If you happen to own a Samsung Galaxy Ace and you haven’t rooted or installed any custom firmware on it you will be glad to know that Samsung has just released an official update for your device. The update in question is named DDKQ8 and it comes as a themed version of the stock Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. Although this is not the latest Gingerbread build it still does a decent job on improving the older version of the software installed in the stock Samsung Galaxy Ace. Do not expect massive performance improvements because this update is more of a bug fixer, but other than that it also comes with some interesting improvements.

Just like most of official update from Samsung, the DDKQ8 one can be applied to a rooted device and it can also be used as a nice tool to revert back to the unrooted stock version if you have to send your Samsung Galaxy Ace to warranty for example. Thanks to the guys from androidadvices for the procedure.

The enhancements this new update brings can be found just below:

  • Improved Battery Life
  • RAM DUMP Mode error solved
  • Home screen lag and the brightness bug has been solved
  • Stability fixes have been induced in this version

Now that you have seen what this update has to offer it is very important that you read and understand 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. given the fact that this is an official update we are talking about, there should not be any issues and your warranty should cover any damage that might occur.

The first part of this tutorial consists of the steps needed to be taken before the actual updating process. While these steps are not mandatory, we strongly advise you to follow them, as they mostly refer to backing up the information that is already on your device. This is done in order to prevent the loss of any kind of personal data if anything should go wrong.

We will start this guide with some safety precautions and some hardware requirements. It is very important to understand that backing up your personal data is of utmost importance before any update is applied. While the developer might say the update does not affect your data, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Below we will present some third party apps and some procedures that will help you save all the important stuff on your Galaxy Ace as well as help prevent any damage that might happen due to not following a correct updating procedure:

  • Text messages – Install this app: SMS Backup & Restore
  • Phone Contacts – These can be synced via your Gmail/Google account or by exporting them to the micro SD card
  • Call Log – Install this app: Call Log Backup and Restore
  • Pictures, Music, Videos, Files etc.– Copy to internal memory card
  • Internet & MMS Settings – Backup all the settings from this path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”
  • Charge your device to full or to a minimum of 50% to ensure that the phone will not power off during the install process.
  • Enable the USB debugging in your Samsung Galaxy Ace. This can be done from the following: Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging. The USB Debugging option should be ticked.
  • You must also disable your anti virus and other security software because it tents to interfere with the updating process.

The last section of this guide is dedicated to the updating procedure. You should follow the steps below in order and with maximum caution as any mistake might result in a bricked device. Updating your Galaxy Ace is not a simple task, but if done properly it should pose no risk to the smartphone. With this in mind let us proceed:

  • The first thing you will have to do is to download this DDKQ8 Gingerbread 2.3.6 Firmware Package to your computer and then extract it to your desktop for easier acces. There should be 4 files in the archive, so please make you have all four before proceeding any further.
  • The second step is a fairly easy one, so all you have to do is start the Odin program from the extracted files and then power off your Galaxy Ace.
  • The next step involves starting your device into Download mode and you can do this by pressing the Menu key and then Power On key simultaneously after the device has been shut down. Make sure you are in this mode before proceeding any further.
  • The fourth step involves connecting your phone in download mode to the computer already running the Odin software and waiting a couple of seconds/minutes for it to recognize the device. You can check when Odin has recognized your device by looking at the color of the ID : COM window. If it is yellow you are ready to proceed.
  • The following step is a bit harder so please be very careful. Tick the One Package option from the top left part of Odin, then click the OPS button in the right side and select the Cooper_v1.0.ops file and finally click the One Package button in the bottom right and select the S5830DDKQ8_S5830ODDKQ7_S5830DDKQ8_HOME.tar.md5 file. To make sure you have put the files in their right places please check the image below.

[caption id="attachment_1130" align="aligncenter" width="628" caption="Odin Setup"]Odin Setup[/caption]

  • The fifth and last step is the easiest of them all so all you need to do is press the Start button in Odin and wait a couple of minutes for the program to do its job. After it has finished, your Galaxy Ace should automatically reboot. Mind you, this boot may take a little bit longer than usual.

When you see the home screen you will know that the update has been successful. Now you can enjoy the latest official software and all the bug fixes it brings.

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