After many accusations and much contesting and testing, the Samsung Galaxy S Samsung Vibrant will be getting an update to Android 2.2 Froyo tomorrow, Friday, January 21, bringing an end to upgrade Froyogate at T-Mobile.
Update 01/22/11 Samsung has sent us the link to all the details of the Samsung upgrade through the Kies Mini app only fro the Samsung Vibrant. The update willl not be sent Over-the-Air (OTA). The software update is optional. It updates the The Samsung Vibrant from Android 2.1 (Éclair) to Android 2.2 (Froyo). This upgrade
includes Wi-Fi calling, USB / Wi-Fi tethering, and various
software enhancements. The update requires a desktop or laptop PC running Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7. It will not work with Macintosh computers. Make sure your Vibrant is fully charged before you start the process. It is also recommended that you backup your data before you upgrade.
You must download the most recent version of Kies Mini from www.TinyURL.com/KiesMini..
T-Mobile marketing director Cole Brodman told PC Magazine's Sascha Segan that the Samsung
Galaxy S Vibrant will get an update to Android 2.2 Froyo, beginning tomorrow.
The upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo will be pushed out over the next few weeks to Samsung Vibrant owners. The delay was due to Holiday pressures and integration kinks with T-Mobile-only features.
"It was a quality control and timing issue," Brodman told Segan. "The biggest challenge is integration and customization."
Smartphone users expecting
frequent upgrades is "new to us," Brodman said. "And we're going to have
to step up and change the way we do things."
T-Mobile plans to update all of its Android phones to new versions of Google's Android 2.3 within 3-5 months. The Samsung Mesmerize from U.S. Cellular will be getting an update in March.
Not all Samsung Galaxy S phones have received updates. Verizon, Sprint and AT&T haven't announced a date yet.
The update won't fix the hardware problem on Samsung Captivate phones made before 11/06/10 that mysteriously powers-off when in standby mode.
On Friday, we learned that the Android 2.2 Froyo update was still being tested. In the meantime, one of the readers wrote that the carriers already have the update, specifically, Sprint. Maybe Sprint will be the next carrier to sprint to the Android 2.2 Froyo in the Samsung Galaxy S.
The Samsung Galaxy S update to Android 2.2 includes many well-liked features,
including an Adobe Flash compatibility, speed improvements, better
keyboard, Samsung Media Hub, better Microsoft Exchange support, and
the storing of apps on the microSD card (see list of update features).
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