How To Update / Upgrade Samsung Captivate To Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread
Samsung have teamed-up with Android and managed to release an excellent smartphone. A real iPhone killer. They launched the device in June 2010, going under various names depending on the carrier. Now we are talking about AT&T’s own version of Samsung Galaxy S, dubbed Samsung Captivate. I am pretty sure that those who are not Apple fans or iPhone addicts have already chosen Samsung Captivate over the Apple smartphone.
What we really love about Samsung Captivate is the 4-inch Super AMOLED display with !6M colors and 480 x 800 resolution which is… errr super. Oh, and a Gorilla Glass screen protects the Super AMOLED display from getting scratched. Just like Galaxy S, Samsung Captivate comes with a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, 512 MB of RAM and runs on Android 2.1 Froyo upgradable to newer firmware versions. Samsung Captivate comes with 16GB of internal memory storage space and if you feel it’s not enough, you can extend it to up to 32GB via microSD card.
Samsung Captivate also comes with WiFi connectivity, GPS, and Bluetooth 3.0. If you are wondering about the smartphone’s camera learn that Samsung Captivate comes with a 8MP which captures decent pictures and will let you record HD videos at 720p.
When you power on the device for the first time the TouchWiz 3.0 UI is the first thing you will see and probably love in an instant. The good thing about Samsung Captivate is that it comes with Android and even better is that new firmwares are out there ready to be flashed into your device.
If you own a Samsung Captivate and you want to upgrade your device to the latest firmware available then you came to the right place, as the following tutorial will show you how to download and install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on your smartphone.
The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread UCKF1 firmware version is not an official roll out, but even so it comes with fixed bugs and new features. Installing Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on your Samsung Captivate doesn’t mean you are rooting your device so the warranty won’t be affected in any way. Moreover, if you previously rooted your device after you update Samsung Captivate to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread the warranty that was voided when you rooted the device will be restored. The firmware installation procedure will un-root your Samsung Captivate, so the root access will be lost.
Even though we had no problems updating Samsung Captivate to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread the procedure still involves so risks, that why GeekSailor should not be held responsible in any way if you brick your device after following the below procedure.
Since this is a firmware installation procedure is very likely that the APN and MMS settings to be wiped off after the installation procedure is finished. So we strongly recommend you to write down both the APN and MMS settings on a sheet of paper, in order to restore the settings to use the Internet and MMS services.
As you probably know, firmware updates also bring new features and fixed bugs, and the same happens with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread UCKF1 for Samsung Captivate. Let’s have a look and see the improvements of Gingerbread 2.3.3 update:
After some of Samsung Captivate complained about the device’s battery life, this firmware update was optimized to drain less battery. Thus, after you update your Samsung Captivate to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread you should be able to notice an enhanced battery life. The quadrant ranks were also improved and now the battery is 15% more efficient.
The user interface of Samsung Captivate was also improved in 2.3.3 Gingerbread UCKF1 update, so now you will experience faster and more interactive UI.
The GPS and WiFi disconnection bug was fixed, after Samsung Captivate users complained that the GPS and WiFi disconnected after a particular interval of time.
The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update was also improved to use less of your Samsung Captivate’s RAM. Thus by increasing the RAM availability, your device will run faster while in apps also leading to improved speed of the user interface.
As we mentioned above, installing new firmware on your device involves some risks. Fortunately the risks can be minimized by closely following the below instructions. The pre-installation instructions will help you safely install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on your Samsung Captivate. Here’s what you have to do:
Since updating Samsung Captivate to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is a firmware installation procedure, the data stored on your device might be lost. That’s why we recommend you to backup all your contacts, call log, messages, music and video files, and applications you downloaded from Android Market. You can do that either by syncing them to your Google Account or moving the files on the microSD card (if any installed).
Now remove the SIM and microSD memory card (if any installed) from your Samsung Captivate, for ensuring that none of the data on them doesn’t get corrupted or wiped off, also to make sure that they don’t interfere with the installation procedure.
Keep the Samsung Captivate original USB data cable in handy, as you will need it later in the installation procedure, to connect your device to the computer.
Since the firmware installation procedure eats a lot of battery make sure the battery level of your Samsung Captivate is above the 50% threshold. By doing so, you will minimize the risk that your device to turn off during the installation procedure, so the higher the battery level, the fewer the chances the installation procedure to be interrupted.
Make sure that the computer you are updating your Samsung Captivate from is running on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. Also make sure that you have admin rights on the respective computer and that the PC features a USB port with USB 2.0 support.
Make sure that you completely turn off KEIS and any firewall or antivirus software as they might interact with the installation procedure, interrupting it.
Once more, we remind you that following the below procedure doesn’t mean you root your Samsung Captivate and will not void the phone’s warranty. Still, if you previously rooted your Samsung Captivate, the device will be un-rooted and you will loos the root rights on your phone, but you can anyway root again your device after updating it to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread.
First up, you will need download Samsung Captivate Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread UCKF1 update package, which you can grab from here and also the Odin software, from here. Next, you will have to extract the “ I897UCKF1.rar ” on the desktop of your computer (we recommend that location as it’s easier to access). If you are prompted for password, type in “SamFirmware.com” (without the quotation marks). The RAR archive contains four files you will be using to install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on your Samsung Captivate.
Now open Odin, by double-clicking the EXE file you downloaded. After Odin opens, turn off your Samsung Captivate and boot your device in download mode. In order to get your Samsung Captivate in download mode you need to press Home and Volume Down buttons and while holding them pressed, power on the device by pressing the Power button. Once your device boots in download mode you should be able to see the Android logo, followed by a message that reads “Downloading… Do not turn off target!!!”
Connect your Samsung Captivate to the computer using the USB data cable. After the device is successfully connected and all the drivers are loaded, the ID:COM box in Odin will turn yellow, followed by the “Added!!” notification in the Odin messages box.
Make sure that only the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are ticked in Odin Options field, then start providing the required installation files as following: click the PIT field, then navigate and select Kepler_odin_new_part_JE3_S1JE4.pit file. In the Phone, field, provide MODEM_I897UCKF1_CL1017518_REV02.tar.md5 file by navigating to its location (it should be on your desktop if you extracted RAR file as instructed above). Click on the PDA button and select the CODE_I897UCKF1_CL273832_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5 file from your computer’s desktop. Least, but not last, provide the SGH-I897-CSC-ATTKF1.tar.md5 file to the CSC field.
Double check if you provided the files properly, then click the “Start” button in Odin. Now the firmware installation will begin, and your Samsung Captivate will be updated to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread UCKF1. It usually takes about 5 minutes for the procedure to be completed, but don’t panic if it takes a little bit longer as such situations have been reported.
After the new firmware is installed to your Samsung Captivate, the device will reboot and the homescreen will appear shortly. Anyway, it may take a little bit longer than usual for the homescreen to appear, but it only happens after the first reboot.
Now in order to increase the speed of the new-installed Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, we recommend you to wipe off the cache of your Samsung Captivate, from recovery mode. To get your device in recovery mode, you will first need to turn off the phone, then press Home + Volume Up buttons, and while holding press Power button. Now use the Volume Up / Volume Down buttons to navigate and Home button to select. Go to “wipe cache partition” option and select by pressing Home. Then select the “reboot system now” option, press Home and wait until your Samsung Captivate reboots.
Now check the firmware version currently running on your Samsung Captivate. To do this go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Phone > Firmware version. Restore the files you backed up by syncing you device with your Google Account. Congratulations you successfully installed Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on your Samsung Captivate. Please let us know if you encountered any problems in the comments area below.