Ever since I got my Samsung Galaxy S Wifi 5" in the mail back late October 2011, I was busy (and still am) getting my feet wet with whole Android framework. Since then, I was able to design and implement a California lottery app. The emulator provided by Google was sufficient to perform functional tests. However, before I published my app to the Android Market, I took the liberity to test it on the actual device. Having said that, the Samsung Galaxy S Wifi 5", running on Froyo, is a great test device. The app execution on the actual device out performs the emulator. No surpise there.
A couple of months has passed now since the purchase, and I still had not flashed Galaxy to Gingerbread yet. Well, not until last week anyway. So, on Friday 24th, I took the courage and follow what's everyone has already done to your device -- flashed to Gingerbread. Don't know where the courage came from, but I am glad I went forward with unthinkable (LOL). Probably, I grew tired of Froyo. Or perhaps, it was just a lovely summer-like day outside in the Bay Area. The result was impressive!
Here are a couple of points about Gingerbread O/S and the procedures Woot user "bobwrit" wrote up.
The Procedures & Software
1. Flash was easy. Just follow what "bobwrit" wrote on page 26.
2. I used Odin 1.85 because the link to Odin 1.3 that "bobwrit" provided is broken.
3. The link to the firm @ rapidshare.com is still active. The file size is about 190MB. My download speed is 6 Mbps. For some reasons, it was really really really slow downloading the file. It took close to 4 hours to complete the download. Please be advised that when you start the download, just wait for it to finish. Do not interrupt the download process by reclicking the download link. If you do, your downloaded file might be corrupted.
Let me know if you having difficulity with the download. I can put it on my server, and you can get it from there.
4. I disabled my device password before I flashed it.
5. I used the same USB cable that comes with the device.
6. I did not reset to factory defaults before the flash.
7. After the flash is completed and your device restarts, you will notice a long wait before you get to home screen. Don't freak out. I did, but luckily, I did not power down the device. I just let do its jobs. I am glad I did. Here is what to expect during the restart. You will see a "Samsung" with black background, then it will show you the splash screen with animation, and then it returns back to "Samsung" with black background. Just wait. It will get to the home screen after a minute.
1. Performance improvement overall
2. Video playback using bultin media player improves
3. Pictures taken using the bultin camera app also improves -- much better, pictures look a bit sharper
4. Web browsing also improves using the built-in web app
5. I do not use GPS that often, but I did a test using Navigator with GPS enabled, and it seems to work just fine
I am happy with the update. Thanks "bobwrit" and those participate in the forum. It would be nice if Samsung would provide the official update.