Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Install that Android upgrade!

AT&T sent me an email back in April -- they told me to create a blog post --  just kidding!  It has been awhile though...  in the email AT&T sent instructions on how to upgrade my phone, a Samsung Captivate, to version 2.2 of the Android operating system (code name Froyo).  The email had detailed instructions on how to perform the upgrade.  I did what I do with all emails from AT&T, I ignored it... I should point out I was quite happy with my Android, and an updated OS just wasn't high on my priority list.  My previous upgrade experiences with my iPhone didn't go smoothly, so I was in no rush... I've had no problems with my phone, performance has been excellent, so a couple months went by...

Well, recently I was doing some email cleanup, and lo and behold there was the email from AT&T... I hadn't deleted it, so it was sitting in the "Everything else" section of my Priority Inbox. (I'll have to blog on that at some point, but if you don't get it, you just don't get it)... I had some spare time and it was time to check out Froyo... 

First step, I backed up the data stored on my phone.  With an iPhone, this is straightforward, you crank up iTunes and sync your phone.  With an Android, there's more control - you have access to the phone's complete file system, directories and all, it's just another removable device once you connect the USB cable... and for the laptop I was using - just 1Gb of memory - I found this less painful than using iTunes, which struggles to run depending on what other programs are running... I was able to cut & paste my contacts, music, videos, etc. into a directory I'd created on my laptop.  First step complete.

Now, it was time to put my trust in Samsung.  I'm sure there are other ways to upgrade an Android, but Samsung provides a "Kies mini" software application to upgrade many of their phones, so I downloaded it from the link AT&T had provided me... in a few painless steps my firmware was upgraded, the phone rebooted, and then....

...all I can say is WOW.  Sharper colors.  Much faster performance.  More intuitive UI.  More fonts.  Lots of little improvements throughout... it's an entirely NEW phone.  I had no idea how much of an improvement the Froyo update would bring... 

My long term plan was to migrate back to the iPhone 5 come September.  Now... maybe not so fast... what will the next update bring?