICS-like look and feel.
    Since it is an early build and is susceptible to random reboots and force closes, it is highly recommended that you stay away from this. It is not at all stable enough to use on a daily, routine basis.
    From SAM Mobile:

    Last week our “insider” presented us with XXKP1.
    The Android version of this ROM is Android 4.0.1.
    The build date is 7 december 2011.
    As you may know of us we often get these leaks prior to release.
    After we did some checks on it we can confirm that we’re dealing with a “CUSTOM” Samsung build.

    DISCLAIMER: Samsung Galaxy Series will not be held responsible if you lose data or your device gets damaged in the following of this guide. Proceed at your own risk.
    Once again, before you get started, please please note that this is very unstable. Besides this, your warranty will be voided forever (because it, apparently, doesn’t let you reset the counter which technicians use to determine if your phone can is covered by warranty).
    Note: This only works on International Version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. It has not been tested on Epic 4G Touch, Skyrocket or any other of the Galaxy S II variants on US carriers.
    Step 1: Download the following files:

    • ODIN 1.83 [HotFile]
    • Samsung USB Drivers (you’ll have to locate these yourself, unfortunately)
    • Leaked Ice Cream Sandwich ROM [HotFile]. Password: samfirmware.com

    Step 2: Unzip the .rar file you downloaded from HotFile in Step 1. There will be four files inside.
    Step 3: Install USB Drivers. Shut down Samsung’ Kies PC software. Launch ODIN (in that exact order).
    Step 4: Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S II.
    Step 5: Press Volume Down + Home + Power/Lock while booting up to enter Download Mode.
    Step 6: Connect your device via USB and you should see it detected by ODIN.
    Step 7: Click on BOOTLOADER and add I9100_APBOOT_I9100XXKP1_CL16459_REV02_eng_mid_ship.tar.md5.
    Step 8: Similarly, add the following files to respective menus:

    • PDA: I9100_CODE_I9100XXKP1_CL16459_REV02_eng_mid_ship.tar.md5
    • Phone: MODEM_I9100XXKP1_REV_02_CL1085642.tar.md5
    • CSC: I9100_KERNEL_I9100XXKP1_CL16459_REV02_eng_mid_ship.tar.md5

    Step 9: After that, click the Start button.
    Step 10: Wait for your phone to restart and then unplug it from your computer.
    If you followed the steps correctly, Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich will be installed on your Samsung Galaxy S II.

    News of the custom ROM comes straight from XDA-Developers – a popular forum for Android developers and enthusiasts – in the form of a thread posted under the Galaxy S II sub-forum.
    Before you get into flashing the ROM on your Galaxy S II, please note that this is a highly experimental build with loads of bugs and stability issues. It is not at all ready for daily use and you are recommended to stay away from it unless you’re an Android enthusiast with advanced knowledge of rooting, flashing and restoring in case something goes wrong.
    As always, your device must be rooted and have ClockworkMod Recovery flashed. Besides this, the developer has asked interested enthusiasts to be running on a Ice Cream Sandwich-based bootloader. NOw You have to search for an ICS-based bootloader, and then flash it using ODIN. Once you’ve met all pre-requisites, follow the guide after the disclaimer!

    DISCLAIMER: Samsung Galaxy Series will not be held responsible if you lose data or your device gets damaged in the following of this guide. Proceed at your own risk.

    Step 1: Download CWM-flashable build of CyanogenMod 9 Experimental Build for your Galaxy S II [MultiUpload], Google Apps [MultiUpload] and Face Unlock [MultiUpload]
    Step 2: Transfer all of these files directly under the /SD Card directory on your Galaxy S II.
    Step 3: Reboot into ClockworkMod Recovery. You can either do this from ROM Manager by tapping on Reboot to Recovery or you, if that doesn’t work, shut down your device. Once it is completely turned off, press and hold Volume Up + Home + Power button to boot into ClockworkMod Recovery.
    Step 4: From the main menu, take a nandroid backup from backup & restore > backup. After backup is complete, do a wipe data/factory reset.
    Step 5: This is the part where we flash CyanogenMod 9 along with Google Apps and Face Unlock. Navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > [.zip file]. You must flash the files in the following order:

    1. update-cm-9.0.0-RC0-SGS2-KANG-signed.zip
    2. gapps-6.0-IML74K.zip
    3. faceunlock-6.0-IML74K.zip

    Step 6: Select reboot system now from the main menu.

    If you followed the steps correctly, your Samsung Galaxy S II will now boot into CyanogenMod 9 based on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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    Samsung Galaxy SII I9100

    Posted: January 3, 2012 in Samsung Galaxy SII

    Dual-core power, beautiful screen – the Galaxy S II is the kind of sequel we like

    The Samsung Galaxy S2 is almost impossibly thin when you pick it up – dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm mean it’s one of the thinnest smartphones on the market at the moment, rivalling the likes of the iPhone 4 and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc for the title.
    Samsung galaxy s2 review
    It’s crazy-light too – when we show you what tech is rammed under the hood, you’ll be amazed that it all goes in a device that weighs only a shade over 100g (116g, to be precise).
    Samsung clearly traded the premium feel an all-metal chassis might have brought to keep the grams off the Galaxy S2 – pop the battery cover off and you’ll find you’re holding a piece of pretty flimsy plastic.
    Samsung galaxy s2 review
    However, most of the time you won’t be removing this and it fits nicely into the contoured chassis – the mesh feel on the rear also helps keep your hand from getting warm during extended holding.
    The other thing you’ll notice when you first pick up the Galaxy S2 is the screen – at 4.3 inches it’s hard to miss, and when you turn it on the Super AMOLED plus technology hits you square in the eyeballs (once it’s got through the toughened Gorilla Glass).
    Samsung galaxy s2 review
    We called the Samsung Galaxy S “the best phone on the market for media” when we reviewed it, thanks to its first-gen Super AMOLED screen. Now the Galaxy S2 has definitely improved on that, with a superbly crisp and vibrant screen.
    The only problem is a slightly schizophrenic auto-brightness – if you try and save battery by having the sensor monitor ambient light levels, then the screen decides to bounce about with light levels even in same conditions.
    UPDATE: Samsung has released a fix to solve this problem already, so forget about it. Un-read what you just read. We could delete it, but that would be lying to you.
    In the hand, the Galaxy S2 sits much better than we’d have expected, given the whopping screen on offer, and that’s mostly down to its slim depth.
    Samsung galaxy s2 review
    The front of the phone is pretty sparse, with the home key the only piece of furniture on offer. This rectangular button flanks two touch-sensitive buttons – Menu and Back – so there’s no room for contextual search here.
    The volume keys are located on the left-hand side, and the power/lock key is on the opposite flank; both are easy enough to hit without error, and crucially the travel on the power key is softer so that it’s much easier to hit when you’re juggling it in the palm – compare that to its predecessor, where you could accidentally drop it trying to shut off the screen.
    Samsung galaxy s2 review
    The 3.5mm headphone jack lives on the top of the phone, bucking the lower placement on other 4.3-inch screen phones, and the microUSB slot (which also doubles as an HDMI out port) lives on the bottom.
    The only other element of note is the 8.1MP camera with single LED flash on the rear – it’s slightly raised, but not so much that it disrupts the Galaxy S2 when you’re placing it on a table, thanks to a rear lip to help you hold the phone.
    Samsung galaxy s2 review
    We actually (foolishly, in hindsight) unboxed the phone while bouncing about on a powerboat on the Thames – and luckily, there was a camera rolling the whole time. (note – we’re well aware of the stupid spec mistakes on the boat. Some were down to information given to us by Samsung that has since changed, and some due to sheer confusion at being thrown ten feet in the air and having our spine crushed.)

    Current Price:Around Rs.29000 Appr. $580…