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XXKQG — Update Galaxy S Plus i9001 With Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread Based Value Pack Firmware

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When Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 was released back in 2011, Samsung disappointment a large portion of their customers by announcing that the Galaxy S Plus I9001 will not be getting the Android 4.0 update citing hardware limitations (most notably that the system partition on the phone is too small in order to fit ICS with their custom TouchWiz UX), even though it had released with Gingerbread and should have been updated to at least one new Android version.

However, after a huge cry from the customers, Samsung announced that they would be releasing a Value Pack firmware update for the S Plus based on Gingerbread (and other devices that were not getting the Android 4.0 update) and adding some Android 4.0 specific features, which has finally been released.

Here are some notable features in the Value Pack Android 2.3.6 firmware:

  • Improved performance and stability
  • Galaxy S2 Lock screen
  • Photo Editor from Galaxy S2
  • Face Unlock feature from Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Ability to take photos while recording videos

As you can see, the value pack firmware does add some useful features, so it’s quite a useful update. So, read on to find out how you can flash the XXKQG Value Pack firmware on your Galaxy S Plus I9001.

Compatibility

This ROM and the guide below are compatible only and only with the Samsung Galaxy S PLUS, model number i9001. It’s not compatible the GT-i9003, I9000 or 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 exactly what you are doing. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.

How to Install XXKQG Value Pack Firmware on Galaxy S Plus

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  1. 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.
    Important! Don’t forget to at least make a backup of your APN settings, which you can restore later if your data connection does not work after installing the ROM. Use the backup guide to find out how.
  2. Make sure the drivers for the phone are installed on the computer.
    Download Drivers
  3. Download the firmware.
    Download Firmware  |  Alternate Link  |  Filename: I9001XXKQG_I9001NEELE1_NEE.zip
  4. Extract the I9001XXKQG_I9001NEELE1_NEE.zip file on your computer to get the following two files:
    1. I9001XXKQG_I9001XXKPL_I9001NEELE1_HOME.tar.md5
    2. SS_DL.dll [not to be used]
  5. Also download the following two files:
    1. Odin Flashing software: Download Link  |  Filename: Odin.exe
    2. OPS file: Download Link  |  Filename: AriesVE.ops
  6. Turn off your phone completely. Then, turn on the Galaxy S Plus in Download Mode — press and hold these keys together: Volume_DOWN + Home + Power until a screen with an Android icon in yellow comes up
  7. Now, open Odin by double-clicking the Odin.exe file downloaded in step 5.1
  8. In Odin, do the following:
    1. Press the OPS button, then select the AriesVE.ops file downloaded in step 5.2.
    2. Activate the One Package option on the top left of Odin. Then, click on the One Package button on the bottom right, and select the file I9001XXKQG_I9001XXKPL_I9001NEELE1_HOME.tar.md5 obtained in step 4.1.
  9. Now, connect the phone to the computer using your USB cable. 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 have proper drivers installed (check step 2).
  10. Click on the Start button to start flashing the XXKQG firmware. It can take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes for the flash to complete, so be patient.
    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 7. Same if you get a FAIL message in Odin.
  11. After the flashing is complete, your phone will automatically reboot. In some cases, the phone might reboot into recovery mode. If it does, select reboot system now with the home button (center button) to reboot and boot up into the XXKQG firmware.
  12. In case you encounter any roadblocks flashing XXJW4, let us know in the comments below and we’ll try to help you out.

Congratulations, your Galaxy S Plus is now running the latest Android 2.3.6 Value Pack firmware. Let us know how it works for you, in the comments below.

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  • Arthur

    it say pass but my phone wont reboot by itself and nothing happen .please help me

  • eddy

    i have do same procedure mentioned above but it seems setup connection only in procedure,it took 12 mins and still i cant get pass message please help me out

  • Rushi

    After following above steps, I could see “PASS” in ODIN however, my I9001 is stuck at boot at the samsung logo? Please help guys

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Shivam

      Perform a ‘wipe data/factory reset’ and ‘wipe cache’ from recovery. To boot into recovery mode:
      First switch off your phone, then press and hold the following buttons together “Volume UP + Power + Home” until you see the Galaxy S logo.

      For help on booting into recovery mode, check the link below: http://www.theandroidsoul.com/samsung-galaxy-s3-recovery-mode/

  • Juan Gallent Vázquez

    Odin gets stuck, so i go again to step 7, but always the same.
    And i can`t turn the phone to recovery.

    what can i do!!!!!!!!???????

  • OMRAN

    DOES IT SUPPORT ARABIC PLEAES REPLAY

  • http://www.facebook.com/amr.sherif.7315 Amr Sherif

    Plz help , this messege is always there ( cannot open the usb serial port. code: 5 )
    i have changed the ports , and reinstall the Driver , nothing happends , Help plz :)

  • Chidh

    Download Start…
    Create File…
    StartThread Detected : 1
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    setup connection…
    odin mode.. check plcatform verification.
    VerifyPlatform:V0, P0,R0
    START!!!
    set download environment.
    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    amss.mbn download..
    1/7 Finished.
    adsp.mbn download..
    the time is 21:28 n its still keeps downloading

    any suggestions

    • Peace

      I have the same problem. The comment above doesn’t help. I don’t know what to do. Please help

  • Jame Manner

    The installation went well, took 5 minutes, however I didn’t get the Galaxy S2 Lock screen or the Photo Editor or the Face Unlock feature from Ice Cream Sandwich.

    Beside 2.3.6 firmware in the about phone I didn’t see anything different, did I do something wrong, was I supposed to remove the previous android version (2.3.5)?

  • looooooool

    wtf dunno understand -.-

  • Leon

    Download Start…
    Create File…
    StartThread Detected : 1
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    StartThread Detected : 0
    — cannot open the usb serial port. code: 5
    And he stops what to do?

  • prasanna

    Is it need internet while updating?(all needfuls aree downloaded)

  • aanajesh

    I upgraded my samsung s plus to new official gingerbread 2.3.6 update
    XXKQD. But soon after update, I found that it gets frequently
    disconnected from the wifi network. The wifi keeps disconnecting again
    and again, despite showing it as
    connected in the notification area. I am sure this is an un-addressed bug from Samsung. Please suggest some remedy.

    • chidh

      dude hw much tym it took fa yu to flash ??/

      • JoLoner

        dat asssssssss!!!

  • Arturo

    Does it works with the brand phones ? Sorry for my bad english

  • Fayed

    gr888888888888 ROM but it doesn’t contain Arabic?!!! is there any value pack contain Arabic ?!!! please advise

  • http://twitter.com/mohdasyrafelyas AyapChan

    i have done doing all the step and success downloading to 2.3.6 . Now i want to know why my Music Hub and Face Recognition going to force close ..? i h0pe someone will help me.. want to know. sorry bad english

  • http://twitter.com/mohdasyrafelyas AyapChan

    why after I do step 6 until Android icon with yellow download appear , theres nothing happen, just like that for a very long time .. sorry my bad english. help me please.

  • http://twitter.com/mohdasyrafelyas AyapChan

    why after I do step 6 until Android icon with yellow download appear , theres nothing happen, just like that for a very long time .. sorry my bad english. help me please.

  • hong

    Download Start…
    Create File…
    StartThread Detected : 1
    Destroy instant..
    Killed timer

    why come out this message?

  • Andrea

    Hi! Does it work also for Italy?

  • Leo

    The only usefull feature in the value pack is the improved performance and stability but neither is actually provided with the update. My sgs+ is slower and crashes more since the last update to android 2.3.6. I learned an expensive lesson: never buy a samsung phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000572925557 Paweł Malicki

    Good tutorial
    Now I’ve got 2.3.6 Thanks

  • AZ

    I got this in the messages box:
    cannot open the usb serial port. code: 5

    any suggestions????????????????

  • parag

    thanks alot buddy… its working and so simple :-)
    Awssomeeee!!!!

  • kucingboy

    I switch back my SGS+ to firmware v2.3.5 because firmware 2.3.6 it’s not stable. the problem is force close when snap picture during recording video. it’s to bad.. and my widget can’t be resize. i love default touchwiz 4. not touchwiz 4.5 hacks. anybody have the same problem? oh men. baddddd english :)

  • kurppa34

    works great!!! vey simple and easy to use.. thank you!!! sgs+

  • moren

    odin cant find my AriesVE.ops file. why ?

  • STtey

    I find out there is not support chinese input after I’m update , — I NEED CHINESE SIMPLIFIED!!

  • STtey

    I update my S plus firmware to 2.3.6 by following your instruction just only need 20 minutes, that is great! Is much faster than i expected!! Now my S plus is much smooth than before! Thank dude!

  • Kucingboy

    Anybody here can resize widget after update your i9001 to 2.3.6 firmware? sorry for bad english.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tenggiling.merah.1 Felda Kledang

    hye…
    i already done this…
    n i think it look great…
    thnx for the tips…
    n really hope theres nothing happen on my fon after this…
    =)

  • Kucingboy

    hye adeeb and nipl. your problem can be solved. first thing you must do is rename I9001_AriesVE.ops to
    AriesVE.ops. remove I9001_. problem solved :)

  • manlai

    thanks man

  • ahmed abdelfatah

    i did the above instructions but i can’t find arabic language
    how can i add arabic language to this android 2.3.6 ?

  • ahmed abdelfatah

    how can i add arabic language to it ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tushar.mohta Tushar Mohta

    The Process works awesome on my S Plus and it took jus 8 min for the process as stated above. Odin 4.43 works cool for Updating also. My Android version was 2.36 XXKQD

  • Lauren

    Hello, I just installed this on my galaxy s plus. The install went well and was finished in about 5 minutes. But now the phone keeps rebooting itself. It show the samsung galaxy s plus logo and then reboots, and it goes on for hours. What is wrong? Thx

    • Helis

      Did you wipe cache partition and reset to factory defaults with Vol Up + Power keys recovery menu?

      • Alexxx

        i’ve got the same problem…what can we do?

  • ZIX

    I have installed this firm a month ago and everything was ok until now. few days ago it started to hangup after 2-3 minutes of voice call(several times). It is possible that is the firmware’s fault or i have a problem with my i9001?
    Thank you if you can help me

  • j ravichandran

    Took 92 minutes for me to complete the update.first time got stuck at third stage.reinserted battery after two minutes and entered dowwnload mode again and this left the ops box unchecked.lost hope as it seem to get stuck up again at thirdstage.went to sleep and when after sometime found that it had complted after 92 min.restarted phone in recovery moded did a factory reset.restored data from bac.

  • Bartek Żynel

    Thanks, this update make my phone cooler. I like it! Easy and fast.

  • jhg

    Thank you ! It works and it was the easiest way to upgrade thanks to you

  • BikramRana

    Hi, i am from India, i am having Galaxy S Plus model with Model No: GT-9001, Firmware version 2.3.4 ; BaseBand Version I9001DDKP5 ; Kernel Version 2.6.35.7-perf root@DELL126#1 ; Build Number GINGERBREAD.XXKPE ….. can i update my phone with this shared new kernel 2.3.6 . Appreciate for your kind help in advance. Thanks/Bikram

    • BikramRana

      its Model No GT-I9001

  • Syed

    Thanks a lot Sam…i really appreciat ur help…

    Cheers,
    Syed

  • Wissam

    Does it support arabic lang read and write ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/farhan.sulaiman Farhan Sulaiman

    Hye.. i already solved my problem on Play store.. I have a new problem.. after I sort my applications in the menu, it will become unsorted back after a few times.. what should i do?

    • ken

      how did you solve the Play store update problem i have the same issue

    • eiles

      Hi im having the same problem. After organizing my icons after awhile, it rearranges back in alphabetical order. Very annoying. It happened many times. Any solutions? :( thx

  • http://www.facebook.com/farhan.sulaiman Farhan Sulaiman

    Hye..im juz installing my galaxy s plus with all the instruction given.. im very satisfied.. thx to the developers n authors.. but i have a problem here.. when i try to install applications from the Play Store, the application wouldn’t install..it was only download and dissapear.. i try this 2 3 times with master reset and wipe out my data abaout many times and try again.. but the same problem come when i try to update/install my applications.. it doesnt works.. can any1 help me..?

    • Sr _Xarrama

      [#6781759] Download issues on Samsung Galaxy S Plus devices running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
      We’ve gotten some reports that users with Samsung Galaxy S Plus devices running Android OS version 2.3 (Gingerbread) are having trouble using Google Play. We’re aware of this issue, and we’re currently working to resolve it.As a temporary workaround until we fix the problem, you can uninstall updates to the Google Play app by following these steps:Tap Menu > Settings > Applications > ManageapplicationsFind the “All” tabScroll down to Play Store and tap to selectTap “Uninstall updates”Due to a high volume of contacts on this issue, please use the Report this issue button instead of our contact forms to let us know you’re affected.Issue first reported on: July 3, 2012Last updated on:July 9, 2012

  • automancalibra

    I have just done the update on my wife’s I9001 and it was seamless. Duration of update was 4 minutes. I will test it to see how it runs but so far it’s smooth and perfect. Funny thing about the update though; None of the applications were erased, the SMS’s are intact, the phone logs are also intact and so are the contacts.Thanks.

    • fevoln

      Me too.. having same with u… non of the application was erase…

  • danN1

    If i have android 2.3.6 but XXKPG , can i install this ROM over mine? .. i repeat i allready have 2.3.6 but i don´t have these features :
    Improved performance and stabilityGalaxy S2 Lock screenPhoto Editor from Galaxy S2Face Unlock feature from Ice Cream SandwichAbility to take photos while recording videos ..i don´t know why… So ..can i install 2.3.6 XXKQG over my 2.3.6 XXKPG. Thank you for your answer and soryy for my bad english.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mihai.babici Mihai Gabriel Babici

    Hi guys. I’ve updated successfully from the first try. I have a problem though … I don’t have any clue now on how to remove widgets/shortcuts from the home screen. Tapping and holding on the Icon doesn’t seem to work like it did before.

    Any clues?

  • J RAVICHANDRAN

    i am from india.i updated to 2.3.6 XXKQD through kies more than a month ago.but i have problems with wifi .connects thro wifi after a few tries only.also on some days i get no incoming calls. ALSO BATTERY LIFE IS POORi have to restart the phone.CAN I INSTALL 2.3.6 XXKQG TO SEE IF THERE IS ANY IMPROVEMENT

  • marko

    Wauuuu very easily… good man…

  • James D A

    Updated today SGS+ (India) to 2.3.6 from 2.3.4 by following the given procedure. It was quite fast and did not face any problems. To be in safe side, had uninstalled Avast Antivirus from mobile and disabled the same in the PC. In step No.8, renaming file from AriesVE.ops.txt to AriesVE.ops from zipped file was required as usual. The new firmware version is: PDA:KQG / PHONE;KPL / CSC:LE1 (INU).
    Earlier, many attempts with KIES version 2.3.2.12054_20 had failed with download stopping at 42% or 49% and even after full download, nothing seemed to happen for a very long time.
    Many thanks.

  • Deepak

    Really it works great…but i wants to share my experience…after succefully download new version my phone regular reboot again & again and home screen does not appear.in that condition you have to press volume key & power key.both keys are press same time for some time.than u see outbox .when you see outbox than press menu key (Left side of main centre menu,Means your left side & mobiles right side.)with in seconds it will in recovery mode.than clear cache and do factory reset.after that just reboot your device.and thats it.You done it.

  • mark

    BRICKED PHONE !!!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT INSTALL

    VERSION OF ODIN ON THE LINK DOES NOT HAVE OPS/one package option
    I basially did what it says here and bricked my phone
    when power up the phone i get warning icon and a broken link between phone and computer…useless phone now… warranty void…
    Wanna thank idiots that posted this , hope your phone fries as well.
    when I did the same but with Odin 4 i got stuck in the process …
    CANNOT ENTER RECOVERY MODE ANYMORE ….fuk!!!

    • Šarūnas

      Mark, your phone got soft-bricked. It’s fixable. Try out this tutorial – http://broodplank.net/?p=234 or search for – galaxy s plus unbricking – in http://www.google.com.

      Goodluck!

    • http://www.facebook.com/josia.strydom Josia Francois Strydom

      IF you can enter download mode dont worry. Keep flashing.

  • nipl

    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    amss.mbn download..
    and he stop
    and i cant open my phone
    how to fix that?

    • nipl

      oooo same error here, what’s going on??? Hello Kapil, please help, I couldn’t turn my phone on…

    • http://www.facebook.com/josia.strydom Josia Francois Strydom

      I found that it has nothing to do with your usb port, OR your cable, OR your pc, Or any of the other crap that peple keep telling you. The fault lies with ODIN. I stuggled for to days with different roms and patches and none work. The easiet way I found was to use different versions of ODIN till you get one that works. And yes you should be finished within 10min. Also open your task manager and look under the processes tab if ODIN is using any cpu or RAM.

      • James

        what kind of odin version did u use?

    • saher

      did you get any reply as i gut the same problem

  • Dan from Romania

    hey mate. thank you for this nice tutorial. you made it so easy for everyone. it works great. i love it. hope to see more tutorials on newer firmwares if they will we available for Galaxy S Plus (i9001)

    • xxl

      rezultatul este in lb romana? 2.3.6 in lb romana?

  • sandy

    Cannot open USB serial port.code :5 is appearing and it stucks there

    Download Start… Create File… StartThread Detected : 1 StartThread Detected : 0 StartThread Detected : 0 StartThread Detected : 0 StartThread Detected : 0 StartThread Detected : 0 StartThread Detected : 0 StartThread Detected : 0 — cannot open the usb serial port. code: 5

    PLZ tell me what to do…i have followed all the steps as mentioned.

    • http://www.facebook.com/josia.strydom Josia Francois Strydom

      That my friend is a driver problem. Try another computer

  • Zin

    my galaxy i9001 is sticking in the keep re-booting with the flashing screen. How can I do for my normal booting.

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      Boot into recovery mode and do factory reset from there. It should boot up fine then.

  • khanex

    thank u ;) it works on mine

  • http://www.facebook.com/ADeeb.Bushnaq ADeeb Bushnaq

    He sayd
    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    big partition size!!
    amss.mbn download..
    and he stop
    and i cant open my phone
    how to fix that

    • bila

      same problem here… you resolved the problem? how? A litle help please!!!!

  • khanex

    when i click opts the aries doesnt show up in select files why is that n its a notepad file?

    • nipl

      same here :( how to fix? anybody…help?

  • Arif

    i have upgraded my phone (I9001) to ICS can i use this procedure for back to gingerbread ? Thanks in advance

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      Yes you can use this.

    • disqus_pXXzPCSLrk

      HEY ARIF TELL ME THE PROCEDURE TO UPGRADE GALAXY S PLUS TO ICS MY EMAIL ID sumitsarroff@gmail.com

  • ZIX

    I have instaled this xxKQG version exactly as specified and… it works… 10 minutes and I have 2.3.6 from 2.3.3… I have al the app’s and everything… Thank you guys for the tutorial…

    • ZiX

      And the batery is charged for at least 3 days (comparing with almost 1 day with 2.3.3)

  • Jas

    Is the update mentioned applicable for Indian region. My S Plus details: PDA:I9001XXKPE, PHONE: I9001DDKP5, CSC: I9001ODDKP1….with 2.3.4 firmware

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      Yes, it’s applicable.

  • Costi

    Hello,
    my device is GT I9001 FW version 2.3.5 BaseBand Version I9001BUKP1 (Vodafone Romania). Can I
    update with the firmware above or any other version from Europe (like I9001BUKP7_I9001VD2KP3_VD2 Vodafone Germany)?

    thank you

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      Yes you can update using the guide above.

      • Costi

        Thank you man for the tutorial. Updated to 2.3.6 using Switzerland Value Pack and all working fine. It doesn’t get 364 RAM as described on internet, but it’s far more stable than crappy old 2.3.3 :-) Really really much appreciated the tutorial :-)
        Cheers

  • eugennco

    it works incredibile

  • Andrei

    in my case something went wrong..i can’t get into recovery mode..when i’m trying it is saying :
    RAMDUMP MODE
    CAUSE:FORCE UPLOAD

    and if i let the phone to start normaly..it lets me write the PIN code and then it says that is an error with gmail and googleplay and asq me to FORCE CLOSE..and then the phone restarts over and over!!
    Someone help me an tell me that i can fix this!!

    • horatiu

      salut. tine apasat pe butonul volum up + volume down + power

    • Kamil

      I have the same problem. The comment below doesn’t help. I don’t know what to do. Pleas help

      • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

        Do you still have this problem, or got it solved already?

    • jim

      It’s because you were holding the HOME button also – you shouldn’t:
      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1384935 <— check nikagl's post here how to do it properly

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.kojo Andrew Kojo

    just a small correction. on my phone the downloading mode. the Android icon is Green and not yellow as mentioned on the list. and it did confuse me a bit..

    • James D A

      same here. Android icon was green in download mode. But still it worked.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.kojo Andrew Kojo

    you Are a God… i tworked perfectly for me no Glitches and didnt loose anything. all my softwares. contacs sms were all there when i finished the upgrade. what can I say thank you very much much…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/kinga.lapsanszky Kinga Lapsanszky

    thank you so much,is working perfectly:)

  • disketmpz

    Dude .. sure you can.. I just upgraded my I9001 with 2.3.6 value pack. It’s totally awesome! Try it out.
    you must use Odin 4.3.3 in order to make odin be compatible with I9001.

    • James

      where can I get it? I try googling it but to no avail x(

  • Shahid Ahmed

    Hi , My Samsung Mobile Model Number is : GT I9001 Firmware version 2.3.5 BaseBand Version I9001XXKPF. Can I update the firmware as per your given link above. I am awaiting for your advise.

    Thanks

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      Yes you can.

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