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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Will NOT Get Android 2.2 Update

Sony Ericsson UK has confirmed that the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro and the X8 won’t be getting the Android 2.2 update after all. This news is definitely not going to please all the Xperia owners out there.

However, Sony Ericsson says that the Xperia X10 and its other siblings will get many other enhancements via software update.

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Sony Ericsson has already stated that they will release a software update for the X10 in Q1 of 2011 which will bring multi-touch support to the handset. Apparently, Sony Ericsson will also release another update which will add new functionalities to the MediaScape and TimeScape UI of the handset.

However, X10, X10 Mini Pro, X10 Mini and X8 users now need to look at the Custom ROM scene for their handset to get Android 2.2 or Android 2.3 running on their handset.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Update Imminent In The United States

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.

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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.

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HTC Desire HD Android 2.2.1 Update Rolling Out Now

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.

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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.

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LG Ally To Get Android 2.2 Update In February

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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 Galaxy S Android 2.2 Update Available For All Networks In The U.K.

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-:

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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.

Motorola Droid Pro Gets A Minor Software Update

At the beginning of this month, Motorola and Verizon rolled out software updates for the Droid X and the original Droid. Now, they are all set to roll a software update for another Droid branded handset the Droid Pro. The software update for the Droid Pro is a pretty minor one and mainly fixes some bugs and improves the stability and performance of the device.

The OTA update weighs in at 15.9MB and is numbered V2.26.60.

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Here is the official change-log from Verizon itself :

* Improved audio on voice calls.
* Improved stability and performance.
* User interface display now refreshes when user switches from GSM/UMTS communication to Global Mode.
* Device now prepends 011 to Country Code to send SMS messages.
* Global Mode no longer resets when connecting to a USB charger.
* Visual Voice Mail now detects airplane mode while Wi-Fi is active.
* Prompt return to full screen brightness after wake-up

Droid Pro owners can pull’ the update from Verizon’s server by going to Settings->About Phone-> System Updates. Alternatively, they can wait for the OTA update to be pushed to their handset.

Via Droid Life

Google Nexus S Gets Its First OTA Update – GRH78

Just after a week of its launch, the Google Nexus S is getting its first software update over the air. The OTA (Over-The-Air) update weighs in at 1.9MB and carries the build number GRH78, up from the previous GRH55 build number. There is no official change-log but looking at the size of the OTA, don’t expect wonders. Apparently, the update mainly fixes some bugs and Maps fixes’.

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MoDaCo owner Paul posted on XDA with regard to the OTA update :

Super quick GRH78 analysis – changes to framework.jar, kernel and Maps.apk. That’s about it.

Nexus S owners can either wait for the update to be pushed to their phone or enter *#*#checkin#*#* manually and get the update.

Three UK’s Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Update Rolling Out Now

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.

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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.

Samsung Confused About Android 2.3 Update For Galaxy S

Few days ago, Google unveiled the Samsung-manufactured-Google branded Nexus S along with the latest version of Android Gingerbread. Now, since the Nexus S is very similar to the Galaxy S line-up from Samsung, many people expected that the handset is eligible for Android 2.3 update. However, when Pocket-lint contacted Samsung the Korean giant gave a very diplomatic answer.

Here is what Sammy replied to Pocket-Lint-:

“Such a review will be based on various factors including, without limitation, the overall effect of such Update to Samsung products, the system requirements, the structural limitations, and the level of cooperation from the component suppliers and the software licensors.

If Samsung decides to make the Update available to the users after such consideration, Samsung will use its efforts to develop such Update, which may be released to the users upon successful completion of such development.

Pretty shocking eh? The Galaxy S series of handset from Samsung is one of the most popular Android handsets in the market right now. The Galaxy S hardware easily meets the minimum’ hardware requirements required for Android 2.3.

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However, there is a twist in the tale. Samsung India have tweeted through their twitter account that the Galaxy S will be getting the Gingerbread update.

Hopefully, Samsung will come clean about the Android 2.3 update for the Galaxy S handset sooner than later.

HTC Legend Android 2.2 Update Rolling Out Now

HTC_LegendQuite 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 Droid X To Get A Software Update 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-:

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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.

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Samsung Epic 4G Official Android 2.2.1 Update Leaks

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.

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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.

Archos Internet Tablet Android 2.2 Update Rolling Out Now

The Internet tablet family from Archos has finally received their Android 2.2 update love. Besides the usual Froyo features, the updates brings many new other features and enhancements as well. Archos have also made sure to use the latest version of Froyo i.e. Android 2.2.1.

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Here is the full change-log :

o Higher performance: just in time compiler (JIT) technology makes applications run up to 5 times faster than previous Android “Éclair” 2.1 firmwares

o Enhanced Microsoft Exchange support: it is now possible to synchronize contacts and calendar events

o Allow to install more 3rd party applications by installing them on the storage memory (for applications that supports it)

o Video: movie information and cover retrieval in video file info dialog

o Multiple selection mode is now always enabled in the file manager

o External Bluetooth GPS receivers are now supported

o Better assistance is provided in the tethering wizard to pair with cell phone using Bluetooth DUN profile (smart APN detection)

o OpenVPN is now supported

o Slideshow support for network shares has been added to Gallery and Photoframe applications

o Photoframe: full screen picture can now be displayed on double tap when in floating image mode

o Manual white balance setting has been added in Camera application

o Faster USB write transfer

o Battery: more accurate battery charge estimation

o Audio: improved compatibility with android audio stream volume management (voice/music/ringtone etc.)

o Orientation: fixed compatibility issue with some applications working with inverted accelerometer axis

Archos Internet tablet owners can download the update from here. Hopefully, this update will help boost the sale of the Archos Internet tablet family.

Motorola Droid Gets A Software Update – FRG830

The Motorola Droid is the bestselling Android handset until date. The phone launched with Android 2.0 on board, and then later was among the first few handsets to get the Android 2.1 and 2.2 update early. Now, Motorola and Verizon are going to release another software update for the Droid.

The FRG830 update for the handset updates many of the applications and widgets and also fixes some bugs.

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The update also brings with it support for Microsoft 2010 Exchange and a new Gmail user interface’ which sounds pretty interesting.

Here is the full change-log from Verizon :

o Updated Twitter application with new authentication support

o Updated Amazon Widget

o Updated News & Weather widget

o Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and support for Exchange 2010 connections

o Added new Gmail user interface

The update is expected to be rolled out to all Droid owners via OTA (Over-The-Air) within the next 24 hours. In all probability, the update will also bump up the Android version of the Droid to 2.2.1.

HTC Droid Incredible Software Update Rolling Out

Verizon and HTC have started rolling out a software update for the Droid Incredible. The new software update mostly aims at fixing bugs and also includes Verizon’s V Cast Apps store. The update also allows users to attach file larger than 5MB as attachments and an updated version of Flash Player 10.1.

Here is the full change-log from Verizon itself :

Improvements:   (3.26.605.1/Baseband Version: 2.15.00.07.28)
+ Updated Flash ® player includes security enhancements.htc_incredible
+ Visual Voice Mail Wi-Fi improvements include removal of incorrect service messages and post-call notifications.
+ Enhanced support for Yahoo! ® IMAP email.
+ Updated Slacker application.
+ Attach files larger than 5 MB.
+ Updated COX POP3 email settings.
+ Play YouTube videos in YouTube application.
+ Seamlessly switch between portrait and landscape views in Google Maps.â„¢
+ Updated Comcast POP3 email settings.
+ Search key and other buttons displayed in correct order.

Enhancements:
+ Preinstalled V CAST Apps lets users purchase applications directly from their devices and bill them to a Verizon Wireless account.

Many Droid Incredible owners have already started receiving the update late last night. Hopefully, this software update won’t remove root from your Incredible.