Here’s a quick video I shot that shows some of the changes brought about by the Android 2.2 Froyo firmware update for Verizon Wireless’ Motorola DROID smartphone.
In a email received today from Verizon Wireless, we were told that the hugely popular DROID by Motorola will finally receive an Android 2.2 Froyo firmware upgrade. The update is expected to start being pushed to DROID users starting next week.
HTC Desire users in Europe will start seeing the Android 2.2 Froyo update hit their smartphones this weekend. HTC is including a new iteration of its Sense UI as well as the following:720p video capture enhanced HTC Caller ID improved multi-language keyboard HTC App Share widget iTunes music sync
The update is being deployed OTA and will be sent to unlocked HTC Desire handsets first, followed by carrier-branded models.
Well, somebody had to be first, and it seems that Sprint will be the first carrier (U.S., at least) to offer the Android 2.2 Froyo OS update to its users – specifically, to its HTC EVO 4G users. According to a Sprint Community blog post:
Sprint will be the first wireless carrier to bring the latest version of Android to its customers. The Android 2.2 software release provides a significant number of feature enhancements, including:Voice Dialing Over Bluetooth. Application Storage on External Memory, giving users more storage room for all their apps. Camera 4-way rotation allows the camera icons to rotate with the [...]
The European version and original Samsung Galaxy S has recently received a leaked upgrade to Froyo 2.2, should you want to install it. The news set XDA-Forums wild yesterday, and now the dust has had a moment to settle, we followed HDBlog.it who recently published a video on the matter. The first thing they note is that this is a test release PDA ROM version. For the most part, everything is there, but its not the complete version.
I use a Samsung Galaxy S at the moment so I will make sure to bring you hands on news of what the Froyo updates entail, how to do them and where to get the files. For now though, please enjoy the video.
News from different sources has confirmed the Droid 2 is likely to launch with Android 2.2, also known as Froyo. This converging evidence comes from both DroidLife and Phandroid, who independently offer real evidence for this existence of Android 2.2 on the device.
DroidLife have provided the screenshot to the right and this shows the about screen of the device revealing a version number of 2.2, along with a few other bits such as the baseband, kernel and build. On the Phandroid front, we have a photo of Verizon’s device database which shows the Motorola Droid 2 as an Android 2.2 device.
Hopefully this means [...]
At Google I/O this year, Google released a pre-release version of its Androi 2.2 software developer kit (SDK). Now that the official Nexus One Froyo update is out, Google has released the complete, ready for prime time version of its SDK. All developers are encouraged to update to the latest version now.
So why has Froyo not already landed on HTC’s Desire, Legend and Wildfire handsets? In an interview with Pocket-lint at the Qualcomm Uplinq convention in San Diego, USA, HTC’s global PR and online community manager (Eric Lin) explains why.
In short, it is because every HTC application requires a port to Froyo. The saving grace is that the update from 2.1 to 2.2 is less servere in terms of coding required changes.
“It takes time to port all of our applications over to Froyo and then make sure that it is running well on each of our devices”, said Lin. “That’s not like a one week kind [...]