A screenshot of an internal memo that is doing the rounds across the blogosphere has hinted at an imminent arrival of a FroYo update for Samsung Epic 4G devices. From what we hear, Samsung Epic 4G users are likely to receive an Over-the-Air update on December 26 that will let them upgrade to Android 2.2.
In case you are not aware, Android 2.2 will bring a number of new features including the ability to install applications on external storage cards, enhanced Bluetooth support & voice dialing and offers Adobe Flash 10.1 compatibility. The screenshot also reveals that the update will bring enhancements to the GPS functionality on the Epic 4G.
The OS update is expected to roll out to all users over a four day period with those handsets running Android 2.1 receiving priority over the others. For what it’s worth, the screenshot informs us that 67% of Epic 4G users have Android 2.1 installed on their handset.
If you own a Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor, it is now time to turn the eReader into a full fledged tablet device. Following the successful rooting of the NOOKcolor eReader late last month, hackers have now been able to successfully port Android 2.2 to the eReader. These developers have released a demo of the hacked NOOKcolor that you can find embedded below.
If you are looking to carry out the trick yourself, we must warn you that this procedure is still pretty raw. What this means is that there is still no one tap installation procedure available as yet. Those who want to install FroYo will have to compile the OS besides carrying out a number of complicated procedures before seeing Android 2.2 installed on your NOOKcolor. It should then go without saying that this is absolutely risky and not worth carrying out unless you are a geek yourself.
Look out for the instructions here and let us know if you hit on a roadblock somewhere during the process.
Earlier this month, Dell started rolling out the new Android 2.2 update to its Streak tablet customers. Apparently, the update has resulted in a number of users reporting slowness and performance lags. If you are one of the affected users, here is some good news – a fix for the performance lag is now available albeit unofficially.
Folks at the XDA developers forum have released a few files that could speed up the performance of the Dell Streak so that it performs at the speed it should. The process does not seem to involve overclocking the processors which means it is not exactly a hack but is just a fix to the reported problems.
This update installs custom kernel, custom build.prop and performance tweaking post_boot.sh script.
It will not erase your system, userdata or anything else. It just replaces some files.
You can find the updates from the XDA forum thread here. Do check them out and let us know if it helped.
Last month, we reported that a full-build FroYo Android 2.2 update was available for download on Dell Streak. That however was unofficial and required users to root their handsets. Now, if you have not hacked into your handset yet, you would rather wait for an official release now. Dell UK has announced that the Streak users in the United Kingdom will start receiving an OS update by the end of this month. The company wrote on the Facebook page,
“#DellStreak will begin a rollout of the 2.2 update OTA before the end of Nov. This is happening over a period of time and staggered by region, starting in the UK.You will receive notification of the update directly on your Streak. If you don’t see it before the end of Nov, please be patient as your build may be happening at a later stage.”
The rollout is initially planned for the UK market. But do expect the same to happen elsewhere like in the United States soon after.
HTC Legend owners should soon get their dose of Android 2.2. HTC has confirmed this on the company’s Facebook page. While an exact date is still not revealed, HTC notes that the roll out will first happen with unbranded handsets while carrier-branded variants will take a little longer. On the Facebook page, a HTC representative has written,
“We have been working hard to find the most accurate information about how the update is progressing, and when it will be ready for all of you – thankfully, you won’t have to wait much longer! Below you’ll find all the information we can share right now.
The update has been progressing quite well, and in the coming weeks those with unbranded Legends should be receiving the update.”
The problem with carrier branded variants is apparently an approval that HTC must obtain from the carriers themselves before the roll-out can happen. That is expected to cause the extra delay. Nevertheless, if you own a Legend, you at least now know that you are not forgotten.
Android 2.2 has taken a long time coming to the various Android handsets. In a tweet posted recently, Samsung UK has confirmed that the Galaxy S owners in the country will start receiving the latest FroYo update to their phones shortly. As it has always been, the update is being carried out on a gradual basis with all owners likely to be updated with the latest OS by the end of this month.
The update shall not be over-the-air and shall be supported over the Samsung Kies software for PC. Users will need to download the latest version of Kies to support the update. You can download this application by clicking here.
Android 2.2 will bring a number of new features to the Galaxy S handsets in UK. Most importantly, users will now be able to access Adobe Flash content on their mobile phones. Also, support for mobile hotspot is available on the platform with this update.
Steve Jobs may disagree, but truth be told, Android is an open source platform that anyone can willfully tinker with, modify and release with their own customizations. Carrying on with the tradition, Motorola has released their latest Android 2.2 source code that has been used for Motorola Droid X.
If you are a developer who is curious to see what’s inside the phone that you are carrying or a hacker looking for ways to create more hacks for the Droid X platform, you can check out and download the source code by clicking here. The application is being released with the release id rel1489 and contains close to 67 files in all.
While at it, if you are looking to download the older version of the Droid X, here is the link.
If you are one of those Samsung Galaxy S users in the United Kingdom patiently awaiting your turn to get the Android 2.2 update, the good news is that this new update is coming in early November. A recent tweet posted by Samsung UK reads,
“The Froyo upgrade will be available in the UK from early November and we expect all operator versions to be available by the end of November”
That is some clearly worded announcement. But then it is still not clear how early in November you can expect this update. Nevertheless, expect Samsung to start rolling out the update to at least a select few users within the first two days of the month.
The rollout of FroYo to Samsung Galaxy S users in UK would mean that these users will finally get the highly anticipated features like mobile hotspot and Adobe Flash on their mobile devices. Does that get you excited?
Were you stuck on a Motorola logo while rebooting your Droid X after the FroYo upgrade? Did your Droid-X keep rebooting randomly? There have been quite a few issues that Motorola Droid X owners have been reporting ever since they upgraded their mobile phone to the latest Android version. While not all these issues have a fix as of now, Motorola has acknowledged that these issues are taken note of and that they are working towards fixing them.
A post on the Motorola Support forums notes that following issues that the company is aware of –
- Stuck on Moto logo after reboot
- Random rebooting
- WiFi connection and stability
- Battery Manager “force close” errors
- Media won’t play
- Music files cutting off the final four seconds or so
The handset maker has indicated that solutions to all these issues will be shortly delivered in a software release. Hold on to your problem-laden phone until then.
If you are one of those Dell Streak users who is desperately waiting for an Android 2.2 update to be available for your smartphone (or tablet, whatever you want to call it), here’s some good news. A full-build version of FroYo is now available for download on Dell Streak. As you guessed it right, this is not the official release, but is a hacked version that is pretty close. Of course, you will need a rooted Dell Streak to install this hacked FroYo, but if you have gotten over the potential risks that rooting your handset can bring and have actually managed to root your Streak, you can go ahead and install Android 2.2 as well.
There are a few bugs in the hacked version though. From what we hear, the 3G connectivity has been properly established; especially when migrating from a Wi-Fi network. Also, the device appears to be rebooting at random for some users. Nevertheless, if you are interested, you should give it a try.
But before you proceed, do note that the baseband of your Streak needs to be updated before doing the OS update. For instructions, click here to check them out.