Samsung Galaxy S GTI9000 Ginger bread Upgrade

The long awaited Android Gingerbread V2.3.3 was released for the Samsung Galaxy  in South Africa on Friday. If you haven't heard of Samsung Kies, it works on the same premise as Apple Itunes, but a very simple version of it, DO NOT DOWNLOAD THE CRACKED VERSION OF GINGERBREAD AND TRY TO INSTALL, If you are techno savvy enough to do it as well DONT. The Samsung kies serves its purpose in helping you do the upgrade from froyo to gingerbread seemlessly with very little effort and the best part of it is that its free. My phone is Vodacom, with Samsung Kies it also upgrades the startup screens to the new Vodacom Logo

4. 1x pc with the following system specs
Android 2.3 promises Faster Performance – Multimedia content now has a lower CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3D Graphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience.Upgraded Usability – The user interface has been improved, enabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and-paste functionality.

With Froyo, on average my battery usually lasted for about 6 hours a day, listening to the radio, watching a tv series and taking photos. Browsing the net using the HSDPA connection was even worse, allowing me to use my phone for only 3 and half hours at a time, I had to carry my charger with me everywhere I went, I am not yet ready to commit to my findings thus far and I will report back here in week after thorough investigations.

But in the mean time here is how you can upgrade your galaxy to the latest Ginger bread Firmware
Samsung Galaxy S GTI9000 Froyo to Gingerbread update instructions.

To do the Upgrade you will require the following
1. Data cable,
2. A Full charged Samsung Galaxy S GTI9000.
3. 600mbs free
5. Samsung Kies, Click here to Download
6. Install Samsung Kies onto your machine.
7. After the installation is completed, open the application and connect your data cable to your Full charged Samsung Galaxy S GTI9000
8.A pop up message will appear, " A new firmware version is available. upgrading may improve the performance of GT-I9000. Do you want to upgrade? indicating your current firmware version and the latest firmware version, thereafter follow the steps below.

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In screen 2, make sure that you select allow saving of information, should anything go wrong during your installation, you can always rely on remote support from Samsung. 

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In screen 3, I only chose contacts and photos because my music and videos are on my pc all the time, so I wasn't concerned about losing any of it, but if you don't have any of the music and videos backed up on your pc, its advisable that you check all options

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 For both  screenshots 4 and 5 it irritated me a great deal that I couldn't see a percentage status or file size that it was downloading. I have a 384k line with max download speeds of 45kbps, i had to go through this process twice, because my phone froze on the downloading firmware screen because I hadn't created enough space for the upgrade.
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I estimate that the download is around 450mb to 500mb, I left the download unattended to do its thing while I did the Hillbrow precinct, photo walk.

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Once you are at the screen 6, you are almost home free. It concerns me that the upgrade doesn't have a resumable download, which means if Effkom decides to loadshed in your area you are effed and you have to start from scratch and you cant use a third party program like download helper to resume if you fail. Read my Eskom load-shedding schedule just in case you think it may happen.  

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And there you have it in screen 7, you have successfully managed to upgrade  from Froyo 2.2 to Gingerbread 2.3, take note the new firmware version. Once you have seen this screen, it is safe to disconnect your phone after it would've restarted itself.  Im not sure how many restarts my phone did during installation, please leave a comment if you were keeping count during your install. 

After you have disconnected your data cable from your pc, tap application and move your screens to the setting app, tap your settings app, tap about phone and you should see screen 8 at the very top with the following corresponding information

I hope this article is helpful and assists you in your upgrade, I would love to hear feedback about the performance after the upgrade is done.

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