Tag Archives: Android 2.2.1

Samsung Galaxy S Gets Auto-Focus In Video Recording

The Samsung Galaxy S was one of the most popular Android handsets last year. In some aspects, it still is. The handset did have its fair share of controversy with a non-usable GPS and the Froyo update delay.

The back of the Galaxy S sports a 5MP camera with Auto-Focus and face detection. Earlier, the Auto-Focus used to work only while clicking pictures. However, recently Samsung released an app on the Samsung Apps’ store called the Camera Firmware Update.

The application updates the firmware of of the camera and enables continuous auto-focus while recording videos.

Below is a video shot from the Galaxy S which shows the auto-focus feature :

 

The picture and the video quality taken from the camera remains the same. Galaxy S owners can download the application from here. Users are warned not to uninstall this app once they update the camera firmware of their handset. The app works on rooted Galaxy S handsets, as well as one running on Custom ROMs.

It is nice to see Samsung still adding some handy features to the Galaxy S.

Samsung Epic 4G Android 2.2 FroYo Update Now Available

As reported earlier by us, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Sprint branded Epic 4G. Originally, the FroYo update was supposed to come in an OTA form. However, Samsung went ahead and released an exe file that will help Epic owners update their handset to Android 2.2.

The EB13 software build version is available in an exe form for Windows users, which will allow them to easily update their handset to FroYo, irrespective of the current firmware the handset is running on. For Mac owners, Samsung has an update.zip’ file which will only work with the DI18 software build or above.

Samsung_Epic_4G

However, users should keep in mind that updating via the above method will wipe their handset clean of all their data including contacts and SMS. Thus, users are advised to make backups of their important data present on the phone before proceeding with the firmware update. Epic 4G owners can download the update from here.

The Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G will include support for Flash 10.1, ability to install apps in the SD card, better memory management, improved battery life, a kernel update and some bug fixes.

Samsung Clears All The Rumors Surrounding The Galaxy S Android 2.2 Update In The U.S.

Nearly a week ago, we had reported that Samsung might be intentionally holding back the Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Vibrant in the United States. Since then, another rumor popped up on the Internet that the update is not being rolled out because of a tiff between the U.S carriers and Samsung. Reportedly, that the reason behind this tiff was that Samsung wanted to charge the carriers for the Android 2.2 update, which the carriers did not agree to.

Samsung_Galaxy_S

Nevertheless, this news spread like a fire on the Internet and definitely pissed off a lot of Samsung Galaxy S owners along with giving the Korean company some extremely bad publicity. Now, Samsung have sent an email to PhoneScoop confirming that they are not going to charge the U.S carriers for the Android 2.2 update. However, the company did not provide any other information about the Android 2.2 update except for promising that they will provide more details on the update shortly’.

Thankfully, this move from Samsung will at least kill all the rumors regarding the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handsets in the States floating around the Internet. Samsung has started rolling out the Android 2.2.1 update for the Galaxy S handsets in all regions of the world except for the States. So I wonder what’s stopping them from releasing the update in the United States.

Hopefully, Samsung will come out clear and tell us the reason for the delay instead of giving a diplomatic answer.

HTC Desire HD Android 2.2.1 Update Rolling Out Now

HTC is rolling out a software update for the recently released Desire HD. Sadly; the OTA update is not an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update as many Desire HD owners are hoping for. The OTA software update bumps the Android version on the handset to 2.2.1 and brings with it performance improvements and bug fixes. The OTA update weighs in at 40MB and will up the software version on the HD to 1.72.405.3.

HTC_Desire_HD

The update reportedly improves the general performance as well as the camera performance of the device. Apparently, the quality of the 720p HD recording has improved as well. HTC is also rolling out another software update for the HTC Desire which bumps the software version to 2.29.405.2. The software update brings the latest version of Android Market along with some speed improvements.

HTC still has not mentioned on when they will be rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for all its handsets. Hopefully, the company will release the Gingerbread handsets for most of its popular handsets before Q1 of 2011 ends.

(Source)

Nokia N900 Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread

The modding community has done it again! The popular NIITDroid team has managed to port Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nokia N900. While the N900 runs on Maemo out-of-the-box, the phone has a huge modding potential. Due to this, various OS’s including Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and MeeGo OS have been ported to it. clip_image001

Most features of the phone including Wi-Fi, Sound and 3G are working on Android 2.3. However, the Android 2.3 ROM for the N900 still contains some major bugs which make it unstable for a day-to-day use.

As of now, the ROM is not yet out for public consumption. The developers of the ROM have promised to release an experimental Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM for the N900 before the end of this year. They have also promised to release a fully stable Android 2.2.1 ROM for the N900 by Christmas.

(Source)

HTC EVO 4G Maintenance Software Update Rolling Out Now

HTC is rolling out a software update for the first ever 4G phone the HTC Evo 4G. The software update is basically a maintenance update and updates some applications of the phone along with adding some bloatware. The update also includes SWYPE keyboard, Kindle eReader and a demo version of NOVA game from Gameloft.

HTC_EVO_4GHere is the full change-log thanks to Android Central :

Blockbuster (including WM DRM 10)

  • Kindle eReader
  • Preloaded try/buy video game: NOVA from Gameloft
  • Sprint Zone update
  • Latest Telenav
  • Latest VVM App
  • Latest Sprint TV app
  • SWYPE Keyboard
  • Scan Now Widget for 4G (does not need to be available on any panel, just a widget option users could find and use).

As you can see from the above change-log, this OTA update basically adds more bloatware to the EVO 4G.

The software update also breaks root so rooted users should not install this OTA. Alternatively, they can install this rooted and deodexed RUU based on the OTA from teshxx.

CyanogenMod 6.1 Final Released; Includes Tons Of Bugfixes And Features

CM6.1CyanogenMod is one of the most popular custom ROMs in the Android modding scene. The ROM is based on stock Android (AOSP) and is completely free from any kind of bloat ware. Today, the community behind Cyanogen – consisting of 10000 monkeys and 10000 typewriters’ – has released the final version of CyanogenMod 6.1.

CM6.1 is based on Android 2.2.1 and includes many nifty features like continuous auto-focus, dual-mode snooze, EMMC support and Lock screen gestures. Interested users can find the huge change-log here. The new CyanogenMod 6.1 ROM also supports some new devices like the Desire HD and the Desire Z/T-Mobile G2/HTC Vision.

Sadly, the CM community still does not support one of the most popular Android phones out there the Samsung Galaxy S series. However, a few people have been trying hard to port CM6 to the Galaxy S. They have already released a couple of beta releases as well. Hopefully, by the year end we will see a working CM6.1 ROM for the Galaxy S handsets.

Samsung Epic 4G Official Android 2.2.1 Update Leaks

The folks over at XDA forums have done it again. They have managed to get their hands on apparently – the official Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Epic 4G. The update was found in an OTA form hosted in Google’s own server.

The Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G will bring lots of enhancements like JIT compiler, Flash 10.1 and better memory management.

Samsung_Epic_4G

Samsung has also jazzed up their TouchWIZ UI with new colorful icons and helicopter’ view in the home screen. The update is also based on the latest version of Froyo i.e. on Android 2.2.1. Epic 4G owners can download the OTA update directly from Google servers from here. To know more about the changes this OTA brings and how to flash it, users should read this thread on XDA.

Hopefully, Samsung will roll out the Android 2.2 update for other Galaxy S variants in the U.S before this year ends.

Archos Internet Tablet Android 2.2 Update Rolling Out Now

The Internet tablet family from Archos has finally received their Android 2.2 update love. Besides the usual Froyo features, the updates brings many new other features and enhancements as well. Archos have also made sure to use the latest version of Froyo i.e. Android 2.2.1.

Archos_7_tablet

Here is the full change-log :

o Higher performance: just in time compiler (JIT) technology makes applications run up to 5 times faster than previous Android “Éclair” 2.1 firmwares

o Enhanced Microsoft Exchange support: it is now possible to synchronize contacts and calendar events

o Allow to install more 3rd party applications by installing them on the storage memory (for applications that supports it)

o Video: movie information and cover retrieval in video file info dialog

o Multiple selection mode is now always enabled in the file manager

o External Bluetooth GPS receivers are now supported

o Better assistance is provided in the tethering wizard to pair with cell phone using Bluetooth DUN profile (smart APN detection)

o OpenVPN is now supported

o Slideshow support for network shares has been added to Gallery and Photoframe applications

o Photoframe: full screen picture can now be displayed on double tap when in floating image mode

o Manual white balance setting has been added in Camera application

o Faster USB write transfer

o Battery: more accurate battery charge estimation

o Audio: improved compatibility with android audio stream volume management (voice/music/ringtone etc.)

o Orientation: fixed compatibility issue with some applications working with inverted accelerometer axis

Archos Internet tablet owners can download the update from here. Hopefully, this update will help boost the sale of the Archos Internet tablet family.

Motorola Droid Gets A Software Update – FRG830

The Motorola Droid is the bestselling Android handset until date. The phone launched with Android 2.0 on board, and then later was among the first few handsets to get the Android 2.1 and 2.2 update early. Now, Motorola and Verizon are going to release another software update for the Droid.

The FRG830 update for the handset updates many of the applications and widgets and also fixes some bugs.

Motorola_Droid

The update also brings with it support for Microsoft 2010 Exchange and a new Gmail user interface’ which sounds pretty interesting.

Here is the full change-log from Verizon :

o Updated Twitter application with new authentication support

o Updated Amazon Widget

o Updated News & Weather widget

o Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and support for Exchange 2010 connections

o Added new Gmail user interface

The update is expected to be rolled out to all Droid owners via OTA (Over-The-Air) within the next 24 hours. In all probability, the update will also bump up the Android version of the Droid to 2.2.1.