Samsung Galaxy S Froyo 2.2.1 Firmware Upgrade Using Kies

I?EUR(TM)ve just upgraded my Samsung Galaxy S firmware from version 2.2 (DXJPA) to version 2.2.1 (DXJPE). Some improvements for the 2.2.1 firmware include:

  • Lag fix (oh-yeah!)
  • GPS fix
  • Upgrades to Contacts, Camera, Video and Music Player, Browser, Gallery, YouTube, Phone Dialer and Keyboard

This is a follow-up to my previous guide on upgrading firmware from 2.1 Eclair to 2.2 Froyo using Kies.

Note: This guide applies to SGS GT-I9000 phone bought from Malaysia. I am not sure if it applies to phones from other countries.

As usual, make sure your phone battery is (more or less) fully charged, and you have a stable Internet connection.

Steps

  1. Download the new Samsung Kies version 2.0.0.11011_16_5. The old Kies isn’t even smart enough to know it needs to be updated.
  2. If you have an older version of Kies, you will need to uninstall that before installing the new one.
  3. Connect your phone via USB to your computer. If Kies cannot detect your phone, you can refer to this hub page to fix that problem.
  4. Start Kies, Kies will inform you that a new firmware is available for your phone. The new version will be PDA:JPE and PHONE:JPB. samsung galaxy s 2.2.1 firmware update with kies
  5. Click Update, accept the terms and conditions, proceed without saving phone numbers and click Next.
    samsung galaxy s 2.2.1 firmware update with kies 2
  6. You will be given an option to backup your data. You should do this. I’ve recently done a backup, so I just skipped some of them.
  7. Click OK and the download will start. samsung galaxy s 2.2.1 firmware update with kies 3
  8. Wait for Kies to download the firmware from the Internet. It took me 15 minutes. How long you wait will depend on your connection speed and Samsung’s server load. Don?EUR(TM)t disconnect your phone from your USB cable, guard it with your life!
  9. After Kies completes the download, a yellow “downloading” sign will appear on your phone for 3 minutes. Don’t turn off your phone even if the building is on fire!
  10. Your phone will reboot and you will see a lot of system text as the phone updates some files. It will then stay at the startup “S” animation for about 3 minutes.
  11. Done! The Froyo version will still be 2.2 but you will see DXJPE as the firmware.
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  12. At this point you can safely disconnect your phone from your PC.

First Impressions

The phone is really much faster. This is what I really wanted. The only lag seems to happen when the media scanning process takes place.

All the great new features of Froyo 2.2, yet faster than a rooted and lag-fixed 2.1.

I just opened my media gallery and all the photos fly on the screen.

I will be writing a follow-up to this post next week so share my usage experience after upgrading, so stay tuned!

Conclusion

You need to perform this upgrade to fix some issues that have been bugging you, especially the lagging.

Samsung Galaxy S Froyo Firmware Upgrade Using Kies

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I’ve just upgraded my Samsung Galaxy S firmware from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2 Froyo.

Update: Refer to my latest guide to upgrade Samsung Galaxy S to 2.2.1.

This step-by-step guide will show my Galaxy S brothers and sisters how to upgrade Samsung Galaxy S to Android 2.2 Froyo.

This guide applies to SGS phones bought from Maxis Malaysia. I am not sure if it applies to phones from other countries.

Before you begin, make sure your phone battery is fully charged, otherwise Kies won’t allow you to proceed.

You also need a stable (and fast) Internet connection.

The Steps

1. Install / update the latest Samsung Kies software (version 1.5.3.10103_102 or later). You need to use a Windows PC so Mac users like me have to borrow a Windows machine.

2. It is strongly advised that you backup the contents of your SD card, contacts, photos, etc to your computer. There is no way to backup your text messages and call logs unless you use third party apps.

I used AppBrain to store a list of all my installed apps.

Don’t worry, if everything goes well your data should remain the same.

3. I used RyanZA’s One Click Lag Fix, so I reversed the lag fix and unrooted my phone. I’m not sure if this is necessary but I wanted to be safe.

4. Connect your phone via USB to your computer. If Kies cannot detect your phone, you can refer to this hub page to fix that problem.

5.  Kies will inform you that a new firmware is available for your phone. Click on the box where it says “<GT-I9000>’s firmware can be upgraded. Please click here to upgrade firmware)”.

6. You will be given an option to backup your contacts.

7. A popup window will appear showing you your current firmware. You will see something like:

Current Version: PDA:JF4 / PHONE:JF4 / CSC:JF4
Latest Version: PDA:JPA / PHONE:JPA / CSC:JPA

If you are in another country, you may see another Firmware such as JPM. Don’t worry because JP means it’s Froyo. The A or M at the end is used to denote the region.

Warning: Make sure you are using the right firmware version for your phone. I repeat, I used the JPA version because my phone was bought in Maxis Malaysia.

8. Click Upgrade, accept the terms and condition and click Next.

9. You will be given an option to save phone numbers in Samsung servers. I chose ‘Proceed without Saving’ and clicked Next.

10. Wait for Kies to download the firmware from the Internet. I waited 90 minutes. Don’t disconnect your phone from your USB cable, guard it with your life!

Fun isn’t it? So many steps to do a simple firmware upgrade. I wonder if iPhone users have to go through so many steps.

11. After Kies completes the upgrade, your phone will reboot. It will stay at the startup animation for about 5 minutes.

12. You will then see the new lock screen, and you’re done (cute baby not included)!

New Froyo Unlock Screen

Just go to Settings -> About Phone to check the firmware version.

Samsung Galaxy S Froyo Firmware Version

You just need to setup your home screens icons, folders and shortcuts.

All my media, contacts, and apps were still there after the upgrade.

Improvements

  1. Speed. I haven’t even done the Lag Fix yet and it is almost as fast.
  2. Flash support (hello Flash games!)
  3. Pinch to zoom flyover on home and application screens
  4. GPS toggle button in notification bar
  5. Interface improvements such as new icons and colours
  6. Access to more applications. Previously I could not access some free apps like Angry Birds but now I can. Maybe those apps were locked to Froyo and above only.
  7. GMail app upgrade (but not much difference)
  8. Camera app upgrade
  9. New apps such as Google Places, Latitude, etc.
  10. Screen capture by holding home and back buttons. Really useful!
  11. An easier way to drag and drop the cursor during text entry.

Non-Improvements

  1. The GPS is still unreliable. Hard to get solid fix on GPS satellites even when outdoors.
  2. Lag is still noticeable when doing heavy data reading and writing, though there is a vast improvement from before.

Conclusion

You really should upgrade if you have a Samsung Galaxy S.

I know it may sound like a scary process but just take precautions and it will be okay.

Thank you Samsung Mobile for delivering the Froyo upgrade, great job.

Is it too much to ask for Gingerbread or HoneyComb?

Understanding and Using Feed Readers

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If you read a lot of blogs, then you have probably seen the terms feed and RSS very often.

You may ask what are feeds? What is RSS? What are feed readers? How do I subscribe to feeds?

This is a beginner’s guide to understanding feeds and subscribing to them.

What Are Feeds?

A feed is just a channel that is used by readers to pull content from websites.

Most websites use the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) format. RSS will convert a website article or blog post into a format that is readable by feed readers.

What Are Feed Readers?

Feed readers / RSS readers are the software that you use to read website feeds.

The advantage of using feed readers are:

  1. The software automatically checks for the latest updates
  2. The software tells you which items you have not read
  3. You can organize feeds in categories or tags
  4. You can save articles for future reference
  5. You can easily share feed items with friends

Feed readers come in online or offline versions.

Online feed readers require you to login to a website to read all your subscriptions in one place. The advantage is you get to read your subscriptions from any computer.

Offline readers will download your subscriptions into your computer / mobile device. The advantage is you get to read your subscriptions offline.

How Much Does It Cost to Subscribe?

It’s absolutely free.

Why I Love Subscribing to Feeds

Personally I find it really convenient to subscribe to feeds because:

  1. I read a lot of blogs and sites. It will be too tedious for me to visit over a hundred websites daily to find new content
  2. I don’t have time to surf the web every day. If I subscribe to a feed, I won’t miss a single article
  3. I get to categorize feeds, so I can set aside some feeds to read only when I have the time.
  4. Having all items in one place allows me to quickly process hundreds of articles a day.
  5. I can read articles using my favorite fonts and font sizes

Why Bloggers Love Subscribers

You might be wondering why it’s such a big deal to have subscribers. I’m sharing honestly from a blogger’s point of view:

  1. Subscribers allow me to estimate the size of my readership. Honestly if I have 1 or 2 subscribers, I really have to think twice about continuing to blog.
  2. Subscribers can be used to gauge the quality of website content. More subscribers means people want more of your great content.

How Do I Subscribe to a Feed?

  1. Find the website’s feed. Normally there will be a RSS icon or an invitation to ‘Subscribe’. For example, this blog’s feed is http://feeds.feedburner.com/Adino
  2. Click on the link and it will bring you to a subscription page.
  3. If you can’t find the feed link, sometimes try to put in the website url (e.g. http://www.adinochang.com). Some feed readers can discover the site’s feed automatically.
  4. Choose a web-based reader like Google Reader, Bloglines or My Yahoo.
  5. That’s it!

Alternative Method to Subscribe to Feeds

I prefer this method because it’s slightly faster.

  1. Find the website’s feed. Normally there will be a RSS icon or an invitation to ‘Subscribe’. For example, this blog’s feed is http://feeds.feedburner.com/Adino
  2. Select a suitable feed reader. I like Google Reader.
  3. Find the ‘Add Subscription’ button and paste in the feed link.
  4. Add the necessary tags and you’re done!

What If I Don’t Like Feed Readers?

If you don’t like feed readers, there is usually an option to subscribe via email too. This option may be suitable for those of you who prefer to centralize your workflow to your email inbox.

You can easily do that too, usually by looking for a ‘subscribe by email’ link and clicking on it. For example, you can get my blog posts through email.

Some sites require you to fill in a form, and confirm your email subscription.

Conclusion

I hope this short guide will help to enrich your blog reading experience.

Feel free to share your blog reading methods in the comments below.

Finally, please add my blog feed via RSS or email.

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