Last month, Dell started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for its tablet-cum-handset crossover the Streak. However, Dell was rolling out the update for only un-branded Streak handsets at that time. Now, Streak owners in the UK who own an O2 branded Streak will get their share of Froyo love starting from today.
Here is the official change-log from O2 itself :
- Adobe Flash 10.1
- Native Microsoft Exchange Support
- Pre-loaded Swype keyboard app
- New Dell Stage user interface
- Backup & Restore app
- Numerous system optimisations and updates
The update will be rolled out in OTA form in batches to all the Streak handsets. Dell Streak owners can read about the Android 2.2 update here.
The NOOKcolor eReader from Barnes & Noble runs a highly customized version of Android 2.1 but without the Android Market. However, the modding community has hacked the NOOKcolor to get the Android Market working on the device.
Nevertheless, Barnes & Noble has now promised that the NOOKcolor eReader will get the Android 2.2 update in January. The update is going to be a huge’ one and will turn the NOOKcolor into a tablet.
The update will also bring with it pinch-to-zoom in browser and the typical Android 2.2 home screen. NOOKcolor users will be given an option to switch between the highly modified NOOK’s UI and the Android 2.2 UI. The Barnes & Noble representative also told that the eReader will be getting access to the Android Market with this update. However, users might not get access to all the available applications.
The update will also fix the battery life and performance issues that many NOOKcolor owners are currently experiencing. The Android 2.2 update will bring performance improvement, better memory management and Flash 10.1 to the NOOKcolor.
A full blown Android 2.2 based tablet for only $249! Stellar deal!
LG’s Optimus One Android handset has been one of the most popular budget Android devices in recent history. It is the LG’s bestselling handset and set a new sales record by selling 1 million phones in 40 days after launch.
Now, it has also crossed another milestone. LG just sold its Optimus One #2,000,000 in just 25 days after the first milestone, which makes it a total of 2 million phones in just 65 days.
It is one of the cheapest Android smartphones running Android 2.2 Froyo and will also be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This makes it one of the few phones slated to receive the update, and the cheapest phone which has been confirmed to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
A couple of days ago, LG said that the LG Optimus One handset won’t be getting the Android 2.3 update because the minimum requirement to run Gingerbread is a 1GHz processor.
However, this piece of news was shot down by Android team’s Dan Morrill. He said that the hardware requirement for Android 2.3 is very similar to Android 2.2 a.k.a Froyo.
Now, LG has announced via a press release that the Optimus One handset from the Korean company will definitely get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.
Here is what the company exactly said :
LG will upgrade all Optimus One smartphones currently using the Froyo OS to the next version of the Android OS, Gingerbread. Details of the upgrade schedule will be announced locally in due course. We sincerely apologize for the confusion and misunderstanding that was caused regarding this issue.
It is really nice to see LG providing software support for their low-end Android based handsets. Kudos to LG!
At the beginning of this month, we reported that T-Mobile UK has started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handsets in the U.K. Apparently, that did not happen and T-Mobile UK never released the update. Now, another carrier in the UK Three has started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Three U.K. branded Galaxy S handsets.
Galaxy S owners can update their handset using Samsung’s KIES software.
As a part of the update, the phone will be wiped clean of any data so users are suggested to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the update. The Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S will bring many new features like performance enhancements, Flash 10.1 and a spiced up TouchWiz UI.
Hopefully, Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handset series in the U.S by this year end.
Quite a few weeks ago, we had reported that HTC will soon be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the HTC Legend. Surprisingly, the company first rolled out the Android 2.2 update for the Vodafone UK branded Legend handsets.
However, starting from today the company has started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the unlocked Legend handsets in Europe. Hopefully, HTC will start rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the device in other regions of the world pretty soon as world.
Legend owners who have a carrier branded device need to wait for some more time before they can get their share of Froyo love. The Android 2.2 update for the Legend will bring with it performance improvements and some new features like Mobile AP etcetera.
HTC also commented on their Facebook page that the Wildfire Android 2.2 update is coming soon’.
Motorola and Verizon are soon going to roll out a new software update for the Droid X. The new software update version number is 2.3.340 and is a pretty major one. The update will include Madden NFL football game for the Droid X. Along with this; the update will also improve the performance and stability of the device.
Other various aspects of the device like Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and Voicemail are also getting some kind of improvement.
Droid X owners can find the full change-log below-:
Hopefully, this update will resolve most of the issues Droid X owners had with the handset after the Android 2.2 update. However, Motorola and Verizon have not mentioned when the update will roll out to all Droid X owners. Hopefully, the update will roll out by the end of this year.
CyanogenMod is one of the most popular custom ROMs in the Android modding scene. The ROM is based on stock Android (AOSP) and is completely free from any kind of bloat ware. Today, the community behind Cyanogen – consisting of 10000 monkeys and 10000 typewriters’ – has released the final version of CyanogenMod 6.1.
CM6.1 is based on Android 2.2.1 and includes many nifty features like continuous auto-focus, dual-mode snooze, EMMC support and Lock screen gestures. Interested users can find the huge change-log here. The new CyanogenMod 6.1 ROM also supports some new devices like the Desire HD and the Desire Z/T-Mobile G2/HTC Vision.
Sadly, the CM community still does not support one of the most popular Android phones out there the Samsung Galaxy S series. However, a few people have been trying hard to port CM6 to the Galaxy S. They have already released a couple of beta releases as well. Hopefully, by the year end we will see a working CM6.1 ROM for the Galaxy S handsets.
The folks over at XDA forums have done it again. They have managed to get their hands on apparently – the official Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Epic 4G. The update was found in an OTA form hosted in Google’s own server.
The Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G will bring lots of enhancements like JIT compiler, Flash 10.1 and better memory management.
Samsung has also jazzed up their TouchWIZ UI with new colorful icons and helicopter’ view in the home screen. The update is also based on the latest version of Froyo i.e. on Android 2.2.1. Epic 4G owners can download the OTA update directly from Google servers from here. To know more about the changes this OTA brings and how to flash it, users should read this thread on XDA.
Hopefully, Samsung will roll out the Android 2.2 update for other Galaxy S variants in the U.S before this year ends.
Yesterday, when we posted the video of Android 2.3 Gingerbread UI exposed through Voice Search, many of you must have noticed a new tab in the Android Market. Since the video was in some alien language (at least for me), I could not understand what that new tab in Android Market is for.
Well, just now I was using my sister’s HTC Legend and opened up the Market to update a few applications that I noticed a new tab. The new Related’ tab shows users applications which are similar to the current application the user is viewing.
However, when I checked the Android Market on my phone (Samsung Galaxy S) I did not find the new Related’ tab. Ironically, the Legend runs on Android 2.1 while the Galaxy S is running on Android 2.2. Hopefully, Google will roll out this new tab’ feature soon to all Android devices.
Update: Looks like Google is slowly rolling out the ‘Related’ tab to all Android devices. I just got the “Related’ tab in my Samsung Galaxy S.