The Galaxy SL model number I9003 is a decent Android based handset which unfortunately will not receive the Jelly Bean treatment. That means Samsung will not release any Android 4.1 or higher OTA update for your device. Anyway, if you still want to get the Android goodies, you can do so as there are several custom ROMs available for the Galaxy SL. But if you want a stable and smooth platform, then you should try the latest version of Liquid Smooth custom ROM. The best is that the firmware is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, so you will be updating your Samsung Galaxy SL to the same.
It should be clear for you that by using this step by step guide you will update your Galaxy SL to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software by using a custom ROM – LiquidSmooth – and not by flashing an official update released by Samsung or Google. That’s why the firmware can be applied only manually and only by using suitable steps. The steps along with other relevant info are being explained during the following lines, so if you want to experience Android 4.3 on Galaxy SL then complete this tutorial.
The update operation will be a complex and risky one and because of that you shouldn’t perform things without consulting the present update method. Liquid Smooth has been developed by those of xda-developers and we should thanks’ the devs for the same. Now, this version of Liquid Smooth is powered by Android 4.3 software and comes with stock and extra Jelly Bean features, apps and capabilities that will smoothly run on your SL I9003.
All the extra features can be used for powering up the performances of your smartphone. This custom Android 4.3 platform works faster than the stock Android OS that is available for the Galaxy SL, while by using LiquidSmooth you will be able to improve the speeds and also to upgrade the battery life of your phone. But if you want to convince yourselves, test the firmware by completing the steps from below. Don’t worry, if you don’t like the present software you will be able to restore to stock one in a minute.
For being able to do so, before going any further a backup operation is being required. Actually you need to store the current ROM by doing a Nandroid backup. After that, you can anytime choose to restore it on your Galaxy SL. Since we are talking about a backup it is important to know that a wipe will be required a little bit later. That means your data, personal info and accounts which are saved on the internal storage memory of your smartphone will be erased; therefore, use backup and restore tools and save everything that means something to you.
A custom ROM can be installed on an Android based device only if the internal system of the same is unchained. Why? Well, because the firmware will have to use and access some internal files and programs. So, first of all root your Galaxy SL. Then, install a custom recovery image as the same will be used when flashing the LiquidSmooth software. Similar with root, the stock recovery can’t be used because the update must be flashed from the SD card. Anyway, you can resolve the problem by applying a custom recovery image instead.
As a reminder if you choose to root your phone or to apply any of the mentioned operations, the Galaxy SL warranty will get void. Since there won’t be any Android 4.3 OTA update released for your device, the warranty can be restored only by downgrading to stock Android firmware.
If you are an advanced user then you are probably aware of the pre requisites; but for clearing things up I will mention the preparation stuffs anyway. So, make sure that you can use a computer or notebook and your phone along with its USB cable. The devices must be connected so on your handset you need to go to “settings -> applications -> development” for enabling USB Debugging option. Also, you will have to download the update file on your computer; for avoiding the unpleasant situations first deactivate the security programs that are running on your PC. The update operation will take a couple of minutes so I recommend you to charge your Galaxy SL before starting the steps from below.
Also as a reminder: this step by step guide is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy SL model number I9003. So, apply the Android 4.3 LiquidSmooth firmware only on the mentioned handset, or else you will brick your device. The ROM has been developed and released by those of xda-developers so we have to thanks them for this tutorial.
How to Update Galaxy SL I9003 with LiquidSmooth Android 4.3 Custom ROM
- From this page download the update file.
- Place LiquidSmooth Android 4.3 ROM on the desktop of your computer.
- Don’t unzip the software package.
- Connect your Galaxy SL with the same computer.
- Of course use the official USB cable for connecting the handset with the PC.
- Select the downloaded file from desktop; place the same on your phone’s SD card.
- Disconnect the devices by unplugging the USB cord.
- Turn off your handset.
- Wait a few seconds and then boot your SL into recovery mode (click on the link if you don’t know how to reach recovery mode).
- Use the recovery menu and make a wipe: select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Return to main menu of recobvery; choose “advanced” and then select “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Again, return to recovery mode menu.
- This time select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Select the update from the SD card and apply the same.
- Wait as the update operation will take a few minutes.
- And in the end select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
Good job; you are done. But in case you want to restore the old ROM you should return to recovery and select “Backup / Restore”. Also, return to recovery mode and select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition” if your handset gets stuck in a boot loop (after applying the Android 4.3 firmware).
Congratulations; you have updated your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS with Liquid Smooth custom ROM firmware. According to those who have already installed the software, the platform is stable and comes without bugs, issues or things that aren’t working properly. Anyway, do talk to us if something isn’t running as it should.