is finally releasing its Android 2.1 update for the XPERIA X10, XPERIA X10 mini and X10 mini pro. As of Sunday evening, the first updates notifications will begin to roll out in the Nordic countries, with availability spreading throughout November. While the handsets themselves will alert users to the availability of the new software, it will need to be installed via the PC Companion software. Full change-list for the three XPERIA phones below. Xperia X10: • HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos • Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1 • New back up and restore application, with extended content back up • 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders • Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro: • Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more • New backup and restore application with extended content back up • Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book • Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages • Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1
begun to push out its Android 2.2 Froyo update for the HTC Desire. The product page for the Desire - which launched running Android 2.1 Eclair - has been updated with the message "Upgrade your HTC Desire to Android 2.2 today" along with a list of new features. Android Community reader Donald called TELUS, who confirmed that the Desire update is going out OTA from today. However it's yet to show up on his handset, which suggests it's a staggered release rather than a mass push-out. [Thanks Donald!]
Samsung Galaxy S is finally getting its release, with owners in Norway, Denmark and Sweden all reporting that the new firmware (I9000 JPM) has shown up for installation in Samsung's Kies PC manager app. It's worth noting that, so far, Samsung only has a version of Kies for PC users; if you've only got a Mac then we're afraid you're out of luck. Among the reported changes are:
- Android 2.2 JIT compiler
- Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
- New Android Market with auto-updating
- Speed improvements
- Pinch-to-zoom homescreen flyover
- Improved default keyboard
- Quick links to “GPS” and “Auto rotation” toggles on notification bar added
- Slightly different graphics and transitions with app drawer and default icon dock
- Colored icons in settings
- GPS Fix
- Colored settings icons
- Media Hub
- Darker menu theme, navy blue color
- Better Exchange support
- Video records in MP4 format
- New Search widget
- New Gmail application
Samsung GALAXY S Offers New Android 2.2 Upgrade New platform upgrade provides enhanced experience on the go SEOUL, Korea – October 18, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) upgrade to the Samsung GALAXY S, giving users access to new features, enhanced navigation applications and improved performance. The Android 2.2 upgrade will be available via Kies, Samsung’s unique in-house software upgrade program. Kies can be downloaded at the Samsung mobile website (http://www.samsungmobile.com). The GALAXY S is Samsung’s cleverly designed smartphone with a bright 4-inch SUPER AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor, giving users an intelligent, immersive and integrated mobile experience. The Android 2.2 upgrade offers voice-controlled GPS through Google MapsTM with Navigation, faster performance by JIT(Just in Time) compiler. Additionally, further functionalities including Search in-browser, Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, improved customization options will be provided with OS upgrade. - Google MapsTM with Navigation: GPS navigation system with voice guidance - Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1: Allow the web browser to make full use of the whole web - Setup Wizard: Quickly customize the GALAXY S and access networks with ease - Home Screen/Menu Preview and Edit : Preview by pinch-zoom - Search in-Browser : Google™, Translate, Wikipedia, Dictionary The Android 2.2 upgrade will be available from the mid of October 2010 in the Nordic region and gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world. About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com. * All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation. Samsung reserves the right to make changes to this document and the product described here, at anytime, without obligation on Samsung to provide notification of such change. This document and any formation contained here are provided on "AS IS" basis without warranty of any kind, either implied or expressed, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Google, the Google logo, Google Maps, Android and Android Market are trademarks of Google, Inc. Google MapsTM Navigation is not available in countries outside of the Europe, the Americas and Japan regions. Adobe, the Flash logo and Flash are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.
administrative issue" in getting the software onto Google's servers. The new firmware, which is said to address problems with the Epic 4G's 3G upload speed, issues sending large emails, excess WiFi battery drain and problems downloading Amazon MP3s over 4G, was to come just as the 30 day return window for early adopters of the smartphone was expiring.
“We were planning to release an update for your Samsung Epic 4G on 9/30. The file was delivered and on track for distribution but late this afternoon, we learned that an administrative issue prevented Google from releasing the update as we had planned. We are working to resolve the issue and will provide an update as soon as we understand the new delivery schedule. We would like to clarify that the timing of this update has nothing to do with the 30 day return window that many of you on these blogs have been discussing and that this delay has nothing to do with any last minute changes within the release package itself. The delay is simply due to an administrative issue that we are working to resolve.” Sprint statementThere is no new timescale for the firmware's release, but it will now inevitably come outside of that window for some owners. No details on the particular administrative problem have been revealed.
released earlier this week has now been confirmed to have fixed the pesky artificial framerate cap. The old cap of 30 frames per second, which HTC said could not be crossed or fixed with a software update alone, has been passed by Engadget’s own updated EVO 4G.
HTC Droid Incredible has begun going out today as an OTA update. The updated ROM will not only upgrade the Droid Incredible's core OS but add in the Adobe Flash Player 10.1 together with 3G mobile hotspot functionality and add 720p HD video recording to the smartphone's camera. The update is going out OTA rather than as a download, so you may have to wait a while before you get the on-device alert to say it's ready for installation. We'd recommend using a WiFi connection to download it, too, rather than cellular data. Unfortunately there's no way to artificially prompt the update, Verizon tells us; patience is a virtue, we guess. There's more information on the update here.
promised firmware updates for the XPERIA X10 has been released, and while it doesn't bring Android 2.1 along, it's still worth upgrading. According to the Sony Ericsson blog, the new firmware boosts the X10's overall performance together with tweaking the camera UI, introduces a new settings backup app and, in certain markets, installs PlayNow with premium apps and games.
"This update focuses on improving the general performance, speed and responsiveness of Xperia X10. For example, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI. In addition we add a free back up and restore application so you’ll never lose your settings and information. In selected markets, PlayNow with premium apps and games will also be added."As for Android 2.1, that's not expected to arrive until later this quarter; Sony Ericsson haven't attached a definitive timescale. Today's update will roll out over the coming weeks; however you may be able to download it manually from www.sonyericsson.com/update; we checked for the UK but couldn't find anything newer at the moment. [via Unofficial Sony Ericsson blog]
out for the Nexus One, but what about HTC's range of own-brand smartphones? We've just spoken to the company's UK team, who have confirmed that HTC engineers are hard at work crafting up a Sense-friendly Froyo ROM. According to the company, we can start to expect the fruits of those labours from Q3 this year.
"We are working hard with our partners to update the HTC Sense experience on Froyo and distribute it to our customers as fast as possible. We expect to release updates for several of our 2010 models including Desire, Legend and Wildfire beginning in Q3" HTCDevices in line for an update include the Desire and Legend, together with the newer Wildfire which we reviewed over the weekend. Froyo brings with it WiFi tethering together with performance increases; however we'll have to wait and see how HTC's carrier partners handle the roll-out, since they can often be another point of delay in the process as a whole.