Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Android ICS Stock OS for Samsung Galaxy S2 and Guide for How to Flash using ODIN


UK version of ICS for Samsung Galaxy S2

Samsung Drivers

Odin Flashing Guide I9100XWLP7: How to Upgrade Samsung Galaxy S2 to Official Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich Firmware

To those who are struggling to upgrade their Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 to the Official Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich firmware upgrade with build number I9100XWLp7. This method is useful if you are having issues updating on Kies server due to some reasons that your devices is currently running with unofficial firmware or by means of rooting and etc, that’s the main reasons why Kies or OTA update ignores from updating. This is the step by step procedure on how to manually upgrade to ICS 4 by way of using Odin downloader tool, as used by many advance users instead of Kies. All you need to have is the original and unmodified official I9100XWLp7 stock firmware that has been build according to your country or carrier providers.
Firmware Flashing Precaution
This method is a little bit risky to those who doesn’t have any experiences in tweaking around the phone’s operating system, just do some extra caution when you decide to do such flashing. This guide are meant for advance users only.  If your Galaxy s2 currently runs with an official firmware, I always recommended  to update or upgrade on Kies or via OTA only.
Disclaimer: AndroidROMupdate  shall be held responsible if anything happens to your device by following this guide.
Step 1: Grab the relevant files for flashing
- Odin Downloader tool
- Samsung Galaxy S2 USB driver, (Only needed if you do not have Kies installed on your PC)
Stock ROMs: choose the correct firmware according to your device country and carrier origin. These firmware may have the same firmware build number but it has it’s own specific default settings for each country.
Note: These stock ROM is for Samsung Galaxy S2 with product code GT-I9100 only. Do not ever attempt to flash this ROM on any other US, Canada and Australia Galaxy S2 variants like the following.
* AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD SGH-i727
* Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100G
* China Telecom Samsung I929 Galaxy S II Duos
* Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE SHV-E120S
* Virgin Mobile and Bell in Canada Samsung Galaxy S II 4G SGH-T959V
* AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Attain SGH-I777
* T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II SGH-T989, Samsung Hercules
* Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch SPH-D710, Samsung Within
* Telus Samsung Galaxy S II X SGH-T989D.
* AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II SGH-I927, Samsung Gidim
* Rogers Samsung Galaxy S II LTE SGH-i727R
You should check first your device’s model number in Settings » About phone. or type this code *#1234#.
Product Code: dial this code > *2767*4387264636#
example: UK Generic is GT-I9100LKAXEU
Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Product Code: GT-I9100LKASEB
Latest firmware: Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100OXXLPH/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/6/2012 8:39:19 PM
Product Code: GT-I9100LKADBT
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100DBTLP5/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/9/2012 11:50:27 AM
Germany (O2)
Product Code: GT-I9100LKAVIA
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100VIALP2/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/6/2012 6:29:25 PM
Ireland (O2)
Product Code: GT-I9100LKAO2I
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100O2ILP1/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/10/2012 3:23:34 PM
Product Code: GT-I9100LKAITV
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100OXILP5/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/6/2012 6:42:38 PM
Italy (Wind)
Product Code: GT-I9100LKAWIN
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100WINLP2/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/10/2012 9:23:15 PM
Italy (H3G)
Product Code: GT-I9100LKAHUI
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100HUILP5/I9100NELP3/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/10/2012 9:20:35 PM
Product Code: GT-I9100LKAXEN
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100XENLP3/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/9/2012 7:28:17 PM
Norway (Telenor)
Product Code: GT-I9100LKATEN
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100TENLP1/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/6/2012 7:10:09 PM
Product Code: GT-I9100LKASER
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100OXELP7/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/6/2012 7:11:08 PM
Product Code: GT-I9100LKAFOP
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100OXXLPH/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/6/2012 8:39:19 PM
Product Code: GT-I9100LKAAUT
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100OXXLPH/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/6/2012 5:35:22 PM
Product Code: GT-I9100LKATUR
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100OJVLPB/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/10/2012 6:02:48 PM
United Kingdom / Ireland
Product Code: GT-I9100LKAXEU
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100XEULP5/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/9/2012 12:17:27 PM
United Kingdom (Carphone Warehouse)
Product Code: GT-I9100LKACPW
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100CPWLP5/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/9/2012 11:09:27 AM
Product Code: GT-I9100LKAARB
Latest firmware: I9100XWLP7/I9100OJVLPB/I9100XXLPS/I9100XWLP7
Release Date: 4/12/2012 12:17:20 PM
After downloaded the stock ROM, extract it using winrar,winzip,7zip or other extracting program you have.
Step 2: Some preparation before flashing
- 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.
Now, if you have those things all done, get ready to have some crackling thing in your device.
Step 3: 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 I9100XWLP7_I9100XXLPS_I9100XENLP3_HOME.tar.md5  ( I used UK firmware on this guide, firmware build numbers will vary on other countries) that you have previously extracted.
Step 4: 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.
Step 5: Flash it!
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.
How to reboot Samsung Galaxy S2 into Recovery 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.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Pencil Vs Camera: A New Era

Pencil Vs Camera is ‘new visual invention’ which mixes drawing, photography, imagination and reality. Creator Ben Heine says the initial idea of this “Pencil Vs Camera” concept came by coincidence while he was writing a letter.

Example Gallery of Ben Heine’s Pencil vs. Camera: