Will Verduzco · May 29, 2012 at 01:00 pm

ICS Official Firmware Release for the SGS3 and SGS2 I9100G

What an exciting ride it has been for the Samsung Galaxy S III. The device was first rooted by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire sight unseen and well before release. Then, as you may recall, we reported on the firmware leak for the device.

Subsequently, we saw a plethora of porting efforts that used the newly acquired leaked firmware to bring joy to older devices. Now, Samsung has extended the kindness yet again with an official firmware release for the SGS3. The previously leaked firmware build for the SGS3 came in at version I9300XXALE8. However, the officially released firmware weighs in at 9300XXALE9.

It is unclear at this time what, if anything, has changed between XXALE8 and XXALE9. The firmware itself is carrier unbranded, and is based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Naturally, it also features Samsung’s newly renovated TouchWiz user interface, which we took a look at in our hands-on with the SGS3 at Samsung Unpacked 2012.

Samsung Galaxy S III Official Firmware

Base Firmware: I9300XXALE9 (4.0.4)
Region Africa
Country: Algeria
Carrier: Unbranded
Build Date: May 2012
Modem: XXLE9
CSC: OJVALE7
Change List: Coming Soon

Instructions For Flashing Firmware:

  • Extract the firmware
  • Open the included Odin
  • Put your device in Recovery MODE (Home + Volume up + Power)
  • Wipe Data/Factory reset
  • Wipe Cache
  • Take Out Your battery & put it back in
  • Put your device into Download MODE (Home + Volume Down + Power)
  • Click PDA and select *.tar.md5
  • Then finally click START! 

The Samsung Galaxy S II I9100G, which is the TI OMAP-based variant of the SGS2, also joins in on the official ICS fun. Samsung has released the official ICS firmware version I9100GXXLPQ for the device.

Base Firmware: I9100GXXLPQ (4.0.3)
Country India
Carrier: Unbranded
Build Date: 22 May 2012
Modem: GODDLP5
CSC: GODDLP7
Change List: 607196

Instructions For Flashing ICS:

  • Extract the firmware
  • Open the included Odin
  • Put your device in Recovery MODE (Home + Volume up + Power)
  • Wipe Data/Factory reset
  • Wipe Cache
  • Take Out Your battery & put it back in
  • Put your device into Download MODE (Home + Volume Down + Power)
  • Click PDA and select *.tar.md5
  • Then finally click START! 

Both the SGS3 and SGS2 I9000G builds originate from SamMobile, and were so generously posted here by XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab, who has brought us various leaked and official firmware releases in the past.

Those looking to officially upgrade their I9000G should check out the I9000G thread. Those looking to download the official SGS3 ROM and use it as a base for further development and porting should proceed to the SGS3 thread.

[Big thanks to Faryaab for the tip!]
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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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