Motorola Droid X Android 2.2 Update Information Leaked

At the time of the launch of Droid X, Motorola and Verizon had stated that the Droid X will get its Froyo love sometime in late summer. Now it looks like the update is not too far away. The folks over at Droid-Life received a document which was hidden in Verizon’s website. Droid X The document contains information about the Android 2.2 update for the Droid X. The document states the exciting new featureswhich the update will be bringing to the handset.

The document was created on 10th September which in all probability means that the update will be rolled out anytime soon now. The document highlights the three new features in Android 2.2 for the Droid X Flash Player 10.1, Automatic Software updates and 270 degree screen rotation. The document also provides a link where users can see the complete change-log. However, that page is still not up!

Nevertheless, this news must have made Droid X owners pretty excited. I seriously hope Motorola will be able to fix the sluggish performance of the Droid X with this Android 2.2 update.


Sony Xperia X10 Running Android 2.1

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was among the first Android phones to hit the market with a 4-inch TFT screen, an 8MP camera and a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. However, the biggest problem with the Xperia X10 in fact with all the Xperia Android based handsets –   is that they run on Android 1.6 (Donut). Sony Ericsson had promised that the X10 will get the Android 2.1 update sometime in Q3. With already a week and half in to September, it won’t be long before Sony Ericsson starts rolling out the Éclair update across various regions of the world.

Until that X10 owners should suffice their 2.1 desire with this new video of X10 running Android 2.1 :

As it can be seen from the video above, Sony Ericsson has replaced their older lock skin with a themed version of the original Android lock screen. The Android 2.1 update will also bring with it 720p HD recording to the X10.

Hopefully, the Android 2.1 update will also fix the nasty Wi-Fi bug which currently plagues the X10.

New Froyo Build For Nexus One Leaks

The HTC-manufactured-Google-branded Nexus One was the first Android handset to hit the retail market with Android 2.1 on board. It was also the first device to get the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OTA update. With the Froyo update, the Nexus One got a very big performance boost.Google Nexus One The Linkpack and the Quadrant scores of the device nearly tripled after the Froyo update. Now it looks like Google is working on another Froyo build for the Nexus One which has leaked onto the Internet.

Users who flashed this new leaked FRG33 build Froyo ROM on their Nexus One are reporting improvements in the performance of the device as well as Wi-Fi transfer speed. This leaked build also updates the radio of the phone. Hopefully, this will solve the 3G reception issues which initially plagued the handset.

Hopefully, Google will roll out the FRG33 build of Android 2.2 (Froyo) for the Nexus One sooner than later.

Custom Android 2.2 ROM Harmful For Your Droid X, says Motorola

Bad news for the Droid X owners who installed the custom Android 2.2 ROM on their phone. According to Motorola, if you have installed or you are planning to install the custom Android 2.2 ROM on your Droid X, then you will not get the official update of Android 2.2 on your phone. Motorola said that once custom ROM is installed, you will remain stuck with that leaked version.motorola-droid-x-phone

Motorola at their support page clearly said, ” WARNING: Do NOT load the leaked 2.2 upgrade that has been floating around on the Internets. There is currently no upgrade path from that load to the official 2.2 load that will be released by early September. Unless you have some plan to flash your phone back to the current official load, you could be stuck on the leaked version.”

I have a inner feeling that even if this happens, developers will find a crack and solve this problem. But if any of you Droid X owners are planning to flash your phone with custom Android 2.2 ROM, then beware of this ‘Warning’ by Motorola.


Sony Ericsson UK Confirms Android 2.1 Upgrade For X10

Sony Ericsson promised earlier that the update to Android 2.1 for Xperia family will release in Q4 2010. This didn’t went down well with the X10 owners. Finally, Sony Ericsson decided to roll out the update before end of September this year.Sony Ericsson Android 2.1

Sony Ericsson UK via their twitter account confirmed this news. Sony Ericsson for rolling out the Android 2.1 update in September, decided to delay the Mediascape and Timescape update for Q4 2010. This was a good decision by them because both these applications are missing common must have features, few X10 users actually use them.

Finally, for those who own a X10, you don’t have to wait longer for Android 2.1 to come on your device.


HTC Droid Incredible Android 2.2 Update Leaked

HTC are yet to announce the official release date of the Froyo rollout for the DroidHTC Droid Incredible Incredible. Earlier, rumors suggested that the Droid Incredible will get its Froyo love on August 18. However, that did not happen and Incredible owners are still waiting for HTC to announce the Froyo rollout date. Nevertheless, a full Froyo RUU has leaked on the Internet today.

Users who have rooted, as well as non-rooted phones can flash this firmware file. The Android 2.2 Update for the Droid Incredible will bring with it many new changes like 720p HD video recording, Flash Player 10.1, new Boot screen etcetera. Hopefully, Verizon will soon announce the official roll out date of the OTA Froyo update.

Here are the steps to flash this leaked Android 2.2 RUU file on your Droid Incredible.

Get Flash 10.1 On Your Motorola Droid

One of the major benefits of Android 2.2 is that it brings full flash to Android via Flash Player 10.1. However, not many phones have got their fair share of Froyo and Flash love except for the Google Nexus One. The Motorola Droid hasMotorola Droid already got its Froyo update, but the Flash update for the phone still has not been released. The Flash 10.1 update for the Droid was expected to be rolled out from August 18, but sadly it did not happen.

There are many leaked Flash 10.1 .apk’s floating around on the Internet which Droid owners can install. However, these Flash builds are not optimized for the Droid and thus result in a choppy experience. Nevertheless, users who want smooth and trouble free Flash experience on their Droid should install the latest version of CyanogenMod 6 a.k.a CM6 RC3. After installing the latest RC of CM6, users should search the market for the Flash player and install it.

Apparently, this Flash 10.1 player provides a much better flash experience on your Droid than the other leaked .apk’s do.


Motorola Droid 2 Getting A Minor OTA Software Update

Motorola, along with Verizon have just rolled out a minor software update for the Droid 2. The Over-The-Air (OTA) software update will hit your phones within the next couple of days. Here is the small change log of theMotorola Droid 2 update :

* Enabled text and picture message scrolling.
* Streamlined set up of Visual Voice Mail feature.
* Improved contact sync with Corporate Exchange categories
and groups.
* View accurate contact pictures when reviewing Recent Call Log.

Users who manually initiate the update may get it right away. However, server initiated updates will start from August 24. The Droid 2 from Motorola is the successor to the original and the highly popular Droid. The Droid 2 is also the first Android phone to hit the market pre-loaded with Android 2.2. The phone is powered by a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM along with 5MP camera and an LED flash.


Vodafone’s HTC Desire Getting Android 2.2 Update on August 23

Vodafone has announced that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the HTC Desire from August 23. The update was initially expected to be rolled out on August 12. However, the good news is thatHTC Desire Vodafone has removed most of their bloatware/crapware from their Android 2.2 update. Earlier, Vodafone was heavily criticized for loading the Desire with their Vodafone 360 crapware. Now, along with the announcement of the Android 2.2 update, the company has also mentioned the steps on how to remove Vodafone 360 for users who have already installed it.

According to the news from Vodafone forums, the Android 2.2 update will be based on the HTC open market visionwith the software optimized for Vodafone’s network settings.

Here is the full press release :

HTC Desire: Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) Update to Android 2.2

The Android 2.2 update for HTC Desire will start to be available to Vodafone customers from Monday 23 August.

Our priority has been to make sure that the software does what we said it will do. This meant testing took a little longer than anticipated.

Customers will receive an alert telling them that their handset is ready for an update and this alert will be phased over a two week period.

If you did not download the Vodafone 360 update, follow the first set of instructions below to download the Android 2.2 update when prompted to.

If you did download the Vodafone 360 software, once you have the 2.2 update, these guidelines also explain what you need to do to remove that content from your device, depending on the current software configuration of your HTC Desire.

Customers who still want to use Vodafone 360 services can visit the Android Marketplace, where a number of 360 apps are available. We will also be issuing an optional Vodafone 360 update for HTC Desire users at a later date.

*Please note: The following steps will only work once you have downloaded the 2.2 Android update*

Finding out which software your HTC Desire is running

To check the current software version of your HTC Desire, go to Settings->About phone->Software information and look for the entries Android versionand Software number.

Your software should either be if you haven’t downloaded the recent Vodafone 360 software, or if you have accepted the update.

Google Nexus One Sold Out!

The Google-branded-HTC-made Nexus One did not sell well through its unique web store. However, the phone was widely appreciated by many before Google killed it. The phone is no longer available from the Googleclip_image001 Web store. Nevertheless, people who are still interested in purchasing the phone can grab it from online stores like eBay. The phone is also available as a Developer phone until now! No, Google has not killed the Nexus One as a developer phone. Instead, the phone has been sold-out globally.

The Nexus One is currently out of stock, and Google is blaming the shortage of AMOLEDs for this. HTC, the manufacturer of Nexus One, has already made their shift to S-LCDs from AMOLED display official. An official Google spokesperson also said that -:

Everyone appreciates that it’s important to the platform to get phones in the hands of developers, so we’re working hard on re-stocking the shelves.

Samsung is currently the largest producer of AMOLEDs but the company has shifted its focus on manufacturing Super-AMOLEDs exclusively for its phone, thus the shortage of AMOLEDs. Hopefully, the Google Nexus One will be back in stock as a developer phone sooner than later.