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Free Android 2.1 Upgrade for T-Mobile Pulse!!!

miali Avatar
6y, 6m agoFound 6 years, 6 months ago
Found this at T-mobile Pulse section of [email protected] forum:

http://android.modaco.com/content/t-mobile-pulse-pulse-modaco-com/309705/android-2-1-for-pulse-from-t-mobile-hungary/

Basically, T-mobile Hungary have released an official Android 2.1 update for T-mobile Pulse. I have upgraded my UK T-mobile Pulse effortlessly (using standard upgrade feature of phone) with the instructions posted on T-mobile Hungary web and it works great! Phone is running stable with all features! Many other UK based users of forum have reported the same.

I suggest to go for it!

EDIT: It seems that T-mobile Hungary webpage is overloaded. This update file is also available here:
http://www.megafileupload.com/en/file/235187/T-Mobile-Pulse-21-B815-zip.html

As pointed out by daggman, more clear instructions/link here:
http://android.modaco.com/content/t-mobile-pulse-pulse-modaco-com/309791/t-mobile-pulse-2-1-software-upgrade-guide/
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6y, 6m agoFound 6 years, 6 months ago
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#1
Wish they'd update my hero...
#2
emhaslam
Wish they'd update my hero...


me too :x:x:x:x:x
#3
Me too. Android 2.1 makes a big difference in user experience IMO. I got a G2 this March hoping that upgrade was imminent but nothing so far :?
#4
?Hi, has this made the phone any faster or speedier? Whats the main plus to upgrading to 2.1?

Thx for ur time
1 Like #5
manzi
?Hi, has this made the phone any faster or speedier? Whats the main plus to upgrading to 2.1?

Thx for ur time


Well, Android 2.1 offers many new features besides speed improvement. The UI seems more polished as well (talking about Pulse specifically here). Some of my favourites are:

- Better web browser (no Flash though)
- Better Google maps with free voice guided navigation!
- Better Android market with newer applications to download
- More and better widgets to add to homepages
- The touch keyboard has now vibration feedback (like HTC phones)
- More polish here and there
#6
http://www.android.com/


android 2.2 (google phone) improves cpu speed, better gaming experience .... etc:

Performance & speed: The new Dalvik JIT compiler in Android 2.2 delivers between a 2-5X performance improvement in CPU-bound code vs. Android 2.1 according to various benchmarks.

New enterprise capabilities: We’ve added Exchange capabilities such as account auto-discovery and calendar sync. Device policy management APIs allow developers to write applications that can control security features of the device such as the remote wipe, minimum password, lockscreen timeout etc.

Faster, more powerful browser: We have brought the V8 JavaScript engine to the Android browser as part of 2.2. This has resulted in a 2-3X improvement in JavaScript performance vs. 2.1.

Rich set of new APIs and services: New data backup APIs enable apps to participate in data backup and restore, allowing an application's last data to be restored when installed on a new or a reset device. Apps can utilize Android Cloud to Device Messaging to enable mobile alert, send to phone, and two-way push sync functionality. Developers can now declare whether their app should be installed on internal memory or an SD card. They can also let the system automatically determine the install location. On the native side, a new API now gives access to Skia bitmaps.

Additions to Android Market: Android Market provides Android Application Error Reports, a new bug reporting feature, giving developers access to crash and freeze reports from users. Developers will be able to access these reports via their account on the Android Market publisher website.
#7
Has the update affected to unlock at all?
#8
I thought you could just update yourself anyway? I have the desire and planned to update my phone.
#9
normal
Has the update affected to unlock at all?


I haven't tried putting in some other network SIM after updating. My guess is this doesn't affect the lock. The upgrade procedure was pretty standard, not like hacking your device to update when installing a custom firmware.

I think this is a big plus for Pulse owners since many older Android mobiles are still stuck at 1.5 or 1.6.
#10
does the update make the phone hungarian or can i make the language and everything english if so how?
#11
nomlim
does the update make the phone hungarian or can i make the language and everything english if so how?


The update didnt change the phone default language, i.e., it was still English after the phone first booted.
#12
got a pulse turning up this week - is there any danger of t-mobile uk releasing this officially this side of the water do we think? Just a little worried about bricking it on the day I get it and being told I'm on my own when I call and say I flashed it with a rom I found in hungary :)

slight off topic - I'm right in thinking I can tether this aren't I?
#13
PR1
got a pulse turning up this week - is there any danger of t-mobile uk releasing this officially this side of the water do we think? Just a little worried about bricking it on the day I get it and being told I'm on my own when I call and say I flashed it with a rom I found in hungary :)

slight off topic - I'm right in thinking I can tether this aren't I?


Well, if you read the posts in Modaco forum (UK based), there is no report of phones bricked by this update by UK users. This is an officially released update so this is not likely. Also, if T-mobile releases the update, you can always flash it on top of this one (but you cannot go back to 1.5).

Regarding this update, it seems that all steps should be followed to get trouble free system.
#14
super , mine arrive tomoz going to do update.
#15
Have just read through 26 pages of Modaco forum discussions about how to apply this 2.1 upgrade but am now thoroughly confused with advice about December updates, Superboot, chinese updates for vibration, partition sizes etc.All I wanted from 2.1 was better battery life; I'll leave it until 2.1 is available from T-Mob UK rather than an unofficial channel.
#16
well i maybe wrong , but i have just downloaded the update from T-mobile hungry which is an official release, i think you just follow the official instructions.

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http://www.t-mobile.hu/lakossagi/keszulekek/szoftverfrissites/telefon/pulse_21&sl=hu&tl=en
#17
daggman
well i maybe wrong , but i have just downloaded the update from T-mobile hungry which is an official release, i think you just follow the official instructions.

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http://www.t-mobile.hu/lakossagi/keszulekek/szoftverfrissites/telefon/pulse_21&sl=hu&tl=en


Thanks for that - I'll probably give it a go, Can anyone confirm that 2.1 improves battery life? That's the biggest flaw of the Pulse IMO.

New features of 2.1 http://lifehacker.com/5443156/android-21s-best-features-in-screenshots
#19
Found this comment regarding Android2.1 on overclockers forum.

"I recommend using the custom modaco rom after that, has definitely improved a few things (and obviouslyt includes apps2sd - which allows you to store up to 2gb of apps on the microSD card). Only 40mb of free space after the hungarian rom update means its actually very useful to have!"

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18064936&page=14

Can anyone confirm this and provide a link to the specific "mocado rom" they're referring to? If the above comment is true, it sounds like this further flashing step is pretty much mandatory if the Hungarian firmware reduces app space to 40mb.
#20
terriclarkfan
Found this comment regarding Android2.1 on overclockers forum.

"I recommend using the custom modaco rom after that, has definitely improved a few things (and obviouslyt includes apps2sd - which allows you to store up to 2gb of apps on the microSD card). Only 40mb of free space after the hungarian rom update means its actually very useful to have!"

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18064936&page=14

Can anyone confirm this and provide a link to the specific "mocado rom" they're referring to? If the above comment is true, it sounds like this further flashing step is pretty much mandatory if the Hungarian firmware reduces app space to 40mb.


My suggestion is to go ahead with this update and decide for yourself if you really need to go for custom ROM. This standard upgrade is a pretty simple and safe procedure as compared to flashing custom ROMs. Also, 40MB limitation might not be really a bother to many users.

Regarding battery life, its difficult to say since I has used the Pulse for only 2 days before upgrading to 2.1firmware. But I am finding it acceptable compared to HTC hero.
1 Like #21
TIP: If you want to bypass the Android market to get an application, try these sites:

[url]www.androidfreeware.org[/url]
slideme.org

Basically you may need to fo this to get an application that is not visible in your device market listing (since some applications are specific to device, region etc).

For instance, for some reason I could not find a very useful app called 'Pocket Auctions for eBay' in market on my updated Pulse. I got it from [url]www.androidfreeware.org[/url] by directly downloading the installation file (.apk) and installing it!
#22
done, pretty smooth and all good. got a few hungarian t-mobile things (web tv, homepage, etc) but hardly the end of the world.
#23
maybe I spoke too soon, have had a few lockups - anyone else experienced this?

Any advice? (re-flash it over the top again?)
#24
PR1
maybe I spoke too soon, have had a few lockups - anyone else experienced this?

Any advice? (re-flash it over the top again?)


By lock-ups do you mean that your phone hung and you had to take battery out?

Well, I did experience it but only once till yet so haven't really taken it as a big issue.
#25
happened about 3 times in 24hrs, yeah as you say hung.

I'll just see how it goes for a few days.
#26
Copilot startsup and closes straight away or fails to start i have reinstalled it 3 times and it is still happening ,anyone else having problems
#27
re-flashed and seems ok so far, fingers crossed!
#28
Wonder if they will bother to get around to an official 2.1 UK release.
#29
hope so, I'm not having a great experience with this one... had 2 or 3 lock ups since I re-flashed ~22hrs ago.

wonder if it's a hardware issue though.
#30
mine has been fine and dandy, love it
#31
Has anyone had issues with the Pulse losing 3G and phone connectivity and requiring a reboot in order to reconnect? Apparently it's a known Android issue;something to do with the software stack getting confused when trying to connect to masts. I've noticed my phone (still on the original T-Mob 1.5 rom) sometimes does this.....sometimes it reconnects after a few minutes, other times it requires a hard reboot and sometimes selecting/deselecting "Flight Mode" can fix it.

Some reports below suggest the phone can lose voice connection for hours at a time.....

http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=2845
#32
I experienced lost 3G data connectivity. Only after rebooting it was fixed. This is not good news if it happens to voice as well.
#33
so, we got an eta for 2.2 yet? :)
#34
PR1
so, we got an eta for 2.2 yet? :)


We don't have 2.1 yet.
#35
i'll be updating the pulse we receive tomorrow to 2.1 but the 40mb limitation worries me, are you able to store apps and stuff on the memory card or is that a no no?
#36
risheet
i'll be updating the pulse we receive tomorrow to 2.1 but the 40mb limitation worries me, are you able to store apps and stuff on the memory card or is that a no no?


think that's coming with 2.2, though there are other avenues it appears (something called A2SD) if you're ok with rooting your phone (I shan't until I'm a little more familiar though...)
#37
i can live with 40mb limitation until 2.2 comes out, how do you root this phone to get rid of tmobile branding?
#38
argh panic! just did the the first part of the update and now phone is stuck on update complete screen!

update: took the battery out and reinsterted, carried on at step 5 and now its stuck again!

update think everything is ok now but webnwalk homepage is hungarian! oh and t-mobile is no longer displayed on the home screen!
#39
I updated my pulse a few days ago and the phone now runs like a nightmare!

Downloading apps just sticks on downloading, uploading to facebook sticks and never completes and the phone has crashed on me about 10 times now requiring me to take out battery to get it up and running again!

Going to try the update again from scratch but at this point I wouldn't recommend it!
#40
I'd really appreciate an update from one / some of you who updated your Pulse to 2.1 via T-mobile Hungary. My Pulse arrived today and I'm unsure as to whether I should upgrade it to 2.1.

Thanks in advance!! :-)

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