Samsung has been slowly rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for its Galaxy S series all over the world including Canada and India. The update roll out has not been a smooth one and Samsung had to pull back its Android 2.2 update in many regions due to buggy firmwares.
However, Samsung has been totally ignoring the 3 million plus Galaxy S variants owners in the United States until now. The company has not even mentioned when they will be rolling out the update in the States.
However, now it looks like Sammy is all set to roll out the update for three of the Galaxy S variants – the Vibrant, Epic 4G and the Fascinate – in the States. Only the AT&T branded Galaxy S variant Captivate and the dual-screen Samsung Continuum are left out from this Froyo party.
The U.S product pages of all the three handsets mentioned before have been updated by Samsung to show that they are running on Android 2.2. The only thing left now for Samsung is to officially roll out the Android 2.2 update for the handsets. Hopefully, all the Galaxy S variants in the U.S will get their Froyo update by January 2011.
HTC is rolling out a software update for the recently released Desire HD. Sadly; the OTA update is not an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update as many Desire HD owners are hoping for. The OTA software update bumps the Android version on the handset to 2.2.1 and brings with it performance improvements and bug fixes. The OTA update weighs in at 40MB and will up the software version on the HD to 1.72.405.3.
The update reportedly improves the general performance as well as the camera performance of the device. Apparently, the quality of the 720p HD recording has improved as well. HTC is also rolling out another software update for the HTC Desire which bumps the software version to 2.29.405.2. The software update brings the latest version of Android Market along with some speed improvements.
HTC still has not mentioned on when they will be rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for all its handsets. Hopefully, the company will release the Gingerbread handsets for most of its popular handsets before Q1 of 2011 ends.
Do you still remember the Android 2.1 powered LG Ally, which was launched back in May on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless? We have a good news for the LG Ally users. After the long wait, Android 2.2 (FroYo) update is finally coming to this mid-range smartphone in February.
LG Ally features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.1 OS, Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with Autofocus and Flash, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, A-GPS, Visual Voice Mail, Android Market, 3.5mm Headset jack, Up to 450 mins talk-time, up to 500 hrs stand-by time and more.
LG Ally recently received a software update, but the owners were disappointed since it was just a minor software update and not the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update. A moderator at the LG Forum recently said that LG Ally owner will finally get the much awaited Android 2.2 update in February 2011. It is still unknown whether the Froyo upgrade will allow them to run Adobe Flash Player 10.1, since the specs of this handset is lower than the Adobe’s hardware requirements.
Samsung has been slowly rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Galaxy S handsets all over the world. A couple of days ago, Samsung started offering the Froyo update for all the operator branded Galaxy S handsets in the U.K. Today, the company has started rolling out the Froyo update for the Vibrant as well as the Fascinate in Canada.
The Vibrant is offered by Bell, SaskTel and Virgin mobile while the Fascinate is offered by the TELUS. Earlier, Samsung released the Android 2.2 Froyo update schedule for the Galaxy S line-up in Canada. The schedule stated that the TELUS branded Fascinate will get its update in early 2011.
Surprisingly, Samsung managed to release the update just before the current year ended. Vibrant and Fascinate owners can update their handset to Android 2.2 Froyo by using Samsung KIES.
While analysts predict that Apple’s iPad will still be the most popular tablet by 2012, there is no stopping the upcoming surge of the Android tablets in 2011. The recent manufacturer to enter the Android tablet bandwagon is BenQ.
The Taiwanese company, BenQ has expressed its plans to launch its first tablet PC in China and Taiwan during the first quarter of 2011. BenQ is to enter the market with the model R100 which will boast a 10.1-inch LCD resistive touchscreen with 1024 x 600 resolution and will be powered by Samsung’s ARM based processor that runs at 833MHz. R100 will run on Google’s Android 2.2 operating system and will be equipped with WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, a mini USB port and 8GB of internal storage.
The official pictures and price of the tablet is not yet disclosed by the company representative and will be available during the official launch of the tablet.
Samsung has been slowly rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the various Galaxy S variants in different regions of the world. Today, Samsung UK gave a surprise to all Galaxy S owners in the U.K by making the Android 2.2 update available on all networks.
The company made this announcement from their official Twitter account. Here is what the company tweeted-:
This piece of news is surely going to please a lot of Galaxy S owners in the U.K. Galaxy S owners need to use Samsung KIES software to update their handset to Android 2.2. Users can download KIES from this link. Samsung had earlier released the Android 2.2 update for Three UK and T-Mobile UK branded Galaxy S variants.
I seriously hope that Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for the various Galaxy S variants in the United States before the year ends. Otherwise, Samsung sure are going to piss off a lot of Galaxy S owners in the States.
The modding community has done it again! The popular NIITDroid team has managed to port Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nokia N900. While the N900 runs on Maemo out-of-the-box, the phone has a huge modding potential. Due to this, various OS’s including Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and MeeGo OS have been ported to it.
Most features of the phone including Wi-Fi, Sound and 3G are working on Android 2.3. However, the Android 2.3 ROM for the N900 still contains some major bugs which make it unstable for a day-to-day use.
As of now, the ROM is not yet out for public consumption. The developers of the ROM have promised to release an experimental Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM for the N900 before the end of this year. They have also promised to release a fully stable Android 2.2.1 ROM for the N900 by Christmas.
The Motorola Droid is one of the most popular Android handset out there. The unlocked bootloader and the vanilla Android experience made it a favorite in the United States. Motorola did launch a European version of the Droid the Milestone. However, that phone was destined to meet doom right from the word go.
Unlike the Droid, the Milestone had a locked down bootloader. This meant that modding the phone was a very difficult job and it still is. While the original Droid got its Android 2.2 update right after a few weeks of Google announcing it, European Milestone owners are still waiting for their share of Froyo love.
Now, the European division of Motorola has posted on their Facebook wall that the company is still working closely’ with operators and carriers to deliver the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone. The company says that they expect to roll out the update by Q1 of 2011.
With Motorola set to launch some killer handsets and tablets based on Nvidia Tegra 2 at the upcoming CES 2011, I wonder if the company will actually find it useful’ to work on the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone.
Milestone owners can vent out their anger on Motorola Europe’s FB page.
Just as Google released Android 2.3, Samsung put a temporary suspension on the upgrading of their Galaxy S devices. For the past few weeks, users have been complaining about inoperable devices after updating to FroYo, and now Samsung Canada has officially acknowledged the problem via their Facebook wall. The word is that they are investigating the reported issues and In the interim, we are taking the extra precaution of temporarily suspending the upgrade.
If you’ve had any problems, it’s suggested you contact Samsung directly, at their toll-free line; 1-800-751-4078 or e-mail [email protected]
LG has unveiled its next generation high-end Android phone the Optimus 2x. The LG Optimus 2x is the first Android handset to sport an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. Other key specifications of the handset include a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) screen, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot.
At the heart of the phone is a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor running at 1GHz and packs 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera while the front sports a 1.3MP camera. The phone is capable of playing back 1080p videos as well as recording them. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack are also present. The handset also packs in DLNA and HDMI mirroring’. This beast of a phone will be powered by a 1500mAh battery.
Sadly, the LG Optimus 2X will launch with Android 2.2 on board. However, LG has promised that the handset will get the Android 2.3 update in due course. The handset will hit Korea next month with Europe and Asia to follow.