Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100G users will have something to look forward to as Samsung recently released a new version of the beloved Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The update brings Android 4.0.4 ICS software version XXLPY to the Galaxy S2, tagging along new and improved features, including smoother performance, faster processing speed, and a stable build of the OS itself.
Android 4.0.4 is a huge leap from Android 4.0.3 in terms of overall performance. And, for those who are having a hard time updating their phones using the over-the-air (OTA) method, you can always update your phone by flashing the ROM manually.
Software update XXLPY is meant for European and Nordic regions, but the software reportedly works for any Galaxy S2 I9100G regardless of region.
Continue reading the rest of this guide to learn how to upgrade Galaxy S2 I9100G to Android 4.0.4 ICS build XXLPY.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Samsung Galaxy S2, model number GT-I9100G. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I900G
- A Windows PC
- Handset USB drivers installed on the PC. You may install the drivers by installing Samsung Kies.
- Download the following files and save them to your computer:
- Android 4.0.4 Update for Galaxy S2 (I9100GXXLPY_I9100GDBTLP3_DBT.zip, 380 MB)
- Odin3 v1.85 (Odin 1.85.zip, 199 kB)
- Enable USB debugging on your handset.
- Disable antivirus, firewall, and other security software. Also disable Samsung Kies and other software that accesses your phone. Such software can interfere with the procedure in this guide.
- Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
- Extract the downloaded I9100GXXLPY_I9100GDBTLP3_DBT.zip file using any extracting software such as 7-Zip or WinZip. You should be able to extract a file named I9100GXXLPY_I9100GXXLPV_I9100GDBTLP3_HOME.tar.md5.
- Extract the Odin 1.85.zip file and place the extracted files inside a single folder.
- Switch off your phone.
- Boot your phone into Download Mode. You can do this by pressing and holding the Volume Down, Home, and Power buttons. A warning screen will appear. Press the Volume Up key to continue booting to Download Mode.
- On your computer, go to the folder where you extracted the Odin files and double-click on Odin3 v.185.exe to launch Odin on your computer.
- Inside Odin, select the PDA button and browse for the I9100GXXLPY_I9100GXXLPV_I9100GDBTLP3_HOME.tar.md5 file and select it.
- NOTE: Do not make any other changes in Odin except the ones mentioned in this tutorial, or else you will run the risk of causing irreversible damage to your phone.
- Connect your phone to your PC via USB cable. You should be greeted with the message “Added!!” in Odin's message box. In case you don't receive this message, there might be problem with your phone's drivers. Reinstall the drivers.
- Hit the Start button to begin flashing the XXLPY firmware on your phone. After the update has finished flashing, your phone will automatically reboot. You will also get a “PASS” message in one of Odin's message boxes.
- When you get through the Samsung logo, you can safely disconnect your phone from your computer.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed the Android 4.0.4 XXLPY Ice Cream Sandwich update on your Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100G.
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.