Samsung released the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Galaxy S in October, last year. However, it was only at the beginning of this year that the Samsung Galaxy S variants in the U.S got the Android 2.2 Froyo update.
Recently, Sammy started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S and other Galaxy branded devices over the different regions of the world. However, Samsung did not mention anything whether the various Galaxy S variants in the U.S will get the Gingerbread love or not.
Now, the folks over at SamFirmware have managed to get their hands on not one, but two, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread based firmware for the AT&T version of the Galaxy S the Samsung Captivate. One firmware (I897UCKF1) carries the build date of June 8th, while the second one (I897UCKE3) has a recent build date of June 26.
The carriers in the U.S. are evil about rolling out Android updates. They play a major role in delaying Android updates of various handsets, and if they do, load it up with lots of bloat ware. While this firmware leak confirms that the Captivate will get the Gingerbread update, don’t expect the update to land anytime soon.
The Samsung Galaxy S branded devices were among the most popular Android handsets last year. The Galaxy S had a powerful hardware, a brilliant screen, and most importantly a relatively easy to unlock boot loader.
Even though the phone was pretty open’, the sources released by Samsung were very poor. This severely limited the modding capabilities of the Galaxy S. Nearly all the custom ROMs for the Galaxy S were based on stock Samsung ROMs, and hardly offered any new feature except for speed improvements. Sadly, this meant no AOSP ROMs for the Galaxy S series were available until now.
There were a few developers who were working on porting CyanogenMod 7 f0r the Galaxy S. They did release quite a few builds, but until now this port was not officially supported by the CM team. However, now CM7 for the Galaxy S handsets has been merged with the main CM mainline, which means it will be getting official support from the CM team. This is all due to the hard work of the developers atinm, codeworkx, dumdidum, unhelpful, and coolya.
Currently, CM7 for Galaxy S, Vibrant and the Captivate are in nightly’ status. I have been using the nightly for quite some time on my Galaxy S now, and I must say that the build is stable enough for daily use. There are no major bugs, except that switching between 2G and 3G mode with the data connection will put the phone in a boot loop. The nightly status also means ROM updates will come out every night.
Another major advantage is that Galaxy S owners can now easily install CM7 on their rooted Galaxy S using ROM Manager.
The Samsung Galaxy S series of handsets have been selling like hot cakes all over the world. However, the phones have their share of issues including poor GPS signal and lag’ or stalling’ issue. The modding community at XDA came up with many different lag fixes’ but all these fixes had one issue or another.
However, one of the most talented developers in the Samsung Galaxy S modding scene Supercurio completely fixed the lag issue with his Voodoo kernel‘. Now, supercurio has come up with another awesome mod for the Galaxy S series of handsets Voodoo sound. The Galaxy S handsets are using a Wolfson WM8994 Sound CODEC which is one of the best audio chipsets for smartphones.
However, Samsung did not take the full advantage of the CODEC and wrote a badly coded driver for the chip, which is typical of them. Being a music junkie that supercurio is- he started working on improving the music quality of the Galaxy S devices.
The result Voodoo sound. He released the first version of the mod a few days ago. The first version of Voodoo sound allows users to increase the analog’ sound level by using the Voodoo App. By increasing the analog’ sound level, users will get the best SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) and the lowest hiss possible while playing music on their phone.
Along with this, the first version of Voodoo sound also improves the FM audio quality and the bass on the Galaxy S by a huge margin.
I will suggest all Galaxy S owners to try out the Voodoo sound mod. They simply need to flash any kernel out there for the Galaxy S which has the Voodoo sound patch integrated. They can find tons of tutorials over at the XDA forums on how to flash a kernel on the Galaxy S.
The Galaxy S handset series from Samsung were expected to get the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update by the end of last month. Sadly, Samsung failed to meet the said deadline and pushed the release back to the last week of October. This surely left all the Galaxy S users disappointed. Nevertheless, Samsung Captivate AT&T’s variant of the Galaxy S owners should rejoice as the folks at XDA have managed to get hold of a leaked Android 2.2 firmware – I897UCJI6.
Most of the Captivate owners who flashed this leaked firmware have been downright impressed with it. Not only does this firmware improve the GPS performance of the device, it also enables Mobile AP (Access Point) feature! Flash 10.1 is pre-installed and works like a charm on heavy flash based websites.
There are many more nice changes in this leaked firmware and I would definitely suggest Captivate owners to flash to this firmware. Here is the link to the thread over at XDA Developers.
Samsung and AT&T have just announced that they will be releasing a software update for the Samsung Captivate. Earlier today, Verizon had also announced a software update for the Samsung Vibrant. Both the Samsung Vibrant and the Captivate belong to the Galaxy S series of handset from Samsung.
This software update from AT&T is aimed at improving the performance of the device and will also include QuickOffice. The OTA update is 12MB in size.
However, many of the popular tech blogs including Engadget are reporting that this update (JH7) is also aimed at improving the GPS performance of the device.
An update to improve the Samsung Captivate’s GPS performance is now available. Captivate customers will receive a notification on their device that an update is available and will simply need to download the file to update their phone. The updates will be pushed to customers’ devices over the next few weeks.
The update for the Captivate will also improve additional device functions, such as media scanning time, add the full version of Quickoffice and address Microsoft Exchange 2003 policy support.
Surprisingly, I am unable to find the link to the above press release in AT&T’s website. Even Captivate owners on XDA forums are reporting that this update did not fix the GPS issue for them.
AT&T only mentions about this software update at the bottom of this page and it does not mention anything about the GPS performance fix. It looks like someone has spread a rumor about the GPS fix here or maybe someone from Samsung’s PR sent wrong information to these blogs? It might be also possible that AT&T forgot to mention about the GPS fix in their change-log.
Yesterday, A hacker at XDA Developers, dagentooboy discovered that the unlock codes for all Samsung Galaxy S devices, including the T-Mobile Vibrant and the AT&T Captivate, are stored on the phone itself.
The unlock codes for Galaxy S devices are stored in a .BAK file on the device itself, which you can read using a HEX editor. You can then obtain the code, key it in and unlock the device to use any SIM card of your choice.
There are many ways to get unlock codes online, but all of them cost between $10 – $20. This method is free to use and involves only a few easy steps. You don’t even need to root your phone and can always lock your phone back using the same code in case of any warranty issues. It can’t get better (or easier) than this.
To know how you can Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy S (T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate) for free, check out this Galaxy S Unlock tutorial by XDA Developers.
When it was first announced, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was one of the best Android smartphones. However, soon after its launch, Samsung, Motorola and HTC came out with their own Android superphones which were much better than the Xperia 10.
The Xperia X10 has been available on AT&T for $149.99 with a contract since quite some time now. Now Amazon is offering the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 for only $49.99 with the contract. It is the best pricing you can find online.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 – $49.99 – Amazon
You can check out the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Preview here
Even the Samsung Captivate, AT&T’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S is available for the same price — $49.99 on Amazon with a contract. It is easily one of the best Android smartphones out there, and at this price, it’s an awesome deal.
Samsung Captivate – $49.99 – Amazon
Check out the Samsung Galaxy S (AT&T Captivate) Review
Two weeks ago we told you about two applications which lets you root your Samsung Vibrant or the Samsung Captivate in just a single click. Now if you’d follow our site, you would have noticed that TGA_Gunnman commented on that post saying he has released an application which allows you to root the Galaxy S in just a single click. Now, the one-click application to root Galaxy S has been updated, and works under Windows as well as Mac. Yes, now even Mac users can root their Samsung Galaxy S in just a single click.
The application supports rooting both Android 2.1 Firmwares, and Android 2.2 firmwares. Along with rooting, this application also installs Busybox Installer and SuperUser on your phone. Here is the link to the thread.
TGA_Gunnman has also promised to release an application to root the Samsung Vibrant in a single click, whenever its launched.
The Samsung Galaxy S is easily one of the best Android phones to date and has record sales across the globe. There are many variants of the Samsung Galaxy S, namely the AT&T Captivate and the T-Mobile Vibrant. Even the upcoming Sprint Epic 4G is based on the Galaxy S.
However, most of the Galaxy S phones have been having GPS issues. The problems range from not being able to get a lock on any satellites, bad GPS reception and GPS not functioning properly when using apps like Google Maps.
Many users have been complaining about it but there hasn’t been any response from Samsung’s end. Today, however, Samsung let out a tweet which said that
“We’re testing software to optimize GPS on US Galaxy S. Expected updates avail. in Sept. Details & download to follow.”
Even Carla Saavedra, Samsung Web Product Analyst tweeted the same thing.
“#Samsung is testing software to optimize #GPS on Galaxy S phones. Look for updates in September. Details & download instructions to follow.”
It’s a bit late, but it’s good to know that Samsung is working on it. How has your experience been with GPS on the Galaxy S? Leave a comment to let us know.
Last week we told you about an application which lets you root the Motorola Droid X in just a single click. Now, TGA_gunnman over at XDA-Developers has developed an application which allows Samsung Captivate users to root their handset in a single click. The application offers the ability to both root and un-root the phone in just a single clock.
The Samsung Captivate is the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S. The application will work on any firmware for the Captivate, but only on an Android 2.1 based ROM. Here is the link to the thread. Another version of the application is also available for the Samsung Vibrant. However, none of the application will work for the European version of the Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Fascinate.
Hopefully, the developer will soon release an updated version of the application which will allow users to root the Fascinate and the Galaxy S in just a single click.