I5700 Galaxy Spica/lite officially gets Android 2.1General


  1. andy-roid

    andy-roid Well-Known Member

  2. Sto

    Sto Member

    So after waiting and waiting and patiently waiting, and then getting fed up with waiting, I downloaded Odin and JCE and got myself all set to upgrade "unofficially". Then I read about lost APN settings, random reboots, bricked devices and voided warranties and chickened out. Rather than sit idly by though I thought I'd check out what T-Mobile (I'm in the UK) and Samsung had to say about it.

    T-Mobile online help was useless. To be fair, they phoned in response to my email within five minutes, but explained that I should upgrade my phone by downloading 2.1 from AndroidMarket.com! A nonsense answer that I chose to ignore. The Twitter guys were much better (@TmobileUKhelp). "...we are awaiting confirmation... we will tweet and post on our forums T-Mobile Discussions - Discussions - UK Forums as soon as we hear." I'm not sure that they'll hear anything before we do, but if anybody's worth asking, they seem to be the ones who have some idea of what I'm talking about.

    I've emailed Samsung three times.

    First answer: "Please be advised that currently there is not an update available for the Samsung Android handsets to 1.6, 2.0 or 2.1 released in the UK.
    "We do not have further information about future upgrades; however please refer to our website, www.uk.samsungmobile.com for further updates on this issue"

    Second answer: "With regard to your enquiry, although some versions of the i5700 have
    Android OS v2.1, these units are the Eclair variant - in the UK, we have the Cupcake variant, which is running OS v1.5.
    "The best place to find out about updates available in the UK would be via the Samsung Mobile - Home website or by calling us. Alternatively, as these units are on T-Mobile, you may be able to obtain information from them.
    "At this moment, we do not have a date for any updated version of the OS from v1.5."

    Both, IMHO, pretty poor answers too. We all know there's no such thing as a Cupcake variant and I'm sure that Samsung does, in fact, have more information about future upgrades.

    My latest question asks whether acquiring the JCE firmware and flashing with Odin is considered official. I'm pretty sure that I know what the answer will be, but I'm trying to elicit a meaningful response now that the official upgrade is available in ROI as well as France, Germany, Finland and Norway. Are there any other countries that anyone is aware of?

    I'll let you know if and when they respond.
  3. andy-roid

    andy-roid Well-Known Member

    I don't think t mobile will have any thing to do with the update as the phone hasn't got any t mobile branding like web and walk or t mobile on start up I just think its just sim locked to them..but I might be wrong
  4. svkndv

    svkndv Well-Known Member

    Wow! 503 replies 29224 Views, This thread rocks!. When I started this thread I thought samsung will release its update soon and we all move on to queries related to 2.1 feature.

    Thanks to samsung :). If samsung goes at this pace we know we will talking same stuff on this 2010 Christmas as well. Wish you the same fate of i-mate

    Thanks samsung-firmwares.com and odin for keeping us upto-date
    maciunio likes this.
  5. lefizz

    lefizz New Member

    Can i just check that people who have recently updated via odin still have a valid IMEI number on their phones since i have read of several people who phone had a blank number after upgrade.

    Basiclly i really want to upgrade but living in spain on a teachers wage i really cant hoses my new phone 2 weeks into a 18 month contract. I have heard of no-one actually damaging their phones but a blank IMEI might get me barred over here on my network (Yoigo)

    Any replies very gratefully recieved.

    Lefizz
  6. Norwegian1

    Norwegian1 Active Member

    Well, I have updated with the Odin and still have a valid IMEI number.. everything works just fine on my phone.
  7. lefizz

    lefizz New Member

    Effing Marvelous, did the update to JCF and now i have no 3g at all.

    I tried adding the details for my operator in Spain, Yoigo manually and that hasnt helped.

    Some choice words are flying about.

    Should i try a different rom?
  8. gusto5

    gusto5 Well-Known Member

    LOLOL!!! Samsung Canada just gave me the worst reply ever:

    I obviously fired one back about the official press release ;)
  9. andy-roid

    andy-roid Well-Known Member

    2.1 update is out in Indonesia
  10. nx1977

    nx1977 Well-Known Member

    Sounding more like a T-mobile allowing release issue.

    But the Hero is due it's 2.1 update sometime now, so perhaps T-mobile will release it at the same time?
  11. rusky

    rusky Well-Known Member

    Great, that means the roll out on europe must be complete:rolleyes:
  12. kingdave

    kingdave Well-Known Member


    Keep chasing them on that point and let us know what they say please!!
  13. redpyramid

    redpyramid Member

    ideally it should be about the official release but because of Samsung's incompetence, it has become about non-release, broken promises and how else to get it
    there wouldn't be ANY posts about odin if samsung would actually release
    People have become SICK of waiting for samsung and noone has ANY clue IF and when theyre going to deliver

    are you sure you don't mean npc 1.3?
    I pulled up Samsung Ireland's Spica page here:
    Download Center SAMSUNG
    and theyve got
    Kies/PC Sync 1.5
    NPC 1.3

    wow thanks svkndv you rock!!!!

    samsung are taking the f-ing piss, they announce the upgrade and then say that
  14. svkndv

    svkndv Well-Known Member

    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]*#06# will show up the IMIE number, I too saw many people reporting their IMIE is showing us "0" in samsung kies and PC studio. Dont worry device shows the actual IMIE number, problem is with the samsung software which report wrong IMIE number.

    These all proves that samsung is not competent enough to maintain android devices. They are in the learning phase.
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  15. eluria

    eluria Member

  16. antikryst

    antikryst Active Member

    cant wait... im in the philippines. ill try to update once its official in neighboring countries like singapore.

    is it really available in indonesia officially?
  17. dorayakikun

    dorayakikun New Member

    yes, it is ;)
  18. andy-roid

    andy-roid Well-Known Member

    the uk update must have to go to t mobile first
  19. paarsand

    paarsand Active Member

    Where does it say that its out oficially?
  20. andy-roid

    andy-roid Well-Known Member


    where do you mean
  21. Sto

    Sto Member

    I've received a reply from Samsung UK concerning use of Odin and expected release of 2.1 in the UK:

    D'Oh! I too have responded by pointing them at their own press release. Sigh.
  22. andy-roid

    andy-roid Well-Known Member

  23. Sto

    Sto Member

    It's only branding I reckon. No difference other than what's on the box.

    In other news, I just got a note from T-Mobile saying that the update will come from them, not Samsung:

    So that explains the delay.
  24. andy-roid

    andy-roid Well-Known Member

    if you look at ireland some of them have updated and theres is called the spica not portal
  25. andy-roid

    andy-roid Well-Known Member

    just phoned t mobile they dont suport android 2.1
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