Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Install/Upgrade Bell,Rogers,Telus Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE I957 Official ICS Update

Three Canadian giant mobile network operators Bell, Rogers and Telus are now releasing its Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich 'ICS' for Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE SGH-I957M, SGH-I957R and SGH-I957D. The firmware was already been built last month, and this update just rolled out this week. What? OMG!. Well, a delay like this is not new to me, since normally Bell, Rogers and Telus support team might done some test on it first just to ensure that this will be going out to be fine and free of any issues before it pushes to all of their Galaxy Tab 8.9 owners. Speaking of a delay, this promised ICS update came quite a long time from previous 3.2 Honeycomb build last year. This was supposed to be scheduled around end of July, then came August, September..  nothing? and at-last! appears on October.

AT&T U.S version of Galaxy Tab 8.9 SGH-I957, no signs of any official ICS so far. It appears that Canada is now ahead of time and will enjoy the ICS treatment first.

Here's the firmware build number info from Samsung server:

Canada Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTEAndroid 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich build
Telus Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 SGH-I957D ICS UpdatePDA: I957DUXLI2
Build/released: 9/21/2012 6:00:49 PM
Bell Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 SGH-I957M ICS UpdatePDA: I957MUXLI2
Build/released: 9/21/2012 6:50:32 PM
Rogers Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 SGH-I957M ICS UpdatePDA: I957RUXLI2
Build/released: 9/21/2012 8:13:00 PM

How to Update my Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE and get this ICS upgrade?

This update probably will be only rolled out via OTA (Over the Air)  since this is a carrier specific firmware build. So, just check your Galaxy Tab settings and check for software update, also check it out on Kies too, or you may ask your friendly neighborhood customer support representatives on each specific network operator.

To those advance users who already modified their tablets with any unofficial firmware and or rooted and most probably can't get this update via OTA or KIES. But here's original ICS  stock ROM. Again, this is the official firmware, you will lose root, any installed custom recoveries after the installation, but you can still root it back again.
Note: these stock ROMs are not to be used on other Galaxy Tab 8.9 variants like P7300, P7310, P7320 and E140S . It may only compatible on U.S. SGH-I957. You will messed up your tablet if you'll play around these firmwares, unless you are a custom firmware developer.



Rogers SGH-I957R: RWC_I957RUXLI2_I957RRWCLI2




This is a quick guide for advance users only:
Be aware that I never tried out this stock ROM, I do not have such I957 8.9 Tab. You already knew the flashing drill. Just proceed with precautions.
- Make sure the tablet's battery is fully charge
- Back all files (nandroid backup)
- Use Windows OS PC/laptop, MAC will not work.
- Prepare a good USB cable
- Install Samsung USB Driver
- Grab Odin downloader tool
Disclaimer:  I am not responsible if anything happens to your device by using this method. You may proceed solely at your own risk!.

Odin Flashing Guide

1. Extract or 'unzipped the stock ROM

2. Run Odin. DO NOT put check on "Re-Partition" option, only "F-Reset Time and "Auto-Reboot".
3. Load the binary tar file under Odin's PDA button.
These are the tar files of each specific network operators.
Telus HOME_I957DUXLI2_CL993243_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5
Bell HOME_I957MUXLI2_CL993243_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5
Rogers HOME_I957RUXLI2_CL993243_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5
4. Reboot the Tab in Download mode,. Turn it Off then press (Volume down and Power button)
5. Connect the tab to computer.
6. Hit Odin "Start" button.
7. Wait for the word "PASS" appears.
8. Reboot and done.

If you successfully upgraded from OTA, Kies or Odin, just let everyone knows how this ICS update performs on your tablet.


  1. I haven't played with it a lot yet but it appears that at least the Bell firmware update works. I used the Bell firmware attached here to restore my tablet using Odin as my first attempt to update from inside Android failed and left me stuck at the CDW recovery console.

  2. Cant root the new ics on the bell lte 8.9 tab. any idea where to look for a new root kernel? Da_G's for gingerbread doesnt work

  3. How did you get it to work? How did you get past the CDW recovery console? I did it with Odin and this Bell Firmware here as well and it just flashed the Galaxy Tab 8.9 lte screen and then screen stays black. Have to put Tab back into Odin mode power vol up.