Thursday, March 7, 2013

Upgrade Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S2 Official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update XWLSD/XWLS8

Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 variants starts receiving its official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update. The firmware builds I9100XWLSD with baseband version I9100XWLS8 is now spotted on Samsung's official firmware server and can be grab by updating your Vodafone's Galaxy S2 devices via Kies installed on your computer. The released is in phases, so only a few regions are lucky enough to get it first. Others may still wait for while for it will be coming sooner.

Here's the list of countries gets the 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade for now.
I9100XWLSD I9100VDFLSC I9100XWLS8 Vodafone Netherlands
I9100XWLSD I9100VODLSC I9100XWLS8 Vodafone United Kingdom
I9100XWLSD I9100ATLLSC I9100XWLS8 Vodafone Spain
Stay tuned for other countries...

Androidromupdate 4.1.2 Jelly bean update

 

Major Changes in the new Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Software Upgrade



  • Platform upgrade Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich → Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

  • Improved Home screens and improved scrolling performance (thanks to project Butter)

  • Improved usability for some applications

  • Preloaded applications

  • Add Help

  • Add Google+

  • Add +Talk

  • Add Play Book

  • Add Play Movie

  • Newly added/improved functions

  • Add Easy mode, Block mode

  • Improved Camera functions: function like Pause while recording and more

  • Add Smart Stay

  • New functions like Pop-up play and more

  • Improved some functions & applications usability


Again, better check it out on Kies, if you have owned a branded Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 from Vodafone.
For those who owned an unbranded Galaxy S2, you can also find any latest update for your unbranded devices.

For those who have rooted their Samsung Galaxy S2 devices, you can also restore back to official stock  4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

How to manually install the Stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean I9100XWLSD Firmware on Samsung Galaxy S2


Disclaimer: This guide is for advance users only, if this your first time heard about this method, make a careful research first before proceeding. We shall not be held responsible if anything happens to your device by using this guide. Proceed at your own risk!
Step 1: Grab the relevant files for flashing I9100XWLSD
- Odin3_v3.07 Flasher tool Odin3_v3.07 link
- Samsung Galaxy S2 USB driverDownload link

- Original I9100XWLSD  Stock ROM: Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 Firmware

Note: These stock firmware is compatible for Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S II with the specification model number  “GT-I9100″ versions only.

I9100XWLSD I9100XXLS8 Galaxy S2 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

UK  (Vodafone) – VOD_I9100XWLSD_I9100VODLSC  download link
Spain (Vodafone) – ATL_9100XWLSD_I9100ATLLSC  download link
Netherlands  (Vodafone) – VDF_9100XWLSD_I9100VDFLSC download link

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 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’.

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 computer’s 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 file that you have previously extracted. For example I’m using the  Italian firmware so I got the “I9100XWLSD_I9100VODLSC_I9100XXLS8_HOME.tar.md5″ 

Odin sample:
I9100XXLS8 odin stock install

Step 5: Reboot the 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 cancel.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Download Mode button combination

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 “S” logo for a while then into an androidupdate 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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