The latest Indian Firmware: Gingerbread 2.3.6 DDKQ8 [Review with Screenshots & Download link]

Finally, firmware with Android 2.3.6 has been launched in India with version number DDKQ8

There are quite a lot changes introduced by Samsung in this version (some mainly because of Apple’s patent fight with Samsung on Slide to unlock lock screen and Overscroll bounce…! Damn you Apple!)

So before we move to the review of this ROM, here is how to get it on your phone:

Method 1: Update using Samsung Kies
Method 2: For flashing with Odin. here is the link to the firmware: Hotfile.com: One click file hosting: S5830DDKQ8_S5830ODDKQ7_INU.zip (Pass (if any): sampro.pl)
Then just follow the flashing with ODIN tutorial.

Note: Clear Cache Partition from recovery menu after update! Otherwise, you might have problems!

How to go to recovery menu?
Turn off your phone. Then, Power On it by holding Power+Home button at the same time. You will reach the recovery menu. Navigate with the Volume Rocker and Select using Home button.



1. Lock Screen

The Unlock method has changed. When you keep your finger on the screen, a lock like symbol will appear! You have to slide your finger over the screen to unlock!

A big advantage is that the lock screen also displays your unread text message count and you can directly access the messages by sliding on top of the red circle which has a message symbol on top! It even supports missed call count and you can access your missed calls directly! Cool, huh?

Unfortunately, you don’t have the old slide to unlock method but you can use an app like widgetlocker to go back to old slider type lockscreen.

2) Touchwiz

Not much has changed…! The call button icon and Memo icon has changed somewhat. And the home screen is loopable now. In the app drawer, you can navigate to any page by simply tapping at its screen number on the top, and it will go to that page.

3) Call Receiving Screen

Just like the Lock Screen, even the call screen has changed! Now it looks somewhat better than the old one! NOTE: I have pixelated the caller ID for security reasons!

4) Overscroll Glow

Gallery Overscroll:

The overscroll glow effect has also been added! It is nice in some places like the settings menu and annoying in some areas like the gallery! But overall it looks nice!

5) Gallery

Old

New

Very light theme differences….See and tell me what is different!

That’s all!

Overall it is faster, looks better and we somewhat like the lock screen! It is recommend for you to go for the update! You can go for it even if you don’t live in India.

Thanks for Reading! Have fun! If you find anymore changes, feel free to drop a comment.

About the Author

Shobith Narayanan, based in Chennai, India, became an Android fan ever since he got his first Android phone, Samsung Galaxy Ace. He likes to experiment with mods and tweaks without the fear of bricking. He remains updated about Android by regularly visiting forums and watching video reviews. He loves his Ace and secretly wishes for a Galaxy SII someday!

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36 thoughts on “The latest Indian Firmware: Gingerbread 2.3.6 DDKQ8 [Review with Screenshots & Download link]

  1. Hey i just install cyanogenmod 7.2 from 2.3.6 .. Now i want “2.3.6″ again :/ .. I dont know how to get it .. I tried odin aswell .. Flash blah blah .. Nothing is happening .. Please help me.

    • Download the odin software. On connecting ur phone to usb , put the mobile in download mode but pressing HOME+POWER BUTTON+VOLUME DOWN BUTTON. If ur file is one package then select the one package option and download the cooper v1.0 for galaxy ace mobile and click START . The process completes in about 4 to 5 mins approx.

  2. Hi All,

    Please don’t go fo this update.
    Degraded battery life and less speed..

    DDKQ5 is the best firmware version.

    Is there any way to rollback to previous version:

  3. U can modify ur phone …in terms of notification bar ,battery icon,screen lock,and many more…jus go to the link below…its free and no bugs…i did it on my phone
    uot.dakra.lt/

  4. FOR THOSE WHO DOESNT KNOW HOW TO TAKE A SCREEN SHOT ON GALAXY ACE:
    jus long press the home button untill u get task manager option, keep on holding the home button and then press the soft key back button and then on holding home button press the power button …the snaps r stored in the gallary

  5. ace will never get support of flash. u can do one thing on the web page if something should play or dance as flash no need of them rather u take ur cell in hand and keep dance by urself as u r a flash playet. crap phone fuck it i rather use nokia 5233 it has all in cheap rate

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