Samsung Captivate Wish List

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Nov 092010

Since my previous post about flashing my new Samsung Captivate from the stock Rogers ROM to the AT&T build of Android 2.2 I’ve flashed the device to a couple different versions of the Cognition ROMs. They’re certainly an improvement over the stock Rogers ROM, but Cognition is still based on the AT&T ROM, and I really do think that the Rogers ROM would actually be a better starting point because there is a lot less cruft. So, without further adieu here is my wishlist for a hybrid Rogers/Cognition ROM:

  1. Get rid of that damn AT&T boot logo
  2. Let me select the original Samsung Galaxy boot/shutdown animations, they’re actually really nice
  3. Use the Rogers modem files, since they have superior GPS functionality (though the Rogers modem config does not support HSUPA)
  4. Caller Name Display (as far as I can tell, no US carrier supports caller name display on their mobile networks, but Canadian firms do, so that explains why it’s missing)
  5. When using Maps, it seems that my direction wrong by about 90 degrees.

I think that swapping out the boot animations should be pretty simple, if I could figure out how to use make the bootsamsung.qmg files (which I believe are raw frame buffer files that are the animation) work from a file. A little more research and #2 could probably be solved. The other three require either more knowledge, or assistance from the guys who actually make Cognition.

Updating The Rogers Samsung Galaxy S (Captivate) To Android 2.2 (Froyo)

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Oct 282010

I got the newly released Rogers Samsung Captivate, which is quite the upgrade from my rapidly aging iPhone 3G. My first impressions after just over 24 hours with the phone are good. However, the fact that it came running Android 2.1 (Eclair) rather than the newer 2.2 (Froyo) release bothered me. Though if you check the phone’s status, it says it’s running 2.1-update1, and it appears to include some of the features from 2.2. No Matter, what fun is a gadget you don’t risk turning into a brick within the first day of owning?

Here are the steps I took to reflash the device with a leaked version of the 2.2 ROM from AT&T, then root the device and remove all the AT&T bloatware and generally end up with a decent setup. As is typical of these sorts of posts it must be said that these steps worked for me, have not been tested on any other devices than my own, and may turn your phone into a brick, a nuclear killing machine, or less likely, a rabbit.

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