I got a text yesterday. There’s new firmware for my Samsung Galaxy S2. As I type software is being downloaded to my PC to facilitate the upgrade. It’s the latest version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich.
Other that geeks like me who’s going to do this to a perfectly good phone?
I’ve been working ten minutes already and it’s all been prep work on my PC. I haven’t touched the phone yet.
When it was finally time to connect, the PC’s software churned for a minute or so before popping an error message and asking me to reset an obscure command three menus deep in the phone!
Again, other that geeks like me who’s going to do this to a perfectly good phone?
It’s finally beginning. First though a few admonishments about disconnecting the phone and warning it would take 5 to 30 minutes. The process is slow. A mustard colored line is slowing expanding in a dialog box. I’m warned of disconnecting again.
No matter how well thought out these upgrades are I always worry they won’t work for me and I’ll be left with a brick! There is no reassurance that works while the device does stuff you can’t see.
After about ten minutes it was time for my phone to reboot. Uh oh. It now plays a little tune briefly during boot!
Everything seems normal, but I’m not as close to finished as I thought. It’s optimizing 176 applications one-by-one! I have no idea what that means, but it’s what the phone’s screen says.
Now the screen says, “upgrading contacts.” Good. I need a better class of friend. Maybe that’s not what it meant?
This is taking forever.
It’s early, but right now the changes seem minor or superficial. It will take some exploration time before I know for sure what I did. Google, Samsung and AT&T all had a hand in bringing this update. But really, other that geeks like me who’s going to do this to a perfectly good phone?