How To Update / Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Fit To Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread XEKPG


06.06.2011

How To Update / Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Fit To Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread XEKPG

Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 is a chip, metallic black smartphone from Samsung running on Android 2.2 Froyo. Samsung Galaxy Fit was officially announced in February 2011, and it landed in stores one month later.

Samsung Galaxy Fit is a smartphone featuring touchscreen, but it’s missing the Android capacitive buttons. Samsung Galaxy Fit comes with 3G support and HSDPA with speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. Samsung Galaxy Fit also comes with a single-core 600MHz processor, but this doesn’t mean that the smartphone is running slow or that it freezes.

The device comes with Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, but you will be able to update it to the latest Gingerbread version. Samsung Galaxy Fit is small, light and thin, weighing in just 108g. You can use the 160Mb internal memory (expendable to 32Gb via microSD card, 2Gb storage card included) to store music and video files, images or applications you can download and install from Android Market.

Samsung Galaxy Fit comes with a 3.3-inch TFT capacitive display, with 16M colors and a resolution of 240×320 pixels, on which you can watch the videos and pictures you take with the 5MP camera with 3x digital zoom and auto white balance. As about Samsung Galaxy Fit’s connectivity, learn that the smartphone supports WiFi, Bluetooth and USB.

Unfortunately, Samsung Galaxy Fit has just one camera, so while in a video call, the caller won’t be able to see you.

Samsung Galaxy Fit’s battery is of 1350mAh and based on Li-Ion materials, so I guess it has a pretty good battery life. You should also know that Samsung Galaxy Fit comes with RSD radio and a multimedia player which you will be able to use with your music and video files.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy Fit, learn that now you will be able to update your device to the latest Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread firmware, dubbed XEKP. If you are a Samsung Galaxy S owner, which is a smartphone at twice the price of a¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit, bad news for you as the latest firmware for your device is Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. But, let’s focus on the smaller and cheaper Samsung Galaxy Fit, and on how to install Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread on this device. Anyway, there are a lot of new features, tweaks and fixed bugs in the new firmware version, so it’s worth spending some time installing it on your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit.

But before taking a look at the enhancements of the new Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread firmware version, we should mention that following the below tutorial on how to upgrade¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and installing the firmware update on your device will not void your phone’s warranty, as it¬†doesn’t¬†require to previously root your device. Anyway if your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit is rooted, note that installing Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread will un root your device and the warranty will be restored. If you care not about the warranty, you can root your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit anytime once Android 2.3.4 is installed on it.

But let’s cut to the chase and see what’s new and what issues have been fixed in Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread for¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit. Anyway we were not able to list all the enhancements coming with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread firmware version, as there are lot of improvements, but here are the ones worth mentioning:

  • In the new Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread version, the Think Free Office now comes in version 2.0, as it have been updated.

  • Some of the¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit users have¬†reported some issues related to the GPS, but in Android 2.3.4 this bug have been fixed, as well as the problems related to the camera application of¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit, which was sometimes freezing for a couple of seconds.

  • Samsung Galaxy Fit running on Android 2.2 Froyo, had some bugs related to the sensor disconnection, but now the sleep issues have been fixed in Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.

  • As you probably noticed, when you tried to ad a contact with the same last two digits (for example 55 and 555) the process was not¬†successfully completed, so the guys at Android fixed this bug too in Gingerbread 2.3.4.

  • Once you will install Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread on your Samsung Galaxy Fit, the Samsung apps will come with UNA 2.0.7, which is basically the latest version.

  • The old Android 2.2 Froyo running on Samsung Galaxy Fit had a problem when it came to opening high resolution pictures. Most of the times an error message appeared and the application was force closed. Now in Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread you will be able to open this kind of files without encountering this issue anymore (even high quality GIF files, which were leading to this error most frequently).

  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread also resolves the bug that was not allowing you to add space in the view message detail option.

  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread also comes with a new UI for your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit, so once you install it on your device it will look a lot more modern and it will be more easy to use.

  • Then new Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread was optimized to drain less of your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit battery, so after you will install the same on your device you should notice that the battery life have been increased, but even so, it seems it’s not what you’d expect from your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit.

  • The new firmware version for¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit also updated Google Maps as now they they come with 3D view, even in the 5.1 version. Other updates that come with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread are and improved version of Google Books and Voice search 2.1.1, which now¬†recognizes your vocal commands more easily.

  • Some¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit users have encountered problems with WiFi and 3G icons in the status bar. It seems they were having a mind of their own turning on and off, but now¬†Android¬†2.3.4 Gingerbread fixes this bug, too. Another fixed bug is the GPS Location, which have been improved, and now it returns a lot more accurate results.

  • With the old Android 2.2 Froyo installed on¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit, some owners complained about Android Market applications, as being a bit unstable, especially on slower Internet connections. Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread firmware update fixes this bug, and you won’t have problems with Android Market even when several apps are opened in the same time.

Now, that you’ve seen what’s now in Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, we are sure that you’d like to have it on your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit. But note that installing firmwares on your device is a bit risky, so before proceeding and update your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, let’s see what you will need to be able to safely complete the install procedure:

  • First, please check that the device you own is a¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670. Using this method on any other device could brick it. As well, please follow all the steps of the Android 2.3.4 install procedure closely, and so you will be able to update your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit safely.

  • Since installing Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread might wipe off all the data on your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit, we highly recommend you to backup the data stored on your device before proceeding. So, you should sync all your contacts, messages, call log, music and video files, pictures and applications you installed from Android Market to your Google Account. Since the SD card will be removed from your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit, moving the bacuped data on it is an alternative, but keeping it on your computer is the best you can do.

  • Because Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread also updates the APN settings (used for Internet and MMS), you should write down the old ones, as they will be lost. If the problem persists after the update procedure is complete and you reconfigure the APN settings, please contact your network provider and they will give you the right ones for Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.

  • Since the¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit update to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread procedure drains a lot of your battery, it’s best that the battery level of your device to be over the 50% threshold. Do so in order to minimize the risks of unwanted events to occur during the installation procedure. So, the higher the battery level, the lower the risks that the Android 2.3.4¬†installation¬†to be¬†interrupted.

  • For further minimizing the risk that unwanted events to interrupt the update procedure, please remove the SIM and SD card from your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit. By doing so, you will also make sure that none of the data on the two cards gets corrupted.

  • If you update a¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit that was previously rooted to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, note that the device will be un rooted after the process¬†completion.

  • Also make sure that you have administrative rights on the computer you are preforming the update to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread from, and that it runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. Turn off any firewall or antivirus programs, as they might interrupt the update procedure.

After making sure that you meet all the above requirements, let’s see what steps you will need to follow in order to update¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread XEKP:

  1. First, you will have to download the¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit update to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread package, which you can grab from here. Once the file is downloaded in your computer, please unzip the “GalaxyFIT_S5670_XEKPG.zip”¬†file on your desktop (if prompted for password, type in “androidadvices.com” – without the quotation marks).

  2. After you extracted the downloaded file on your desktop, open Odin v4.38 by double-clicking the icon.

  3. Now turn your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit off, and power it in download mode. To reboot your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit in download mode hold “Volume Down” and “Home” buttons pressed¬†simultaneously, then press the “Power” button. Now you should be able to see the “Download Mode” screen on the display of your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit. If the homescreen of your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit appears, please repeat the procedure until a green Android logo on a black¬†background¬†appears, reading “Downloading… Do not turn off target!!!”

  4. With the SIM card and SD memory card removed, connect your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit to the computer using the USB data cable you received with your phone. Now the “ID:COM” icon in Odin window should turn yellow, indicating that all the drivers have been successfully downloaded to your device and that you can proceed with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread procedure.

  5. Now make sure that only the “Auto Reboot,” “Protect OPS” and “Reset Time (Sec)” boxes are checked. Now set the reset time to 300, by typing in the number in the numeric field.

  6. Now it’s time to select the files needed to install Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread on your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit. Now click on the “OPS” button, then navigate and locate the “BENI_v1.0.ops” file (it should be on your desktop if you extracted the ZIP file as instructed); in the “BOOT” field navigate and provide the file called “APBOOT_S5670XXKPG_CL233102_REV01_user_low_true.tar.md5″; do the same for “Phone” and select “MODEM_S5670XXKPG_CL233102_REV01.tar.md5″ file; click on the “PDA” button and provide the file called “CODE_S5670XXKPG_CL233102_REV01_user_low_true.tar.md5″; for the “CSC” field select the “CSC_S5670SERKPG_CL233102_REV01_user_low_true.tar.md5″ file (note that all the files should be on the desktop if you unzipped “GalaxyFIT_S5670_XEKPG.zip” file as instructed above)

  7. Check one more time to see if the files are to their places, then click on the “Start” button to begin updating your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. The whole process lasts for about 5 minutes, but don’t panic if it takes longer as such situations have been reported.

  8. After Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread is successfully installed to your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit, the device should reboot, and the homescreen should appear. Don’t panic if it takes a little bit longer than usual for the homescreen to appear, as it only happens after the first reboot. To complete Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread installation now you will have to power off your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit again and start it recovery mode. To boot¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit in recovery mode, press¬†together “Volume Up” and “Home (Middle)” buttons, and power on the device. Once in recovery mode, navigate through the options and delete the cache memory of your¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit. Now the¬†Samsung Galaxy Fit update to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread is truly complete.

Make sure that Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread was successfully installed on your Samsung Galaxy Fit by going to Home > Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version.

Now that your Samsung Galaxy Fit is up to date with the latest Android firmware version, you will be able to enjoy all the new features and improvements coming with the update, and get rid of the annoying bugs in the same time. Please fell free to write us if you found the how to update Samsung Galaxy Fit to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread tutorial useful in the comments section bellow. Also let us know if you encountered any difficulties during the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread installation.

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