With the launch of Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE device with ICS 4.0, Now It’s time to unlock the boot loader so that you can then proceed to customize the phone the way you want it. Over a course of this article we will check on how you can unlock the boot loader. Please note that by unlocking the boot loader, the warranty will get void for which we should not be held responsible. Before proceeding, ensure that you have noted down on which exact firmware you are ON currently so that it will help you to restore the same if just in case anything happens to your device in an unlikely event. This will be very beneficial as only with the help of this we will be able to not only root the phone, install the custom recovery image but also one can easily install the custom ROMs which are available for this Galaxy nexus Phone.

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of applying this procedure.


Q. Will I still get the Official OTA Updates after Unlocking Bootloader?
A. Most of the users have myth that after unlocking, the updates won’t be pushed but it’s not correct. The OTA updates will be available even if you unlock the boot loader. Only if you have updated your phone with different firmware version, you won’t be able to get the updates, the reason being is its unable to check the current firmware on which you are on.

 There are two Quick List of pre Requisistes which you need to follow so as to facilitate the smoother firmware update.

  • Backup all the data present in your phone memory so that the same can be restored back just in case if any data is lost or corrupted. Please don’t use PC Suites to back up the data as after unlocking he boot loader the Galaxy Nexus may / may not support the PC Suite.
  • Close / disable all the Antivirus, Firewall and PC suites like KIES in your computer or else these tools will interrupt the process of firmware update.

  • Before proceeding, install Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE Drivers in your compute and ensure that you are on the computer which is having a minimum of Windows XP / Windows 7. After this, you also need to enable the USB debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging” as shown in the below screen capture.

  • Now, assuming that you have installed the ADB, place the fastboot.exe file in your SDK / Tools folder if it’s not here by default. If it’s not there, then you can download the fast boot and place the same.
  • Now, next up you need to connect the original USB cable which you got at the time of purchase and then head to the SDK / Tools folder in the ADB in your computer where adb.exe and fastboot.exe files are located.
  • Now press the “Shift” button, right click on the file to select “Open Command Window Here” after which you will see the image as shown below.
  • After this, type in the command as mentioned below after which your phone will be turning Off and then reboot the device in the Boot loader mode.

adb reboot bootloader

  • Now, all you need to do is to type the command,

fastboot oem unlock

  • After which you will be prompted on the screen as shown below on to whether you wanted to unlock the boot loader or not along with the policy as shown in the below screen capture.

  • Now, with the help of Volume keys, select the option of “Yes” and then press the Power button to select the same. After this, the boot loader will be unlocked successfully.

  • Please note that it may take longer boot time. So ensure that you wait for the same to get rebooted on its own. Just in case if the phone boots up in the loop mode, you need to clear the cache from the recovery mode. Just in a rare case, if the phone gets stuck in the middle of any above step, you need to repeat the whole procedure from the start.

So, after this, you will see that the device will be unlocked. Do let us know just in case if there is anything you would like to share with us in the comments section below. We will try our level best to ensure that all the issues are sorted out at the earliest.

Hot news is here, Google updates is Nexus range of handsets with an all new update for Verizon Powered Galaxy Nexus device in the form of 4.0.2 version of Ice Cream Sandwich. So, let’s quickly check out on how in the due course of this article to apply the update of Ice Cream Sandwich manually in your GSM international version of unlocked Galaxy Nexus phone.

Disclaimer: Please note that we should not be held responsible in any manner in whole or in parts if any damage is done to your device caused by updating the firmware which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions as mentioned in the article including the pre requisites and the procedure to update the phone.

DANGER: Please note that this process should not be applied by the users who are on Verizon Wireless.
Quick List Pre Requisites:

  • As mentioned above, you need to back up the data so that just in case if the data gets lost then you can restore the same back.
  • You should be familiar with the fast boot, installation of ADB in your Phone and also along with these you also need to ensure that the Boot loader of Galaxy Nexus is unlocked.

So, let’s head to the instructions on how to apply the update in your GSM version of Galaxy nexus.
Procedure to Update Galaxy Nexus GSM version with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.2:

  • Download the appropriate factory ICS Image from Google’s Official Page in your computer.
  • After this, ensure that you have enabled the USB Debugging in your phone from the path Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging as shown in the below image. Also, if at all there are any Antivirus suites installed in your phone then remove or disable the same.

  • After this, you need to turn Off your phone so as to boot the phone in the fast boot mode. The fast boot mode can be entered by “Holding Volume Up key + Volume Down Key + Power Key” which will open up the Administrator command prompt in your fast boot directory.
  • After this, connect your phone to the computer and open the command prompt to enter the below mentioned commands in the fast boot mode.

fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-maguro-primekk15.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
(Wait till the Boot loader is Rebooted)
fastboot flash radio radio-maguro-i9250xxkk6.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
(Wait till the Boot loader is Rebooted)
fastboot update image-yakju-icl53f.zip

So, that’s it as soon as you enter all the commands which are mentioned above, the device will be updated successfully with the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich.

 Waiting for your manufacturer to update your device to latest Android OS version is a painful thing. And the case with users of Galaxy Tab 10.1 is no different, to whom promised Ice Cream Sandwich update from Samsung will shower not anytime before stated Q1 2012 release — which means March ‘12, if btw not delayed to April ‘12.
So, there is a right reason to cheer for, when we hear that a developer (or team of 2) has released his own rom, based on Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (WiFi version only, btw). Yes, you can run Ice Cream Sandwich on your Galaxy Tab before 2012 arrives and that too without waiting for Samsung to gift you an update.

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to you or your device, we won’t be held liable — you only will be responsible, you’ve been warned!!!

This rom and the guide below is compatible only with Galaxy Tab 10.1 (WiFi edition with no 3G), model number GT-7510. Don’t try this on Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 3G. Also, it’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About device.

Things to take care of before Installing ROMs

  1. Installing/Flashing this ROM will erase your apps and data. So, it’s a very important you back them up before proceeding further. To backup your apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc.Restore APN settings if Internet isn’t working for you, after installing the rom. And if you are using a rooted phone, you can save application’s data too, using Titanium backup (free app on android market) to backup apps with apps with data. Use the same app again to restore those apps with data.
  2. Drivers! — it’s important you’ve the proper drivers installed. Download links — 32 bit (x86) Windows |   64-bit (x64) Windows

Camera isn’t working in this rom right now, although that doesn’t mean much for a tablet. That apart, you’ll experience bugs here and there. But for all Ice Cream Sandwich love this tablet’s gonna get you, and given that Samsung will take its own (huge) time in bringing you the update, it’s still very very exciting rom.
If you’re a pro, with sound knowledge of CWM, flashing, etc., it’s easy for you. Just download the Android 4.0 rom from step 2 below, and flash using CWM. However, if you’re ‘new’ to all this, see the guide below.

How to Install Ice Cream Sandwich (CM9) on Galaxy Tab 10.1 (WiFi only)

  1. You’re going to need a Clockworkmod recovery to flash the ICS rom on your Tab. Either Google it or look here on how to install Clockworkmod (CWM) recovery on your Galaxy Tab 101. P7510 WiFi edition.
  2. Download the latest version of the rom from the development page here. Current version (Dec 26, 2012) can be downloaded from here.
  3. Transfer the rom to your tablet’s internal sdcard. Remember the location of file on sdcard. 
  4. Disconnect the tablet from PC. Power it off — wait for 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
  5. Boot into recovery mode — press and hold (until you see two options) both Power and Volume down keys. Press Volume Down key to move your selection recovery mode’s icon and press Volume Up select the recovery mode.
  6. [Optional] Make a backup of you current rom from backup and restore option.
  7. Do wipe data/factory reset.
  8. Do wipe cache partition.
  9. Go to Advanced, and do wipe dalvik cache.
  10. Come back to main screen and select install zip from sd card » choose zip from sd card (or internal sdcard, if that works) » browse through sdcard and select the rom file you transferred in step 3 above. Select Yes on next screen.
  11. This will begin the flashing of Cyanogenmod 9 on your Galaxy Tab 10.1. You’ll be back recovery mode. Go back and select reboot system now, to restart the tablet. 
  12. Upon restart, your Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be running coolly on Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich. Enjoy!

Share your thoughts and problems, if any, in comments below.

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.

The latest of the pure Google phone, Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich is mostly available in all parts of the world. Google has started rolling out the update to Android 4.0.2 to their existing Galaxy Nexus GSM  consumers.

This update to Android 4.0.2 is available on the Air i.e, via direct download from their mobile phone. This update is of 8.8 Mb file size. For the users who are on 4.0.1 Android version will automatically get notified for the update. For those users who didn’t get notified about this update they can check whether this update is available by going through Menu > Settings > About Phone and then selecting the Software update. The carrier will directly display if there is an update available and by following the on screen instruction you can update it within 10 minutes of time.
What included in Android 4.0.2 update?
As of now Google representative didn’t comment on the enhancements and improvement included in this update but its pretty sure that, like other updates this fixes important bugs. So its important for the Galaxy Nexus GSM handset owner to update their phone. No reports whether this update is available for carrier based contract phones.
If you are the proud owner of the first phone with Ice Cream Sandwich then do let us know if you were able to update your phone with this Android 4.0.2 update. Readers can also comment what bug does it fixes and still what errors that you are facing on your phone.

Feel Free! It’s Galaxy Note N7000 as in the due course of the article we will check out on how you can update with the latest Gingerbread 2.3.6 firmware version which is dubbed as XXLA3. This update comes just ahead of probable ICS Android 4.0 Leak for Galaxy Note N7000 which will soon be coming in few days from now. It was last time when we saw on how you can update your Note N7000 with XXKKA 2.3.6 firmware version. Please note that this is not an official firmware version launched from Samsung Electronics Ltd globally but this update is pushed Officially for European users. Since this is the manual update which we will be checking out, it will be applied through Odin and not via KIES tool.
Over a period of this article we will not only check on what are the pre requisite instructions you need to follow before going to the procedure mentioned further but also we will check out on what are the benefits which comes packed with this version of firmware.

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 Note N7000 which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions carefully.

Rooting Information:

  • Applying this update won’t root the device in any manner, so you will not lose the warranty which is the case if you root the phone.
  • Just in case if you have already rooted the Galaxy note N7000 then after applying this update the rooting access will be revoked and you can claim back the lost warranty.

Since after applying this update the rooting access will be revoked, we will soon come up with the rooting article to root Galaxy Note on XXLA3 Gingerbread 2.3.6
Improvements in XXLA3 Firmware:

  • Touch response has been improved,
  • Overall user experience is much more fluidic than before,

So assuming that you have followed the list of instructions mentioned in the above link, you now need to proceed further where we will see on how to apply this update of XXLA3 Gingerbread 2.3.6 on your Galaxy Note N7000.

Procedure to Update Galaxy Note N7000 with XXLA3 Gingerbread 2.3.6:

  • Match all the extracted files from the below mentioned screen capture and note that even if single file is missing then you need to check with the download or extraction of the same.
    • From extracted files, open the Odin executable file and turn Off your Galaxy Note. Now, you need to turn ON your Galaxy Note N7000 in the download Mode. The download mode can be entered by pressing Volume Down Key + OK button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button.

      • Once the Note is turned ON in the download mode, with the help of USB Cable connect the phone with the computer while keeping Odin opened in your computer.
      • As soon as drivers are installed successfully, the ID : COM section in odin will turn yellow after which proceed to the next step to select the files.

      In Odin, click on the corresponding tabs and select the files as mentioned in the below list.

      DANGER: Re-Partition Option should be “UNTICKED” or else your phone may get bricked.
      PIT – Q1_20110914_16GB.pit
      PDA – CODE_N7000XXLA3_CL880036_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5
      Phone –  MODEM_N7000XXLA3_REV_05_CL1095424.tar.md5
      CSC – GT-N7000-MULTI-CSC-OXALA3.tar.md5

      • After selecting all the files and checking the same that right files are selected, click on “Start” to start the firmware update process.
      • Once you click on “Start”, within 10 minutes the firmware will be applied successfully and then the device will be rebooted. Once you see the home screen in your phone, disconnect the connected phone and turn Off the phone so as to enter the phone in the recovery mode.
      • In recovery mode, select options Wipe data/factory reset and also you need to select Wipe Cache partition and also you need to select the option of “Clear Dalvik Cache” after which you need to reboot your device by selecting reboot system now after which all the cache files will get deleted.
      • To ensure that the firmware is applied successfully, you need to check the same from the path “Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version” where you will find the version of XXLA3 Android 4.0.3 firmware. If there is any other version then do let us know in the comments section below.

      Congratulations, you have now successfully updated your Samsung Galaxy Note. Let us know in the comments section just in case if you have any issues in the comments section as we will try our level best to address the same at the earliest.