T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant users can now update their phones to Android 2.2 (Froyo)! This update is called KA6 and brings in significant enhancements in the form of Wi-Fi calling, USB or Wi-Fi tethering among various others.
The android 2.2 update will not however be sent over the air and users may not even be notified of it. This is in-fact an optional upgrade and Vibrant users need to connect their smartphones to their computers running windows OS, to upgrade to Froyo! Once connected, they can use the Samsung Kies Mini software and follow the guide below to upgrade their android OS.
Why should you carry out the Samsung Vibrant android 2.2 update?
The update though optional, will greatly benefit the users. By doing this manual PC based upgrade, you will enjoy some cool software enhancements and performance improvements. Enhancements include built-in Wi-Fi and USB tethering and you longer need to search for android apps for doing these anymore! Froyo also enables Wi-Fi calling, which does use your T-mobile minutes, but the calls are over your Wi-Fi connection instead of the cell connection.
Other than the above, there are several other enhancements to the various Google apps including Gmail and Google Search gadget. In addition to enhancements, you will also experience performance improvements, as your Samsung vibrant will use less memory than before.
Above all, like with any other software that you use, it is always good to keep your mobile OS updated.
How to update Samsung Vibrant to Android 2.2 Froyo?
To carry out this update, tether your phone to a computer running Windows 7, XP or vista and download the android froyo update. However, Mac computers aren’t yet supported. Note that there is now a samsung kies for mac but it is not for U.S customers and it supposedly works only with Samsung Wave series. Samsung has released this for users in U.K and other parts of the world.
The android 2.2 froyo update is however available for all Samsung Vibrant users, including those who have downloaded JI5.
Here is how you carry out the update.
Download Samsung Kies Mini and Install it
Download Samsung Kies Mini from here. (Note that this is not the same as the Samsung Kies Download for Samsung users in U.K and other parts of the world)
Click the “Software” link and download the file for Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7.
After downloading the exe file, double click it, select the desired language and location to install and accept the license terms. On completion, click Finish.
After installing the Samsung Kies Mini software, reboot the computer.
The following two sections are clearly elaborated in the T-Mobile forums with supporting pictures.It is outlined here for the sake of completeness.
Prepare the Samsung Vibrant for the android 2.2 update
From the Android home screen, press the Menu key and tap Settings => Applications => USB settings => Ask on connection. Then exit the USB settings by tapping the “Home” icon.
Connect the phone to the computer, by inserting the USB data cable into the phone and then into an available port on the computer.Select Samsung Kies at the phone prompt. The PC should recognize several devices and begin installation. This is normal and may take a few minutes. Unplug the data cable when completed.
Note: You may have to unplug and plugin the phone to your PC, if Kies Mini doesn’t recognize your phone right away.
Once you have prepared the phone, you can get started with the update to android 2.2 froyo.
Update Samsung Vibrant to Android 2.2 Froyo
Before you get started, make sure that you carry out the customary but still essential step of backing up all the data in your Samsung Vibrant. Back up everything including what you have on the SD card. This back up will prove to be handy in the event of any unexpected losses!
After completing the backup, open the installed Kies Mini app on your computer. Connect Vibrant to the PC using the USB cable and select Samsung Kies at the phone prompt.
A few minuted after connecting it, Kies Mini should indicate the availability of a new software update! Click Phone Upgrade and then click “Upgrade” button. That is it.
Kies Mini will download the android froyo 2.2 update and install the firmware on your Samsung Vibrant. Make sure the phone is connected to the PC until the entire update is complete.