If you are a Bell or Virgin Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant users then there is something to cheer about! Apparently if you have Kies installed and synced with your phone, you should get a notification regarding the official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. And if you haven’t synced your phone to Kies for sometime, then it’s advisable to do it right now before Samsung undergoes a change of mind [Just Kidding]. There are multiple reports that Bell and Virgin in collaboration with Samsung have started to roll out the official Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. However if you are a user with root and recovery installed, then be careful as there is a user who list his 3 button combo recovery boot capability. The firmware is 2.3.3 with UGKG3 baseband and Sj.0829.kwon Kernel version.
Here is the official tweet from Virgin Mobile Canada confirming the roll out:
In case you don’t have Kies installed on your PC, then grab it right now from here. Once you have installed it on your PC, connect your phone to the computer and then in Idle mode, select Applications →Settings → About phone → USB settings → Samsung Kies. Now allow your phone to sync with Kies and in the midst of all this, you will receive a phone firmware upgrade notification. Just click on Yes or OK and then follow onscreen instructions closely to upgrade your phone to the latest Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with the latest kernel.
We aren’t sure if upgrading to this new modem and firmware will keep previous root privileges on device intact. If you have heavily customized your phone with lag fix kernels and other stuff, then it will be a better idea to wait for a custom ROM that comes integrated with this update.