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Samsung updates Galaxy S II, speeds up Swype and fixes auto-brightness issue and the i9100XWKE2 revision also apparently increases the responsiveness of the Swype software keyboard which is always a plus.It’s available to install via Samsung’s Kies desktop software and therein lies the catch neither update is of the over-the-air variety, which is a bit odd, since the Galaxy S II does seem to have an OTA update mechanism built-in………..

 

Samsung engineers have released the i9100XWKE2 firmware upgrade for Samsung Galaxy SII and not released all over the world yet, Samsung’s firmware developers aren’t leaving a stone turned to keep the phone up to date and ahead of competition. Samsung was quick to release two updates in a short period of time. The first update makes Swype more responsive and  fixes connectivity issues reported by early adopters. The second update fixes the auto-brightness problem.AndroidCommunity reports that the latest firmware is rootable which implies that the third part hacks will work fine on your phone. The procedure to upgrade your device’s firmware is simple. Make sure that you have Samsung proprietary software KIES latest version (KIES will automatically notify you if you don’t) and connect your phone to your PC or Mac. KIES will notify you about the availability of the upgrade.It seems that the OTA (Over The Air) upgrade does not work in this case so phone’s inbuilt software updater won’t show availability of new build.

 

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  On May 15, 2011(3 years, 10 months ago.)

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  1. Marc Jenkins Says:

    Please note that you cannot update the firmware using KIES on a Mac unless you use bootcamp, as Samsung have not given us a KIES Mini that works with the Samsung Galaxy SII i9100.
    This is a real drawback for Mac users, and Samsung should address the issue immediately.

    M Jenkins

    Posted on May 26th, 2011 at 8:55 AM

  2. Yourmumma Says:

    Yep three are with holding the updates saying they are incompatible with there network terriost bastards

    Posted on June 12th, 2011 at 11:19 AM

  3. Dan Dart Says:

    So therefore Kies is bollocks, because it doesn’t understand I bought this to be OPEN. So I’m using the flasher heimdall.

    Posted on June 13th, 2011 at 9:10 PM

  4. Carl Garrod Says:

    How about fixing the pathetic wifi signal/range on the Galaxy S2?  Great processor speed but pathetically slow on wifi – so what’s the point?

    Posted on June 30th, 2011 at 11:56 AM

  5. Dj Says:

    Window 7 kies crashes when trying to upgrade firmware.

    Posted on July 4th, 2011 at 7:46 PM

  6. Dekkard Says:

    “Window 7 kies crashes when trying to upgrade firmware.”Yep same here Kies loses phone connection , kies is still flaky .
     

    Posted on July 7th, 2011 at 12:40 PM

  7. Matt Says:

    Same thing happening here -_-

    Posted on July 7th, 2011 at 9:57 PM

  8. Woh24 Says:

    Bought new SGS2 and need to install Outlook contacts and calendar from notebook (running W7 32bit). No micro SD card yet. Kies Air worked first time but shows only what is on the phone and there is no calendar at all. How can I get the PC outlook contacts on to the phone? And how do I get the PC Outlook calendar on to the phone? I have read dozens of threads on this, and it seems to be impossibly difficult. With iPhone I connect via USB, and it automatically backs up and does a full two-way outlook to phone sync! How can I sync contacts and calendar from the PC TO the phone? Please advise.

    Posted on July 30th, 2011 at 10:01 PM

  9. Drapjohny Says:

    I bought this phone yesterday with lots of expectations.
    The first impression was good.
    However, I wasted the whole of today afternoon trying to update
    the firmware, after getting the message from Kies.
    The update downloaded three times, ans each time, Kies did not
    recognise the phone (the phone icon was showing on My Computer).
    My OS is Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
    Samsung, are you listening?
    Such issues can kill your hard work.  

    Posted on August 27th, 2011 at 8:48 PM

  10. mpagrad2011 Says:

    SGS2 Does not synch with MS Exchange Server.  Samsung Customer Support says, “Sorry for the inconvenience, we’re working on it.”  Not sure they can fix so returning phone.  Must have work email, contacts and calendar.  Very disappointing for such a cool phone.  Oh, and they should avoid loading the phone up with cumbersome apps.

    Posted on October 18th, 2011 at 9:41 AM

  11. Nichse Says:

    I have found Galaxy Ace and Galaxy S11 not good phones.  Calls often cannot get through, and at times I cannot phone out!  Kies is as good as useless as I have now downloaded twice onto my Vista OS and it still doesn’t work!  When you need assistance with Level 2 tech. they only have one in NZ who is worked off his feet poor man! So when he’s ill, there is no one who can help with 2nd level probs. When their ereader Kobo is down in Korea…tough luck it seems. Was out for 6 days recently. When I purchased book from Samsung App. it seemed to be sitting in Kobo and with that not working, my book vanished for this time.
    Come on Samsung…get your act together with your phones and their operation.
    I am changing as soon as I can to the new Apple iphone 4S. The Samsung phoes appear to be useless a lot of the time.

    Posted on October 21st, 2011 at 9:32 AM

  12. Frank Kavanagh Says:

    I have owned a Galaxy S11 for the past 7 months, it is a dream machine. Never once had any problems with it, Kies was rubbish but now it works perfectly, just today updated software on phone smoothly.My wife has an iphone for about the same time, she would swap for my S11 anytime! [no chance] Kobo works perfectly for me. I suggest you might have a problem with your carrier. Or perhaps it is Vista – lets face it, thats a horrible OS. I use Windows 7 and XP. 22 years of mobile phones, mostly Nokia when they were by far the best, I also had Mac computers for years until Apple got too greedy. Because I am so pleased with the Galaxy, I now have a Samsung computer and a Samsung TV.

    Posted on November 2nd, 2011 at 4:20 AM

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