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FIRMWARE: Samsung releases Galaxy GT-I7500 ROM Update [UPDATE2]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 09.09.09 - 14:21:50 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 83554x
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Samsung has just released a new Android firmware version for the Samsung GT-I7500 Galaxy which replaces the previously released firmware - which had some nasty bugs like device resets, etc and which didn't brought any obvious improvements except cosmetics.
This isn't a Cupcake to Donut upgrade at all but is said bring better device stability as well as improved battery run-time. Furthermore, Samsung added a new application called "Switchers". This allows to turn on/off GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and Auto sync from the programs menu instead of going deep into the system settings. Unfortunately, Switchers isn't available as a home screen widget at all but it runs as an application from the home screen anyway.

As before, the firmware (version IH8) is updated through Samsung's New PC Studio and is therefore only available for Windows users of the Samsung Galaxy. Furthermore, the firmware is downloaded directly through the New PC Studio so make sure you have a fast Internet connection available on your update PC.

UPDATE: Hold-on with the update! After the update we've noticed a problem with the phone process which Android kills shortly after the PIN entry (see here). As a result, voice calls and data connections aren't possible anymore!
UPDATE2: Okay, a hard reset (Settigs -> SD card & phone storage -> Factory data reset) fixed the above mentioned problem. After the hard reset (which wipes out the phone memory for sure but not the internal flash meory - so please make sure to back-up all your data first), the Galaxy works normal again incl. phone calls as well as data connections. Too bad that neither the New PC Studio recommends, that a hard reset is required nor that the device isn't performing this hard reset by itself.

Cheers ~ Arne


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