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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by cvam1985, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. cvam1985

    cvam1985 Well-Known Member
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    Just a heads up to anyone who uses Samsungs PC Studio (I don't)

    The folks at Samsungmomentforum are reporting that there's a new firmware update for the Moment and installing it bricks the phone.

    Just a heads up to anyone in case you thought of upgrading.

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  2. ned23

    ned23 Member

    I need a brick. My table is wobbly.
  3. kahale

    kahale Android Enthusiast

    New Firmware (SPH-M900_CL14_MR) + It has the recovery partition.

    interesting read. im disappointed in samsung. how can they release such crap.
  4. ovrrdrive

    ovrrdrive Android Expert

    can you link the thread?

    I looked all over that board and didn't see it. I also checked for an update and didn't have anything available either.
  5. kahale

    kahale Android Enthusiast

    ^ click on the blue link in my post.
  6. ovrrdrive

    ovrrdrive Android Expert

    I did.We were typing at the same time. ;)

    Sounds like bad news in this update...
  7. agent0014

    agent0014 Android Enthusiast

    Hmm... I'll have to look again but that's not how I read it at all when I saw this earlier. From what I read, there's new files in PC Studio but it wouldn't try to update (and ultimately brick) your phone in any normal circumstances... the only way people are bricking is by trying to force the update in a very technical-hacky sort of way.

    Of course correct me if I'm wrong, it's happened before lol.
  8. jen8112

    jen8112 Android Enthusiast

    Ya that doesn't sound like it was an update sent to his phone and it screwed it. He forced it on there and screwed himself. ;)
  9. dbpaddler

    dbpaddler Android Expert

    totally sounds like a dumb*ss move on his part. No word from Sprint or Samsung about an update. Word was the update would be done OTA, and they force something via studio that wouldn't even load properly from the get go.
  10. Yes it requires a modified OPS file and ODIN to force the firmware upgrade... This isn't a standard "go to sprint and they will update it"... The main reason was to attempt to figure out how the recovery partition works and see if the firmware fixes some of the more common problems.. Why samsung would release firmware that the general consumer can download that bricks a phone is something we are attempting to figur eout
  11. chibucks

    chibucks Android Enthusiast

    umm... these are the same people that are helping us root the phone and give us more capabilities... i'd leave your first comment to yourself as these guys know more about the phone than the majority of us.
  12. dbpaddler

    dbpaddler Android Expert

    I'm all for them tinkering with it, but there's no notification on sprint's or samsung's website about the release. Just an update via studio that could've gone live by accident. Not one person has bothered to follow up with sprint or samsung about it. They just whined incessantly on twitter and the forum. And they continue complaining they keep bricking phones. Well if you're going to try and breakdown the MR and apply it, then it should be reasonable to expect you might brick a phone or two.

    One guy was pretty reasonable about it over there and has broken it down to where a couple of the files have made the phone more stable, and some other small improvement that I can't recall off the top of my head.

    They also complain about samsung in general and their poor support and bug riddled phones and updates. Don't think anyone forced them to ne repeat customers. Isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results?

    In my younger days I had the time and patience to deal with custom roms and such. I just don't care anymore. Don't have the time and can't afford the downtime if things go awry. So more power to them for their efforts which I did applaud over at that forum. Just the whining and overreaction to it like this is the official MR is a bit premature considering there was zero confirmation of its release, and wan't it mentione it would also be OTA? Don't believe it was ever mentioned we'd need to install studio to make it happen especially when many if not most have no need to install the program in the first place.
  13. jen8112

    jen8112 Android Enthusiast

    Does this mean an "official" release of an update that may take care of our bugs on the horizon? I don't complain too much about the bugs though. I mean what do we expect from a first release of a new phone with a new OS?!
  14. Yes it does mean there is a fix coming out hopefully.. Zefie confirmed that the "Use wireless network" appears to be working in a hybrid rom and the battery meter is more accurate..

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The Samsung Moment release date was November 2009. Features and Specs include a 3.2" inch screen, 3MP camera, GB RAM, processor, and 1440mAh battery.

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