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is there an update to android 1.6?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by gamer8, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. gamer8

    gamer8 Newbie
    Thread Starter


    i'm having samsung galaxy with 1.5 android right now.
    i heard that there's a firmware that updates it to 1.6..

    1) where can i find it?

    2) is there a tutorial of how to install it?

    3) do i need to backup anything before? and how? (maybe internet connection settings?)

    4) can someone please put a short summary about this update? is it worth updating? is it buggy?

    5) is it official?

    6) will i have the keyboard with the language i want? if not, how do i get the language back?

    i was reading here a bit, and got confused with all those firmwares.

    Thanks alot

  2. DaSchmarotzer

    DaSchmarotzer Blame it on me

    I answered your private message with a lot of details which I don't feel like explaining again, so I'll just say read the stickied threads. ;)
  3. inFECT

    inFECT Android Enthusiast

    1) here

    2) yes

    3) no

    4) no, use galaxo.

    5) yes

    6) depends.

    Afterall. Welcome to the Forum. But DaSchmarotzer is right. Read the Stickys.
  4. chronodekar

    chronodekar Well-Known Member

    You respond to PMs from people who don't even have a single post here? :eek: I have a new-found respect for you now !!

    DaSchmarotzer likes this.
  5. kevinlin9414

    kevinlin9414 Lurker

    Is it possible ?

  6. informale

    informale Android Enthusiast

  7. Lelouch

    Lelouch Android Enthusiast

    Samsung gave up on a update. They care more for selling the new phones then giving a proper support for it (no money income from this). :p
  8. informale

    informale Android Enthusiast

    it's not that straight forward. If they updated i7500 to 2.1/2.2., I would be a happy customer, and I would possibly buy a Samsung, not in one year, but in two or three years. Now though, I will not buy Samsung at all, or at least the chance of me buying it is much smaller.
  9. chronodekar

    chronodekar Well-Known Member

    For better or worse, the ONLY company that (I've seen) who does updates with a customer focus is Apple. Anyone else, just doesn't seem to put in enough software resources for it. They prefer to churn out new hardware.

  10. Meh

    Meh Well-Known Member

    Contacted Samsung this week.

    My email to Samsung ref 1.6-


    Please can you advise if/when we may expect an update to the version of Android on the i7500. Currently UK users are still on Android 1.5 whereas some European users are on Android 1.6.

    Android is meant to be the platform that always allows users to update their software to receive the best experience throughout the life of the handset. However we are being deprived of Android 1.6, 2.0, 2.1, and 2.2. Whilst it is understood by the community that the i7500 can only reasonably handle Android 1.6, it is obvious that it can handle as Samsung have provided the update for other users.

    Obviously there will be a time when a handset cannot handle the latest version of Android, however it seems that us early adopters of your first Android handset were cut adrift very early in the anticipated life-cycle of the handset, certainly not what we were expecting.

    Therefore, as I asked earlier, please could you advise if or when we may receive an update to our handsets?

    Or, failing an update being available, do you have any of the free Galaxy S handsets that you were giving away to unhappy iPhone customers left for an unhappy i7500 customer?

    Kind Regards,

    (my name)

    Their reply to me-

    Dear (my name)

    Thank you for contacting Samsung Electronics.

    Customer Reference: (my query ref num)
    In response to your email regarding the I7500, please be advised that
    currently theupdate for this handset is in development. We do not have
    a release date for this update as yet.
    This issue has been passed to our development team and has been raised
    with Head Office as well. There is a solution in development and will be
    forthcoming shortly.
    Please keep checkingthe website for updates on these issues.
    Please be advised your details have now been logged and we will be in
    contacted when the updates becomes available.
    Kind regards,
    (guy at Samsung)
  11. informale

    informale Android Enthusiast

    Why did the letter get so illiterate by the end? )

    Anyway, great effort, but I don't think anything big is going to happen. Except, perhaps, the will release 1.6 for the UK officially (didn't realise until now, 1.6 is still not official in the UK!)
  12. chronodekar

    chronodekar Well-Known Member

    I have no idea what the status in my country (India) is, but the situation is just SAD.

  13. Lelouch

    Lelouch Android Enthusiast

    The situation is overall SAD regarding the official updates for the Galaxy I7500 phones.
    But thanks to some enthusiastic group of developers the situation isn't so black, dim or whatever.
  14. gamer8

    gamer8 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I don't get it..are they (samsung) working on a 1.6 firmware or something newer?
    anyway, i updated to galaxo 1.6...it works ok..thanks for the support guys...

    some annoying bugs in galaxo:
    when i click on the home screen inside some application, it does go to the home screen, but it also kills that application.

    phone sometimes shut down without a reason

    the phone becomes laggy with the app: screeble lite (only when u turn it on..if it runs in the startup it works fine...weird..).

    the phone is laggy sometimes, or gets stuck so bad that u gotta take the battery out.
  15. Lelouch

    Lelouch Android Enthusiast

    Sam*censored* apparently writes different answers according to region of the world. Maybe, just maybe (I don't believe in it) like someone wrote they will release 1.6 Android in UK. But why would you want to have android 1.6 aka Donut on your phone, when a group of developers (give a beer to drakaz & co.) are working there ass off to bring us 2.2 Android Froyo on our phone.

    About Galaxo, maybe someone using it can help you there.
  16. gamer8

    gamer8 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    what's the point of this 2.2? the phone is probably too weak to run it anyway..
    all the games that require android 2.1+ won't run well either.
    the only thing that would work is BT.

    oh and another annoying bug in galaxo..it force closes on everything possible all the time..lol..
    when i click on "wait" insted of force closing, everything works fine..
  17. schremer

    schremer Lurker

  18. jozbuk

    jozbuk Lurker

    Has anyone anywhere on the planet actually had an official 1.6. For work reasons I cant go the unofficial route!
  19. jozbuk

    jozbuk Lurker

    I have been amusing myself posting the i7500 story on review sites for the Galaxy S. If enough of us do this it might put a few people off buying a Samsung.. I will be interested to see if they ever provide Froyo on the S
  20. MichaelW

    MichaelW Android Enthusiast

    No. Latest official O2 UK is IK4 or IK5 I believe, still 1.5.
  21. dryhte

    dryhte Well-Known Member

    Yes, KPN users in the Netherlands have.


    (XEN seems to be a code for KPN Hi or something like that)

    The thread contains a download link too.

    EDIT: also, when you use FUS downloader with the default text in the input fields, it will point you a VIA firmware with the same JC2/JB2 PDA and Phone versions.
  22. weasel

    weasel Android Enthusiast

    See for i7500L users, an official update is really needed. Although GAOSP is great, there are parts of our phone that is still sitting at 1.5 ( the amss ). Now I don't know if an official Donut amss for L users would be of benefit, or not, but I would like all of my phone upgraded.
  23. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Extreme Android User

    amss is just the radio and wifi stack, its not important to be up to date if the phone is getting signal properly within your environment
  24. weasel

    weasel Android Enthusiast

    True enough. Makes me wonder if they made any improvements since cupcake.

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