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So a new radio is really just an updated driver for the hardware radio?

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Thank you for the information you provided - One question that I had that I didnt seem to notice an answer for.

When a carrier updates the Radio's firmware what are they actually changing / adding / removing that we would need an update. If its just the values to show us bars why so many radio updates.... if it has no effect on speed or signal what is happening when they update radio's.
The thing is, the radio firmware is closed source, so unless someone works for Samsung, no one knows what changes they've made.


And while mark is correct that no firmware can change any hardware limitations (eg, max power output, antenna limitations, etc.), who knows what software limits (below maximum) are coded into that firmware, and how those are changed with each revision? I certainly don't know, and unless someone comes up with the sauce, I doubt they would know either. So while a new radio image may not do anything for performance, it may also do something and not just a placebo. No source, no real proof - - there are just too many other factors that affect signal strength and data ping/throughput.




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So a new radio is really just an updated driver for the hardware radio?

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Not really. The radio firmware that you are flashing is just that: firmware for the modem chip. It is not the "driver" that interfaces between Android and the modem.


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The thing is, the radio firmware is closed source, so unless someone works for Samsung, no one knows what changes they've made.


And while mark is correct that no firmware can change any hardware limitations (eg, max power output, antenna limitations, etc.), who knows what software limits (below maximum) are coded into that firmware, and how those are changed with each revision? I certainly don't know, and unless someone comes up with the sauce, I doubt they would know either. So while a new radio image may not do anything for performance, it may also do something and not just a placebo. No source, no real proof - - there are just too many other factors that affect signal strength and data ping/throughput.




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While he is right as well, it is closed source and we don't know for sure. However, from a technical stand point to see any real improvement in signal strength you would have to increase output a significant amount. Therefore, if there is an increase chances are in won't be noticeable by the end user

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While he is right as well, it is closed source and we don't know for sure. However, from a technical stand point to see any real improvement in signal strength you would have to increase out put a significant amount. Therefore, if there is an increase chances are in won't be noticeable by the end user

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Ok thinking I understand more but had another question/thought

With so many variables leading to our "download" speeds - What would you suggest would be the best way to compare different Radio Firmware.

1) Signal Strength - Mine shows -106 dBm 34 asu ( with the leaked VZ new radio firmware )
2) Download Speed - This has too many variables I think to use this but to each their own.
3) Co Worker had this thought - Drop your phone down to 3G and use the dBm from that . . not sure about this one.
 
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Ok thinking I understand more but had another question/thought

With so many variables leading to our "download" speeds - What would you suggest would be the best way to compare different Radio Firmware.

1) Signal Strength - Mine shows -106 dBm 34 asu ( with the leaked VZ new radio firmware )
2) Download Speed - This has too many variables I think to use this but to each their own.
3) Co Worker had this thought - Drop your phone down to 3G and use the dBm from that . . not sure about this one.
What I would do (if possible) is get two devices, flash them both with the same stock ROM, but different radios. Then make sure that they are both connected to the same cell tower, and run a speed test at the same time.
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is it safe to flash the jellybean radios if you're still on a 4.0.4 rom?
 
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is it safe to flash the jellybean radios if you're still on a 4.0.4 rom?
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