Switch from Gingerbread to FroyoGeneral


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  1. mach101

    mach101 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi all,
    First of all I am completely new to Android, and I want to downgrade to Froyo, to test the performance of Froyo to see whether it is better choice for my Samsung Galaxy Gio.
    Also I have seen on Google that there is a new update version 2.3.4, but Kies do not update this for me.

    Hope someone can tell how to downgrade.

    thanks in advance
     

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  2. karandpr

    karandpr Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to android Forums

    You will need to learn how to use Download Mode and how to flash a phone via odin
    Both the tutorial
    (Flash Guide) and the Froyo firmware are available here

    You have to register your account there to download firmwares and guides

    Gio is GT-S5660

    Personally speaking ,Gingerbread is more CPU optimized than Froyo since I own a similar device with same class processor (ARM11v6Vfp) and GB is a better choice than Froyo .

    Note that Changing from Froyo to Gingerbread or vice versa includes flashing the Bootloader files .

    If the files are corrupted or the USB connection or the USB port is faulty ,you have 30 p.c chance of totally bricking the phone .

    Also you may need a firmware with the bootloader files or else Froyo wont work on gingerbread bootloader

    Finally If you are completely new to android than I will suggest skipping the "downgrade" process since it has risks not worth the time (even more than rooting the phone )
     
  3. mach101

    mach101 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks for the reply Karandpr.
    It sounds that it is not so easy as I thought it to be. The reason I want to downgrade is because I have read at some forums that people mentioned they had better battery life when Froyo was installed. I experience that the battery consumes quite fast with regard to my usage.

    I also have an iPhone 4 and so I am not that new to smartphones, but this is my first Android, and I can easily see the difference between these two phones battery performances.
     
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    karandpr Well-Known Member

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    Probably .but trust me ,gingerbread is more cpu optimised than froyo .
    The main battery culprits are wifi,data/3G and screen.
    I suppose when you get a radio update via kies ,you may find a bump in battery performance .
     
  5. mach101

    mach101 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I guess I wait for a while and see if I can improve the battery or as you said get an update for the wifi that will improve it.

    Do you know if there is a special program for de/activating of 3G and mobile data? I can't figure it out how to from mobiles own programs.
     
  6. mach101

    mach101 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Is rooting the phone "safe"? Would it help to get more control of the items that drain the battery?
     
  7. TweakAndroid

    TweakAndroid Active Member

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    Do some research befroe you downgrade. Gingerbread actually increased battery life for the Gio.

    Downgrading will be a waste of time. Get a battery saver app like Easy battery saver, get a program that controls autorunning programs and close everything in the background if you are not using them.
     

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