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Android 2.2 powered Orange Barcelona soon in UK
Jun 14th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Orange_Large Android 2.2

Barcelona is Orange’s own Froyo (Android 2.2) powered mobile phone and the service provider confirmed that it will be available in the UK soon.

The handset design resembles a BlackBerry phone given the fact that it has a 2.6 inch touchscreen and a QWERTY keypad. Termed as sleek and ergonomic by Orange, the handset has quick access keys just above the keypad so that you can navigate through the home screen easily.

It has a 3.2 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, FM Radio, video calling, and HD Voice. Orange Maps come as an icing on the cake on the handset.

This handset will either come free on certain monthly plans or can be taken up on PayG. Similar to Orange SanFrancisco which is amongst the cheapest Android phones at less than £100, Barcelona is expected to be affordable.

Orange Atlanta is another budget phone announced by Orange which will be available for just £40 on PayG. Vodafone is another network which is set to launch a branded phone in Vodafone Smart soon. With a 2.8 inch display and a 2 megapixel camera, it will run on Android 2.2.

As soon as the UK release date and pricing details come out, we shall keep you posted.

Motorola Defy gets Android Froyo Update
Apr 23rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Motorola Defy Froyo

If you are one amongst those T-Mobile users who own Motorola Defy and have been waiting with a thousand eyes for the Android Froyo update it is time to cheer up and spread the joy as the handset will get the Android that it deserves very soon.

T-Mobile officially announced the OTA roll out of Android 2.2 aka Froyo for the Motorola Defy as per article on Ubergizmo, provided by Android Police and Phone Dog.

The Froyo update seems quite big taking 112 MB as it offers new security features, better UI, Flash, and the option to store apps on the SD card. You can also integrate the contacts with LinkedIn accounts apart from being able to have an added profiles feature.

Before you get the update, it might be a good idea to verify that WiFi is enabled on the handset because the Android 2.2 update is 112MB. For those who have not been notified yet about the update, it is advisable to go check it manually by going to Setting>About Phone> System Updates.

Android 2.2 finally hits Dell Streak
Dec 15th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Dell Streak Smartphone Froyo

Dell Streak is all set to catch up with its rivals who have already moved up to Android 2.2 also known as Froyo though there is no official update yet about when exactly it is going to happen. O2 had recently tweeted on its Twitter page that the Dell Streak is going to get Froyo this week.

The 5-inch Dell Streak Tablet-cum-Smartphone was released in the UK in June on O2’s airwaves with Google’s Android 1.6 OS. It was then upgraded to Android 2.1 aka Eclair. However, it was not able to view the web in full while devices which use Froyo are able to do so, thanks to Flash support.

The Dell Streak is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash having a front and back lens, a 5-inch 800×480 pixel screen and multitouch functions.

The handset which is powered by 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor comes with an in built Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity along with 2GB of data storage and 30-pin docking connector.

Samsung Galaxy Tab, Archos Internet Tablets, and Viewsonic Viewpad are some of the Streak’s competitors who already have Froyo on.

Android 2.2 update for Dell Streak this month
Nov 17th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Dell Streak Smartphone Froyo

At last, Dell announced that the Dell Streak Tablets powered by Google’s Android platform will get upgraded to Froyo aka Android 2.2, the latest version in the market. This update will happen for the users in the UK this month thus bringing the tablets on par with Japan’s Froyo 5” tablet phone.

This date however is specific to the UK and the other countries of the EU (European Union) will soon get to know the release date in their geographies.

The release planned using the Continue with Update button is in doldrums as the button is not yet working and is expected to work for Android 2.2 download with some tweak to the button. Streak Smart news releases should help you get to know more about these updates. Despite the fact that the updates are out, locked devices will need to wait till December for the Froyo.

The 5-inch Dell Streak Tablet-cum-Smartphone was released in the UK in June on O2’s airwaves with Google’s Android 1.6 OS. The Dell Streak is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash having a front and back lens, a 5-inch 800×480 pixel screen and multitouch functions.

The handset which is powered by 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor comes with an in built Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity along with 2GB of data storage and 30-pin docking connector.

HTC Legend sports Froyo, thanks to Vodafone
Nov 16th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Legend Froyo

HTC started upgrading HTC Legend customers on Vodafone UK to Android 2.2 aka Froyo a week after it officially confirmed the move.

Despite the fact that the update got rolled out after the official launch, the decision to upgrade branded Legend phones before the unbranded ones sounded weird because HTC initially announced that the branded versions of HTC Legend were supposed to wait longer for the update than those with unbranded one.

Vodafone seems to be the only network on which the Legend update is being provided in the UK, Germany and France though this needs to be confirmed. Vodafone UK users using the HTC Legend need to check the updates area on their handset for the upgrade.

It was in spring 2010 that the HTC Legend got unveiled in the market with Android 2.1 onboard. Powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7227 600MHz processor, the handset has a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive TouchScreen with 320 x 480 pixels resolution to provide 16 million colours.

The HTC Legend has HTC Sense UI, 384 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, a microSD slot for memory up to 32 GB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, GPS with A-GPS, HSUPA, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, and a 5-Megapixel camera with LED Flash and Autofocus.

Froyo update for Galaxy S is out
Nov 10th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy Froyo

After a long wait finally Samsung is rolling out its new version of updated Android, Froyo, on Galaxy S handset for UK users. Though Google has released latest version of Android, Android 2.2, in May of this year, it took months for Samsung to release its update.

This update brings in many enhanced features. Some of them are Wi-Fi sharing, faster performance, flash supports and many other enterprise friendly features. Though the update was released in UK on October 18th, it was available to users from November 4th itself.

Handset manufacturer has posted a very good growth in mobile sets during third quarter of the financial year. Samsung Galaxy and Wave are two key enabling models for this amount growth rate.

Galaxy S was one of the most successful models Samsung has ever released. Another interesting pattern is, after Samsung next nearest growth is posted by another Android based mobile manufacturer.

Samsung Galaxy S gets Android 2.2
Oct 18th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy Froyo

Samsung Galaxy S, the path-breaking device for Samsung gets Froyo at last. Galaxy S is the best selling Android based Smartphone from Samsung. Five million users will now get the latest Android OS after Samsung launched the handset with Android 2.1 after its launch. The update is being pushed via its Kies software upgrade program.

The most important feature from the update is Adobe Flash player which has got a million downloads to its credit in the Android space. Samsung also noted turn by turn navigation and other improvements to Google Maps apart from Search related updates.

Samsung Galaxy is similar to iPhone 3G in looks in the European market and that is one of the primary reasons apart from Android platform for the success the handset achieved so far in the Smartphone segment. It took a little longer for Samsung to get Froyo on its flagship handset and this is apparently due to hardware optimisation by Samsung to unleash the true potential of the software.

Samsung Galaxy S users all around would now move away from the thought that the company took the money and simply forgot them to be upgraded to Android 2.2. Nordic region is the first region to get the updates and others would follow, Samsung noted.

At last, 3 upgrades HTC Desire to Froyo
Oct 16th, 2010 by Andy Miles

3 Mobile Froyo

HTC Desire customers on 3 have finally made it to Android 2.2 (Froyo) with updates rolled out this week. Other networks viz., Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile, and Orange have already upgraded their HTC Desire customers to Froyo.

With the Froyo update, the customers can experience improved performance, a faster browser along with better Android Market that includes a handy bug reporting feature. Adobe Flash player 10.1 is one of the important things in the Froyo which enables faster web browsing.

As reported by ZDNet UK, not many HTC Desire users on 3 Mobile were happy before the upgrade was rolled out as they were kept in the dark by the service provider about the expected dates in addition to the delay in upgrade.

HTC Desire has finally got an upgrade to Android 2.2 on all the networks. Google provided the update by July end and it is not a rosy picture that the service providers had to put in 2 months to test and upgrade the users. Users expect that the lessons learnt for Froyo will help the operators provide glitch-free Android upgrades in the future.

Samsung Galaxy S, the most popular Android-based handset from the Korean Electronics Conglomerate, Samsung is also geared up to taste the Froyo flavour of Google’s Android OS soon. The company plans to release the update on all the networks simultaneously and we need to keep our fingers crossed to see if the process is any better compared to HTC Desire.

Android 2.2 coming next week to Motorola Milestone
Oct 15th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Froyo MOTOROLA LOGO

Come next week, some of the Motorola Milestone users in UK will have a reason to celebrate as Motorola starts to roll out Android 2.2 (Froyo). Motorola made this announcement from its Facebook page that some of the European customers would get the updates next week.

Despite the fact that Froyo has been around for months, Motorola wants to run the upgrade through a trial by launching it on select users’ handsets before the proper update gets rolled out by 2010 end to all. This trial is intended to assess any pending work for optimisation of the upgrade before approval.

The user community left indifferent comments on the Facebook page and they seem to be unhappy as some of them expected the upgrade to reach them months ago. However, the fact is that there are very few handsets with Froyo in the market like the Google N1 and the HTC Desire.

Back in August, Motorola had to resort to send out letters to websites which offered Froyo download for its handsets to stay away from the activity. We can only keep our fingers crossed and wait for things to go positive.

Froyo for HTC Desire soon on T-Mobile
Sep 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

T-Mobile Logo Froyo

T-Mobile seems to be poised to update the HTC Desire handsets for its UK customers. HTC Desire on Android 2.1 has been one of the hottest things that happened to the Smartphone segment this year.

The announcement was out last month from T-Mobile about upgrading Desire users from Eclair to Froyo in September and it seems that all is set except for some final approvals.

A recent post on Eurodroid also suggested that the service provider is awaiting some approvals from Google and the official date should be out very soon.

Similar to the case of HTC Hero, the unlocked HTC Desire handsets started to receive the Android 2.2 updates last month while the operator specific flavours of the handset are yet to receive the updates.

Various service providers in the UK committed to provide the Froyo upgrade for HTC Desire and T-Mobile is in no mood to disappoint its customers. Vodafone has already release the updates for Android 2.2 to its Desire customers and Orange is on its way too.

With the Froyo update, the customers can experience improved performance, a faster browser along with better Android Market that includes a handy bug reporting feature. Adobe Flash player 10.1 is one of the important things in the Froyo which enables faster web browsing.

LG Ally to get Froyo update
Aug 9th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

lg allyFroyo

Here comes some great news for the customers of LG Ally smartphone which was launched recently via Verizon. The handset which features Google’s Android OS 2.1 will now be upgraded to Google’s latest Android OS 2.2 version.

This latest version 2.2 will offer Adobe Flash support along with other improvements. However, LG did not reveal anything about the release date of the update as of now.

With this latest version of OS, the users will be able to run Adobe Flash Player 10.1 on their devices. As such, the web browser can use the websites that need Flash for games, navigation as well as showing videos.

Portable hotspot software will also be included with the full version of Android OS 2.2. However, there is no clarity whether Ally’s version of this operating system is going to provide this feature. Number of other enhancements such as ability to store applications on a removable memory card will be bundled with this latest version of Google’s Android OS.

The LG Ally is a slider smartphone with a 3.2 inch WVGA touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard. The device which runs a 600 MHz processor also sports a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash & auto-focus, Wi-Fi, GPS and stereo Bluetooth 2.1. It also supports Verizon’s voice and 3G (EV-DO Rev. A) data networks.

Galaxy S to get Android 2.2 in late September
Jul 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung GalaxyFroyo

Samsung Galaxy S, the most popular Android-based handset from the Korean Electronics Conglomerate, Samsung is geared up to taste the latest flavour of Google’s Android OS in September. Samsung would release Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo for its Galaxy S smartphone officially in September.

Currently, the Froyo is under development as it still contains a few bugs such as freezing while internet browsing, crashes and non-working flash in the camera. As such, users are warned to install the unofficial ROM available currently at their own risk.

Samsung UK Mobile made an official announcement regarding the upcoming move via Twitter. Galaxy S was launched sometime back and is available through some major carriers in the UK. All those carriers are expected to deploy the Froyo update to their users along with other Samsung Android-based handsets at the same time.

The new software solution will enable the Galaxy S to run Adobe’s Flash software and create mobile hotspots. The users will be able to enjoy better internet browsing experience on their handsets, thanks to the Froyo update that supports Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1. The update will also add on to increased levels of performance, faster browsing and more.

Milestone may not be upgraded with Android 2.2
Jul 26th, 2010 by Andy Miles

motorola milestone Android 2.2

Here comes some disappointing news for the Motorola users. Milestone which is the European version of the Motorola’s Droid smartphone might not be upgraded with the much awaited Google’s Android 2.2 OS, otherwise known as Froyo according to Softpedia, a technology news site.

The marketing director for Motorola Europe, James King in response to queries about a Motorola software update made it clear that decision regarding the update is pending.

He said that discussions are still going on among the top company officials about bringing the update. He also said that deploying Android 2.2 technology is not an easy task to be undertaken. He further opines that upgrades are not like a walk in the park. Instead, this whole job demands proper planning and resource along with third party coordination.

As of now, nothing has been revealed by the company regarding Milestone’s upgradation to the Froyo operating system. This seems to sound strange as Motorola Droid, the US version of the phone is said to be receiving an update.

All in all, Motorola customers got upset with this statement as it has been long time they have been waiting for the update to come. However, other mobile manufacturers seem to take advantage of this opportunity by bringing this technology first on their handsets. As of now, Nexus One is the one to be blessed with Android 2.2 OS.

New Optimus Froyo Android Smartphones from LG
Jul 6th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

LG LogoOptimus one

While other mobile phone manufacturers are making their users wait for the Android 2.2 (Froyo) upgrade, LG is all set to come up with a new line of Android devices. The company which aims to increase its global smartphone market share has officially announced today that it will roll out 10 new Android-based devices by the end of 2010.

LG’s first two smart devices named ‘Optimus’ are the Optimus One with Google branding and the Optimus Chic which is not said to be with Google. Both the handsets to be launched in the UK will be powered by Android 2.2 or Froyo.

The Optimus One features a 3.8 inch display screen, a speedy OMAP3630 processor, HD camera with video recording along with HDMI/DNLA support. No further details regarding pricing and availability of the handsets have been unveiled yet.

LG intends to take the world by storm by bringing up more offerings in the later part of this year. Interestingly, LG might even come up with some Windows Phone 7 handsets. However, we just need to keep our fingers crossed and see how things turn out to be with LG to come up with more customer choices.

Samsung Galaxy S to be upgraded with Android 2.2
Jun 1st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy

Here comes a pleasing news for all the Samsung Galaxy S lovers. The much-awaited Android 2.2 upgrade to Samsung Galaxy S would be now made available in the form of an update.

The Samsung Galaxy S which is an Android titan model is bundled with a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen having a resolution of about 480×800 pixel and a 5 megapixel camera. Added to this, Galaxy S is the first Android based phone to provide HD video recording.

This Galaxy S Smartphone would run on the Android 2.1 OS upon its launch. However, Samsung is all set to release an update by this yearend so as to bring it in line with 2.2 version of Google’s OS. Samsung is certain to bring the update. However, no further details are expected to unveil at this point of time as per CNET Asia.

The Galaxy S Smartphone now becomes the latest phone to join the growing Android community of Vodafone. Moreover, several other Android models are looking forward to get the updated Android 2.2 version in the months ahead given the fact that Nexus One of Google is the first to already to go with it.

HTC is also in the pipeline to update its popular Desire which is expected to release next month, followed by few more mobiles.

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