Rumors are floating around on the Internet that the Samsung Galaxy S will get Android 2.3 Gingerbread update sometime in March. The rumor of this source is this tweet from @m4gic. Apparently, the guy went to the Sammy’s European headquarter in Frankfurt where he got this piece of news.
Now, I know rumors spread like fire on the Internet but this is a bit too much. I own a Samsung Galaxy S and am a more than frequent visitor of the Galaxy S sub-forum over at XDA. Now, firmware leaks are a very common thing over the Galaxy S forum on XDA. In fact, the first Android 2.2 based firmware for the Galaxy S leaked nearly 8 weeks before the official’ firmware was released by Samsung.
If Samsung does intent to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S by March then at least one Gingerbread based firmware for the handset must have already leaked. Sadly, that is not the case here! Many people may argue that firmware leaks are no big deal and it may happen that a Gingerbread based firmware for the Galaxy S won’t leak.
However, I personally feel that Samsung does intentionally leak some of these firmwares so that it can get the feedback of the modding community about the firmware. Samsung has in fact incorporated some of the changes which the modding community suggested it!
So according to me, the Samsung Galaxy S won’t get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in March. If by any means it does, it will be either via CM7 (unofficial), which is progressing very nicely and can be easily used on day-to-day basis, or via a leaked Gingerbread firmware.
Earlier this month, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and comes with a large 4 inch Super Clear LCD display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megpixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently selling this handset in India. Check out the complete specs below.
Samsung Galaxy SL features a 4 inch Super Clear LCD display with Gorilla Glass, 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, TouchWiz 3.0 UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, HD (720p) video recording and more.
Other features incude a 3.5 mm headset jack, DLNA connectivity, 478 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, GPS, Android Market, FM Radio with RDS, Adobe Flash 10.1 support, up to 15 hours talktime, up to 610 hours stand-by time and a 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery.
Samsung Galaxy SL comes with a price tag of Rs.19,499. If you have already decided to but this handset, then just head over to this page.
Last year, AT&T launched the powerful HTC Aria smartphone. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS. Finally after waiting for months, HTC Aria users has a reason to cheer. AT&T recently released the much awaited Android 2.2 FroYo update for the HTC Aria smartphone. It is the second Android powered device to get the Android 2.2 FroYo update on the AT&T’s network.
The Android 2.2 update will allow HTC Aria users to access more than 150,000 apps from the Android Market and the ability to load apps on the MicroSD card. It also comes with the Flash Player 10.1, enhanced web browsing, Bluetooth voice dialing, GPS enhancements, improved Microsoft Exchange support, Wi-Fi hotspot and more.
To check for update on your HTC Aria smartphone, simply enter *#*#checkin#*#* (*#*#2432546#*#*) on the dialer keypad and check whether the Android 2.2 FroYo update is available for your handset. It might take some days for the update to be available on your smartphone. Just make sure, your phone is fully charged and connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Samsung is well known for not pushing out Android updates well in time. By the time any Samsung handset gets an Android update Google probably might have already released next two iterations of the software.
Sprint and Samsung finally released Froyo/Android 2.2 update on Samsung Epic 4G a couple of days ago and it turns out they had to pull it down due to issues faced after the upgrade. People have been complaining about data connectivity issues and some SD card issues while attempting to access photos, videos, etc. on the SD card. Here’s the official statement -:
There have been an increased number of calls into Care regarding issues with the Epic following the upgrade. As a result, the upgrade will not be pushed to more devices until a resolution for these issues is in place. The OTW update on the Samsung website will also be taken down.
Sprint and Samsung are actively working to correct these problems and release the update to all devices.
The issues being reported are related to data connectivity following the upgrade and SD card issues when attempting to access photos, music, etc. If you are experiencing these issues, a hard reset has been reported to resolve the problems. A hard reset will wipe out all the data on your device, so a backup should be done first.
So if you are wondering why hasn’t your Epic 4G received the Froyo update yet count yourself as lucky and not messing up the device. Sprint and Samsung are said to be working together to push a bug free update as soon as possible.
A couple of days ago, Samsung and Sprint started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Samsung Epic 4G. Today, AT&T has announced that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Captivate handset from tomorrow!
However, the update won’t be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Users need to use their Windows based PC or a Mac to update their Captivate to FroYo.
As stated above by AT&T, the download link to Android 2.2 FroYo for the Captivate will be posted on their Facebook page tomorrow. Hopefully, the update will be a trouble free one and won’t end up bricking the handsets like the WP7 update did to Samsung phones. Including the Captivate, 3 out of 5 Galaxy S variants will taste Android 2.2 FroYo this year.
Hopefully, Samsung and Verizon will release the Android 2.2 update for the Fascinate by the end of this month or early next month.
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.
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.
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Motorola Atrix 4G, which was undoubtedly one of the biggest stars of CES 2011, is yet to be officially released, but the devs have already begun tinkering with it. BriefMobile is confirming that designgears from XDA-Developers has succeeded in gaining root (super user) access.
Root access will allow users to install essential apps like Titanium Backup and SetCPU, which require superuser privileges, besides enabling sideloading of apps (installation of apps from sources other than the official Android Market) that AT&T notoriously disables.
The one click root tool works on both Windows and Linux, but requires the installation of .NET Runtime (Mono for Linux). The rooting tool as well as in-depth tutorial is available here. Although the procedure is idiot-proof, the standard disclaimer regarding rooting still applies.
Like other Android handsets from Motorola’s stable, the bootloader of Atrix also is encrypted. So, custom ROMs are still not possible. However, the devs are already on the task, and hopefully, someone will soon find a way to bypass the protections put in place by Motorola.
The Atrix, which Motorola claims to be the world’s most powerful smartphone and the future of mobile computing, sports a 4-inch qHD display, and is powered by the meaty nVidia Tegra 2 chip. The handset will launch with FroYo (Android 2.2), but is scheduled to receive Gingerbread (Android 2.3) later in the year. It will be available across the US from AT&T Feb 22 onwards.
The Samsung Galaxy S has four variants in the U.S. the Samsung Captivate available on the AT&T network, Fascinate on the Verizon network, Epic 4G on Sprint’s network and the T-Mobile branded Vibrant. All the four variants have some subtle changes compared to the original Galaxy S.
However, one major difference is that the original Galaxy S got its Android 2.2 update nearly 4 months ago, but 3 out of the 4 U.S. variants of the Galaxy S are still rocking Android 2.1. T-Mobile rolled out the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant nearly a month ago, but sadly users need to use Samsung’s KIES software to update their handset.
Now, it looks like another U.S. variant of the Galaxy S the Sprint branded Epic 4G will be getting its Android 2.2 FroYo update next week. The folks over at Android Police have managed to get their hands on some leaked internal documents of Sprint. The documents state that the Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G will start rolling out from the beginning of next week i.e. Feb 21.
Unlike the Vibrant, the Epic’s 4G Froyo update will be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Along with Android 2.2, the update is also expected to bring improvements to the GPS performance of the device and Bluetooth device support.
We just received the latest HTC phone to hit AT&T today for review. The HTC Inspire 4G is a really good phone which has some great specifications which includes a Qualcomm ® QSD8255, 1GHz Snapdragon, Android 2.2 Froyo, 768MB RAM, 4,3 inch WVGA resolution with pinch-to-zoom, 8 Megapixel camera with focus and flash among other things.
We’ll be having this unit for a fortnight and will be putting it to test. Expect some nice videos and pictures of the device and a complete review in the next few days.
The HTC Inspire 4G is available for $99 from AT&T which is quite a steal, so get your hands on it while you can. In the meantime take a look at the unboxing pictures of the HTC Inspire 4G from HTC and AT&T below.