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Samsung Kies 3.216305.2

Samsung’s app to keep your mobile device up to date

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 05 February 2014
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Downloads To Date: 79477
Developer: Samsung
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Samsung Kies 3.2
Keep your Android device synced and updated with Samsung Kies

While most mobile devices can be updated and synchronized over the air using a data or a wifi connection without the need for an extra utility, Samsung still provides a dedicated app that has been designed to help with transferring files, apps, settings and more to and from your phone or tablet. Samsung Kies is a free tool that enables you to keep your mobile device updated as well as providing you with various synchronization options.

The most pressing reason for making use of Kies is that it enables you to update the firmware for your mobile device – this is something that thousands of users who have been eagerly anticipating the release of Ice Cream Sandwich will have to do soon if they want the latest version of Android. But it is Kies’ synchronization options that are of greater interest as they open up more possibilities.

Being tied to a desktop app is something of a pain, and when firmware can be update over the air with other devices, you may well begrudge Samsung’s approach to things. However, the ability to sync contacts with Outlook, Yahoo and Google is useful, as is the option of creating music playlists and copying them back to your mobile device to enjoy on the move.

There is also a Mac version of the app available, which is great news for Mac owners who have previously had to seek out a PC to keep their device up to date. If you are unimpressed with the notion of being tied to your computer with a cable, a wifi option is also available, but only with Galaxy S, Galaxy S I, Galaxy Tab, Wave II and Wave.

Verdict:

This is Samsung’s iTunes and is likely to be loved and loathed in equal measure. It’s reasonably good at what it does, but it still feels unnecessary.

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Colin58

Posted by: Colin Brock, 03 January 2014 17:11

Like Dean Baker, I have spent HOURS donwloading, installing and trying to cnnect my galaxy GT-S7562Dual SIM phone. It is an absolute NIGHTMARE. If I had known just how useless it is, I would never have bought a Samsung phone atall. Because I am in Portugal, I bought it here, but needed an English manual for the phone, to try to help me. Samsung UK help said that they do not sell the phone in UK and could not help, and to ask in the "Zone" I purchased it. Fortunately, as I used to travel a lot I thought I might find it in the Samsumg UAE web site, which I did. This did not help me atall with Kies.
Dean, I have to agree with you; Stepping in dog poo is better than using this awful program.

Problems with Kies3

Posted by: Dean Baker, 27 December 2013 23:11

I have sent HOURS on the phone with Advance Tech Support trying to get Kies3 to work. The last guy I spoke to on Dec. 23rd informed me depending on the cell phone company determines how far along they are in getting it to work.

Problems I see are...
1) When they update the version of Kies3, they are not having a pop-up to inform us to update the version or change the version number. You have to uninstall it and see if the number of the version changes.
2) The Samsung tech support people are not equally informed. Sometimes I get people on the phone that I actually know more about what is going on than they do.

The net net is...the problem is with the jerks at Google. Have you ever looked at the permissions we have to sign off on to install apps? The jerks at Google are requiring us to give permission to have access to our private information. Giving permission to change things on our phones. Permitting apps to make calls and send text messages from our phones without us knowing.

If you do not believe me, check four apps on your phone; it is a real eye-opener.

Good luck!

Firmware Update

Posted by: Asad Ahmad, 15 February 2013 23:08

FINALLY got the firmware updated!

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