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.
Remember the T-Mobile branded Vibrant 4G whose specs leaked out a couple of weeks ago? Today, T-Mobile and Samsung have officially announced the device. The name of the handset has changed from Vibrant 4G to Galaxy S 4G, though.
The Galaxy S 4G will be the first handset being announced by T-Mobile which will take the full advantage of the carrier’s 4G network and offer download speeds of up to 21Mbps.
The Galaxy S 4G is very similar to the Samsung Vibrant. The Galaxy S 4G has the same 4-inch SAMOLED screen with WVGA resolution as found on the Vibrant. The 4G sports the same internals as the Vibrant does a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, a PowerVR SGX540 graphics core and 512MB of RAM.
The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera without an LED flash. The Galaxy S 4G also sports a front-facing camera for video calling, which the Vibrant lacks. The Galaxy S 4G runs on Android 2.2 unlike the Samsung Vibrant.
With Galaxy S 4G, T-Mobile will deliver its fastest smartphone yet on America’s largest 4G network, providing rich entertainment virtually whenever and wherever consumers want,said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. And with 4G data plans from $10 per month, we’re making blazing-fast 4G speeds and super smartphone experiences easily accessible to the millions who crave them.
Sadly, T-Mobile did not provide any other detail about the phone including its pricing and the release date. The company will provide more information about the Galaxy S 4G in the coming weeks.’
There has been a lot of controversy about the Android 2.2 Froyo update for all the Galaxy S variants in the United States including the T-Mobile branded Samsung Vibrant. First, it looked like the update was being held back by Samsung so as to force’ its users to buy the upcoming Vibrant 4G.
Later on, rumors started flowing around that Samsung wanted to charge the carriers for the update and thus there was a tiff between (Samsung and carriers) them which was delaying the update. Samsung squished all the above rumors in an email and promised to release more information about the delay behind the update soon.
Now, T-Mobile has announced that they will start rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant owners beginning from today i.e. 21st January itself. Since the update will be rolled out in an OTA form and in batches so Vibrant owners need to be patient for the update to hit their phones.
Hopefully, the carrier will keep its word and start rolling out the update from today itself.
Another U.S carrier Sprint has also announced that they are working on the Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Epic 4G. The carrier and the Korean company are working hard to release the update ASAP’ but will release it only after it meets all the rigorous’ testing standard of Sprint.
Hopefully, Sprint will also release the Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G before the end of this month.
The folks over at AndroidSpin have received a tip from a very reliable source which says that Samsung is intentionally holding back the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant. According to the tipster, Samsung has a fully functional Android 2.2 OTA for the Vibrant ready to be pushed to the owners but the company is not doing so.
The reason behind this move is that the update will affect the sales of the upcoming Vibrant 4G which runs on Android 2.2 and features 4G and a front facing video camera.
Below is what the tipster exactly said-:
Some disturbing things have happened the last week or so concerning our Vibrant. Samsung has NOT allowed us to push the update OTA for 2.2 because they feel it will decrease the value of the upcoming Vibrant4G +. While from a marketing aspect i totally understand, as the Vibrant 4G is what the original Vibrant should have been in the 1st place. But to shun off and bold face lie to customers is NOT what T-Mobile is about.
â€¦Being that, Vibrant 4G and Vibrant have exactly same stats, added FFC and a new movie and the 4G. But i will tell you this, the original vibrant CAN utilize 4G FULLY. Yes FULLY. not what they are telling you.
If this news is true, then Samsung is surely in knee deep trouble. Selling millions of handsets is not going to work for a long time; you need to keep the existing customers happy with Android updates as well. This will make sure that the existing customers remain happy and will make them brand loyal as well. Looks like Samsung is unable to understand this simple logic here.
However, I think T-Mobile should also be blamed here. The carrier can easily force’ Samsung to release the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant owners but the company is not doing so. It is even possible that it is T-Mobile and not Samsung who are holding back the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant.
After all, Samsung has released the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handsets in all over the world including the Vibrant for the T-Mobile UK network. In fact, the Vibrant 4G has not even been announced yet. Holding back the Android 2.2 update for an unreleased phone does seem a bit impractical to me.
What do you think especially T-Mobile Vibrant owners? Do let us know your views by dropping in a comment.
The folks over at TmoNews have managed to get their hands on some official documents of T-Mobile which suggest that the carrier will be launching an updated version of the Samsung Vibrant. The Samsung Vibrant 4G will be the first phone from T-Mobile to support download speeds of up to 21Mbps. Right now T-Mobile offers two 4G’ enabled handsets the G2 and the myTouch 4G which offer download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
The Vibrant 4G will pack in a 4-inch SAMOLED screen with WVGA resolution. The handset will be powered by a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor along with the PowerVR SGX540 graphics core. The handset will pack 512MB of RAM and16GB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot and a 5MP camera without Flash are also present.
Unlike the original Vibrant, the Vibrant 4G also features a front video call camera. T-Mobile has also pre-installed Qik for video calling on the handset. Also unlike its elder brother, the Vibrant 4G runs on Android 2.2 with TouchWIZ on top of it.
Samsung and T-Mobile are also going to pre-load the handset with the movie ‘Inception’, doubleTwist Air Sync, Samsung Media Hub and Amazon Kindle.
I wonder if the Vibrant 4G will be a success like the original Vibrant. The handset hardly has any oomph’ factor. Plus, original Vibrant owners are still waiting for their Android 2.2 update and they will definitely think twice before buying a Samsung phone now.
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.
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.
Today, Samsung Mobile Canada on their Facebook page has given a time-frame for the Android 2.2 rollout for the various carrier branded Galaxy S handsets. First and foremost, the Vibrant from Bell and the Samsung Captivate from Rogers will get the Froyo love by mid-December.
Lastly, the TELUS branded Galaxy S handset the Fascinate will get its Android 2.2 update in early 2011. The Android 2.2 update for all these handsets will not be released in the usual OTA (Over-The-Air) form. Users need to use Samsung’s KIES desktop software to get the update.
Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the un-branded Galaxy S handsets in many different regions of the world including U.K and India.
The AT&T Captivate got its promised GPS fix from Samsung last week. However, many people reported that the update only marginally improved the GPS performance of the device. Now, T-Mobile is all set to roll out the GPS fix for its Galaxy S variant the Vibrant. In fact, T-Mobile had already released the GPS fix as a firmware update over KIES but later pulled it back for unknown reasons. Nevertheless, T-Mobile’s Twitter account did tweet that an OTA will be announced soon.
People over at XDA-Developer forum who managed to update their Vibrant with the new firmware (JI5) were happy with the GPS performance. Nearly everyone saw a very huge boost in the GPS performance of the device. Along with the improvement in the GPS department, this new firmware update also fixes some other bugs which bugged Vibrant owners.
Vibrant owners should keep in mind that this update will not bring Android 2.2 to your device. I wonder what happened to Samsung’s promise of delivering Froyo for the Galaxy S handsets by late September? There were rumors that the update has been pushed back to late October and I guess they are true.
CyanogenMod Custom ROM is definitely the best custom ROM for any Android phone out there. It is the most popular, the most advance and the most feature rich custom ROM in the Android modding community. However, only a few lucky’ devices are supported by CyanogenMod ROMs including HTC Hero, EVO 4G etcetera. Now the folks behind CyanogenMod ROMs have added support for three new devices the HTC Wildfire, Acer Liquid and the Samsung Vibrant.
They are also eyeing to support the latest HTC phones including the HTC G2. The support for these devices will be added in the upcoming CM6.1 Custom ROM. The 6.1 update will also bring with it new features like touch-to-focus, kernel updates for many device and performance improvements.
These folks have even encouraged hackers to join the CM team. This way the CM team will be able to support more devices.
The CyanogenMod guys mentioned all this and more in a blog post. Click here to read the post.