21
Sep
Samsung-Captivate

AT&T has just started incrementally rolling out an over-the-air update to Samsung Captivate users. The update is 12Mb in size and is composed entirely of bug fixes. I would think that they would focus all their energy on getting Froyo out to the Galaxy S phones but, apparently, whatever this update fixes is more important.

Here is a snippet from the AT&T website that explains a little bit further:

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Update: this OTA also includes a GPS fix, according to a Samsung email we just got:

An update to improve the Samsung Captivate's GPS performance is now available. Captivate customers will receive a notification on their device that an update is available and will simply need to download the file to update their phone. The updates will be pushed to customers’ devices over the next few weeks.

The update will be rolled out in batches of 15,000 users per day until they have encompassed all Captivate users.

While it does fix some nagging issues such as the media scanner efficiency (I'm looking at you, Adam Lein) and some fixes for pre-installed software, this just feels like a waste of time. The Galaxy S line of phones desperately needs 2.2 and getting people's hopes up like this makes it burn for the users even more. So, Captivate users, when you get that OTA update notification, remember not to get excited. You will have your day, but that day has not arrived yet.

Source: AT&T

Brad Ganley
An Android power user, Brad consumes most of his free time with unhealthy amounts of cell phones and cell phone related things when he isn't playing with his son. Brad is also an avid movie-watcher and tea-drinker.
  • http://twitter.com/bryanz Bryan

    Hmm... Will this do anything to a rooted phone with all of AT&T's crap removed?

    • Kane

      If you haven't installed a custom ROM, it probably won't. It may put the apps back, depends on how the update is structured.

  • Brian

    I've installed it...GPS still the same...takes forever to lock on and/or it is way off.

  • subs

    My experience This didn't make my GPS any better. (And as I read online the update actually bricked some folks.)
    Using MyTracks with open view of the sky, walking around my neighborhood, it had me hundreds of feet off, and when I stopped walking, it didn't know I stopped walking and would 'bounce' me back to where I was actually standing after a minute.

    Using this side-by-side with my Eris or an iPhone 3GS- this phone's GPS f(x) is poor in comparison.

    Specifics about the testing: When you did this test- did you have WiFi on? I think people expecting GPS-only to work should not get their hopes up- this is a cell phone first. You should expect to set the phone to have "Use Wireless Networks" and "Use GPS satellites" CHECKED ON (in Location and Security), but you should have WiFi OFF. I need a phone that will work via GPS or aGPS without WiFi assisting it.

    (You may see me post this on multiple websites.)

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