Saturday, July 28, 2012

I9300XXBLG8 UK Samsung Galaxy S3 ICS 4.0.4 Firmware With Localized Search Function

As Samsung promised that they will going to return back the localized search function for Samsung Galaxy S3 which they took away from previous firmware update, now its back to this latest firmware build I9300XXBLG8. This is the most latest firmware release in the month of July 2012 from a few days release I9300XXBLG6, in keeping with legal requirements for patent infringement issues, Samsung disabled local search functions for the US update. Unfortunately, the block was also transferred to the update meant for the smartphone's international version.

Firmware info:

I9300XXBLG8 Android v4.0.4 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Device: Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300
Region: Europe
Country: United Kingdom (UK-BTU)
Latest firmware: I9300XXBLG8/I9300OXABLG8/I9300XXLG8/I9300XXBLG8
Modem: I9300XXLG8
Build Date: 26-07-2012
Changelist: 928452

Samsung Galaxy S3 Global Version Has Local Search Restored

How to Install or Flash I9300XXBLG8 Stock ROM using Odin Flasher

Disclaimer: This guide is not advisable for typical users, you must only upgrade thru Kies,. This is guide is for advance users only and for those other countries who can't upgrade from Kies or OTA if they are outside from UK.

Full detailed guide for beginners

If this is your first time heard about this method, read the step by step guide first, before you may proceed installing one of these stock ROM.

Quick Guide for advance users

Ensure that the battery is fully charge.
Make a Back up copy of all important data/files stored from the phone’s internal memory.
1. Download the specific stock ROM according to your device country origin. Then extract it.
2. Download Odin3_v3.04.
3. Download USB driver (only needed if you have not previously installed Kies on your PC/laptop).

Stock ROM: GT-I9300_BTU_I9300XXBLG8_I9300OXABLG8_I9300XXLG8 [Download]

4. Run Odin3_v3.04 on PC desktop
5. Click on the PDA button then browse to the folder where you extracted the stock ROM

Update Galaxy S3 to Android 4.0.4 I9300XXBLG8 ICS
6. Do Not check the Re-Partition checkbox. Mark check these checkboxes Auto Reboot and F-Reset Time.
7. Reboot the phone in download mode: Turn it off first, then gently press and hold the VolumeDown key+HOME+ Power buttons simultaneously
8. Connect the phone to PC when it’s in the Download Mode screen.
9. Hit the “START’ button.
10. Wait until a word “PASS’ appears.
11. Remove the phone from PC.
12. Do factory reset if necessary.
13. Reconfigure APN settings if necessary.

If you have any questions or in need of assistance and further instruction please don’t hesitate to leave a message on our comment form below.


  1. My SIII updated to XXBLG8 OTA this morning. When it re-booted it asked for "SIM network unlock PIN". My phone is not locked to any network and it will not now accept the SIM card and therefore does not function as a phone. Everything else is working fine and it working with WiFi. Can anybody advise what I have to do to get it working fully again?

  2. Just try to Factory Reset to clear all data cache.. If ain't work, you may need to return it back to your provider and tell them what exactly happens when you update the firmware via OTA.

  3. I own a Samsung Galaxy Note currently running ICS v4.0.3. I heard that Samsung has started rolling out ICS v4.0.4 to international Samsung Galaxy Note. I wish to know when will Samsung give this update to Indian customers? I am talking about the Official Update and not a ROM by rooting the Note.

  4. GT-I9300_BTU_I9300XXBLG8_I9300OXABLG8_I9300XXLG8 Link is broken?

  5. Link is fix.. thank's a lot twocups.

  6. hi there im on T mobile UK
    can i flash this over the stock rom


  7. If its locked with T-mobile only, it will work... but I suggest do not use it.

  8. What is the difference between the build in this page: IMM76D.I9300XXBLG8 and IMM76D.I9300XXBLG8.MGRP ?

  9. I think its modified build or custom build ROM based from original stock IMM76D.I9300XXBLG8. Where did you get that?

  10. Got the device installed with it.