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Dell Streak gets unofficial Froyo 2.2 ROM [Video]

Dell's Streak tablet has seen its Android 2.1 update - in certain regions, anyway - but how about Android 2.2 Froyo for the 5-inch slate?  It's not an official update, instead being a port of a vanilla CyanogenMod ROM that's been fettled by Stephen Hyde (aka DJ_Steve), but it's a way to get the latest version of Android on your Streak with no delay. There are a few hiccups with this particular build, including the occasional random reboot, and the installation process isn't exactly a walk in the park, but the end result is Froyo on the Streak and well in advance of any official Dell option.  Anyone brave enough to try it out? [youtube 4GNEsUrE2Hw] [via StreakSmart]

Samsung Transform User Guide Found Prematurely at Sprint.com

We first heard about the Samsung Transform last week, although being only a leak and nothing official we now have that official confirmation we long for, prematurely even. The User Guide for the upcoming Android Device has been published on Sprint.com so we can expect an official launch soon.

Froyo not good enough for LG’s Android tablet

LG has supposedly axed its plans for an Android 2.2 tablet, suggesting that the company's prime concern was picking a version of the open-source OS "most suitable" for a large-screen slate.  It seems that version isn't Froyo, anyway; "We plan to introduce a tablet that runs on the most reliable Android version ... We are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2" an LG executive told Reuters. Specifications of the work-in-progress LG tablet were unknown, but the company had said it intended to launch its iPad rival in Q4 2010.  No official word on what's happening to the release schedule now LG has changed its OS plans, but we're guessing the LG slate will be pushed back at least to a CES 2011 debut. [via Engadget]

Galaxy Tab making Nov 1st UK debut says Samsung

Samsung has announced that their Galaxy Tab Android 2.2 slate will arrive in the UK on November 1st, later than the original timescale which saw them promising to deliver the 7-inch slate sometime in September 2010.  The company is yet to confirm pricing, but has said that the Galaxy Tab will be available "on a range of attractive price packages" which suggests both subsidized and SIM-free deals. As for where you can buy it, Samsung has partnered with the Carphone Warehouse, Dixons Store Group and T-Mobile, as well as other online and high street retailers and carriers.  More on the Galaxy Tab here. [vms 99fe63f3e0041f02638a] Press Release: SAMSUNG ANNOUNCES UK AVAILABILITY OF GALAXY TAB Android tablet device to hit the shops on 1st November 2010 Following last month's global launch at IFA, Samsung Mobile today announces the Samsung Galaxy Tab (GT-P1000), will be available in UK stores from Monday 1st November. Representing a new category of mobile products for the company, the Galaxy Tab features a 1GHz processor, Google's Android 2.2, Froyo operating system, a front facing camera for video calls and a 7-inch TFT-LCD display. It can be used for everything from watching films and TV, viewing pictures, reading e-books and sharing documents, to talking to friends and colleagues via voice and video call, e-mail, instant messaging, SMS/MMS or social networking. The light (380g) weight of the Samsung Galaxy Tab means it is extremely portable, with its dimensions easy to grip and use, it is perfectly sized for life on the go. Supporting the latest Adobe Flash Player 10.1, the device allows people to quickly and easily surf and view pages on the internet. The 'Readers Hub,' Samsung's unique e-reading application, provides easy access to a digital library, featuring everything from classical literature to the latest bestsellers and reference materials. In turn, films, videos and music are available via 'Media Hub' and 'Music Hub' applications, whilst all personal contact details, e-mail, calendar, social networking and instant messenger accounts, can be combined in the 'Social Hub'. Simon Stanford, Managing Director, Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland said: "At Samsung we recognise consumers want to experience life without limits. The Samsung Galaxy Tab brings a very unique proposition to the tablet market and from 1st November, gives consumers the ultimate in connectivity and portability that they have been waiting for. It can be enjoyed by anyone - commuters, students, parents, businesses – who want to experience a complete range of entertainment, whether that be watching movies, listening to music, reading newspapers, or simply making a phone call plus much more besides." The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available in the UK across all major networks, key high street and out of town electrical retailers and online such as Carphone Warehouse, Dixons Store Group and T-Mobile. The Galaxy Tab will be available on a range of attractive price packages, making it as widely accessible as possible to all consumers.

Droid X 2.2 Text Message Display order bug fix coming “soon”

When the Droid X finally got the 2.2 Froyo Upgrade many users rejoiced, it had been long overdue and finally getting it meant they could finally have the latest build of Google’s Android Platform. However, the pure excitement didn’t long, bugs showed up, many have proven to be very annoying. The most pesky bug involved how the phone handled text messages. When texting it seems that your most recent sent text is at the top of your sms list and all received text messages are found where ever that conversation happens to be in the list.  Well, the good news is that Motorola is aware of this issue, acknowledged that it was going to require a software update to fix, and are currently working on it as stated by Matt from the official Motorola Forums below: “Okay. I have news. I talked to our engineering team and it appears that this will require a software upgrade to correct it. They are already on it and seemed confident that they know the why and the how-to-fix. I don't have any timeline on when an update will be released, but when I know more I will let you know.   Sorry for this trouble and thanks for all the good detective work and for reporting it.” As always the no timeframe on release would be expected, but with the annoyance that this bug brings we can all assume it’s near the top of the Droid X’s software development team’s to-do list. More info will be coming, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated. [Via Motorola Support Forums]

Samsung Galaxy Tab official demo video released

We've spent no small amount of time shooting video of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but it seems the South Korean company themselves wanted to get in on the action too.  A new demo video has been released - claiming to "objectively present" the 7-inch Froyo slate's capabilities - that runs through the key functionality without resorting to the type of hyperbole you might expect from a certain fruit-themed manufacturer. That includes the Keyboard Dock in action, the custom email and calendar apps Samsung has produced for the Galaxy Tab, and Flash playback in the browser.  There's also some time spent on wireless HD streaming, too.  Still no pricing or specific release dates, but we're getting pretty excited about this 3G tablet. [youtube tAbsmHMAhrQ]

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 2.2 Update coming at the end of the month

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. Regards Stef Forum Team 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]