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Vodafone HTC Magic gets Android 2.2.1 OTA update

Vodafone UK has begun the release of its Android 2.2.1 update for the HTC Magic. According to the company's forum, the Magic Froyo update will be a two-stage OTA affair: one update to prep the phone, and the second to actually install Android 2.2.1. The update's release will be staggered, so you'll have to wait for your Magic to flag up that new software is available; there doesn't appear to be a way to manually trigger the install. Still, we're glad to see that the ageing Magic hasn't been left out in the cold.
"Android 2.2.1 will give customers a number of improvements including: latest Gmail and Android Market clients; ability to save applications directly onto an SD card; support for USB tethering so the phone can be used as a modem; improved support for Active Sync Exchange (email, contacts and calendar sync); enhancements to Bluetooth; and enhancements to the camera. The update also includes the latest Google security patches."

Dell confirms AT&T-locked Streak Froyo update in Jan 2011

Dell has confirmed that the AT&T-locked Dell Streak won't get an Android 2.2 Froyo update until January 2011, lending legitimacy to the leaked emails tipping a January 12 release. According to the official Dell blog, "customers in the United States who own AT&T SIM-locked versions of the phone will hopefully begin seeing the Froyo update sometime next month." The delay in pushing out the release - which upgrades the Streak from its original Android 1.6 OS - is not fully explained, but Dell certainly implies it is to do with AT&T's involvement in the carrier-locked handset. The update for unlocked Streaks began rolling out last month.

Gingerbread launcher hits Android Market for Froyo devices

If you are running Froyo but want a taste of Gingerbread on your device ahead of any update to the full Gingerbread OS you can grab the Gingerbread launcher on the app store right now. The new launcher app is part of Android 2.3, but can be downloaded and installed on Froyo devices.

AT&T Dell Streak Froyo update not due until January 12?

Dell's firmware update for the AT&T Dell Streak, bringing the 5-inch tablet to Android 2.2 Froyo, has reportedly been delayed until January 12 2010. That's according to some leaked emails handed to Streak Smart, supposedly from inside either Dell or AT&T, claiming the update for carrier-locked Streaks "should happen the week of January 12th." Meanwhile, unlocked Dell Streak units ordered from Dell.com and delivered with Froyo pre-installed aren't expected to ship now until December 26. In fact, according to some buyers who grabbed one when they were first put on sale, despite the Dell product page suggesting the Streak now comes with Android 2.2, their units have been delivered with 1.6 instead.

Android 2.2 Update for HTC Legend Coming December 9th

Even though Android 2.3 has been announced that does not mean we will stop seeing devices getting updated to 2.2 Froyo, which is a good thing considering Froyo is now the "second best." The latest phone to be getting the update will be the HTC Legend which will see the European rollout starting tomorrow.

Nexus S vs. Nexus One and other current Android Devices

The Nexus S has been officially revealed and if you're sitting with a Nexus One or Samsung Galaxy S device, you are probably wondering if it's worth the upgrade. Well we have you covered with some comparing and contrasting of the devices (along with other Android devices) to help you make the decision. First off the Samsung Nexus S will be available exclusively on T-Mobile, if you're an owner of a Nexus One you've probably grown to accept this and it may not be a major factor in the decision making process. However, if you're a Samsung Galaxy S or any other Android phone owner this may be a factor in your final decision. The Nexus One has been a very favorable device, although its sales were less than impressive it still is one of the most powerful and productive phones on the market. However, with the Nexus S hitting the scene the new official "Google Phone" title has been taken and along with it, much of our focus on the Nexus One will shift to the Nexus S. The internals of the devices are pretty similar both featuring a 1GHz processor. The Nexus S features a 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor while the Nexus One features a 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon. The difference is there and somewhat noticeable but not exactly a deal breaker here. When it comes to storage the Nexus S is limited. Shipping with 16GB internal memory and no microSD card slot you're options are slim when it comes to expansion. The Nexus One has a microSD card slot for additional memory, something that we are wondering why it was left out in the Samsung Nexus S. The rear-facing camera on the Nexus S is a 5.0 megapixel camera with flash, compared to the Nexus One which is also a 5.0 megapixel camera with flash. However, the Nexus S does have an additional camera on the front for video chat. Other than that the devices are incredibly similar, the Nexus S just took what the Nexus One did right and does them all in a better, and faster way - making this the optimal Android handset on T-Mobile US. Have another device? Check out our full comparisons to the Samsung Vibrant, Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Captivate, Samsung Fascinate, and unlocked Galaxy S devices over at SlashGear!

Samsung W899 is twin Super AMOLED touchscreen clamshell

Samsung has outed a new dual Super AMOLED clamshell smartphone, the Samsung W899, running Android 2.2 on a 1GHz processor. Initially destined for China, the W899 packs CDMA/EVDO and GSM/UMTS connectivity, WiFi and mobile hotspot functionality, but its most interesting feature is the fact that it has a 3.3-inch touchscreen on both the outside and inside of the flip. That means users will be able to choose between on-screen controls or the physical numeric keypad on the inside. There's also a 5-megapixel camera, GPS and a microSD card slot. It measures 17.55mm thick, and will be available on China Telecom; no word on when - or if - the Samsung W899 might make it to North America or Europe. [via OLED-Display]

T-Mobile UK Responds to delayed Galaxy S 2.2 Update

Samsung Galaxy S owners in the UK have probably already noticed that they have not seen the 2.2 update that was said to be available via KIES November 30th. Well not surprisingly the update was delayed (again) and T-Mobile has made another official response detailing the delay.
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