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Do yuo 'have to' root your phone to update to 2.1?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Grazuncle, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Grazuncle

    Grazuncle Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    this probably a real basic question to the regulars here.. but

    Is rooting necessary before updating the OS (2.1 in this instance) I did 'some' research and found that rooting is the entry to aking more control of the handset.. but not experienced enough to know the answer to this question.


  2. Portal23

    Portal23 Newbie

    no you do not need to root your phone to update it, i have heard that you can go into a samsung service center and they will officially update your phone, i have emailed samsung, and i am waiting for a reply to see if it is possible to update the phone via new pc studio.
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  3. Portal23

    Portal23 Newbie

    hi, i have just received the reply from samsung, this is what they said..

    Thank you for contacting Samsung Electronics UK regarding your GT-I5700.

    There is no official update for Android 2.1 as of yet. Samsung Head
    Office have advised they are looking in to creating this update but no
    information has yet been released on when it will become available. I
    would advise checking Samsung Mobile UK - Home occasionally as any
    notifications on the update will be available here.
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  4. Grazuncle

    Grazuncle Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Many thanks for taking the time to reply....

    Does anyone know a service centre?

  5. Portal23

    Portal23 Newbie

  6. Beerkan

    Beerkan Android Enthusiast

    You do NOT need to have your phone "rooted" to update the firmware. You just need the necessary programs to install the update, and of course the necessary firmware. These can be provided by either your phone provider or found online.

    In other words, there is 2 ways to update your phone.

    The the easy way, or there's the Official way.

    The Official way requires that you wait for your provider to issue an update for your phone, that they approve of. It may not be the latest version available, it may not be the most versatile, it may include their choice of program updates, and restrict your phone they way they want it. But, you remain inside their chosen parameters, and most lilkey remain inside warranty conditions.

    The easy way (read un-Official way), is to do it yourself. By following one of the many guides on how to do it yourself online.

    I have Android 2.1, installed by my own sweet self.

    To check your version,
    from your Phone
    About Phone

    Does it read
    Firmware version

    If not, you ain't on 2.1 then.
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