Samsung Spica upgraded to Android 2.1
It’s been almost a month now since I’ve bought my Samsung Spica aka GT-I5700 from a Samsung Mobile store in the Philippines. Since then, I’ve read that one of the local mobile network provider, Globe Telecom, has offered the Samsung Spica for free at Plan 1800. If you prefer an openline or network unlocked Samsung Spica, you can go to mobile shops and buy one for as low as Php 13,800. If you are planning to flash the firmware, then you’d be better off with a network unlocked mobile phone.
The Spica I bought comes with Android 1.5 firmware. I’ve decided that I’m not going to wait more than the time I’ve waited to get Android 2.1 on my Spica knowing how long these upgrades take time to reach the Philippines. So after finding out how from the Samsung-Firmwares site that an official Android 2.1 (Eclair) firmware/rom has been released for the Samsung Spica, I finally downloaded the needed files and flashed my Spica to get the new Android 2.1 OS.
I’m now running a French version of the Android 2.1 firmware for the Samsung Spica. So far, everything seems to be working. I’ve been able to access the Android Market and installed mobile apps and games. Below are some screenshots of my newly flashed Samsung Spica:
I’ve also tested the stock Android 2.1 web browser to check if my Gerry Ilagan blog and my Connected Phone mobile blog will render properly — and it did. Here’s a couple of screenshots of the sites on the Android web browser:
If you’re also interested in upgrading your Samsung Spica to Android 2.1 (aka Eclair) you can follow this flashing guide (Thanks to lorenz for posting an easy to follow guide) I found on the Internet. WARNING: Perform the procedure at YOUR OWN RISK. A mistake can make your Samsung Spica USELESS. It will also VOID any warranty that you might have on the mobile phone.
Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.