XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab has now shared with us the official I9300XXALE8 firmware for the much anticipated device. The firmware itself is carrier unbranded, and is based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Naturally, it also dons Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz interface, which we highlighted in our hands-on with the SGS3 in London just a few weeks ago.
The leaked firmware is important for two reasons. First, it will help future SGS3 owners in the event that they need an original firmware to restore from. Secondly, and perhaps more interestingly, the leaked SGS3 firmware will more than likely serve as the base for many porting efforts, given the interesting user interface tweaks and gestures we saw in our time with the device.
Base Firmware: I9300XXALE8 (4.0.4) Region Europe Carrier: Unbranded Build Date: 13th May 2012 Modem: XXLE8 CSC: OJVALE7 Change List: 554452
Instructions For Flashing Firmware:
Extract the firmware
Open the included Odin
Put your device in Recovery MODE (Home + Volume up + Power)
Wipe Data/Factory reset
Take Out Your battery & put it back in
Put your device into Download MODE (Home + Volume Down + Power)
Click PDA and select *.tar.md5
Then finally click START!
Developers wishing to get in on the action and future hopeful SGS3 owners can find the goods in the release thread.