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Friday, February 18, 2011
- XDA Dev Forum especially the link http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=781149 based on which this article has been written.
- www.SamFirmware.com – Site which contains the link for the firmware.
- Wi-Fi Tethering
- Ability to install apps on the SD card instead of Phone Memory (which is just around 150 MB for Samsung Galaxy 5 handset).
- Download and unzipped Odin and Ops file as linked on the forum http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=781149
- Next question was a tricky one, that which firmware should be used for my phone. I started with the Asia version of the firmware (I5508ZNJP3 Android 2.2 - Froyo (Asia)) , but the touch screen would not work on Samsung 5 (I5003) phone in India as it is built for resistive touch screen and not a capacitive touch screen.
- Finally I zeroed down on the USA firmware (I5500LUYJP2 Android 2.2 - Froyo (USA)) for which the installation process went pretty smoothly.
- Rest of the steps have to be followed as mentioned http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=781149 except Step #2 where we have been told to select multiple files. This is not the case while updating to this firmware as we would just extract a single tar file from this rar file. As a result we need to select “One Package Option” and then select the tar file as the last option (Screenshot to be attached)
- Do not forget to do a factory reset after installation is successful by pressing the keys *2767*3855#
- After this your language would be set to Spanish, to set it back to English go to “Settings” menu from the home screen and select the 11th option from the top which contains the icon “A” and select the language English. Kindly note that this firmware version does not contain any Indian languages.
- You can finally install applications on the Memory Card (SD)
- Wi-Fi Tethering is built out of the box.
- The nasty alarm problem seems to have been solved since the past few days http://vikram-kumar.blogspot.com/2011/02/alarm-problem-in-android-21-samsung.html
The icons for the applications installed on the SD card go away after restart. This can be circumvented by installing an application like “Launcher Pro” from the Android Market http://market.android.com/details?id=com.fede.launcher. Alternatively you could also stop TWLauncher (Samsung Touch Wiz) service from Settings Manage Applications. Once you go back to the home menu, it restarts on it’s own and brings back the lost icons.
- Some people have reported the compass to be broken on this firmware, though I haven’t use compass nor do I plan to use it hence can’t confirm this.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Being addicted to voice based Navigation, I stumbled across Waze (http://world.waze.com) for Android. I had used Waze on my Symbian device before, but was not impressed primarily due to it's sluggish behaviour on the underpowered handset.
But once I installed Waze on my Samsung Galaxy 5 device, I was in bit of a pleasant surprise. The voice based navigation works as a charm, and POI (Points Of Interest) search also fetches results from Google. Additionally at the time of writing I guess Waze is the only navigation software providing real time traffic updates (Based on Social collaboration).
Waze also provides other regular features like your speed, ETA, time remaining for travel etc. Also it is supposed to use most frequently used routes and propose new routes accordingly.
On the flipside the maps are not stored locally(This is one luxury which was only available with Nokia OVI Maps, even Google Maps currently does not support this), though the data transfer is not humongous.
Two thumbs up for WAZE and definitely a must try, if you would love using GPS on your Android Handset in India.
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
- Shipped with Android 2.1 which offers a hosts of additional features on the prior version of Android.
- The voice quality is actually superb, much better than the Nokia handset I was using for the past 1.5 years.
- Good Network reception, GPS receiver and built in speaker (though not stereo)
- Integration with Google works like a charm.
- Lastly but not the least, Android means option of millions of apps unleashing the true potential of your phone.
- Battery life is a big bummer (mine hasn't lasted for more than a day with high usage and and synchronization on).
- Camera is another let down (an just 2 MP, no flash and no autofocus), If you would like decent photos (other than just sharing online or regular 4X6 prints) I would recommend you look out for some other phone.
- Google still does not support Voice Navigation in India, so if you want voice Navigation you would need to shell out some extra amount (I opted for mapmyindia and it works great for me).
- Not sure about it's upgrade to Android 2.2. Though rumoour has it that it might get an upgrade in Q1 this year http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_i5500 , but no official announcement from Samsung on this. Unless this happens it means you wouldn't be able to install applications on the SD card (Until you install a custom firmware, which looks possible search XDA forums) and no wifi tethering unless you root the phone (again possible, search XDA forums)