Samsung i5700 Galaxy Android 2.1 upgrade available now! [UPDATE]

Great news for Samsung i5700 Galaxy owners! The latest version of Android is available to download and to apply to your mobile phone right now! To apply the latest version of Android 2.1 to your Samsung i5700 Galaxy, you need the latest version of the PC Studio (v7) and then run the software updater.

Android 2.1 brings a lot of additions to the table:

  • 16M color support
  • Multi-touch support (not pinch zoom though)
  • Double tap zoom, extended search functionality in the messaging department
    plus multiple email and contacts accounts sync support
  • HTML5 support
  • Improved keyboard layout
  • Better overall performance and more

The generic Android OS v2.1 changelog here and most of it should be implemented in the Samsung i5700 Galaxy as well.

UPDATE! There has been some justified confusion about the exact Samsung Model that the Android 2.1 upgrade will be available for. I have found Samsung’s official press release which I hope will help clarify matters. To note, it has been reported that the upgrade is live already in Germany and expected to roll out into other European countries soon.

Samsung Delivers World of New Experiences With Upgraded Galaxy Spica

Android 2.1 gives Galaxy Spica new functionality and unrivalled user experience

SEOUL, Korea – March 17, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced it has upgraded its powerful Galaxy Spica (I5700) smartphone to harness the power of the latest version of AndroidTM, Android 2.1. The smartphone now offers users a galaxy of new features and an unrivalled mobile experience.

The Galaxy Spica retains all the features inherent in the successful Galaxy Spica (I5700), such as seamless connectivity and access to GoogleTM mobile services, multimedia functionality and speedy processor performance

“Lovers of the Galaxy Spica appreciated the ease with which they could access their contacts and personalise their experience – our upgraded handset offers all this and much more; a rich and rewarding and powerful mobile experience,” said JK Shin, President and Head of the Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.

The upgrade will be available via PC Studio 7, Samsung’s unique in-house software upgrade program. PC Studio 7 was included in the package of Galaxy Spica or can be downloaded at the Samsung mobile website (http://www.samsungmobile.com).

Enhanced User Experienced
The Galaxy Spica becomes a highly intuitive communications device offering users the option to personalise no less than nine side-scrolling screens. Users can really let their imaginations run wild, creating different home screens according to different personal interests or requirements.

The handset now features augmented reality technology that displays real-time digital information of your surroundings over the view-finder of the Galaxy Spica’s 3 megapixel camera. The Galaxy Spica also features Samsung widgets, Visual bookmark and PC Sync support to enable users to synchronise their devices quickly.

Enhanced Multimedia and Messaging Functionality
The handset now comes with a number of enhanced multimedia features which transform the Galaxy Spica into a personal entertainment device. Media browser allows you to browse through your media collection with ease. The camera has been upgraded to offer enhanced picture options and viewing functionality.

Improved messaging functionality means that it is much easier to attach files to MMS and email that users can easily add contacts to messages direct from the phonebook. Improved contact management enables users to find a necessary contact very easily through the alphabetical index.

The upgrade will be available from March 2010 in Germany and gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Asia, Africa and rest of the world.

Samsung I5700 Product Specifications
Network HSDPA 3.6Mbps (900/2100)
EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900)
OS Android (ver. Android 2.1)
Display 3.2? HVGA(320×480) TFT
Camera 3MP Camera (Auto Focus)
Video / Audio Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV,DivX
Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA
Value Added
Features ** Google mobile services (Google SearchTM including search by voice, GmailTM, Contacts, Google TalkTM, Google MapsTM, YouTubeTM, Android MarketTM)
Full Web Browser, 3.5mm Ear jack, GPS
Connectivity Bluetooth® 2.1, USB 2.0, MicroUSB, WiFi
Memory Internal memory: 180MB
External memory: Micro SD (Up to 32GB)
Battery 1500 mAh
Size 115 x 57 x 13.2mm

* Android, Google, Android Market, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk are trademarks of Google Inc.

** The launch of Google Mobile Service can differ by region.

  • Timbo

    You sure its for the i5700(Thats the Galaxy Spica, or Galaxy Portal on T-Mobile UK) and not the i7500 (Galaxy) thats on O2 in UK?

    • Valid question Tim. I have updated the original post now with a press release statement from Samsung. Its for the i5700 aka Galixy Spica/Portal. Hope that helps!

      • Timbo

        There is no mention of the i7500 and i5700 on the UK Samsung website, I think this is due to the i7500 exclusive deal with O2, and the i5700 deal with T-Mobile.

        There are two ways to get hold of the file:

        1) Goto UK site, then go through to global download center (http://www.samsung.com/uk/support/download/supportGlobalDownloadAgreement.do), and search down the list for “Mobile Phone, GSM(3G)”, then GT-I5700.

        2) Goto the irish Samsung site, http://www.samsung.ie, support, download center, mobile phones, touchscreen, Samsung i5700.

        I have installed the software but not actually updated a phone yet.

        Trying to find a bit of feedback first 🙂

  • Thanks 4share

  • i love this. how much does it cost now?

    • SIM Free it seems to be going for £249.99, not sure if T-Mobile still carry the handset though…