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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.

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.

Customers infuriated with no Froyo update from Vodafone
Aug 4th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone logo Android 2.2

Number of HTC Desire customers got furious when they tried downloading an update issued by Vodafone taking it for Froyo update, but later found it to be an Android 2.1 update.

As such, the customers got an update for Android 2.1 instead of Android 2.2 OS thereby delivering Vodafone 360 services like Vodafone Music access and the 360 shop. The update also included various web shortcuts to the home screen as well as a new Vodafone-branded start-up screen.

The angered customers posted their complaints on a Vodafone forum. Few wanted to know if the update can be taken down. However, a Vodafone spokesman confirmed that the update installed on the Desire cannot be removed.

There was one more complaint regarding alteration of homepages on Vodafone Desire handsets with the installation of the update. Vodafone Desire customers are however allowed to use the 360 services in their desired way.

Moreover, Vodafone is working closely with HTC and Google in order to roll out the Froyo update at the earliest. 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.

Motorola Droid Blessed with Froyo
Jul 5th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Motorola droid Froyo

Here comes flashing news that Motorola Droid will be the first handset to get Froyo, the latest update of the Android OS as per reports. It is likely to be available in 2 weeks of time.

However, all the Motorola Droid handsets will not be blessed with this update. It is said that the recently launched Droid X device will make an entry in the market on July 15.

Lot many new treats are bundled with Froyo (Android 2.2) for the customers like Adobe Flash support within the Android browser, portable hotspot functionality as well as Android market improvements.

Android 2.2 also provides useful tools and options like performance & speed enhancements, V8 Javascript engine added to the Android browser, new enterprise capabilities and a new range of APIs and services.

Coming to the HTC Evo 4G smartphone of Sprint, the update is likely to be available in the near future. No update regarding Froyo’s availability on Droid Incredible has been revealed yet. However, there are talks that it might receive the update in the second half of 2010.

The Nexus One has got Froyo officially. However Android 2.2 will not be available on Samsung’s Momen, T-Mobile’s G1 and HTC’s Hero.

Android Froyo delayed till September
Jul 3rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Froyo Android 2.2

As Android Froyo has hit some roadblocks, HTC Desire, HTC Legend and HTC Wildfire seem to be the first ones to get affected.

As per initial plans, the Froyo was to be launched on the Nexus One and then on the HTC Desire after a week. However, Froyo does not seem to hit the handsets anytime before September as Google and HTC continue to keep the issues under wraps.

It is not just the HTC handsets that will be affected by the delay because most other Android Smartphones are also awaiting the Froyo. The recently launched Samsung i900 Galaxy S and the Dell Mini 5 (Streak) are few such handsets which will have a significant impact.

HTC has been in the forefront of manufacturing stunning handsets on the Android platform and as we all know they made the Nexus One for Google too. HTC Desire is the basis for the Google Nexus One and hence the striking similarity between the two handsets is inevitable.

Google on the other hand will be under pressure to get the Android Froyo out thanks to the launch of the iPhone 4. Inspite of multiple issues in the iPhone 4, it is still a stiff competitor for the Android 2.1 Eclair.

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