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Topic # 113435 16-Jan-2013 22:10
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Hi,

So, I've recently joined the Android world, having bought my wife and I for Christmas the mid-level Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 model phone (first smartphone for her, and mine was so I could learn and explain it all to her! :-) ).

I've installed the Kies software, and when connecting the phone it's telling me that a new firmware is available, and that 'upgrading may improve the performance'.  It then displays the following info:

Current firmware version : PDA:LE3 / PHONE:LE3 / CSC:LE3 (TNZ)
Latest firmware version : PDA:LK1 / PHONE:LK1 / CSC:LK1 (TNZ)

Can anyone tell me where I can find out what the changes might be in the new firmware (yes, I've done a Google!), as I'd be keen to understand more about what's new before installing it.

I've got a work-provided iPhone 4, which I've had for the last couple of years, and whenever there's an iOS update, major or minor, there's always details of what the changes are, so thought Android might do something similar.

Or is that not how it works on the Android OS, and do people just update firmware's without any hesitation?  In fact, I've just thought, since this refers to a firmware update, will that even change anything on the OS, or is it applied at a hardware level before the OS even kicks in (e.g. thinking similar to a PC BIOS firmware update vs Windows OS update)?

I'd be interested to hear what others do when they get notifications of firmware updates.

Cheers,

Simon.

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  Reply # 745997 16-Jan-2013 22:23
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Android updates don't tend to work like that. The versions are handset/country specific.

They don't change things in the OS as much as IOS. But more update camera firmware, Radio Firmware for better compatibility and the likes. (they are recommended the same as drivers on a PC)

Major versions the GUI might change a bit if its going from Gingerbread to Jellybean for instance. But mostly asthetic.

if you go settings-info now it will list the current version NUMBER, not code. (2.3.3 for instance)

Chances are this brings it up to either ICE (Ice cream sandwich) or latest Gingerbread 2.3.6/7

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  Reply # 746002 16-Jan-2013 22:34
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Doing some digging, it appears overseas this is a special spec standard I8160OKLT (can't find that specifically as a NZ model?)

Which seems to be ICE and capable of JB. So if you dig out the version info it will be a little more helpfull



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  Reply # 746005 16-Jan-2013 22:44
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Hi Oblivian - thanks for your quick response.

The current version info it's showing is Android version 2.3.6, and has a Build number reference further down of Gingerbread.Dole3.  Does that help at all?

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  Reply # 746018 16-Jan-2013 22:55
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Yeap, the update might be to ICS 4.0, or even JB 4.1

You won't know until you hit the update :) Unless anyone else has that model too.

Whats the base number, GT-Sxxxx or GT-Ixxxx



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  Reply # 746021 16-Jan-2013 23:01
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Oblivian: Yeap, the update might be to ICS 4.0, or even JB 4.1

You won't know until you hit the update :) Unless anyone else has that model too.

Whats the base number, GT-Sxxxx or GT-Ixxxx


It's got Model number of GT-I8160L and Baseband version of I8160LDOLE3 (pretty much the same info as the Model and the Build number combined as far as I can see).

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  Reply # 746025 16-Jan-2013 23:08
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GT-I8160L is the key, and most posts say ICS v4 due in 2013. So that could be it.

Or it may just be a re-hash of 2.3.6 with some improvements from out of the box.

http://www.androidauthority.com/android-2-3-gingerbread-vs-android-4-0-ice-cream-sandwich-37742/



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  Reply # 746029 16-Jan-2013 23:18
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Oblivian: GT-I8160L is the key, and most posts say ICS v4 due in 2013. So that could be it.

Or it may just be a re-hash of 2.3.6 with some improvements from out of the box.

http://www.androidauthority.com/android-2-3-gingerbread-vs-android-4-0-ice-cream-sandwich-37742/


Cool, thanks for the info and your assistance.  I'll have a look at that link and give the update a go sometime over the next couple of days.  Will post an update on the change (if there's anything obvious) once it's done!

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  Reply # 746086 17-Jan-2013 07:48
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Being a carrier approved d update it will still be one or two releases behind the absolute latest software available for the phone. Either way it will be better than what you have (maybe new features but definitely lots of tweaks) do the update you shouldn't have problems.... Oh and welcome to the debarcle that is samsung/android updating :P



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  Reply # 747695 20-Jan-2013 11:19
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So I bit the bullet this morning, and have just completed the firmware update.  As no doubt expected, it all went very smoothly.

The result of the update is now as follows:

Current firmware version : PDA:LK1 / PHONE:LK1 / CSC:LK1 (TNZ)
Android version : 2.3.6
Baseband version : I8160LDOLK1
Build number : Gingerbread.DOLK1

So obviously just a minor update of some sort, rather than a leap to ICS 4.0 - nothing obviously different that I can see as yet.

@ Oblivian and Wade:  Thanks for the reassurance that it was all safe to do!

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