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Is there even a point in me upgrading to 2.3.7? Or even 4.0?

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  1. bennylava

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    I have a samsung captivate (AKA galaxy S) SHG-I897. Been watching a lot of youtube videos and got it rooted and learned how to put it in download mode and how to use odin. But this isn't really about that phone itself. Cause this would really apply to any phone that one might consider updating.

    The phone came with 2.1. When 2.2 came out I got that, and then here lately 2.3.5 became available through samsung's KIES update program for the PC.

    But my question is.. is there even a reason for me to just go on and on updating? I know that I can update 2.3.5 to 2.3.7 (even though I don't know where to find the files to use in Odin) but what is the difference? I don't seem to notice any real improvement. My phone has not gotten any faster. I haven't noticed any real new functionality out of all these updates, over the years. Unlike with windows, which needs constant updates just to stay alive.

    The best gains I've seen with my phone have been through apps that I've downloaded, such as Titanium backup and Adfree and Angry Birds. So why should I even bother to upgrade to 2.3.7 or 4.0? What do I stand to gain?
     

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    Sometimes it's not all about new features, but more like bug fixes and stability.
     
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    Smaller updates tend to be bugfixes that may not necessarily be apparent to the end user. Sort of like Windows Update. You don't necessarily notice updates in functionality on your computer when you update, but they normally fix things under the hood that you will never notice. You might want to go to the phone's forum and see what the update brings to the phone.
     
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    2.3 updates like 2.3.5 to 2.3.7 are bug and stability fixes. That's why its still 2.3.XX... Android 4.0 is a huge leap forward in the terms that it offers hardware acceleration, which will make the phone faster. Although honestly, if the phone performs to your liking, you aren't obligated to update anyway.
     
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    I'm with ChanChan05 on this one. Technically it's up to you. If you are happy with what you have, I don't think you are forced to update. More than likely, you'll end up buying a new phone anyways and that phone will probably have ICS.
     
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    Ok thanks for the advice guys. What functionality can I gain out of updating to ICS? It seems to run fine on the Captivate according to various youtube vids. I mean hardware acceleration is cool and all, but my phone has never had a problem with speed ever since I ditched all the bloatware. Anything else on ICS really worth having?
     
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    Only tablets have honeycomb (3.0) ICS is a combination of gingerbread and honeycomb. ICS is a big leap forward and adds new features. But as the above posts mentioned, if you like your phone the way it is than don't get the update. It's your choice. :)
     
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    Only thing I saw that I'd really like to have is that it lets you take 1080p pictures. For me that alone makes the whole thing worth it. Anyone happen to know offhand where I can get the ICS 4.04 file for use with Odin?
     
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    1080p videos require specific hardware like a dual core chip, last time I checked. It doesn't mean that if you have ICS, you can have all the features higher end phones have.
     
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    Cool thanks I was kind of wondering about that.

    Do you guys think that Samsung will ever put ICS on Kies so that one can easily update? They do seem to slowly get there, in their own sweet time lol. So maybe I can just wait until samsung finally puts ICS on kies?
     
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    ICS is already on Kies for phones that support it. However, they already announced that the Galaxy S and its variants do not have enough processing power to provide a smooth experience on their TouchWiz-skinned ICS, so you'd have to look at custom ROMs.
     
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    What is touchwiz skinned? Is that just the touch interface or something? I noticed that they used to use touchwiz on some of their older, non android phones.
     
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    TouchWiz is the interface Samsung put on their phones. Its sort of like a launcher, but it goes deeper than the launcher. The contacts app, the dialer, the sms app, the notification, bar, the entire Android OS on the phone is touchwiz-skinned. Hmm, maybe its better to refer to it as Samsung's TouchWiz ROM. If you would check out HTC phones, they're different because they are Sense-skinned.
     

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