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Samsung finally started to rollout the official final build of Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich for their flagship Samsung Galaxy SII device. For now its available through the OTA updates in some European countries and other countries should follow soon. Note this ICS update for now is only meant to be for the international version of the SGSII but not the local US variants of the device for which no update schedule has been announced yet. If you are using an international version of the Galaxy S2 and still waiting for the Android 4.0.3 update to be available in your device then might want to go ahead and try the firmware that has been posted on the XDA forums ahead of the time.
The build that is available is named I9100XXLPQ and is is stock ICS based Samsung firmware with the usual flavor of TouchWiz on top that we are used on the Gingerbread based stock firmware from Samsung. Firmware weighs in over 300MB in size and you need to flash using the Odin. Here is a simple on how to flash it on your Samsung Galaxy S2. Provided stock firmware includes the latest firmware, kernel and modem from Samsung for SGS2.
Note: Rooting, Jailbreaking or customizing your device can be risky, and you may end-up bricking your device! Follow the instructions posted here at your own responsibility as InspiredGeek will not be responsible for any damage to your device.
Required Downloads
- Download the ODIN file and then extract the .zip file.
- Download I9100XXLPQ [Mirror]  and extract the contents/files of Android 4.0.3 ICS I9100XXLPQ to the desktop.
– Correct KIES USB drivers must be installed, so that programs can communicate with the device. Reboot computer after driver installation if required.
- If KIES is running in the background then turn it off as it may interfere with the ODIN.
Procedure – Flash Android 4.0.3 On Samsung Galaxy SII
Please make sure to wipe  your device before flashing this firmware to avoid any FCs and other errors. Make a Nandroid backup of your device through the CWM recovery console and then do usual wipes i.e., cache partition, dalvik cache and data format factory reset before proceeding!
Step 1: Make sure that your device is in USB debugging mode: Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging. Step 2:  Reboot your device into download mode. To do so: Turn the device off, then power it on again by pressing and holding Volume-Down + Home + Power simultaneously.
Step 3: Start ODIN.
Step 4: Connect the device to your computer via USB. Step 5: Wait a few seconds, the ODIN screen will show that a device is now connected - Make sure that in ODIN nothing is checked, except the "Auto reboot" and "F. Reset Time" checkboxes. - Press the "PDA" button, and select the the extracted tar file (from extracted Download above that you placed on desktop) to flash the firmware.
- Press "Start".
- ODIN will now flash the above components.
- Device should reboot after flashing the Android 4.0.3 firmware components on your Samsung Galaxy SII device.
Step 6: After the device reboots you will have Ice Cream Sandwich based on Android 4.0.3 & TouchWiz final I9100XXLPQ  build on your Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII)!
Note that after flashing first boot might take some time as OS builds the cache and optimizes the different apps code before startup. After that it should be smooth sailing!
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