Category Archives: Samsung



It’s here.  Update your Samsung Galaxy SII from Android 2.3 to Android 4.1.

How to update:

You’ll need a USB cable and a computer to do the update.  Software needs to be downloaded onto a computer.  Depending on your connection, the update may take anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes on a standard DSL/Cable internet connection.


NOTE: Software is over 500 MB (half a gig) could take a while to download depending on your internet connection. If the computer will not recognize your Galaxy S2, try plugging into a USB port in the back of your PC.  If that doesn’t work, download drivers from Samsung.

What’s different?  A lot.


  • New lock screen actions
  • Improved text input and spell-checking
  • Control over network data
  • Email app supports EAS v14
  • WI-FI direct
  • BlueTooth Health Device Profile
  • UI use Hardware acceleration
  • Better voice recognition (dictating/Voice typing)
  • Web browser, allows up to 16 tabs
  • Updated launcher (customizable)
  • Social stream API in Contacts provider to show updates associated to your contacts
  • Video stabilization and QVGA video resolution API access
  • Accessibility API refinements for screen readers
  • Calendar provider updates
  • stability improvements
  • better camera performance
  • smoother screen rotation
  • Google Now ( )
  • Voice Search
  • Speed enhancements
  • Camera app improvements
  • Accessibility: gesture mode, enable braille external keyboards.

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How to use your Galaxy S2 from Illinois Valley Cellular as a USB drive on Windows XP

Here are directions on how to connect your Samsung Galaxy SII to a Windows XP computer.

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1. Go to Menu>Settings>Wireless and Network
2. Next go to USB Utilities
3. Next Select Connect Storage to PC
4. Follow the instructions on the Screen
5. After inserting the USB Cable into the phone select Connect USB Storage
6. Press Ok on the screen
7. The Android symbol will turn Orange and you are connected. When you have transferred your files and you are ready to quit, at the bottom of the screen with the Orange Android Icon select Disconnect USB Storage and you’re done!

Samsung Galaxy™ S II

Now Available at Illinois Valley Cellular:

No matter how fast your world moves, the Samsung Galaxy S™ II keeps up with it. Get blazing quick downloads, browse shopping sites at warp speed, download movies and listen to music, all while playing a game on a brilliant 4.5” Super AMOLED™ Plus display with an extraordinarily powerful dual-core processor. With the fully loaded, ultra-thin lightweight design of the Samsung Galaxy S II you’ll stand out in any crowd.


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3 New Androids at IVC: SII, One V & Optimus Plus

Take advantage of Sizzling Summer deals… Get the kids back in school with new phones… Or, hey… treat yourself!

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Try the Samsung Galaxy S II with blazing quick downloads, browse shopping sites at warp speed, download movies and listen to music, all while playing a game on a brilliant 4.3” Super AMOLED™ Plus display with an extraordinarily powerful dual-core processor, in stunning white or black.

Or, the Ice Cream Sandwich powered HTC One V packs an impressive list of features including a best-in-class camera that captures every moment (even in low light) with crisp, vivid, beautiful photos. Plus, with Beats Audio™ you hear authentic, deep sound with true, finely-tuned details.

And, the LG Optimus Plus, running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a 3.5” capacitive touch screen and up to 7 customizable home screens, your favorite games, info, and friends are always readily accessible.

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Samsung Showcase™ i500 in WHITE!

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You gotta have one!  The Samsung Showcase™ i500 in a stylish white back is now available at IV Cellular Wireless Solution Centers and agent locations.

Experience entertainment in a whole new light with the Samsung Showcase™ i500 and its vivid 4-inch ultra-bright Super AMOLED™ Display which makes movies, games and websites come to life. This Android 2.3 OS smartphone takes you to the limits with blazing fast 1 GHz Hummingbird processing speed, a 5 megapixel camera, 720p HD video recording/playback. Swype technology, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi (b/g/n/) and mobile hotspot capability. All that plus an expandable memory slot and fully integrated Google Mobile Services puts the whole universe into your hands.

For full specs on the Samsung Showcase i500 click here

Hot Mobile Stocking Stuffer Ideas!

Need to pick up a few stocking stuffer ideas?

You can never go wrong with mobile accessories!  Check out the hot IVC accessories, and stop by a Wireless Solution Center to pick em up!

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See the accessories below!

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UPDATE: New Software Fixes Bugs on Samsung i500

The NEWEST software version (Android 2.3.5) for the Samsung i500 Showcase is NOW available.  We released a 2.3.4 version about 3 weeks ago, but now we have a 2.3.5 version available.  The easiest way to perform the update is to install the Kies Mini.exe file and it will walk you through it.

What does this improve?

  • Includes a security upgrade
  • Improves laggyness while downloading applications
  • Hotspot improvements
  • Improves incoming calls/missed call alerts – If you are using data and get off, there was a 20 sec. delay where if you received a call you may not get an alert.  Also, if this happened, you occasionally wouldn’t get a missed call alert.
  • Overall functionality and screen lag
  • Greatly improves the email client from 2.2.2 to 2.3 5 (Froyo to Gingerbread)


The Samsung Admire

VIDEO: HTC Sense, MotoBlur, TouchWiz

HTC, Motorola and Samsung all have different Android “user interfaces.”

They have each added a “layer” or “user interface” that gives users of their Android phones a different experience.

Here, Alex walks through the HTC Merge, the Motorola Milestone X and the Samsung Showcase i500… each running Android 2.3 gingerbread.


HTC Sense vs. Motoblur
The Showcase can now be updated to 2.3
Difference between 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Gingerbread Tips and Tricks