After so many delays and pull back’, the Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 update has started rolling out officially from today in the U.K. This piece of news was confirmed by Samsung UK tweet. The Android 2.2 update will continue until the end of November. However, the update won’t be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one.
Users who want to update their phone to Android 2.2 need to use the Samsung KIES software to do so. They can download the latest version of KIES from here.
Samsung had earlier released an official Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S but the firmware was so buggy and slow that they had to pull it back. I have already flashed this new official firmware on my Galaxy S and I must say it’s great. The phone is smooth and there are no lags at all.
Hopefully, Samsung will roll out the Android 2.2 firmware update to other countries soon.
Sony Ericsson still has not released the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X10. However, what the company has been doing is posting videos of Android 2.1 running on an X10 and demonstrating the changes which the update will bring. Sony Ericsson has again released another video on their blog which gives users a brief demo of what all changes Android 2.1 will bring to the X10.
The Android 2.1 update includes 5 home screens, 720p video recording with continuous Auto-focus, new lock screen, updated TimeScape and MediaScape and a brand new backup and restore applications. Along with this, the usual Android 2.1 goodies like Live Wallpapers and Google Navigation etcetera will also be present. The video was not supposed to be released before the update started rolling out, but the video somehow leaked on the Internet. So Sony Ericsson instead decided to publish the video on their blog.
Here is the video I am talking about :
I guess this is the n’th time I am writing this change-log on this blog. Seriously, Sony Ericsson stop publishing all these videos highlighting the Android 2.1 updates and start rolling out the update. When most of the other handsets are already running on Android 2.2, there is really no need to make a huge fuss out of an Android 2.1 update.
The HTC Desire HD has not yet been released in all parts of the world but that has not stopped HTC from releasing a software update for the phone. The HTC Desire HD is the European version of the EVO 4G. The handset sports a massive 4.3-inch LCD with a resolution of 800×480. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm 1GHz QSD8255 Snapdragon processor while the Adreno 205 core handles the graphics department.
The phone also packs 768MB of RAM and 1.5Gig of internal memory. The Desire HD runs on Android 2.2 with an updated version of Sense UI. The software update is numbered 1.32.405.3 and is quite a hefty OTA (Over-The-Air) update. According to BriefMobile, the update includes screen control and photo message compatibility enhancements.
If anyone of you Desire HD owners have got the update, do drop in a comment as to what changes you have noticed.
Motorola recently launched its entry-level smartphone, the QUENCH XT3 smartphone in India. This handset is powered by the Android 2.1 operating system and it allows you to download more than 100,000 apps from the Android market and helps you to stay connected with your friends and family on the go.
We are offering innovative and exciting Android-powered devices to a larger Indian audience for whom affordability and features in a sleek form factor make the difference. With the QUENCH XT3, we are targeting those users who are interested in smartphones but haven’t yet made the leap to invest in one. The value for money Motorola QUENCH XT3 is elegant and intuitive with a high style quotient,said Faisal Siddiqui, country head of India, Motorola Mobility.
Motorola Quench XT3 features a 3.2inch HVGA touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 Operating System, 600 MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera with digital zoom and LED flash, 3.5G connectivity, Wi-Fi access, A-GPS, stereo Bluetooth, MP3 player, Accelerometer and so on.
Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Trackball, Preloaded Social Networking Sites, full HTML browser with Webkit for PC-like browsing, 512 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1270 mAh battery.
Motorola Quench XT3 is available in India with a price tag of Rs.14,990. You will also get anWith every Motorola QUENCHXT3, get an adidas jacket4 and 2 pairs of movie tickets absolutely free!
Canadian network operator TELUS has started rolling out firmware updates for two of its handsets the HTC Hero and the Desire. The Hero finally gets the long awaited update to Android 2.1 a.k.a Ã‰clair, while the Desire gets the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update. The Android 2.1 update for the Hero will bring with it Voice dialling and Google turn-by-turn Navigation and a lot more Ã‰clair goodies. Hero owners on the TELUS network can download the Android 2.1 ROM directly from HTC.
With the Android 2.2 update, the Desire gets support for Flash 10.1 and speech-to-text. Along with this, it also gets support for Mobile hotspot feature and a smoother system and web browser performance. Since this update is an OTA (Over-The-Air) one, Desire needs to wait patiently until the update is pushed to their handset.
The long awaited Android 2.1 update for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is finally on its way. Although Sony Ericsson is yet to disclose specific dates, X10 users will begin getting Ã‰clair from next week. According to unconfirmed reports, X10 owners in UK should receive the update on October 25. X10 users in Netherlands should also receive the update by October end. Users on branded (carrier locked) handsets will have to wait for a bit longer. T-Mobile has confirmed that they won’t deploy the update until late November.
I published the changelog last month. Besides Android 2.1, this firmware update will also introduce 720p HD video recording with autofocus, improved Timescape and contact list, and an improved home screen. Sony Ericsson’s product manager Rikard Skogberg has demoed these features on a dev. build of the firmware. Check them out to get an idea about what SE has been cooking over the past few months.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: Improved Home Screen
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: 720 Video Recording with Autofocus
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: 720p Video Recording with Autofocus Stress Test
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: Improved Timescape and Contacts
There is a good news for all the Motorola Cliq users. After waiting for months, T-Mobile and Motorola are planning to roll out the Android 2.1 update for Motorola Cliq soon, but the exact date is still unknown. The news was confirmed from the leaked screenshot of an internal T-Mobile training system which shows that Android 2.1 update for Motorola Cliq is coming soon.
According to TMO News, employees are usually trained a week ahead of any scheduled release and the T-Mobile employees are set to begin their training on November 7th, so the Android 2.1 update is likely to come in the mid-November.
The update requires 30MB of internal memory and 100MB of available memory on MicroSD card. The update will be available only through the computer and not via. OTA (Over The Air). The whole process will take an hour to complete the update. Motorola Cliq XT is also expected to get the Android 2.1 update soon.
The 5-inch phone and tablet crossover from Dell the Streak was supposed to get its Android 2.2 update by the end of December. Today, Dell has officially stated that their target Android 2.2 delivery date is way before December 31st. However, due to this Dell won’t be working on any more Android 2.1 based firmware for the Streak and will also stop pushing Android 2.1 updates to additional customers.
The Dell Streak was originally launched in the United States with Android 1.6 onboard. Dell had stated that the phone-cum-tablet crossover will directly get the Android 2.2 update in the States and skip the Android 2.1 update. A leaked Android 2.1 U.K build of the Dell Streak has been floating around on the Internet for many days which allows Streak owners in the United States to enjoy Android 2.1 on their device.
Remember the GPS fix for the Samsung Vibrant which was pulled back from KIES for unknown reasons? As promised earlier by T-Mobile, they have released the firmware update via OTA (Over-The-Air). The new firmware update (JI6) improves the lag issues along with the GPS performance and also brings the Media Hub’ application to the Vibrant.
People who have been craving for the X8 can now finally get their hands on it. Sony Ericsson has officially started shipping the handset across the globe. It was quite a few months ago that Sony Ericsson had announced their next XPERIA handset the X8. The XPERIA X8 features a 3-inch screen with HVGA resolution and is powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor.
The X8 like its elder sibling the X10 will feature Sony Ericsson’s proprietary Timescape UI. The handset will be running on the out-dated Android 1.6 (Donut) like its other XPERIA siblings. The X8 is expected to get its Android 2.1 update later this year’. The update will be rolled out a bit later’ after other Android members of the XPERIA family get their share of Ã‰clair love.
Along with the XPERIA X8, Sony Ericsson has also started shipping the Cedar. The Cedar is a GreenHeart series phone and thus is made of recycled plastics and comes with a high-efficiency charger.