Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for unbranded Galaxy S handsets in early November. The Korean company has been slowly rolling out the update to unlocked devices in various regions of the world. It was just a couple of days ago that the company started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S in India.
Now, Samsung and T-Mobile UK have started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for T-Mobile branded Galaxy S devices in the U.K.
Along with the usual KIES release, T-Mobile has also released an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update. However, the OTA update might be delayed so users are recommended to try out KIES first. It is still unknown when all the four carrier branded variants of the Galaxy S AT&T’s Captivate, Verizon’s Fascinate, Sprint’s Epic 4G and T-Mobile’s Vibrant in the United States will get their share of Froyo love.
Hopefully, Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for these devices before the end of the year.
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.
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.
Earlier this month, information about LG’s upcoming high-end smartphone codenamed Star leaked on the Internet. Now, we have more information about the upcoming Star’ handset from LG thanks to berryjuice who has managed to get his hands on two of these devices. He has posted some specifications of the device along with some pictures.
From the pictures he has posted, it is clear that the LG Star will be sporting an HDMI out port. He also confirmed that the handset will have WVGA resolution and won’t be sporting a kickstand at its back. Earlier, it was assumed that the Star will launch with stock Android 2.3 onboard. However, both the prototypes run on Android 2.2 with LG’s UI on top of it. LG’s UI looks very similar to Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI.
Berryjuice also posted the Quadrant score of the device. The Star managed to score 1759 points in the Quadrant benchmark. Pretty impressive for a prototype!
At the beginning of this month, Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S in the U.K. Samsung is slowly rolling out the update in various regions of the world. Today, the company has released the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S in India.
Samsung had earlier released the Android 2.2 update for the handset in October but it was later pulled back due to numerous bugs and performance issues.
However, the new firmware update being rolled out now is considerably much better. Galaxy S owners in India need to use Samsung KIES to update their handset to Android 2.2. The Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S will bring with it better performance, speech-to-text, voice search, Flash 10.1 and other Froyo goodies.
Samsung has also tweaked their TouchWIZ UI on the phone with new colorful icons.
CyanogenMod is a very popular custom ROM in the Android modding scene. The ROM is based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and is built completely from sources. The advantage of CyanogenMod (CM) ROM’s are that it removes all the bloat ware from the phone and is generally based on the latest version of Android. Readers who want to know more about CyanogenMod ROMs can read this.
CM ROMs are available for a wide variety of handsets and include a lot of nifty new tricks. Now, the latest version of CM6.1 RC5 for the original Droid has added another new nifty feature lock screen gestures. Lock screen gestures will allow users to directly start their favorite app or service right from the lock screen with the help of a gesture on the screen.
As of now, this new nifty feature is available only on the Motorola Droid. However, I am pretty sure this feature will find its way in many more CM builds for various other handsets.
Motorola has today announced that their rugged and water resistant Android handset the Motorola Defy – will get its Android 2.2 love for sure. The only downside is that Motorola is expected to roll out the update in the second quarter of the next year i.e. sometime in Q2 of 2011. Sadly, the company also announced that the Motorola Milestone XT720 won’t get an update to Android 2.2 at all and will remain stuck with Android 2.1 forever.
Here is the official announcement from Motorola :
Today we can confirm that in EMEA we plan to upgrade Motorola DEFY to Android 2.2 (FroYo) in the second quarter of next year and that Milestone XT720 will remain on Android 2.1. Anyone looking for information about this and updates for other regions should go to our forum.
Hopefully, Motorola won’t delay the Android 2.2 update for the Defy to Q3. If my memory serves me right, no manufacturer has been able to roll out the Froyo update for their handset on their scheduled date.
It was at the end of last month/beginning of this month that Sony Ericsson had started rolling out the Android 2.1 (Ã‰clair) update for the Xperia X10. The update came at a point when most of the high-end phones are already running on Android 2.2 or are scheduled to get their Froyo love sometime this year. It is also unclear whether Sony Ericsson will officially update the X10 to Android 2.2 or not.
However, unofficially the X10 is hopefully weeks away from a clean Android 2.2 ROM. The folks over at XDA have somehow managed to bypass the X10’s boot loader and are working on a clean, stock Android 2.2.1 based Custom ROM for the handset. Right now, the ROM is in pre-alpha testing and the developers will try to squish all the bugs found during the testing phase by the users.
As of now, video playback and camera along with few other stuff are not working. The best part about this ROM is that it will allow users to dual boot between Android 2.1 and the Custom ROM. Users who are interested in trying out this ROM can check out this thread on XDA.
LG Android based handsets are not very popular. The plummeting sales and profits of the LG mobile division is a testimony to this fact. However, it looks like LG has met with some kind of success with the LG Optimus One. In a press release, LG just announced that they have managed to sell more than one million units of the Optimus One. Keeping in mind that the Optimus One still has not been launched globally, it sure is no easy task!
The LG Optimus One is a low-end Android based phone. The handset has a 3.2-inch screen with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone is powered by a 600MHz processor and packs in 178MB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, Compass, external memory card slot, FM radio and a 3.5mm jack are all present.
According to me, one major plus point of the Optimus One is that it runs on Android 2.2. LG is now expecting the Optimus One to be its first handset to breach the ten million mark in terms of sale.
LG has been seeing a lot of sales for the LG Optimus One lately, with it selling about 1 million units since launch. It is now planning to launch a high end addition to the Optimus line up, and we have some details about the new phone.
It is codenamed the LG Star, and like the upcoming LG Optimus tablet, it will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform. It will sport Android 2.2 Froyo, or even Android 2.3 Gingerbread by the time it launches. It will have a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.
It will come with an 8 MP camera and can record 1080p HD video. It is supposed to sport the vanilla Android OS with no custom UI embellishments. It will also have a secondary camera for video calls, and will be powered by a 1500 mAh Li-ion battery.
It was exactly ten days ago that HTC announced that the Legend will get its Android 2.2 (Froyo) update in the coming weeks.’ Now, in less than a couple of weeks since the announcement, Vodafone UK has started rolling out Android 2.2 update for the Legend. Vodafone branded Legend handsets in France and Germany are also reportedly getting their Android 2.2 update love.
It’s quite surprising that Vodafone decided to release the Android 2.2 update for the branded Legend first instead of the un-branded ones. The update weighs in at 82.88MB so users are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the update. Early upgraders suggest that the phone now feels smoother and the irritating SMS bug has been fixed as well.
Hopefully, HTC will release the Android 2.2 update for the unbranded Legends soon as well!