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.
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T-Mobile will be rolling out a new software update for the HTC G2 starting from today. The software update will add Wi-Fi calling for Android along with several bug fixes and enhancements.
Here is the full change-log from T-Mobile :
* Wi-Fi Calling for Android new!
* Resolves device freeze and unexpected power-off issues
* Improves data connection reliability
* Optimizes radio recovery
The software update version is 1.22.531.8 and it will be automatically downloaded on your device. Users will be prompted to install the update after it has been downloaded. The T-Mobile G2 sports a pop-out QWERTY based keyboard with a 3.7-inch screen. The handset runs on stock Android 2.2 with no HTC Sense UI on top of it.
Hopefully, we will see many more Android phones getting the Wi-Fi calling capability in the future.
The whole of the Internet world is talking about the highly anticipated Google experience phone – dubbed as Nexus Two – to be unveiled by Samsung on November 8th. However, a Korean website is reporting that an official Samsung spokesperson has claimed that the news is simply not true.I personally don’t think that the entire buzz around the Nexus Two from Samsung is false.
I highly doubt the credibility of this news posted by the Korean site danawa.com. After all, why would a Samsung spokesperson tell this big’ piece of news to a Korean site, instead of many big blogs like Engadget and Gizmodo?
If this news does turn out to be true, then we can be pretty assured that the Continuum is the only phone to be launched by Samsung on November 8th. And no, it’s not going to be a Google experience phone.
The guys over at Engadget have got their hands on a few more pictures of the Sony PlayStation Phone along with some juicy’ details. The PlayStation phone is internally known as the Zeus. From the pictures, the phone looks to be pretty thick.
The leaked pictures show the prototype handset to be running on Android 2.2, but apparently there are multiple prototypes of the Zeus’ with different Android version on board. The leaked pictures also suggest that the device will launch with an 8GB microSD card pre-installed. It also looks like the handset will sport 512MB of internal memory. Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will bump the internal memory of the device to 1GB when it launches the Zeus’.
Readers can check out more pictures of the PlayStation Phone from Sony here.
After many previous failed attempts at making Android handsets, Acer is back with another handset the Liquid Metal. The Acer Liquid Metal sports a 3.6-inch curved touchscreen with a resolution of 800×480. The phone is powered by the latest generation Snapdragon processor MSM7230 running at 800MHz. This is the same processor which powers the T-Mobile G2 or the HTC Desire Z.
The handset also sports the usual Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS and HSDPA. The back of the phone is made up of metal and also sports a 5MP camera with Auto-focus and LED flash. The handset is capable of recording videos in 720p resolution. The Liquid Metal runs on Android 2.2 with Acer’s Breeze UI running on top of it. The phone also supports DLNA and Mobile AP.
The phone will be available in two colors Silver and brown for £299 including VAT. The Acer Liquid Metal is expected to hit the retail store sometime in Mid-November.
Remember the Droid 2 software update we talked about ten days ago? Well, Verizon and Motorola have finally started rolling out that software update to all the Droid 2 owners in batches. The software update is numbered V2.3.20. The software update is a pretty minor one and contains tons of improvements and bug fixes. The update aims at improving the battery life of the device and fix the proximity sensor issue which plagued Droid 2 owners.
Here is the official change-log from the big red (Verizon) itself :
*Improved battery life.
*Heightened proximity sensor accuracy to enable faster screen response.
*View the Weather widget in both landscape and portrait orientation.
*Simpler setup, improved user interactions, and better notifications for Visual Voice Mail.
*Background Email Sync during display inactivity for better user experience.
*Support for email domain suffixes containing more than three characters.
*Keep text messages organized with chronological in-box screen.
*Edit text messages after you’ve inserted a video file.
*Improved audio sound during recorded video playbacks.
*Stream Guided Tour videos on device in Help Center application with ease.
*Faster location tracking during GPS navigation.
*Faster transitions between Wi-Fi and 3G in data connection.
*New ability to add pictures from your Gallery to a contact.
*Export all your contacts to the SD card.
*View details of Social Networking contacts.
*VZ Navigator is now preloaded on device.
As you can see from the change-log above, the update brings quite a handful of improvements. The software update also includes Verizon’s Navigation software VZ Navigator.
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 folks over at CellPassion have apparently received an invitation from Samsung for an upcoming press conference to be held by them on October 29. The Invite says “let’s tabâ€¦.let’s talk”. From this tag line, it is pretty clear that Samsung will be unveiling their latest creation the Samsung Galaxy Tab in India.
The Galaxy Tab sports a 7-inch S-LCD screen made of Gorilla glass with a resolution of 1024×600. The tablet is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and packs 512MB of RAM and 8/16GB of internal memory. The Tab runs on Android 2.2 with TouchWIZ 3.0 UI on top of it.
Rumors suggest that Samsung will be pricing the Galaxy Tab at around Rs. 40,000. It will be interesting to see if Samsung launches a subsidized carrier version of the Galaxy Tab with some packaged data plans in India.
Since at its rumored price the Galaxy Tab will be priced higher than the iPad, I doubt the Galaxy Tab will find many takers.
Today, in a press release Sprint has officially confirmed that they will be launching the Samsung Galaxy Tab on November 14th in the U.S. Interested users can already pre-order their Galaxy Tab from here. Sprint has priced the Galaxy Tab at $399.99 with a two-year 3G mobile broadband plan.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab sports a 7-inch S-LCD with a resolution of 1024×600. The tablet is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and packs 512MB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX540 to handle the graphics department.The tablet also sports the usual GPS, WiFi n, Bluetooth 3.0, 2gb of on board memory and a 400mAh in built battery.
The Galaxy Tab runs on Android 2.2 with the TouchWIZ 3.0 on top of it. Sprint customers will be offered two 3G plans to suffice all their Internet needs on the tablet a $29.99 one and $59.99 one. The cheaper plan will have a 2GB data limit with unlimited messaging, while the latter will have 5GB of data limit with unlimited messaging.
Other network operators in the U.S. are also expected to announce the Samsung Galaxy Tab soon.
Samsung has just sent out an invite to most of the popular tech bloggers out there (Sadly, I did not receive one :( ) inviting them for the unveiling of their brand new Android device. The event is scheduled to take place on November 8th at 6pm in New York. As of now, there is hardly any information about the handset which Samsung is going to announce.
However, rumors suggest that the this new Android based handset from Samsung will be a Google experience phone i.e. it will be running a stock version of Android 2.2 or perhaps Android 2.3?
This same handset can very well be the Samsung Continuum whose pictures leaked on the Internet few weeks ago. The Samsung Continuum sports two OLED based displays with the secondary OLED display being used for some simple tasks and to preserve battery life.