Monday, January 28, 2013

Upgrading Samsung Galaxy S Advance to Official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 I9070XXLPZ Update Expects for Launcher Lag Problems

Those who among you who's been waiting for the official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade on your Samsung Galaxy S Advance GT-I9070. Yes, the official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Upgrade is out! that's a good news. Actually it's been rolling officially in Russia a few days ago, not once but twice. The two firmware builds are I9070XXLPY and the second released is I9070XXLPZ. Maybe you may ask this dear readers "Why the heck it's only released in Russia when there are also other countries expecting to this update".

I9070XXLPZ I9070XXLPY Galaxy S advance Jelly Bean

Well, the official Android 4.1.2 jelly bean  works much fine than ICS but it has been reported of  lag issues in the launcher and some apps is not working perfectly like if you try to watch a Youtube videos in the browser, you can not navigate using the player while YouTube and it also freezes. The battery life seems not much more an issue on this update.

In short, this update is not stable yet, and hope that Samsung realized that the update went not too good, and then they will released an stabler build and fix on some issues on the next update.

Those, advance users who wants to give it a shot, and never care about facing any issues, you may try it for a while until the most stable build will arrive soon, just follow this guide.

How to Manually Upgrade Samsung Galaxy S Advance GT-I9070 to official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean [I91070XXLPZ]

This guide is for those advance users only who couldn't wait much longer and wants to upgrade their devices right now. We advise ordinary users may only wait for this update to arrive in your area and must only update via Kies and do not try this method. This stuff is a bit risky workaround on some part and there are some certain issues on this build that you may not truly understand.
Disclaimer: Use of this guide is solely at your own risk. Don't cry out loud to us if something happens to your device by using this guide.

Note: This stock firmware is compatible for all unbranded or unlocked Samsung Galaxy S Advance with the specification model number  “GT-I9070″ versions only.

Step 1: Grab the relevant files for flashing I9100XWLS8
- Odin3_v3.07 Flasher tool, use this instead of the older "Odin3_v1.85' which not good for flashing JB firmware Odin3_v3.07 link
- Samsung Galaxy S Advance USB driver, Download link
- Original I9070XXLPZ Stock ROM download
New Update!  I9070XXLQE 4.1.2

Step 2: Prepare things  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 S Advance.
- Make sure that your Galaxy S Advance 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.

Step 3: Extract or unzip the downloaded stock firmware so that you’ll get the Odin flashable .tar.md5 file. Use Winzip, winrar, 7zip or any extracting tool you had in your computer.
Step 4: 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. Leave the ‘AUTO-REBOOT and ‘F.RESET TIME’  remains checked.
Now, click on the PDA button, then select and load the ".tar.md5″ that you have previously extracted.

Step 5: Reboot the Galaxy S advance 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 cancel. Just press "Volume Up" to continue in download mode.

Step 6: Connect the Phone to the Computer or Laptop
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 7: 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 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.

Fixing possible issues after flashing like bootloops or just stuck in welcome screen logo

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.

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.

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  1. Rogério Ceni CoelhoMarch 15, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Hello !!!
    Works perfect for me.
    On the first startup with this new Android version, APN settings are lost and can´t connect to Network Mobile, but i try another factory reset and the phone get access to network.
    After began to use the phone i try to update software from Samsung ( by using Settings --> About device --> Software update --> Update ) and a new firmware release was updated ( I9070XXLQ4 ).

  2. hello. what is the problem if after i connected my s advance using kies, it said that "Your device's current firmware version is not supported to update firmware via kies". is it because my phone is unbranded?