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Old June 26th, 2011, 01:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightbulb My 5 reasons to not update to stock FroYo :-(

After testing the available stock ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy 5 I've noticed a few issues that arise after upgrading from stock Éclair 2.1.1 to FroYo 2.2 which made me stay away from this version for the moment.

I've opened this thread so here you could also write down what issues you've had while using the stock FroYo ROM for your Samsung Galaxy Europa.

5 reasons to not upgrade from stock 2.1.1 to stock 2.2 on SG5 :

1. Compass is broken : one of the good reasons to stick with 2.1.1 or go with MAD team FroYo ROMs is that stock 2.2 ROM brakes the SG5 compass and all the applications which rely on it (for example the "Satellite AR" app which is useful for displaying the satellites in the sky).

2. WiFi does not wake up every time you unlock your SG5 : one will need to lock and unlock again and again until WiFi comes back from sleep or just tell Android to never put WiFi to sleep. I've also noted that it has some issues connecting back to hidden networks after going to sleep or changing the wireless access points if you have more than one stored in your wireless network settings.

3. WiFi refuses to connect even while using the right credentials : the issue is more likely to appear if you've switched your phone to Airplane (Offline) mode. It is observed that even a reboot of the device does not fix this issue. The only work around is to switch back to Airplane mode and then switch off the Airplane mode again.

4. GPS is sluggish : sometimes GPS needs a few minutes in order to lock your position even if you've just turned off Assisted GPS. Using the Fix GPS tip (FroYo hidden menu could be found by tiping *#*#3214789650#*#*). Sometimes you will need to erase the GPS data to get lock. GPS is just locking slowly on stock 2.2 for SG5.

5. SG5 turns itself off and there is no way you could turn it back on except if you pull out the battery and place it back in. Sometimes after the reboot I've noticed that it takes forever for my widgets and icons to show again. The only work around for icons never displaying on screen again (yes, even the apps menu is showing a loading beachball of death) was to reset the firmware to factory defaults.

You still wanna go to stock FroYo ? Think twice or just wait before these issues get fixed in some future releases of this firmware version. I've decided to get back to stock Éclair 2.1.1.
You do not wanna wait ? Then just switch to MAD Team FroYo ROMs or wait a little bit for subpsyke to release the final CyanogenMod for SG5.

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Old July 1st, 2011, 08:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ahmadinejad,

First of all, thank you for sharing this 5 BIG issues with us. So, one more question.

Are these 5 issues present only any particular country? or the ROM is equal for everyone? (I'm from Argentina but I didn't upgrade yet because I've Mac...but the update is available. Moreover, SG5 in Argentina's stores is being sold with Froyo now.)
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Hi ppacie,
I've tested FroYo for the I5500 (the phone for the European Market). Already tried lots of ROMs for different sub-markets : Swedish, British, Belgian, Italian, Romanian and noticed these issues with all of them. This makes me think that it is no different for other 2.2 ROMs around the world. Didn't tested the I5500L 2.2.1 ROM however. Maybe some of these bugs are not persisting there too.

So sad that FroYo has so many nice features, but Samsung did not polished its ROMs yet. I like the tethering support, the built-in task manager and some other...

The safest choice to avoid some of these bugs should be to test the Motafoca mods of FroYo. At least compass has been fixed there.

How about the firmware update and the Mac - I'm also using a Mac, but used VMware Fusion and update was smooth
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How about the firmware update and the Mac - I'm also using a Mac, but used VMware Fusion and update was smooth
I am trying it today, then I'll let you know. Can I downgrade to 2.1 if I don't like it?

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Yes, you can. What is the product code of your phone ?
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Pressing:*2767*4387264636# the code is: I5500YKPUFN

But from Settings > About Phone > Baseband Version: I5500LUYJH3

Why?
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It's Latin American version for Argentina. I was asking for it because this Manual: "This device can't be updated" the workaround
If you upgrade your phone to a newer version of its firmware and later decide to go back, you could always get a 2.1 from some of the public archives already available at the topic that I've left above or at samfirmware.com but if you do not reflash to a firmware intended for you product code your phone will not be possible to update again with KIES, but only with ODIN.
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Editted out - found solutions/work arounds to the problems I was experiencing.
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Ahmadinejad,

I could update my Samsung I5500 to official Froyo 2.2 but it doesn't let me install Adobe Flash Player 10.1/2/3.

Could you?
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You could try installing this one Flash player for Galaxy Europa (rooted, froyo) In fact this phone's CPU is not officially supported by Adobe Flash and using such a hacked binary exposes the phone to security risks. No one knows what the guy who hacked the binary have also put in it So I've never actually tried it.
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I just got another update via Kies, phone is now Baseband I5500XWJP4

My compass now seems to be working OK?
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Tbh i havent experianced any of these issues sooo
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Tbh i havent experianced any of these issues sooo
nor have I!
But that doesn't mean others haven't.....

In saying that though, I did purchase the phone with 2.2Froyo on it already, I would have preferred to get the phone with Eclair and upgrade myself at a later date....even if it was just to see the difference between the both (I'm a nerd like that) but the seller insisted on upgrading
I wouldn't mind rooting my phone though for full customisation capabilities!
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