Just a few days ago, we had reported that Samsung had released the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the Galaxy S handset. At that time, the update was available only for the Nordic region. However, it looks like Samsung has pulled the update back due to numerous complaints with the firmware including lagging and bugs. However Samsung is working on releasing another Android 2.2 update soon for all the Galaxy S owners.
Today, in a press release Samsung announced that they will be releasing a new Android 2.2 based firmware update for the Galaxy S handsets in early November’ in the UK. Hopefully this new Android 2.2 firmware will fix all the issues the original firmware had. Samsung also mentioned that all Android 2.2 update should hit the different operator versions of the Galaxy S by the end of November.
Being an owner of a Samsung Galaxy S myself, I was completely dis-satisfied with the official-now-pulled-back-firmware (JP6).
The folks over at Phandroid have managed to get their hands on a video of Gingerbread running on the Nexus One. The video is only ten seconds long and shows an animation which occurs when the screen is turned off. The animation is something similar to the effect which happens when users used to switch off their old tube TVs back in the 80-90s.
Here is the Gingerbread Screen Offanimation video I am talking about -:
Of course, the above animation is nothing stellar but nevertheless it does have a cool’ factor to it (at least, I do). As of now, no version of Android or any Custom ROM has this sort of animation when turning the screen off.
With Gingerbread announcement around the corner, I am sure more videos of it in action will be popping up on the Internet.
Yesterday, we told you that FreeWELL has made overclocking the Droid X possible. Today, FreeWELL has posted another mod which allows Droid 2 owners to overclock their phone. The overclocking method of the Droid 2 is similar to the Droid X. Like the Droid X, the Droid 2 overclocking mod is also based on the Milestone Android 2.1 overclocking technique. Right now, overclocking the Droid 2 requires users to input some adb commands.
However, a member with the name darkonion has made a simple shell script which allows Droid 2 owners to overclock their handset in a very simple way. As of now, the shell script will work only in linux but darkonion has promised to release a Windows version soon.
Most of the Droid 2 owners have managed to overclock their handset to 1.3-1.4GHz but most of them prefer to keep the processor running at 1.2 GHz. Here are the steps to overclock the Motorola Droid 2.
The Droid X is already a beast of a phone. The handset is powered by a 1GHz OMAP processor and sports a huge 4.3-inch LCD screen. After the Android 2.2 update, the Droid X is among the fastest Android handsets out there. Well, fast was not enough for the Droid X modders and in a bid to make the phone the fastest Android phone out there, they have managed to overclock the X CPU to 1.1 GHz.
A 100 MHz boost may seem paltry for now, but we should keep in mind that this overclocking mod is still in its infant stage. As time passes, I expect the Droid X processor to reach the 1.2 – 1.4GHz mark. The man who made this possible is FreeWELL. He took the Motorola Milestone overclocking technique and used it on the Droid X. Along with overclocking; Droid X owners can also underclock their CPU using SetCPU so as to preserve battery.
You can read more about the Droid X overclocking mod over at Droid-Life.
P.S. The Droid X could already be overclocked on Android 2.1, this mod specifically refers to Droid X running on Android 2.2
Finally! It was nearly 3 and half months ago we had told you that the myTouch 3G will be getting the Android 2.2 update. Now, T-Mobile and HTC have finally started rolling out the Android 2.2 update to all myTouch 3G owners. Most myTouch owners are already enjoying Froyo on their handsets.
The Android 2.2 update for the myTouch will bring with it a modified version of the Faves Gallery, which will provide users with all the relevant information of the top 20 most contacted people. It will also bring full exchange support for contacts, mail and calendar. The Froyo update for the myTouch 3G looks pretty close to a stock Android 2.2 build.
However, the bad news is that myTouch 3G handsets with a 3.5mm jack will be getting the update in the coming weeks.
Remember the Droid 2 Global? Well Verizon has made the device official in a very odd manner. Verizon customers who called the their helpline and were kept on hold heard the advertisement of the new Droid 2 Global. The ad only mentions that the Droid 2 Global will feature both GSM and CDMA’s antennas and will work in 221 countries.
Yea, you read that right 221 countries! Either my geography is extremely bad or Verizon goofed up the number of countries present in this world. The Droid 2 Global is rumoured to be running on a 1.2GHz OMAP processor. The rest of the specifications of the device is similar to the Droid 2.
The device will feature the same 3.7-inch LCD screen with 854*480 resolution, 512MB of RAM and 5MP camera with an LED flash. The Droid 2 Global is also expected to be available in the white color.
Remember the HTC Aria? The handset was an AT&T exclusive until now. Today, HTC announced the European version of the Aria the HTC Gratia. The Gratia has a 3.2-inch screen with a HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone will be powered by a 600 MHz processor from Qualcomm and will pack 384MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with auto-focus.
“HTC’s mantra is to provide a unique mix of experience and choice to people using our phones,” said Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe, Middle East and Africa. “HTC Gratia offers something completely different. Its compact size, beautiful design and power with Android 2.2, combined with its personalised experience through HTC Sense, is uniquely compelling. We can’t wait to bring HTC Gratia to our customers in Europe.”
The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm jack, microSD card slot, microUSB port, an accelerometer, GPS with A-GPS and a digital compass. The Gratia will be running on Android 2.2 with the HTC Sense UI on top of it. The device will be available in some wacky colors like Forest Green and Pristine White etcetera.
The handset will hit the major European markets by November 2010.
According to the folks over at Droid-Life, the Motorola Droid 2 is soon going to get a software update. The software update will fix all the woes users are having with Microsoft Exchange on their phone. The software update version will be 2.3.15 and it is currently being rolled out in batches to all Droid 2 owners.
Here is the conversation between the Droid-Life member Kellen and Motorola’s live support guy Romella :
Kellen B: HI Romella, I’ve been having Exchange issues on my DROID 2. I know that the DROID X received an update to version 2.3.15 which fixed alot of these. Will I be receiving an update to this too?
Romella: Yes. There are sending in in batches that is maybe why you have not received the upgrade yet.
Romella: Try to go to your settings>about phone> system update.
Kellen B: Checking now
Kellen B: Looks like it’s not ready for me yet. But the update to 2.3.15 for the Droid 2 is definitely on the way?
Romella: It has been release. Let us just wait for the notification on the phone on how to download it.
Romella: We apologize for the inconvenience.
So any Droid 2 owners got this update? Any other changes do you guys see except for the Exchange issues with the phone being ironed out? Do let us know by dropping in a comment!
Looks like Samsung has released the official Froyo firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S. Many users over at XDA-Developers are reporting that they have been able to update their handset to the official Froyo FW (JP6) via KIES. Early reviews suggest that the lag issue which was present in nearly all the Android 2.1 FW is still present. Hopefully, this firmware update will fix the GPS issue which has been plaguing the Galaxy S from the start.
Here is the change-log according to Brief Mobile :
* Android 2.2 JIT compiler
* Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
* New Android Market with auto-updating
* Speed improvements
* Pinch-to-zoom homescreen flyover
* Improved default keyboard
* Quick links to GPSand Auto rotationtoggles on notification bar added
* Slightly different graphics and transitions with app drawer and default icon dock
* Colored icons in settings
* GPS Fix
* Colored settings icons
* Media Hub
* Darker menu theme, navy blue color
* Better Exchange support
* Video records in MP4 format
* New Search widget
* New Gmail application
Ironically, @SamFirmware had managed to get his hands on the leaked firmware a few days ago. Samsung had even released the source code of the JPM firmware on their open source website before pulling it back.
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.
Here is the official statement from Dell itself.