April 8th, 2012, 09:33 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Kuala Lumpur
Device(s): Samsung Galaxy S2,
Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE
Carrier: Not Provided
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1) Kies is temperamental, buggy... but (eventually) it does work when you get it to connect right. You can use it for official updates and backups (contacts, memos etc), but for everything else, there are options in terms of apps and workarounds.
2) There would always be people who wants to update through PC then relying on data connection or wifi. So having a choice is always good.
3) OTA is rarely done right now, for all carries and all handsets. But I believe in future, this would be a standard option. That's why the SGS2 have a setting in the phone to check for updates directly, and I believe one of the UK carriers already uses OTA. You can't really blame Samsung for this though.
4) Alternatives like Odin is available.