ICS Upgrade for Samsung Captivate Glide Available
If you haven’t been on top of Android news, you might’ve missed that AT&T officially released the ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0.4) upgrade for the Samsung Captivate Glide (through Samsung’s Kies desktop software which sucks). If you’re a Mac user running Mountain Lion, guess what, Kies is not available so just go ahead and fire up Parallels, Boot Camp, or VMWare and Windoze right now, because you’ll need it.
There was an announcement like 6 months ago that this update was coming, and it’s finally here, but there is one unfortunate problem:
THE KEYBOARD BACKLIGHT DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE!
I bought a phone with a backlit keyboard, because I’m a clumsy typer on a touch screen, predictive text isn’t all that great, and voice recognition is still hit-or-miss. One of the best parts of having a backlit keyboard was being able to send a text in the middle of the night from bed, or in a dark, dark place, FROM THE KEYBOARD!
I’m not going to root my phone to fix this, damnit. This is the result of lazy coding on the part of both Samsung and AT&T. Can you tell me how this made it through alpha and beta testing without anyone noticing that the FUCKING LIGHTS BEHIND THE KEYS DIDN’T COME ON ANYMORE?! I expect a bug fix with the quickness.
I did learn a valuable lesson with this phone, and it’s simple. If your phone has a keyboard and it’s not a Motorola Droid, expect both the carrier and the manufacturer to pretend that it doesn’t exist after it’s been released into the wild. Expect to wait months and months for major software updates, and forget about small bug fixes. The only reason the manufacturer put the phone out was to steal some sales from Motorola, and when they realize that they haven’t, they pretend the phone never happened.