Android 4.0.4 Ice cream Sandwich now keep on coming on Samsung Galaxy S2. Running ICS 4.0.4 on your Galaxy S2 is much more fascinating for it’s an equivalent Android OS that currently runs on the new successor Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300. We don’t know yet if this is also part of Samsung preparation for the upcoming release of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for high-end smartphone devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Another Latest Android ICS 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, firmware build: officially released in Poland. an upgrade from previous build Android 4.0.3 I9100XXLPW way back in May. This is the third official ICS 4.0.4 releases in Europe regions after initially released in Russia I9100XWLPM and then followed in Nordic Countries I9100XWLPO just days ahead. Anyway, this firmware build got the same MODEM version I9100XXLQ6 from Russia and Poland.
This firmware is already available via Kies and or OTA (Over The Air) update for Poland user of unbranded version Samsung Galaxy S2, so just check it out. Some users already upgraded earlier and says’ it improves battery life and more faster performance.
Device: Samsung Galaxy SII GT-I9100 (unbranded/SIM Free/unlocked)
Latest firmware: I9100XXLQ7/I9100OXALQ7/I9100XXLQ6/I9100XWLPO
Android version: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
Build Date: July 04, 2012
Release Date: July 25, 2012
Stock Firmware Downloads: Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 Firmware
How to manually Upgrade or install the I9100XXLQ7 ICS 4.0.4 on Samsung Galaxy S2
Disclaimer: This guide is for advance users only. If this your first time heard about this method, make a careful research first before proceeding. We are not held responsible if anything happens to your device by using this guide. Proceed at your own risk!
Note: This stock firmware is compatible for all Europe unbranded or unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100 versions only.
Step 1: Grab the relevant files for flashing I9100XXLQ7
– Odin3_v3.07 link Odin3_v3.07
– Samsung Galaxy S2 USB driver, (Only needed if you do not have Kies installed on your PC)
– GT-I9100_I9100XXLQ7_I9100OXALQ7_I9100XXLQ6 Original Stock ROM
Do things before flashing as follows:
– Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port.
– Use the USB cable wire for your Galaxy S2.
– Make sure that your galaxy S2 battery is fully charge.
– Back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc.
– Remember or back up the APN settings of your device.
– Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings. Go to Settings > Applications > Development, and tick the box that says ‘Enable USB Debugging’.
– Do a “Hard Reset” if you have a lot of 3rd party applications installed from your phone, this is useful to gain a smooth flashing. (Just make sure that you already back up all your important files before resetting your device.
How to Install ICS 4.0.4 I9100XXLQ7 with Odin Flasher tool
Now, if you have those things all done, get ready to have some crackling thing in your device.
Run and Configure Odin
Run Odin downloader on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked, only the ‘AUTO-REBOOT and ‘F.RESET TIME’ is remains checked.
Now, click on the PDA button, then select and load the I9100XXLQ6_I9100OXALQ6_I9100XXLQ6_HOME.tar.md5 that you have previously extracted.
Boot your Galaxy S2 into Download Mode.
To put your galaxy S2 in download mode, just simply switch it off then gently press and hold the “POWER, VOLUME DOWN and HOME” buttons simultaneously. You’ll be then prompted in a warning screen to continue or decline.
Once the phone screen shows in downloading mode, connect your phone to the PC with the USB cable. You’ll then notice the upper box in Odin that turns in yellow color., it also indicates the COM:ID where the device is being detected and a word “added!!’ on the log box. If somehow those things never showed up, check out the USB cable connection, read again from the top of this post.
Once all set and ready, hit he “START” button to begin flashing.
Do not touch anything that might interrupt the process to avoid any fatal errors or failures, it may ruin your device if any interruption occurs while already in flashing status.
It may only takes about 3 to 5 minutes, depends of your PC/laptop speeds. A word “PASS” will display in Odin once it finishes. If somehow you will not get the word “PASS” or just stuck in along time. Disconnect the phone, remove battery, re-insert it, check the USB connection, re-install the driver, disable Kies and any anti-virus. Set the phone in Download mode again, and repeat the whole procedure.
The phone will just automatically reboots if the firmware flashing successfully completes. Just wait until it boots up on the “S” logo for a while then into an android update screen. If it still shows boot logo try rebooting and if it stays there, you need to wipe your phone.
Boot in recovery mode – press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button. Use volume keys to select up and down and power or home key to select the option.
How to reboot Samsung Galaxy S2 into Recovery mode
1. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset
2. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
3. Lastly select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy S2 in Normal mode.
Confirm your fresh firmware installed by typing *#1234# or
Go to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.
Check and reconfigure your APN settings when data networks connection issues encountered. Change the default text to your desired language.