Right now there are plenty of Android smartphone to pick from out there, that range from single core entry level devices to top level quad core ones like the HTC One X. Between them we can also find a lot of devices, with some middle end ones spotting lower clocked dual core chipsets or overclocked single core ones. For quite some time, the Samsung Galaxy S Plus has been the Android device to pack the highest speed processor of the bunch, and at 1.4 GHz it is still among the fastest ones out there, even if it doesn’t pack multi core power. Samsung has released its Value Pack update to numerous older single core devices, and time has come for the Galaxy S Plus to get a taste of the Official XXKQB Value Pack firmware.
This article is going to be about providing an easy and safe of way of updating your Samsung Galaxy S Plus to the XXKQB Android 2.3.6 Value Pack firmware, and the most important thing is that you can apply this update even if you are running on a rooted custom ROM at the expense of the root access. This means that if you want to get your smartphone back to its stock factory self you can simply apply this update and every custom made modification will be deleted.
Before we move any forward, we would like you to read our disclaimer notice: This software is not our creation so we must warn you that you cannot hold us responsible for any damage that might occur to your device by following the procedures in this guide. However, we will try to help you sort out any glitches or problems that might arise by following the steps in this guide to the extent our knowledge limits us. This particular XXKQB update is an official one and if something goes wrong, Samsung should repair your device in warranty, but you never know what might go wrong even with an official kit of software.
We will begin with the features the Official Value Pack update brings, so please take a look at the list below:
- Face Unlock
- New Kernel with huge RAM (Total RAM: 364 )
- 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
- Some Google Apps updated
In the next major section of our guide we will be covering the process of backing up your personal data. Updating your Samsung Galaxy S Plus with the XXKQB Value Pack firmware would not normally erase or corrupt your personal data, but we must prepare for the worsts in order to keep your data safe. You can also use the Samsung KIES software for this backup, but as we have seen with some recent devices, it might have some trouble recognizing the new software. As such we will use the following third party apps and procedures:
- Text messages – We will back them up with the following application : SMS Backup & Restore
- Phone Contacts – You can simply synchronize them to your Gmail account or export them to the micro SD card as a .vcf file
- Call Log – We will use the following application to backup your call log : Call Log Backup and Restore
- Pictures, Music, Videos, and other files – Simply copy them to your microSD card.
- Internet & MMS Settings – Write down all the settings from this path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”
Due to the fact that this is a tethered update and it requires a PC to complete, there are also a few other minimum safety precautions we must tell you about:
- Your Galaxy S Plus must be charged to at least 60% in order to prevent it from accidentally powering off during the procedure.
- You should disable any antivirus or other security related software on your computer because these tools tend to interfere with the updating program, and might cause it to misbehave.
- You will need to enable the USB Debugging setting that you can find by going to Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging.
The last part in our guide will be the one that presents the actual updating process, so if you decided you are not up for the job this will be the last part where you can turn back. If you decide to continue with the update you should know that the process is not very easy and you have to follow the steps below in order and with maximum caution:
- The first step will be downloading this Value Pack Gingerbread 2.3.6 Archive to your computer.
- In the next step you will have to extract the downloaded archive in an easy to reach folder (we recommend the Destkop). The archive contains three files so please make sure you have all three before proceeding any further.
- The third step is easy and all you have to do is to start the Odin program from the extracted files and then power off your Galaxy S Plus
- In this step you will have to start your Galaxy S Plus into Download mode. The Download mode of the Samsung Galaxy S Plus can be entered by pressing the Volume Down key and the OK Key simultaneously and then pressing the Power On key after the device has been shut down. You will be able to check if you are in the right mode by looking at the image on the screen. If this image is a droid working you are good to go.
- Next up, you will have to connect your Samsung Galaxy S Plus in Download mode to the computer running the Odin software we downloaded earlier and wait a couple of seconds/minutes for it to recognize the device. You can check whether Odin has recognized your device by looking at the color of the ID: COM window. If it is yellow it is all in order but if it is not you will have to check the following:
The USB drivers for the Galaxy S Plus have been installed on your PC.
The Samsung KIES option from Settings -> Wireless & Network -> USB Settings has been selected. To do this you will have to restart your Galaxy S Plus in the normal way.
- In the next step you will have to select which files you want Odin to put on your device, so click the PDA button located on the right side of Odin and select the file named I9001XXKQB_I9001OXXKP8_I9001XXKPL_HOME.tar.md5. You can find this file in the folder where you extracted the downloaded archive earlier.
- The last step is the easiest and it only requires you to press the Start button in Odin and wait for a couple of minutes for the program to do its job. After it has finished, your Samsung Galaxy S Plus should automatically reboot and start in the normal way. The first boot after applying the Value Pack update may take a little bit longer than usual so don’t be alarmed if your device doesn’t start in under 5 minutes.
If your Galaxy S Plus doesn’t start after 30 minutes you should restart your device into Download mode and retry the steps above. If you still can’t get it to work please write us a line below and we will try our best to help you.
If everything has gone smoothly and you Galaxy S Plus is showing the normal home screen the update has been successfully applied and you can start enjoying the new features borrowed from Android 4.0 ICS on your Gingerbread running device. You can also check the that the new firmware has been correctly installed by looking at Settings -> About phone -> Software information and checking to see if the XXKQB tag appears there. If you have any more questions please let us know in the comments section below.