We had earlier reported that Dell will be rolling out the Froyo update for its 5-inch phone-cum-tablet crossover the Streak. The update will start rolling out before the end of November but only in the U.K. Along with Android 2.2, the update will also bring performance improvements, better memory management, Flash 10.1 and Mobile hotspot feature. The Stage UI from Dell will also be present in this software update.
Here is a video of Android 2.2 with the Stage UI in action on the Streak :
It will replace the custom launcher found used by Streak in Android 1.6. The Stage UI basically contains a launcher and a few widgets along with a webOS like multi-tasking UI. However, the software update will wipe clean all user data present in the phone so users are recommended to make a backup of their data.
A blog focused exclusively on the Dell Streak has come across some information which says that Dell is planning to launch the successor the the Dell Streak soon. It will be called the Dell Opus One and will sport a 1.2 GHz dual core ARM based processor.
It will have the same size and form factor, with a 5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, but will sport a higher resolution, probably 1280 x 800 pixels. It might also sport a better camera and more RAM.
I do hope that Dell loads this powerhouse with the latest Android OS version – be it Android 2.2 Froyo or Android 2.3 Gingerbread (which should be available by the time this releases).
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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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.
Fragmentation has always been one of the biggest concerns of Android developers. Android fans have always feared that Android has too many versions running on too many phones with varying hardware specifications. Due to this, despite Google’s best efforts, developing an iPhone app was considered much easier than developing an Android app. The user experience on the iPhone is also much more consistent than on Android devices, each with its own custom UI and quirks.
Because each manufacturer plastered its own custom UI shell on top of the Android OS, it was very difficult to push timely updates to users. Every update was delayed as the manufacturer needed to integrate its own UI with the OS.
Many phones were still using prehistoric versions of Android like 1.5 and 1.6 months after Android 2.1 Eclair and Android 2.2 Froyo had released.
However, things are now looking good. The official statistics of Android users are now out and they say that 28.7% of Android users are now on Android 2.2 Froyo, the latest version of Android OS while 41.7% are on Android 2.1 Eclair.
Those on Android 1.6 and 1.5 are only 17.5% and 12% respectively. This sudden gain in the user numbers of the latest OS versions can be attributed to the recent Android 2.2 upgrade releases for the Nexus One, HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Droid X, the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire, the most popular Android smartphones.
Android 3.0 Gingerbread is going to launch soon, and Google has stated that it will obviate the need for custom UIs, thus speeding up further upgrades for all users.
Source: Android Developers
Though Android is already available on many tablets, and Samsung is also launching the Galaxy Tab next month, which will sport Android 2.2 Froyo, Google hadn’t officially commented yet about the use of Android in tablets.
However, it was clear that they didn’t endorse the use of Android on tablets, evident by the launch of Chrome OS. They were also reportedly working on a tablet powered by Chrome OS with HTC and Verizon.
The next versions of the Android OS, Gingerbread and Honeycomb will be much better suited to the tablet form factor than Froyo, but according to Google, Android isn’t optimised for tablets.
“Android is an open platform. We saw at IFA 2010 all sorts of devices running Android, so it already running on tablets,”
“But the way Android Market works is it’s not going to be available on devices that don’t allow applications to run correctly.”
“Which devices do, and which don’t will be unit specific, but Froyo is not optimised for use on tablets.”
“If you want Android market on that platform, the apps just wouldn’t run, [Froyo] is just not designed for that form factor.”
“We want to make sure that we’re going to create a application distribution mechanism for the Android market, to ensure our users have right experience.” said Hugo Barra, Director of Products for Mobile, Google.
Most tablets don’t support Android Market though the Galaxy Tab does. Even without the complete backing of Google, Android will probably remain a popular choice for a tablet OS. If Chrome OS fails to make an impact, Google may be forced to work on Android as a tablet OS.
Google played a gamble when they decided to foray into the mobile operating system by purchasing Android about 5 years ago. However, 5 years down the line that gamble seems to have paid off, since reports suggest the Android will soon overtake RIM and iOS as the 2nd largest mobile in the world behind Symbian.
According to Gartner, Android will become the No. 2 worldwide mobile operating system in 2010 and will challenge Symbian for the largest mobile OS title by 2014. Currently Symbian has the highest markets share with 46.9% overall, however, that is set to drop to 40.1% in 2010.
Android on the other hand had only 3.9% market share in 2009, but that is set to leap to 17.7% in 2010 overtaking Apple’s iOS which had 14.4% share last year, is set to rise to 17.5% because of several new introductions including the iPad and iPhone 4. Blackberry’s RIM to is on a downswing with 19.9% share last year and 17.5% share predicted for this year.
Android phones have definitely hit the roof since last year. More than 200,000 Android devices are sold per day, this number is bound to rise, with several mobile manufacturers adopting the Android OS for their devices.
With the introduction of Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread, Google is all set to challenge the mighty Symbian who was at one point of time one of the best Mobile OS. Sadly Symbian has lost ground since then and has failed to make impressive changes to challenge the newer age mobile OS platforms.
The HTC-manufactured-Google-branded Nexus One was the first Android handset to hit the retail market with Android 2.1 on board. It was also the first device to get the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OTA update. With the Froyo update, the Nexus One got a very big performance boost. The Linkpack and the Quadrant scores of the device nearly tripled after the Froyo update. Now it looks like Google is working on another Froyo build for the Nexus One which has leaked onto the Internet.
Users who flashed this new leaked FRG33 build Froyo ROM on their Nexus One are reporting improvements in the performance of the device as well as Wi-Fi transfer speed. This leaked build also updates the radio of the phone. Hopefully, this will solve the 3G reception issues which initially plagued the handset.
Hopefully, Google will roll out the FRG33 build of Android 2.2 (Froyo) for the Nexus One sooner than later.
Archos was one of the first manufacturers to release an Android tablet. Its first attempt wasn’t very impressive, but Archos isn’t backing down. It has announced 5 new Android PMP tablets with different specifications and price ranges. Here are the complete specifications of the 5 Android tablets by Archos.
This is the cheapest of the lot. It has a 2.8 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. It has an 800 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and comes with 4 GB internal memory. It is priced at $99.99 and runs Android 2.2 Froyo.
This is the next tablet in the list. It has a 3.2 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. It has 8 GB internal memory and comes with a camera which can record 720p video. It is priced at $149.99 and runs Android 2.2 Froyo too.
The Archos 43 has a 4.3 inch resistive touchscreen display like the other two, but it has a 1 GHz ARM Cortex processor powering it. It will ship with Froyo too and comes with 720p video recording and an acclerometer. It comes with 8 GB internal memory and costs $199.99.
This is the standard sized 7 inch Android tablet you have been waiting for. It has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with a front facing VGA camera for video calls. It has USB connectivity and comes with HDMI out. It comes in two versions- 8 GB and 16 GB, priced at $274.99 for the 8 GB model and $349.99 for the 250 GB model.
This is the best Android tablet Archos has to offer; it has the same form factor as the iPad. It has a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display. It has a 1 GHz processor and HDMI out. It also offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity and comes with a front facing video camera. The 8 GB version is priced at $299.99 and the 16 GB version is priced at $349.99. Like all the other Android tablets, it runs Android 2.2 Froyo.
Archos – List of Android Tablets
HTC rolled out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the EVO 4G a couple of weeks ago. The Froyo update bought with it tons of performance improvements and many new features as well. However, with this update HTC also fixed the security hole via which the modders rooted the handset. Nevertheless, the folks over at XDA Developers have managed to root the EVO 4G running on Android 2.2. The process to root the phone is pretty complex and is similar to the Droid 2 rooting method.
Owners of EVO 4G running on Android 2.2 and interested in rooting their device need to flash a stock Android 2.1 ROM on their device first. During the rooting process, owners will also need to install the unrevoked boot loader on their EVO 4G.
Here is the step-by-step guide on how to root your EVO 4G running Android 2.2.