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Old August 29th, 2011, 08:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Official 2.3 Gingerbread update available (EH09)

The wait is finally over!

USCC has posted the 2.3 Gingerbread update.

You can also go to a store with a tech center and have them reflash your phone with this build.

For those that have had issues with mini kies updates (like me) getting the store to flash it might be the best route to go.

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If you post here with feedback on the update, please let us know whether you did mini kies (downloaded it yourself) or reflashed at the store.

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It was up, now it's not there anymore... maybe have to go into the store. Mini Kies didn't recognize any update needed either.
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Got word from US Cellular that the link was taken down because it was still linked to the old 2.2 version. Should be up and running later this afternoon per US Cell tech.
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Do you guys recommend a "do it yourself" install? Or is it best to go to the store?
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I would go in and get it done. I did Fryo myself at home with kies and I lost 3G all together until getting the update redone at the store. I think there was a prob with the ee10 radio at the time though. Only prob with going in is you need to start fresh since they wipe your system to install the new build kernal.
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I have had nothing but issues with every mini kies update I have installed on mine. I have had much better reliability when I get it reflashed at the store.

The only drawback is that it is a reflash (i.e. complete wipe) so you have to reload your apps. But thats a small price to pay for a phone that works.
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I'm running EE19 on my Mez, but it is currently rooted. To upgrade to EH17 at the USCC store, do I need to un-root my phone, or can they update it on top of the root access?
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The in store wipe, will update your current EE19 to EH17 and your phone will be just as if you took to out of the box with 2.3. No root and all the bloatware back on the phone. I would run a backup using TiBu (TitaniumBackup) and flash the stock EE19 befor going to the store. some of the in store techs are cool about it but some will tell you they can update a moded phone
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The in store wipe will update your current EE19 to EH17 and your phone will be just as if you took to out of the box with 2.3. No root and all the bloatware back on the phone.

Bahh, I was afraid of that. There was so much bloatware that I was able to get rid of when I rooted my phone... I guess I'll just have to re-root it after the update.
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The tech at my local store is cool about it being rooted, as long as I have not put any custom ROMs or kernels on it. He pretends like "SuperUser" is just an app.

A buddy of mine took his in with one of the "leaked" ROMs and they told him they wouldn't touch it because it didn't have an official USCC firmware on it.
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Is there a good backup app that can save my apps and contact info for a non-rooted phone? I might carry mine into the store but want to make sure I have everything saved.
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seems gingerbread came a lot quicker than the froyo update. Either way right now Im in TN and even though it's got some US stores I'll wait until I get home so I don't lose my phone operation due to something unexpected. At home I can live without it for a while, while traveling it'll suck.
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Got my memorize updated yesterday evening at the store. So for I'm pleased and the signal reception/strength has improved 100%.
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Free apps you don't have to back up. Google contacts and paid apps are automatically backed up to your Google account.

One thing you will need to do before you take it in is make sure that you export all of your Phone contacts (not your Google contacts) to your SD card and/or upload them to your Google contacts. That way you do not lose any contacts that were only on your phone.
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It's about time US Cellular got this out...only 5 more years until they release ice cream sandwich! Odin flash is the best way to install this.
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As long as it works when released. I'm fine with that.
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I attempted to install the 2.3 when I got home via Kies around 5:30pm (-6:00 GMT) and upon connecting my phone to my computer, Kies notified me that there was no update available at this time and that the next update was scheduled for 2014.

I'm going to stop by a USCC store today and see if they cant update for me. Not a whole lot I'll be missing when they're done. I only keep like 10 or so market apps on my phone at a time. Why? Just a habbit of minimalism. xD
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The links are live now, but they are for EH09, not EH17. Anybody know the difference?
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The update is now back on the website for those interested.
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The links are live now, but they are for EH09, not EH17. Anybody know the difference?

The update i received yesterday at the store was, EH09.
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The update i received yesterday at the store was, EH09.
EH17 was the download that was posted originally. I'll see if I can edit my thread title.
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Just updated via kies. Everything went smoothly, and, like the froyo update it didn't wipe the phone. I didn't experience Any problems with froyo update and hopefully won't with this one.
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When I go into the update software the "Next" button is missing but there is a "Exit". Can't figure it out and it's making me mad. I've tried everything!
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Okay so I'm at home and my Mesmerize is connected to the computer via Kies. There is no update available. Suggestions?
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Just tried to update via the "simple upgrade tool" and now I'm stuck in boot loops, so I guess I'll be running to the US Cellular store tonight.
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Noticing one thing. Every time I touch the screen the four keys at the bottom of the phone light up. Wondering if this is normal for gingerbread?
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Did the update at the USCC store tonight. In and out in 15 minutes. Painless. Did not need to reinstall anything. Of course there were updates for my current apps. The phone is more responsive, with better signal strength and speed. WiFi speeds are better too. Maybe we finally got the Mes we were always supposed to have?
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Just tried to update via the "simple upgrade tool" and now I'm stuck in boot loops, so I guess I'll be running to the US Cellular store tonight.
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Got into the store at about 6:55 (service closed at 7:00) and was out with a functioning phone by 7:05. So far everything seems to be working pretty well. I did have to reinstall everything, which was probably for the best, since I'm not as dilligent as I should be about removing old apps that aren't getting used.
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I just got back from the US Cellular store. Got my update (EH09). Phone was completely wiped. My phone was also rooted when I brought it in, and after the update it is no longer rooted. He did not say anything to me about my phone being rooted. Took about 15 minutes for the tech to do the update.
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So far, the phone is performing fantastic. More like what I thought should have been while on froyo. Phone is much more responsive. I was truly to the point of wanting a different phone due to the lag and sluggishness prior to this update. Still not liking the fact that the bottom four keys light up everytime I touch the screen. I have looked for settings for this And can't seem to find any. Otherwise, happy so far.
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i just did it myself at home and nothing was removed. my wall papers are the same my apps are all here and still have all my contacts, but there is a different notification bar so iknow it worked. why didnt i lose all my apps and data? im not complaining here just curious. i even have all my text messages from before the update.
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So I went to the store and got mine updated. I knew it would probably wipe everything out, which it did but I thought any apps I saved to my SD card would still be on there? I don't see any of them anywhere!? Am I missing something or did it wipe all my saved apps off my SD card too?
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i just did it myself at home and nothing was removed. my wall papers are the same my apps are all here and still have all my contacts, but there is a different notification bar so iknow it worked. why didnt i lose all my apps and data? im not complaining here just curious. i even have all my text messages from before the update.
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So I went to the store and got mine updated. I knew it would probably wipe everything out, which it did but I thought any apps I saved to my SD card would still be on there? I don't see any of them anywhere!? Am I missing something or did it wipe all my saved apps off my SD card too?
The data for your apps may still be on your SD card. It just won't be visible until you reinstall the apps. Some of those apps may overwrite your data when you reinstall them, so it will be a moot point, anyway.
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Any changes to the portable wifi hotspot? If that still works and I don't have to actually get a "tether plan" i'm going to get this done ASAP. Please post after testing the Portable wifi hotspot
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Another problem I see is that when I'm in the browser and I want to go back one page and I hit the "back" button it closes the whole browser out. Is there not a way to back up pages in the browser anymore?

Also, before in the browser you could tap on a webpage and it would zoom the letters in so you could read the words better.

Am I missing something in the settings?
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The WiFi hotspot app has still worked without a tether plan, and only counts against your regular monthly data cap.

I would be surprised if they removed that functionality after all this time, since its been one of the main selling points for this phone.
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did the update at home. A few visual changes are very noticeable. Notification bar, keyboard are two at top of my head. Also as someone previously stated, every screen press turns on the lights at the bottom of the phone(search, back, home key).

Seems to boot quicker and run smoother. A few updates had to be installed such as google voice.

Didn't lose anything in the reflash but also haven't made/received any calls since then either.

Wish I had some SIP friends to try that.

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My battery life with gingerbread has been amazing. After 12 hours of regular use (texting, phone calls, internet and some games) I still had 70% battery life.

This IS the phone that I thought I was getting over a year ago. Now I just have to wait for USCC to get the Galaxy SII in another couple of years.
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So when I receive a text, my screen is staying lit up until unlock it? Why is this? I have it set for the screen to only display for 1 minute but it's staying lit!?!
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[QUOTE=LaTuFu;3149447]The mini kies update is not a full reflash.


so i didnt get the full update?
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the mini kies was a interim flash, not a full android update. What they're getting now is version 2.3.4(gingerbread).


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I decided to try downloading the update from the USCC site and give it a try, before I go in to the store. Its looking like it'll be a week or more before I can get over there, so I figured I had nothing to lose.

I had no issues with the software load, didn't lose any apps or data. We'll see how it goes for the next few days.
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Reflashed at USCellular store today!
So far it feels like a brand new phone!
Signal strength at my house went from zero or one bar,
now it goes from two bars to three bars!
Love the new appearance of notification bar, and a few
Other differences, so far that I noticed.
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Ok, I did a battery pull and that mixed my screen to finally timeout like it should but I'm still having trouble with the "back" button on the browser. It works find when I am browsing inside the actual browser, it's when I make a shortcut of a website and put it on my home-screen is where it doesn't work properly. Anybody have a clue?
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Old September 1st, 2011, 08:06 PM   #46 (permalink)
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I notice that my bottom controls do light up when I touch the screen. No problems with the stock browser. I assume that I have the full update: 2.3.4 EH09?
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I notice that my bottom controls do light up when I touch the screen. No problems with the stock browser. I assume that I have the full update: 2.3.4 EH09?
From the home screen press Menu -> Settings -> About phone. Look at firmware & build number
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I updated mine myself with no problems other then some missing widgets. Looks great, seems to work ok so far.
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I had mine reflashed at the US Cellular store yesterday. The tech said it would take about 5 minutes because I already had the latest update prior and that he had not had anyone have anything, data or apps, wiped at all. It did take about 5 minutes and nothing was missing. There's a new app called 'downloads' that appeared. I don't like how the task manager now doesn't show how many open apps you have until you open the task manager itself. Other than that, I really like the way the navigation bar lights up when the screen is touched. It suits how I use my phone.
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It seems as though colors are more vibrant and pictures are super clear with this new update. And the light at the bottom function buttons does go on when you touch the screen....i think that's an improvement and makes sense. I thought something was wrong because it kept going on.
I recommend the update, and will update my wifes ASAP.
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