Even though there is no sign of an OTA Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S Duos, you can still improve the Android experience for your smartphone as a new and official version of ICS has been released by Samsung. So, as usual, I will show you how to manually install the same on your Galaxy S Duos. The firmware is dubbed as XXAMC1 and brigs minor improvements, the update being designed mostly to resolve the reported bugs and issues from the previous platforms of ICS. Well, if you want to give it a try, then the steps that will take you through the flashing procedure of ICS 4.0.4 XXAMC1 are being described below, so check the same.
As I have already mentioned, the ICS 4.0.4 XXAMC1 OS comes to resolve and remove the bugs from the stock ICS ROM that runs on the Galaxy S Duos therefore by updating your handset you will be able to fix the WiFi and Network related problems, along many other. It is recommended to install the official ICS 4.0.4 software if you want to enjoy a stable Android experience on your S Duos and also if you want to receive the latest features, apps and tools.
Anyway, this is a manual update procedure which means that you have to prepare your device for the flashing operation that will follow. But before explaining in which the pre requisites are you must know that the ICS 4.0.4 XXAMC1 OS can also be OTA or by using KIES applied on your Samsung Galaxy S Duos; the present tutorial should be applied only if your phone is rooted or installed with a custom ROM firmware or if the XXAMC1 system hasn’t been rolled out for your yet. Also, don’t worry as nothing bad happens if you decide to perform this guide as you are still installing the stock ICS ROM.
Because of the same aspect, you must know the following: by manually updating the Galaxy S Duos to official ICS 4.0.4 XXAMC1 software you will not void the warranty of your device; furthermore you don’t have to own a rooted phone for being able to complete this step by step guide, which means that in case you do have previously rooted the smartphone, after performing the tutorial, the root access will be revoked and the bootloader relocked. This means that if your handset is running a custom ROM firmware, now you will be able to re-install the stock OS and restore the warranty back on your S Duos.
For the flashing procedure you will have to use Odin. Odin is a dedicated tool that has been developed and used especially for these kinds of operations. Also, this is the easiest way in which you can apply an official software on your Android based phone. Now, you need to have access to a Windows running computer where you will download, install and run Odin. Furthermore, the smartphone and its USB cable must be near you as you will have to connect your device with the computer.
In order to avoid the unpleasant situations it will be a good idea to deactivate or uninstall the security programs that are being installed on both computer and handset. These tools might interfere with the update operation. Also, you should charge your phone, especially if you notice that there is less than 60% power left. If your Galaxy S Duos gets turned off in the middle of the flashing process you will risk in bricking your phone.
Backup the S Duos data before going any further; it is unlikely to lose your personal info by using Odin, but if something goes wrong you will have to wipe the system so all of your recent saves will be erased. That’s why I recommend you to complete a full backup for saving the contacts, messages, call logs, internet settings, EFS, market apps and everything else you need to. Finally, don’t forget that this guide is being suitable only with the Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562 smartphones, so don’t apply the next steps if you have a similar or different Android based device (you can end up in bricking the same).
How to Update Galaxy S Duos S7562 to Official ICS 4.0.4 XXAMC1 OS
- On your computer, download Samsung KIES, Odin and the update file (use the link from here).
- Then, install KIES for getting the proper drivers of your phone.
- Install and run Odin.
- Extract the update file on the desktop.
- Turn off the S Duos and boot into download mode.
- You can reach download mode by pressing on the Volume UP and Menu buttons while powering on the phone.
- With the handset booted into download mode connect it with the computer by using the USB cable.
- Then, take a look on Odin: the “added” message should be displayed and the ID:COM section should be yellow or blue.
- If different you will have to reinstall the drivers on the PC and repeat the same steps.
- If everything is working as planned, from Odin select “PDA” and pick the update file from the desktop.
- Click on “start” and the flashing procedure will begin.
- In the end, the “pass” message will be displayed meaning that you can safely unplug the USB cable and reboot your device.
The common issues that might occur while and after installing the official ICS 4.0.4 XXAMC1 OS on your Galaxy S Duos S7562 are the following ones: Odin might get stuck and in the end you might get a boot loop. Well the first problem can be resolved by performing: you have to close Odin, disconnect the phone from the computer, force restart your device, reinstall the drivers and repeat the tutorial from the beginning. Then, the second issue can be resolved by: reboot the handset into recovery and from there select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”; then just choose “+++go back+++”, “reboot system now” and you are done.
So, congratulations you have managed to update your Galaxy S Duos to official ICS 4.0.4 software. Test the firmware and see how it performs on your device. If you have noticed improvements or issues, use the comments are from below and share your impressions and thoughts with us.