This weekend I had time to do another round of i8910 reflashing...
This time, I went back to Italian xxxIF7, then upgraded to xxII1 via PC Studio's updater - all standard stuff, as well documented elsewhere ...
(kudos to samsungi8910omnia.com)
Now, whilst putting back on all my contacts, data (NB I'm not losing data from Mass Memory on these firmware upgrades... but I always back up just in case) and various programs (still using Google Maps v3.0.1 - see other post! haven't tried v3.2.1 which was unusable), I noted that Opera Mini is now up to v5 beta!
And.. it works a treat. After two days, not yet had a crash or a slow down (Java heap issue). So far so good for me.
I've even been cocky enough to find out how to upgrade the low resolution (15x15 pixel) icon to a decent 100 x 100 one.
Kudos here goes almost exclusively to:
So, I followed this guide like this:
1) I had already installed Opera Mini 5 beta, so I left it alone on the i8910.
2) I went to Opera Mini website with my XP PC and manually downloaded the .jad and .jar.
3) Using ZipGenius I opened up the .jar and manually dragged across the new Opera i.png icon (the 100x100 pixel one from the above fonetalk.wordpress.com link) and reinserted that, i.e. overwriting the already present i.png in the .jar file.
4) Using PC studio, I copied both the Opera .jad and (now updated) .jar files over into E:\Mass Memory on the i8910.
5) I tried to reinstall/overwrite my Opera 5 beta installation, but received the error ".jad and .jar files do not match" or something about size etc. This shows everyone I don't know much about Java, but hey! I just want a workable solution :-)
6) I deleted the .jad file and straightaway just tried again to reinstall the .jar alone by tapping on it within FileManager.
7) Yay! It worked. I then rebooted the i8910 for good measure and yes, in Applications, the new hi-res Opera icon is there. Opera took about 10 seconds to load up, which made me sweat a bit, but this was a first time load I think (my settings from previous Opera 5 beta install (with the low res icon) are still all there) & all else appears ok for now.
In any case, if you get a problem, I guess you can just remove Opera completely and start all over again with the standard OTA download.
The xxII1 3D task manager is indeed AWESOME!
Some fresh air for the i8910 at last.
Not had time to exhaustively test xxII1 out, but what other people are writing about on xxII1 appears to be correct. I think this is the firmware that the i8910 should have (just about) been launched with last May.