Galaxy Tab returns sky-high say analysts: Froyo to blame?

The Galaxy Tab sales situation goes from bad to worse as, only moments after Samsung was forced to admit that its much-lauded sales figures were in fact merely shipments to retailers and carriers, analysts suggest returns rates for the 7-inch slate have been surprisingly high. ITG crunched the numbers across 6,000 US retail locations and discovered that, between the November launch of the Galaxy Tab and January 15, 15-percent were returned. In the run up to the holiday period, the number was a little closer - at around 13-percent - but in the period after it rose to 16-percent, likely as unwanted gifts were returned. In comparison, ITG suggests, Verizon has been seeing just 2-percent returns on Apple's iPad since it began selling the larger iOS slate. ITG blames Android 2.2 Froyo as unsuited to tablet-scale use, despite Samsung's attempts to customize the platform with its own apps. Google will attempt to change its fortune in the tablet space later this week, with a Honeycomb launch event; for more on what that will bring to the table, check out our deep dive into Android 3.0. [via SlashGear]

Vibrant’s Froyo Update: Too Little Too Late?

So, as you all probably know, users of the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant were treated to a bit of a weekend surprise. The Vibrant finally received Android 2.2 Froyo. Now whether or not you believe the community revolt had anything to do with this, the update is here for users to enjoy.

LG Optimus Me Images Surface

It looks as if the rumors of LG's hard push back into the cellphone market in 2011 were correct. Another budget phone from the manufacturer has been leaked to the internet, this time coming in many colors.

HTC Gratia UK launch confirmed for February 2011

HTC has confirmed that, as of next month, UK buyers will be able to pick up the HTC Gratia. An entry-level Android 2.2 Froyo smartphone, the Gratia has a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera and a 4.06oz body, with a Pearl White rubber back cover. Inside is a 600MHz Qualcomm processor, together with 3G and WiFi b/g; full specs here. No word on pricing at this stage, nor whether any carriers intend to pick up the Gratia. Press Release:
HTC 7 PRO AND HTC GRATIA TO COME TO THE UK IN FEBRUARY LONDON, UK – January 20, 2011 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announces the launch of HTC 7 Pro and HTC Gratia in the UK from February 2011. “We are proud to be able to add two new phones to our already diverse UK product portfolio,” said Jon French, executive director, HTC UK, Ireland and South Africa. “Both phones offer the stand-out design and innovation for which HTC has become renowned. With the fresh and exciting mobile experience of the Windows Phone 7 platform, HTC 7 Pro is for users who want to combine the ultimate in business efficiency with the ability to take full advantage of their leisure time. The elegant HTC Gratia is designed for those people looking for a compact yet powerful Android smartphone.” HTC 7 Pro HTC 7 Pro combines powerful business features with multimedia performance and flexibility that make it the ideal phone both during and outside of work hours. The screen slides open and tilts to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard for fast, comfortable typing, while productivity features such as the ability to sort, scan and manage Outlook email, open and edit the latest Office documents and keep track of the markets with HTC’s stocks application, offer new ways to get more out of the business day. With a tilting 3.6” screen, the power of a 1Ghz processor and cutting edge technology such as Dolby MobileTM and SRS WOW HDTM, the HTC 7 Pro delivers a rich multimedia experience. The integratration of many popular Microsoft services such as Xbox LIVE, Windows Live, Bing and Zune makes this handset the ideal companion for business users who want to take their entertainment with them wherever they go. The unique Hub and Tile interface of Windows Phone 7 makes information quick and easy to access by grouping it into Hubs such as People, Pictures, Games, Music & Video, Office and Marketplace content and displaying the most up-to-date information on the homescreen Tile. Users will also be able to access exclusive applications and utilities through the HTC Hub. These include a weather and stocks application and a photo enhancer that enables special effects to be applied before sharing photos with friends. HTC Gratia Available in Pearl White, the HTC Gratia is sleek and lightweight – measuring just over four inches in length, weighing 4.06 ounces and featuring a seamless, rubberised and beveled back cover that opens to show a vibrant yellow inner chassis. This user-friendly and powerful smartphone runs Android 2.2 and the acclaimed HTC SenseTM - offering an experience that makes your phone work in a more personal and natural way. HTC Sense offers a number of unexpected features designed to bring a smile to your face, such as making the phone ring louder if it is in your bag or your pocket, but automatically decreasing the ringer volume when you pick it up to answer a call. HTC Gratia also comes with Friend Stream – an application that helps you keep in touch with friends and family by bringing all of your Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates into one single, organised flow of updates. Availability From February 2011 the HTC 7 Pro will be available in the UK through HTC’s distribution partner Brightpoint GB and Brightstar with HTC Gratia available through Brightstar only.

Verizon’s LG Ally Android 2.2 Froyo update gets early release

Verizon has beat its own launch estimate for the Android 2.2 update for the LG Ally, with Froyo now available for the QWERTY smartphone. Originally expected sometime in February, the update is now available as an OTA release; you can either wait for the Ally to prompt you with the new firmware, or trigger it manually via the Settings page. According to Verizon, the update is 52.3MB. More on the LG Ally in the full Android Community review.

Carriers and Manufacturers ranked on Froyo updates: HTC & Verizon winners

Google gets blamed plenty for Android fragmentation, but the manufacturers and carriers shoulder plenty of the responsibility for older devices not getting newer versions of the open-source OS. ComputerWorld crunched the stats and has come up with a best/worst list of both: US carriers who are timely with their updates, and manufacturers who are on the ball with new firmware for their smartphones. In carriers, Verizon takes top spot with 1/3 of its qualifying Android phones getting Froyo within the software's first six months of release. Sprint and T-Mobile come in second and third, but AT&T takes lowly fourth place with none of its nine Android devices seeing a single upgrade between June and December 2010. As for manufacturers, HTC grabs pole position, with half of its phones updated with Froyo, followed by Motorola and Samsung in second and third place respectively. Still, Samsung isn't looking too pretty, with only one out of nine Android phones getting updated. Worse still are Dell and LG, with much-delayed updates, but in bottom place is Sony Ericsson, with zero updates and the news that the X10 range won't ever see Froyo.

AT&T Dell Streak Froyo reportedly delayed again: “A couple of more weeks at least”

The promised Dell Streak Android 2.2 Froyo update for AT&T-locked versions of the tablet, which the company had suggested would arrive this week, looks to be further delayed. According to an internal Dell email forwarded to Streak Smart, users shouldn't expect Froyo for "a couple more weeks at least."
"Sorry for getting back to you so late, but as you probably guessed we / AT&T are not releasing the update this week. I'd say a couple of more weeks at least. AT&T is pretty thorough in their QA sessions and that's where we are." Leaked Dell email
It seems the delay is around finalizing the Streak software to make sure it runs properly on AT&T's network, though neither company is saying exactly what's going on.
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