How to check for firmware updates on your Samsung device without Kies

How to check for firmware updates on your Samsung device without KiesIf you own a smartphone by Samsung running either Android or its own Bada OS, such as a Samsung Galaxy S (II) or Wave, you've probably come across the Kies software.

Kies is similar to iTunes in that it is used to synchronize your smartphone with your PC, check for firmware updates and so on. What is also similar, no, worse than iTunes is its bloat: almost everybody who uses the Kies software hates it because it's so slow, full of bugs and unstable. However, it's possible to check for firmware updates without starting Kies, thanks to an app called Check Fus that's available on the Android Market.

You just install the Check Fus app on your Samsung device, and then it automatically determines your specific hardware model and checks whether there are any applicable firmware updates. This way, you won't have to start Kies at all!

Download Check Fus from the Android Market, and also check out the thread on xda-developers for additional information.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.johnan.checkfus

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slipperyid  Jan. 6, 2012 at 15:00

Do you still need to use kies to get the update (if/when there is one)?

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 6, 2012 at 15:10

SlipperyID, Use ODIN, Kies is bloody awful. I've tried to use it once and it soft-bricked my phone. Yay!

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 6, 2012 at 21:53

Do you still need to use kies to get the update (if/when there is one)?
In theory, no! But be sure you have a sturdy internet connection and a fully charged battery. Tthe downloads can be quite big ;)

@matt,
you assume the OP has a rooted phone ;)

Maybe kies broke your phone because the kernel wasn't sammy enough? :p

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 6, 2012 at 22:42

ODIN doesn't require root. Also, it was stock O2 firmware that bricked my phone when I first got it. My hatred of Kies is undying...it's an awful software suite.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 6, 2012 at 22:46

Oh, thanks. I only ever used Odin for rooty stuff :)
And OdinMobile works on rooted phones only, no?

And I do agree - KIES is bad.

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