(Updated) Samsung Says Vibrant OTA On The Way?

It’s been a long and aggravating journey for Samsung Vibrant users with regards to an update to fix GPS issues that have been plagued them since the release of the handset. Last week continued to throw fuel on the fire with a vague tweet from Samsung regarding information surrounding the update that would arrive next week, which is now this week. Plenty of you expected news Monday, however none came. This morning however, we saw a tweet from Samsung’s @GalaxySsupport Twitter account announcing the arrival of the JI6 OTA update. A message “should appear on your phone” though no timeline is given as to when you can expect that to occur. For the moment that’ s all we know right now so hopefully Vibrant users can sound off below on receiving this update and any fixes that might be found.

Samsung GalaxySsupport Twitter

Update: T-Mobile has stated that Samsung will be sending out a staggered update between today, October 7th and the end of the month so don’t start panicking if you don’t receive it right away. Here is a list of fixes expected with this update:

The top customer issues addressed with this OTA include:

GPS, SGPA, SUPL

Exchange inbox

Contacts Sync

The Sims 3 10th Anniversary Edition

Battery indicator

Calendar alert chime

New Services: Samsung Media Hub

40+ bug fixes, UI changes and updates.

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  • zed411

    I received the update over the weekend (San Francisco), and was looking forward to finally having working GPS in my Vibrant. Alas, it was not to be. While it now finds the GPS signal much faster, the Vibrant now gives me terrible directions (literally driving me in zigzags and circles), and it also freezes requiring a reboot. This often happens on the freeway, where it’s obviously not safe to reboot the phone.

    Additionally, battery life is now half of what it once was, the phone freezes, and Swype doesn’t seem as responsive and accurate as before the update.

    Very, very frustrated user here. I was really excited to get this phone, and it just doesn’t work as advertised. If they can’t get the features they advertise to work (i.e. GPS), then they either shouldn’t advertise those features, or they should stop selling the phone.

    • himynameisAO

      i love everything about this phone, I really do, so I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining about the update, I do REALLY love it. BUT, I 100% agree with you about the battery life, what happened!!! My phone is now dying super fast. HELP!

  • Markc

    I installed JI5 when it was available thru Kies, I wonder is there is anything updated through the OTA JI6 that would make installation worth it. The GPS is working great with JI5.

    Just don’t want to end up with a bricked phone, seems like might be better not to install and wait for Froyo.

  • SwyperAlwaysSwyping

    So no update yet and im in Los Angeles. :( Im getting angry because I know I was within that first 100 that purchased this phone on day one within the western hemisphere yet everybody seems to have received this update but me.

  • Fred Coulter

    I’m not sure if anyone cares, but I just received my OTA. I was in Sanford, FL, when I got the message. It took a little over ten minutes to complete the upgrade. The phone did not brick. My firmware version (in Settings) is 2.1-update1. I haven’t really noticed any difference in the phone, but I haven’t looked all that hard.

    Now I’m waiting for Froyo…

  • http://anothernormal.com/ Rudy

    I received the OTA on Friday and it proceeded to brick my phone. I took it in to T-Mobile. They could not get it going. The rep and I spent an hour on the phone with corporate customer service. No fix. They are sending me a new one and I have a cute little pink Nokia in the meantime as a loaner. Now I wish that I had waited for the G2. Oh well…

    Rudy

  • Terrill

    I received the update for my vibrant about 2am noticed a few apps navigation, places, latitude, task monitor, a program monitor widget & latitude widget, battery indicator, much improved gps, a hd camcorder icon, a brightness setting in browser, there’s probally more that I’m missing but that’s all I can recall, media hub now live as well, a few South Park episodes I might grab.

  • Mattshomeworld

    I got mine around 8am this morning. GPS works better and a few new apps added… holding down the home key now brings you to a task panel. I am upset with the touch response with the screen with this update, Swype was not accurate while typing. Also Market keep force closing while scrolling for programs. T-Mobile needs to address this ASAP.

  • ViBrAnT-GalAxyS

    Does anyone know if i can get the update without a data plan using wifi or should I call T-Mobile and ask them if they can send me an update or something. Is there a link as to where i can download the update like on XDA Developers or something.

    • Anonymous

      Here’s a link to Samsung’s instructions to manually download the update through your computer: http://goo.gl/VQ8L

  • trish

    Phone has been stuck on vibrant screen FOR OVER AN HOUR. wtf?

    • anonymous

      mine did the same. T Mobile will get you a new one and give you a lame loaner phone in the meantime.

  • Hulk

    Still waiting for this update…yup.

  • ViBrAnT-GalAxyS

    EVERYONE ON TMO NEWS I AM CONFIRMING THAT THE TMOBILE SAMSUNG VIBRANT CAN GET THE THE SOFTWARE UPDATE WITHOUT A DATA PLAN USING WIFI. I JUST GOT MYNE UPDATED ALL YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR IS A RED AND BLUISH ARROW IN THE TASK BAR PULL IT DOWN AND IT SAYS CONNECTING TO DATA MANAGMENT WAIT ABOUT 3 MINUTES TIME MAY VARY AND YOU WILL HAVE A CHECK MARK WITH THE ARROWS IN THE TASK BAR YOU THEN WILL INSTANTLY GET THE UPDATE MESSAGE AND PROCEED TO THE ONSCREEN COMMAND. AND THIS WAS A TMOBILE UNROOTED STOCK SOFTWARE VIBRANT WITH NO DATA PLAN AND WIFI ON. UPDATE LOCATION SACRAMENTO.

  • mrjoeyloke

    You can get the official update though kies lite! I did! Now I got working gps and media hub!

  • Alex!!!!805

    after the updat my swipe keyboard really sucks, its not accurate at all! so far this is the only problem, and gps location now works but it is unstable.

  • Allen

    Still haven’t received the update. wtf… Is Cleveland, Ohio off T-Mobile’s map?

    • JAY

      Get the update manually from the Galaxy S facebook page.

  • kosherpork

    The JI6 update is available through the samsung kies mini. Not the regular kies. It works great and im loving it. If you havent got the update yet and cant wait…download the “kies mini” software and you can then update your tmobile vibrant. It even works on 64bit computers even though it says the computer has to be 32bit. The gps works great, samsung hub is up and running, and now hopefully all the whiners will shut up when they recieve thier ota or decide to download the update. But alas, im sure people will find something about the phone to complain about. Some people are never happy. Too bad.

    • Fred Coulter

      You want someone to complain? OK, here goes.

      The musical director of Sweeney Todd needed to contact a missing cast member last night and used my phone since I had the entire cast list on my phone and he didn’t. After leaving a message, he admired the screen. I showed him a bit of Avatar since that’s a good way to show off the screen. (Probably why it came with the phone.)

      So he asked me if it was in 3D.

      I want my cell phone to display native 3D without using special glasses! I also want to have a ten inch screen, while being physically no larger than the Vibrant. Finally, I’m tired of blue tooth. Can it be connected directly to my brain stem so I don’t actually ever need to look at it? It might be even better if it was surgically implanted (with corneal implants for the 3D images.)

      And of course an unlimited data and voice plan for $20/month, and faster internet speeds than my cable modem at home.

    • NiiDiddy

      I did my J16 through regular Kies since I couldn’t get Kies Mini to work for me. So in response, it wasn’t only on Samsung Kies Mini; you can get the same update on Samsung Kies.

  • rwc

    So I’m trying to figure out how to install the Kies Mini (I kept getting an setup initialiation error) and wouldn’t you know that while I’m trying to figure this out, my phone gets the update (In SF). Classic, just classic.

  • himynameisAO

    ok…I updated through mini Kies and everything worked fine….BUT NOW after charging the phone through the nite (like I always did), my phone died on me in 3 hours. WHAT HAPPENED TO MY BATTERY !?!?!?!?!?! Anyone else have this issue? Im sorry if this was brought up before…but PLEASE…ANYONE…HELP!!! I tried killing apps, tried disabling the data, tried everything I could before it died. Also, it kept showing in the status bar that “something” was trying to sync. again…PLEASE HELP!!!! David?!?

  • matt

    I received the update on Friday 10/8 here is San Francisco. So far the GPS works great and like many of the other new features, but my battery life has really taken a hit. Anyone else having the same problem. My phone can’t even make it through a day anymore like it did before the update.

  • luia

    yes my vibrant update 8:00am Puerto Rico

  • Bill

    This is the exact reason why I wrote last week to give Samsung a chance to get Froyou right from the start before releasing. Jump to another phone will only give you similiar headaches. You think you have headaches now?? Look at the fallout from Droid 2 lovers who went to 2.2…

    See below:

    http://www.droiddog.com/android-blog/2010/10/motorola-addresses-droid-x-froyo-issues/

  • himynameisAO

    my battery problem solved…it was trying to sync my contacts again with twitter and facebook, it wouldn’t read it…so I redid them, sync’d them, and Im good to go! hope this helps others…i’m an idiot for not realizing that right away…bring on froyo now…i can wait

  • Scritz McGritz

    The update is good. And my battery life is the same. I love the little tweaks to youtube, the music player, and browser options. Loading the update through Kies MINI was a BITCH!!! It took me like two hour to figure it out. I eventually found a thread/forum that told me to factory reset and format aka erase the external sd card. After that it still wouldn’t work. I then had to shut down my firewall and anti-virus software. It finally worked. It’s just a mini update nothing to be to excited about. Gps is better… still flaky, but oh well. I can tell you it did work well on main roads though. Now to wait for Froyo.

    • Scritz McGritz

      I love my phone and touch wiz(I really do like it). I was checking out the G2 yesterday. I turned it on and it seemed so outdated to me. The space between the glass and the screen was so thick… I was like… no words… very unimpressed, my vibrant is way better. The Hspa data was faster than the vibrant’s 3g, but not blazing like I expected. There was no point in playing with the phone, even though it was running froyo, because I already know what vanilla android is like, and it is pretty boring, but still good. Anyway for some reason I have experienced longer battery life with the new update. GPS is terrific, and it works great. I really think the vibrant and the epic are the best phone out there. Iphone 4 is next. I can’t imagine going from a brilliant screen like the vibrant to a screen like the G2 or Evo… just saying.

  • misterjohnnyt

    My Vibrant battery used to last a full 2 days with moderate use… now, after the OTA update, my battery does not even last 20 hours with LIGHT use! If I unplug it with a full charge before going to bed, it loses 30% of it’s charge just sitting on my nightstand in standby mode! *! W T F !* ??????
    What good is a working gps, if the phone is dead when I go to use it????

    I SHALL DEMAND A FULL REFUND FOR THIS TRASH

  • Alex

    Im confused now. Me and a friend and his gf all live in same area and we have the galaxy s. He got his 2 days ago and ive had mine for months now. Yesterday morning he received the update.and me and his gf didnt. Why is this? We all live close by.

    • alex

      so i got the updated today, didnt notice too big of a difference. i thought the sims was gonna get updated and alot more, i also thought that this was the 2.2 update but mine still sats 2.1-update, is it like this for everyone else?

  • chris

    Update arrived this morning! Went on the patio and opened GPS Status. I got 7 out 12 satellites locked in about 15 seconds (never had more than 2 lock and those would take 10 minutes). I let the app run for 15 minutes so GPS sat data would download and eventually had locks on 9 out of 12 satellites. Even locks in the house now. The phone is much faster but I still experience “hiccups” or lag. And touch is much more sensitive, maybe that explains the swype experiences. Its funny but I’ve found good ole Solitaire is a great way to see how touch and UI is working. Because its slow its easy to see how the phone reacts.. Hopefully Froyo fixes that. This is the phone I expected when I bought it in July though. I’m more than happy now to wait on a functional and not rushed Froyo update.

  • Will

    I just received my update at 5:40pm central time in the central Illnois area just in case anyone cares lol. It took 5 minutes tops to complete. It was very very quick.

  • llblwskydrgn

    This OTA update bricked my phone… Beware.

    • shanoboy

      Same here! I’m still waiting on my damn replacement phone to come in the mail.

  • Will

    Wow. This update has killed my battery. I called TMobile, even though I know it’s not their fault, and wanted to be another voice in many that this update is killing our batteries. They said they are going to send me another battery out for added assurance even though I said it wasn’t needed, she insisted. I figured it couldn’t hurt I guess. Regardless she gave me Samsungs number to get in contact with them so I thought I would post it here. I don’t expect them to say anything to me or help but I do want to let them know this problem does exist and us consumers aren’t pleased. Here is the number:

    SAMSUNG: 1-888-987-4357 (Mon-Fri. 7am-9pm; Sat. 9am-6pm)

  • Swyper Always Swyping

    October 17th and still no update.

  • drmd

    October 17th and still no update.
    No Michigan love!!!!!!!!!!!!!No HSPPA either

  • Will

    I just got off the phone with Samsung and they said this was the very first time they’ve heard about such an issue with the update :freak: I’m pissed. They said they are going to give it to upper level management… yeah okay. There’s no way I was the first person to call and complain about the update, no f/n way.

  • am

    This is just plain ridiculous… Seems like both T-Mobile and Samsung are not even bothered that they messed up with the update and just ended up killing the battery life… Not even an apology… I guess that is what you have to pay to be with a cheap carrier…

  • Eddie

    I received the update several days ago in Las Vegas. I was not having any of the problems that others were seeing prior to that, and the only thing I can see differently with the update is the battery life. My battery now goes from fully charged in the morning to approx. 10% remaining by approx. 7PM with low to moderate usage.

    It appears that the battery is being drained at twice the rate since the upgrade. It is very sucky!

  • Mastas

    Battery life is horrible after this update!!!!

  • SwyperAlwaysSwyping

    Woke up this morning with a note to install update. Gps locked my location super fast ;) love the task manager, hates mobitv (its nothing in it really in it), sims is still not working (that same message pops up and shuts down the program). Thats all I have noticed thus far. Waiting for froyo!

  • Rhonda

    I got the update and every since then my phone randomly stops accepting calls…I never even know anyone tried to call me….It is making my husband nuts because he can never get a hold of me???? Anyone else have this issue or know how I can fix???

  • Eric Balcom

    Well after the update my battery life went down the drain. I tried uninstalling all the unnecessary apps but it did not improve my batter life at all. I just recently did a factory reset (wiped out all my data) and this seems to have improved my battery life.

  • G-MONEY

    THERE WELL BE NO 2.2 UPDATE FOR THE SAMSUNG VIBRANT ACCORDING TO T-MOBILE IF YOU DON’T BELEIVE IT CALL CUSTOMER SERVICE AND THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT THE VIBRANT IS NOT ONE OF THE PHONE THATS IS GETTING THE 2.2 UPDATE

  • KosherPork

    People need to just shut the f@ck up and stop whining about how thier vibrant dosen’t have 2.2 yet and threatening to take your phones back, file class action lawsuits, and basically throw virtual tantrums in these forums and whatnot like a 2 year old would when they dont get what they want. Listen, it will be out, when its out. Have some f@cking patience and I gaurantee everyone complaining that froyo isnt on thier phone yet while some phones do( keyword: SOME PHONES) will be bit©h¡ng and whining the day they get the 2.2 update that they dont have 2.3, 3.0 or whatevef the next OS will be just like right now. People cannot be pleased. F©cking babies…grow up and join the resl world where you dont get what you want most of the time.