On the official T-Mobile UK forums we got word of the 2.2 Android update coming to the Galaxy S by the end of the month. The update will not be pushed over the air and will be available for download through the Samsung Kies PC application.
The Samsung Kies PC only software looks like it will be the only way to get 2.2 on your device. This is because with the software, which checks your serial number, you will only be allowed to download the software that has been approved for your device compared to over the air. Further in the forum discussion it is asked how users of a Mac or Linux based computer will get the update, the response is as follows:
You would need to ask a friend with a Windows PC to install the Samsung Kies software so that you can download and install the update.
As with any update it is advisable to back up all of your important data: pictures, contacts, documents, before performing the update just in case something goes wrong (Samsung Kies is not the most reliable software) and all of your data gets wiped.
No official date has been set, but the good news is there is only 8 more days in the month, so expect sooner rather than later.
[Via T-Mobile UK]
In a new promo video from HTC we get to see the Desire HD’s key features. The video, running at just over 7 minutes, gives us a look into daily usage of the impressive device. As we saw earlier, the full metal chassis and glass front provide a very professional look and makes it a very durable while making the phone look great.
Some of the specs that were announced last week include a 4.3-inch WVGA display, WiFi (b/g/n), 8-megapixel camera, GPS, and the new Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The phone will ship with Android 2.2 with the latest version of the visually impressive HTC Sense.
For further information regarding the HTC Desire HD check out HTC.com
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After much waiting, many unconfirmed dates and a last minute rumor, Android 2.2 Froyo is finally available on the Droid X from Verizon Wireless. Bringing many welcome updates such as full flash 10.1, and improved WiFi hotspot support. A lot of the update to 2.2 goes to under the hood improvements, from the first time you use it you will notice a significant boost in speed and usability, even on a powerhouse such as the Droid X.
Full flash 10.1 is finally here. Being present on some devices for some time now, users of the Droid X will finally get to experience what some fans claim is the “full web.” A lot of websites use flash, regardless of claims otherwise, it’s not dying at all. The recently patched, safe 10.1 is available with the Froyo update and according to tests does not slow down the device or waste substantial amounts of battery.
Another new feature that you will be able to gets your hands on with, around the same timeframe as everybody else, is the new Gmail app. Google has strayed away from including Gmail in software builds and releasing it as a standalone app which will allow for the ability to update and stay current without the need for a full software update. Some of the news features in the new Gmail app include: a floating bar with important, much used message actions, showing and hiding the quoted text to hide previous messages within a reply, and limited support to Google’s much praised priority inbox. The Gmail app, which is available only for Android 2.2+ is free on the android store, search Gmail or scan the QR code below.
We got our hands on a 2.2 based Droid X and ran a quick Quadrant test. The results prove the Droid X to be running wicked fast. With a score of 1370, it improved vastly over it’s previous score as well as came out ahead of the Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy, and the HTC Desire.
With 2.2 and the already impressive stats of the Droid X expect it to be one of the top of the line Android Verizon devices for quite some time.
Virgin Mobile has now confirmed the Intercept to be their very first Android device. Virgin offers up many contract-free plans with unlimited data and very flexible pricing, and with their push into the smartphone space we could definitely see many pre-paid smart phone handsets coming to market.
Some of the offered plans by the pre-paid carrier include an unlimited text, e-mail, with data and voice starting at just $25 a month. Pricing goes up from there depending on the amount of minutes with 1200 at $40 a month and unlimited at $60 a month. It’s worth noting that currently the companies only other smartphone offering, the BlackBerry Curve requires a special add-on for an extra $10 a month, no word yet on the potential “Android Tax.”
The intercept is the successor to the Samsung Moment and features a QWERT keyboard. Some of it’s other notable specs include a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera, GPD, and WiFi. It will ship with Android 2.1 and no word yet on any planned updates to 2.2+.
LG’s Android presence is very small in the United States. Many of the popular electronics maker’s handset’s overseas are Android based, and they’re pretty impressive. Here in the US the Android LG market is small but it may be growing larger with the LG Optimus One coming to Verizon under the name Vortex.
It’s overall very similar to the LG Optimus One in looks, except a little varied front key design and the Verizon branding on the top of the device. However the specs are said to be nearly identical.
The device itself is carrying a 600MHz CPU, 3.2-inch display, GPS, Bluetooth, and a FM Radio. It will ship with Android 2.2 but further details have not been provided. When we hear word of pricing or availability we will be sure to let you know.
[Via Android Guys]
Verizon has now just updated the Samsung Fascinate Software. Unlike the Droid X’s update that we got word will be coming tomorrow and updating to 2.2, this update is only minor bugs that have been with the device since launch. However, word is that Android 2.2 will be coming to the Fascinate in October…
According to the Samsung Mobile España’s Facebook page the entire Galaxy S line may be updated to 2.2 in “late October.” Now this may only relate to the devices in Spain but with a little wishful thinking we will be seeing our Galaxy S devices with 2.2 in the coming month.
It’s worth noting that this 2.2 update set to release in October will be for the carrier unlocked version of the device. The carrier specific version’s (Vibrant, Captivate, Epic, Fascinate) update will come even later. More information to come in the following weeks, we will be sure to pass it along.
Verizon has updated their support page for the Droid X now detailing that the Android 2.2 Froyo update will be available for download tomorrow. With Android 2.2 Droid X users will be getting the now patched 10.1 Flash, automatic updates, screen rotation supports, and better 3G mobile hotspot performance.
Customers do not have to wait for the over the air push, they can obtain the official update via the device itself by following these steps: “Menu” > “Settings” > “About Phone” > “System Updates”. For more information and step-by-step instructions please visit www.verizonwireless.com/DroidXsupport.
The update is 67.6MB and is version 2.3.15 of the software. Much welcome general speed improvements will come with the update making the Droid X still one of the most powerful DROID devices Verizon has to offer, now if only they will keep their updates coming for once.
You can check out the PDF at Verizon’s Droid X site.
Google has just broke the news that they’ve updated their Gmail application on Android-based handsets. The new update is available right now, and brings with it plenty of cool features. For example, message actions now stick to the top of the display as you scroll up and down, and you can now view previous messages far more easily. That is, if you’ve got a device running Android 2.2.
As you scroll through a conversation, your most important message actions will now float at the top of the screen.
You can now show and hide quoted text to reveal the previous message to a reply. Similar to the desktop version of gmail, you will be able to decide if the previous replies will be available to see, making it a lot less cluttered.
Now including limited support for Priority Inbox. If you’ve enabled Priority Inbox via the desktop version of Gmail, you’ll see an “Important” label that shows all messages flagged as important. You can even add a shortcut to “Important” to your home screen. Priority Inbox has been a very popular feature so far in Gmail and people who are used to the desktop version will much appreciate it on their Android Devices.
This Gmail update requires Android 2.2 and updates are expected to be semi frequent. To download search Gmail in the Android Market or scan the QR code below.
[Via Google Mobile Blog]