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.
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.
With almost all the Android heavyweights like the Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire and the HTC Incredible getting a successor in the past month, the only major Android phone for which we didn’t see any succession plan was the Motorola Droid X. It has been the flagship Motorola Android device since it was launched, and has had great sales.
Today, we have details of the successor to the Droid X – the Droid X 2, thanks to The Mobi Zone. It comes with some very impressive hardware specs and is very similar to the Motorola Droid Bionic.
It has a 4.3 inch qHD display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It will be powered by a 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and has 1 GB RAM. It will have an 8 MP camera and will run Android 2.2 Froyo with the MotoBLUR UI. It is almost identical to the Droid Bionic, except that it won’t offer LTE. It will be a 3G only phone and will be priced much lower than the Droid Bionic. It will be available on Verizon by Q2 2011.
Engadget also reports that according to another source, the Droid X 2 might just be a refreshed Droid X with a 1.2 GHz processor with 768 MB RAM. I guess, we will have to wait a bit for more details.
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.
Remember the Samsung Forte, the phone which we posted some leaked information about, a few weeks back? Well, it’s actually called the Samsung Galaxy Indulge, and it will be launching in a week.
It was leaked again on the MetroPCS website, and is priced at $399 for the contract free version. It is one of the first LTE devices which will be launched in the US. It comes with two plans – the $50 plan offers 1 GB data while the $60 plan offers unlimited data. Both plans offer unlimited calls and text messages.
The Galaxy Indulge seems to be a smaller version of the Epic 4G. It has a smaller 3.5 inch touchscreen HVGA display and comes with a sliding keyboard. It also has a 3 MP camera and comes with Android 2.2 Froyo with the TouchWiz 3.0 UI. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and will have 512 MB RAM. It comes loaded with the Iron Man 2 movie on a 4 GB microSD card. It also has all the basics in place – Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.
The Galaxy Indulge seems to be a nice LTE smartphone option for Android fans. It will likely launch by the end of this week, and might beat the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt to become the first LTE smartphone in the US.
One major complaint with the Android ecosystem is the delay in the release of Android OS updates by phone manufacturers. Google released the latest version of Android Gingerbread – to the public more than six weeks ago. Still, the only phone officially running Gingerbread is the Google branded Nexus S.
While the majority of the Android handset owners impatiently wait for their handset manufacturers to release the Android 2.3 update, some are still waiting for the Android 2.2 update.
One such handset is the Motorola Milestone. The Milestone is the European version of the highly popular and successful Motorola Droid but unlike the latter, the former never got its Android 2.2 update. The update was pushed back many times and last year, Motorola stated that they will release the Froyo update for the handset in early Q1 of 2011.
However, the company updated its Facebook page to inform Milestone owners that the update has again been delayed. The reason behind the delay has not been explained clearly by Motorola as well.
Nevertheless, the company does state that they will release the update before the end of current quarter. I wonder what is taking Motorola so long to release the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone. The original Droid was among the first few handsets to receive the Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 updates. There are not much hardware changes between the Droid and the Milestone as well.
The new flagship Android phone by HTC – the HTC Saga – was leaked before in a subway in Taipei. It is likely to be the successor to the HTC Desire, and looks very similar to it. It has a unibody design, just like the HTC 7 Mozart and the HTC Legend.
No specifics about the HTC Saga are out yet, but it is expected to sport the latest smartphone hardware, so you can probably expect a dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, and a display bigger than 4 inches. The leaked device runs Android 2.2.1 Froyo, but will likely get an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread by the time it releases. It also has the HTC Sense UI. It should also have an 8 MP camera and seems to have LED flash support.
It should be launched officially at the Mobile World Congress, with scores of other Android superphones like the Samsung Galaxy S 2. Stay tuned for more MWC coverage, here at Techie-Buzz.
Until then, check out these leaked images of the HTC Saga, courtesy of Mobile01.
Along with providing us an overview of features in Android 3.0 and launching the web store based Android Market, Google also announced support for In-App Purchases in Android apps.
At the recently concluded event, Google announced a new SDK aimed specifically towards in-app purchases. This new feature will allow Android users to directly purchase content right from within an app!
Developers can now offer paid upgrades in their app/game. With in-app purchase support, users also won’t see a Lite’ and a Full version of an app on the Android Market. Instead, users can simply purchase the full version of an app right from within its Lite’ or demo version.
The in-app feature will be available to the users before the end of the current quarter. Google has already released the new SDK to the developers. Disney used the announcement to demonstrate their app Tap Tap Revenge’ for Android which will be making use of the In-App Purchase feature. Google sure is trying its best to attract and retain developers towards the Android platform.
The new Web Store and the In-App purchase feature will help the developers in a big way. This will also help the developers to make more money from their apps.