Last Updated: Mar 27,2010
How do you flash to Android 2.1 on a T-Mobile Samsung I5700.
Your device only can be flashed if you're sim is unlocked.
if it is follow this tutorial; Sameer Prabhakar - Mad Ramblings: Samsung I5700 (Galaxy SPICA) Android 2.1 Flashing Guide (Updated)
I don't want to pay to take off my sim lock but I want 2.1, if I attempt to flash the firmware while I have a sim lock on, will it brick?
I don't think it will even work, but no I don't think it will brick.
But in the guide says clearly it needs sim unlocked.. so yeah..
The guide is wrong, it worked fine, however I've downgraded back to a newer version of 1.5. The 2.1 beta seemed horribly laggy and slow. So I'm going to wait it out for the 2.1. I DO NOT recommend upgrading seriously, it's a nice preview of 2.1 but I believe it's a long way from finished, it's extremly slow, 1.5 is nice and smooth whilst 2.1 is as slowwer than a cheap touchscreen phone.
I already upgrades mine i didnt notice any different between 2.1 bera and 1.5 it can be slow because of the samsung home (pantheon) but i already rooted it and replaced with the standard android home
Even then, it's still not perfect and since I use my phone heavily I really want a more stable base. I was hoping it would be the actual OS just released early but by the looks of it it's not quite finished.
I totally agree with you on that! Its far from a finished product. I, at first, was very keen to flash my device to i570EDDJB2, but couldn't seem to do that for some reason. Now, when I've finally managed to do it, I immediately removed it from my device and reverted back to i5700XEIL5 (i5700DDIK2 - original). Following are "few things" those I found wrong atleast with i570EDDJB2:
-- Home screens lag horribly, while we swipe.
-- Free memory, at fresh install, remains 40-50MB even after task-killing (70-80MB with v1.5)
-- Very small-size handle for pull-up menu. Thumb doesn't land easily!
-- The UI that samsung designed from Camera App look ugly (sorry sam!) and custom looks are not native to Android at all. (I don't know if it's possible either.)
-- I experienced some color-banding particularly with android widgets. Don't know if it's specific to i5700 display only.
I totally missed out butter-smooth transitions of my good 'ol cupcake, could not miss it out for more, and dropped back to v1.5 finally
I believe it would be much better if samsung enable v2.1 to run on i5700 only functionality-wise, and leave-alone the UI part atleast. We don't want v2.1 struggling along custom-UIs all the time, which are good for nothing. i5700 is not a power-house. Its only +128MB of RAM and Plain Vanilla is what we expect.
It is because the home screen from samsung (Pantheon) it sucks and eats memory thats why we should use the normal home from android 2.1
The camera app design is the one from android lol. samsung didnt make it.
Thats what m saying lol!
Thats from samsung. Samsung made that design, and to confirm that see other models from samsung. Those all have a similar design, no matter whether they r symbians, java, or whatever! Take S5230 (java phone) for an example.
Get your facts straight!
I am currently using a modded ROM from forum.samdroid.net. It is simply awesome. No Pantheon, Live wallpapers, wysies phone.apk and contacts.apk and great animations. You guys might want to try it out if you dont mind using the google translate service .
did you install lkmod on a t-mobile phone uk ?
No, I have an unlocked Spica.
do you know how to backup my current rom?
as i would like to try the v2.1 rom
one more eclair ROM (I5700XXJBA ) published by samsung-firmware
to backup your data you need to have root access
That one was bugged I believe..
Your right, I believe that is the bugged one.
And skyline, I didn't backup my T-Mobile 1.5 firmware so I'm now on a some other 1.5 firmware, I'd reccomend you back your 1.5 up so you don't lose any features, and if you do manage to back it up, could you please upload it and send me a link, as I'd love to have my old 1.5 back
does anybody know how to backup your firmware a this is all that is stopping me trying the update
i have found some instructions but i dont know if they work
using a terminal or adb shell
dd if=/dev/bml5 of=/sdcard/factory.rfs
dd if=/dev/bml4 of=/sdcard/zimage
is this correct????? are these all i need to backup
Just flashed to the latest I570EXXJC3. For the record, the files those I got out of the package were not as friendly as we used to use with other ROMs. So, quickly figured it out that this is a single package and we need to check "One Package" checkbox from Odin to continue flash. Flash was like a charm and interestingly the performance is way much faster from the previous leaked ROM. Still exploring...
-- No Setup wizard at startup.
-- Cam-app has 'auto focus' ON; by default this time.
-- 'Spare Parts' app missing
-- (now posting from i5700); No separate keyboard other than a android one.
-- About phone >> Firmware version lists '2.1-update1', Baseband Version lists 'i5700XEIL5'
Cool! Any chance you could tell me whether or not the scrolling between the home screens is smoother now? As I'm hoping it will be the same speed as 1.5 soon or at least by the official release.
This is what I was more concerned about. Luckily, this time the swipe experience is way too cool. Home screens scroll fast (just slightly slower than v1.5, ya slightly!), menu transitions are fast, overall everything good! Definitely, this is not a ROM you use for a week and then fall back to v1.5. There's still room for few if not many improvements, for a day-to-day use, this ROM is the best out there I would say.
You couldn't post a youtube video or somthing of you just generally using the phone(and the awesome sliding experience!) because I don't want to flash again until everythings great and It'd really help me decide
Ya sure! But m afraid the quality would be not that good. I do not have an proper equipment. I tried and end up having blurry video
Reason why you should switch to 2.1:
Blue tooth file transfer
No lag at typing on the keyboard
New version of Google Maps
Easier to get root; Sameer Prabhakar - Mad Ramblings: Rooting & other goodies on the Samsung Galaxy SPICA I5700 (2.1 Firmware) - Updated
The sexy lock screen
and much more lol
Hi' I just flashed to I570EXXJC3 from i570EDDJB2 and when i check my firmware version (*#1234#) the phone says:
It seems to be working as it should but how do I upgrade the PHONE to I570EXXJC3 as well? Have I forgot to an option "check" in odin? I of course chose the "One Package" option and used the new spica ops.
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