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Galaxy S Gets Official Value Pack Firmware — XXJW4. Includes TouchWiz 4!

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I’m not gonna waste time discussing how Samsung decided to say no to updating Galaxy S, including other single core Galaxy phones to Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0, citing hardware limitations. Needless to say, fans were not pleased, resulting in a petition for Samsung to change their minds. Reeling under fan pressure, Samsung decided to release a value pack update that would try to bring some features from ICS, to keep customers happy. Soon after, a value pack firmware was leaked, which bought along a few nice features and additions.

Well, after almost 3 months, Samsung has made good on their promise and finally officially released the final value pack firmware with XXJW4, based on Android 2.3.6. And for those that wanted it, Samsung have finally included TouchWiz (TW) 4, their improved TW UI that debuted with the Galaxy S2. Other additions and improvements are also pretty good, showing that Samsung actually worked hard to give users something they’ll like.

Here’s a look at all the features and improvements in the firmware:

  • Face Unlock
  • New Kernel with huge RAM (Total RAM: 364 MB)
  • Galaxy S II ICS Lockscreen
  • Photo Editor
  • Built-in TouchWiz 4
  • Improved Camera UI + Can capture pictures while shooting a video
  • Auto-Rotation is fast – Fast switching from portrait to landscape
  • Overall speed improvements
  • GPU Performance slightly increased

Now, without further ado, lets take a look at how you can flash the new XXJW4 value pack firmware on your Galaxy S.

Compatibility

This firmware and the guide below are compatible only and only with the Samsung Galaxy S, model number GT-i9000. It’s not compatible with any other device and may render an incompatible device unusable. Check your device model in Settings » About phone.

Warning!

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.

Pre-Installation Requirements

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  • This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.
  • If you have Samsung’s PC software Kies installed, un-install/shut it down completely from the taskbar first because it may interrupt the flashing process.
  • Drivers! — it’s important you’ve the proper drivers installed. Download links below:

How to Install XXJW4 Value Pack Firmware on Galaxy S

  1. Download the XXJW4 firmware.
    Download Link  |  Filename: I9000XXJW4_I9000OXAJW4_XEU.zip  |  Size: 170 MB
  2. Now, extract the downloaded file I9000XXJW4_I9000OXAJW4_XEU.zip (from step 1) to any folder, you’ll get these 2 files:
    1. JW4_JW4_JW4.tar
    2. SS_DL.dll (ignore this file)
  3. Download Odin which we will be using to flash XXJW4 on the phone.
    Download Link  | Filename: Odin3 v1.7.exe
  4. Disconnect your phone if it’s connected to PC.  Then switch it off. Wait 5-6 seconds for vibration to confirm complete switch off.
  5. Boot into recovery. To do this, press and hold the Volume_UP + Home + Power till the screen turns on, then let them go. You will boot into recovery soon enough.
  6. Now, using the volume keys to navigate and the home/power key to select options, select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm. After the data wipe is complete, remove and re-insert the battery, but don’t power it back on.
  7. Now, put the Galaxy S in Download Mode — press and hold these keys together: Volume_DOWN + Home + Power until a screen saying Download Mode comes up.
  8. Open Odin (downloaded in step 3) — Odin3 v1.7.exe.
  9. Connect your phone to PC now. You should get the message “Added!!” under Odin’s message box in the bottom left. If you don’t get this message, then probably there is a problem with drivers. Make sure you’ve proper drivers installed. See point 3 above under Pre-Installation Requirements.
  10. Now, in Odin, click the PDA Tab, and select the file JW4_JW4_JW4.tar (from step 2.1)
  11. Important! Do not touch any other button or make any other changes in Odin except selecting the required file as given in step 10.
  12. Now, hit the START button to begin the flashing process. When it finishes, your phone will automatically reboot, upon which you can unplug the cable. Plus, you’ll get a PASS (with green background) message in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin.
    IMPORTANT Note: If ODIN gets stuck at some stage and doesn’t seem to be doing anything, do this — disconnect the phone from the PC, close ODIN, remove battery, re-insert it, turn phone on in Download mode again, and do the procedure again from Step 8. Same if you get a FAIL message in Odin.
  13. In case you encounter any roadblocks flashing XXJW4, let us know in the comments below and we’ll try to help you out.
  14. Also, in case you wanna root it and install (cwm) clockworkmod recovery on your Galaxy S with XXJW4 firmware, check this page.

Once the phone boots up (first boot will take up to 5 minutes), you’ll be running the official value pack firmware on your Galaxy S i9000, with access to all the new features as listed above. Do let us know how the firmware works and whether you like it or not, in the comments below.

Via XDA

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  • rohan makhija

    dear sir , the problem is that my cell is not detected by my pc/odin3 when its in download mode

  • Henry

    My touchscreen stopped working after it was all done. I can’t write down my PIN number once it reboots. What should I do?!

    • Henry

      My phone is from Brazil, maybe that’s important?

  • VIVEK

    It is possibleto install it on my samsung gt-i9000 india as its updates is not available to indian carriers

  • GSG

    there were many attempts but each time it FAILED. what should I do?

  • Tanzim Mazid

    After flashing to XXJW4 on my GT-I9000 then i rooted CynogenClockmod Recovery. After that Play store doesnot work……..what shall i do ?? Im not a pro in these matters……..Please help !!!

    • Tanzim Mazid

      * clockworkmod (cwm) recovery *

  • patrick de mey

    help my phone,SFT-9000,keeps rebooting, even after wiping data/factory

    Any tips?

    • Nooob

      Did you read the compatibility section..?

  • aven ed

    can i do this on my gt-i900m? please tell me im desperate!

    • helperout

      yes, it works on my gt-i9000M. Only difference is that when booting up your phone and in Settings > About Phone, it will say GT-i9000 (without the M)

      • helperout

        using Odin v1.82 btw

  • pinky

    Help guys!!! My phone keeps rebooting :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/haggipavlu Dimitris Haggipavlu

    it keeps rebooting any suggestions?

    I previously had it rooted with Hellybean it worked fine but I wanted to go back to stock , i followed all the instructions using odin but it keeps rebooting.

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      Turn off the phone, boot into recovery by pressing Volume Up + Home + Power, wipe data/factory reset, then restart. It should boot up alright.

      • http://www.facebook.com/haggipavlu Dimitris Haggipavlu

        Ive tried this but with no luck it keeps rebooting.
        Btw on recovery mode, much of the info that come up its in red , its like something is missing .
        “E:failed to mount /dbdata (invalid argument) etc etc…

        • pinky

          dude how did you fix the problem?

      • http://www.facebook.com/haggipavlu Dimitris Haggipavlu

        I managed to work it out with another method.my GS IS WORKING AGAIN !! ;)

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