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Android 2.2 Starts Rolling Out for Galaxy S Phones, No More Bing?

Samsung announced today that their Galaxy S lineup of phones is starting to see Android 2.2 in the “Nordic” region of the world, but should filter out to the states by the end of the year.  OK, it doesn’t even say “end of the year” it says “gradually.”  Quite the timeline right?  At least it’s happening!

One interesting thing to note is the point made in their press release about Froyo featuring “Google Maps with Navigation.”  The release specifically mentions our favorite navigation app as one of the key features, but as you all know, the Fascinate (review) comes packed full of Bing.  Any chance this sneaks onto the Verizon version without that other search engine suite?  Unlikely.  

SEOUL, Korea – October 18, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) upgrade to the Samsung GALAXY S, giving users access to new features, enhanced navigation applications and improved performance.

The Android 2.2 upgrade will be available via Kies, Samsung’s unique in-house software upgrade program. Kies can be downloaded at the Samsung mobile website (http://www.samsungmobile.com).

The GALAXY S is Samsung’s cleverly designed smartphone with a bright 4-inch SUPER AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor, giving users an intelligent, immersive and integrated mobile experience. The Android 2.2 upgrade offers voice-controlled GPS through Google MapsTM with Navigation, faster performance by JIT(Just in Time) compiler. Additionally, further functionalities including Search in-browser, Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, improved customization options will be provided with OS upgrade.

– Google MapsTM with Navigation: GPS navigation system with voice guidance
– Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1: Allow the web browser to make full use of the whole web
– Setup Wizard: Quickly customize the GALAXY S and access networks with ease
– Home Screen/Menu Preview and Edit : Preview by pinch-zoom
– Search in-Browser : Google™, Translate, Wikipedia, Dictionary

The Android 2.2 upgrade will be available from the mid of October 2010 in the Nordic region and gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world.

Source:  Samsung

  • Mdiaz1120

    Please more details on update 2.2 froyo for the fascinate……….after this update this phone will be one of the top phones with the android system out there.

  • jtwildman1

    Wife chose this phone over the Moto Droid X( upgrading from OD) and absolutely loves it. It really is an amazing phone and blows away the competition in screen quality. I think if some of the fanboys on this site would get over the fact that it wasn't branded with the “droid” name they would realize it's as good, if not better than what they are using. No locked bootloader and takes amazing pics. I see no reason not to like this phone. She is running Google Maps and search just like my Droid. Sucks they put Bling on it, but easily taken care of, so not even an issue.
    Oh btw, did I mention she got it free @ Best Buy. Sold her old Droid and put $200 in her pocket. Now just needs some Froyo goodness and everything is right in the world :)

  • jaymonster

    The at&t version (the Captivate) that a couple of people in my office have, got the update last night and are now sporting 2.2

  • Brad

    Um, guys, this is nothing new. The STOCK Fascinate with Android 2.1 lets you use Google Maps and Navigation, no problem. All you have to do is download Google Maps from the Market. Of course it's true that the desktop dock and car dock applications can't be defaulted away from Bing, but there are replacement apps available for those as well. The only thing you're really missing is Google search, and a little root action takes care of that quite quickly. The only thing that the Froyo update will bring is the ability to install Google Search from the Market without rooting. Of course you still can't set the default search to Google, but again, root and remove the Bing apk file, and you're back to Google full time, end of problem. And with the source code now available, plain vanilla ROMs for the Fascinate should be just around the corner.

  • Xeneize480

    Can any one confirm doing the update for Samsung Fascinate please?? Thankx!

  • Don1960

    I'd upgrade to the Fascinate today if it had 2.2 and lost Bing. When it does, it'll be the next phone for me unless something better comes along in the meantime. That screen is very very nice, and the whole phone is light as a feather.

  • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

    Totally off subject, but I'm interested in what you guys think:
    http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2010/10/weekly-poll-does-android-have-a-dude-problem.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+readwriteweb+(ReadWriteWeb)
    It makes me laugh, considering that I'm female but am almost always assumed to be male on this site, in both comments and chat.
    Edit: I really do find the assumption funny and not offensive, for the record, so this isn't a complaint or anything.

    • EC8CH

      suggestion:

      Change your username to “notadude”

      problem solved :-P

      • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

        lmao That's a thought! Seriously, though, I think from a marketing perspective Android is going to have to find a way to reach out to not-as-geeky women or they are losing out on almost half their possible customers.

        • EC8CH

          There is already a huge variety of android phones out there, the choices of android hardware will continue to broaden and models will come out to target certain demographics more specifically.

          Andy's not worried… the ladies will come to him.

          • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

            Definitely, there are great phones out there to appeal to women, but most of them don't KNOW that, which is where I think the problem is. I mean, I'm doing my part by at least trying to offer the alternative to everyone who comes in my Best Buy looking for an i*hone, but I can only do so much lol.

          • EC8CH

            I dont care :-P

    • EC8CH

      No offense… but by default that article proves the perception that the i*hone is for pu$$ies :-P

  • Swurvo34

    Can one pull this 2.2 update to their phone or is this another wait for it wait for it update?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KHI4N5WM55UHS45NJ73T63DOF4 david

    Can some one tell me how to get a nice looking black Status bar on my rooted droid x… new to the rooted game

    • Gg101

      Install Rom Manager, there are galaxy s themes in it available to download.

  • Gg101

    Nice to see some Fascinate coverage. You guys don't normally have too much. Froyo coming to the galaxy s line is gonna be huge. Most devs are waiting on this before getting started on the serious rom cooking. Considering there are already 5 million galaxy s devices out there and samsung has done little to get in the way of hackers (unlike some of our other favorite droids), we should see some great stuff from the dev community.

    • Gg101

      Not too mention the hardware on this is beastly. The screen is amazing and the hummingbird smokes the current line of omaps and snapdragons.

    • kellex

      2.2 would make me reconsider using this phone.

  • AnDroidSepTIX

    hmmmmmm…who cares

    • kellex

      Only 5 million people that own Galaxy S devices. That's all. :P

      • EC8CH

        I don't own a Galaxy… but I still care too

      • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

        Thanks kellex for the update. My wife eagerly awaits 2.2 on her Fascinate.

      • AnDroidSepTIX

        he talked to me!!! Yessss!!!

        • EC8CH

          *facepalm*

          • AnDroidSepTIX

            *d*ckMouth*

          • EC8CH

            There once was a man from Nantucket…

        • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

          are you freakin serious dude? u act like hes will smith.

          • AnDroidSepTIX

            Who?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Patton/57503291 Travis Patton

    hm