Samsung Galaxy Spica receives Android 2.1

by: James TromansMarch 17, 2010
Samsuing Galaxy Spica

Samsuing Galaxy Spica

The Samsung Galaxy Spica, also known as the Samsung Galaxy Portal or Samsung i5700, depending on where you hail from, is now officially upgraded to Android 2.1. In order to get some Eclair, you will need to connect your device to the Samsung PC Studio 7 software and follow the usual update/upgrade procedures. Alternatively, buying a new one in-store will also do the trick.

As far as marketing goes, Samsung are making quite a thing of the upgrade, almost as if you are getting a new phone. Check it out,

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.

For the full press release, read on after the jump.

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 (

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.

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  • Amit

    @pik galaxyi7500 uses Qualcomm MSM7201A at 433 Mhz processor that is same as HTC G1 so it looks Android 2.1 is not technically possible due to processing power limitation.

    i5700 uses Samsungs own Soc

  • i7500 owner

    Why not having it for i7500 ???!!!!
    even HTC tatoo gets 2.1, but not the i7500 Galaxy owners. No, I do not want to buy Galaxy Spica – it is worse than i7500


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  • CanadianSpica

    I have a spica, it’s on cupcake still. How are people who don’t have access to PC Studio 7 suppose to get the update when it comes out? I live in Canada…It wasn’t included in my package, and there is no Canadian Samsungmobile site.

    Kind of lost as to what I’m suppose to do…

    • Just download it from the UK site. That’s what I’ve done in the past.

  • MacSpica

    I’m a UK mac user- how am I to update my spica when Samsung do not supply Mac OS X-friendly software? Any advice? :/

  • WsK

    Is this update gonna be in the middle east ?? i mean will it contain arabic language ? because i recieve arabic messeges all the time, so my phone should be on it, (galaxy spica)

    need respons fast;
    or i will flash it with the eurpen rom

    Thanks in advance

  • Virang

    just download india site galaxy spica

  • When will the android 2.1 update be officially available in india?..i.e. in samsung customer cares?…i am using SPICA i5700 still on the cupcake 1.5 version…there’s leaked firmwares out on the net but specifically how to update??…any official news as of when the update will be available????

  • G.d

    hey, i just bought the spica android . so difficult to link up to my mac book pro…
    any advice, tied several things but the USB is hardly ever reconized to mount…
    worked when I was android 1.5 had the people at the store up grade it now it wont connect at all…

    help please?

  • Ayan

    Hey frnds… 2.1 for spica is officially available now in INDIA.u need to take ur cell to any samsung service centre and tell them that u r havin prblm with ur bluetooth…..then they will upgrade ur cell from 1.5 to 2.1 free of cost….i have done the same for mine…..2.1 is far better than 1.5…..but a little bit slower on spica….

  • Soknang

    Hi, it is happended only in india regarding to the upgradation of spica adroid 1.5 to 2.1, any one know to upgrade/ download software to update by our self beside going to india?


  • i ned arabic language on my phone

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