Samsung Fascinate owners, check your phones now. The update to Android 2.2 is live.
To check to see if your phone can receive the update:
Menu>Settings>About Phone>System Updates>Check New
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The Fascinate Froyo build EB01 that we outed on Twitter last week and with a full gallery earlier this week, has made its way into XDA and is available to those of you that are rooted and antsy. The package comes with busybox and root, but other than that hasn’t been touched or tweaked. TouchWiz, bloatware and everything else that the official build has are included.
Instructions and download links here.
We received word from one of our Verizon friends late last week suggesting that the official Froyo (Android 2.2) build for the Samsung Fascinate is not version DL30 that was leaked out last week, but will instead be build EB01. As many of you are aware, DL30 was quite the buggy mess, but that’s not what we’re hearing that with this new version which we’re hoping means it’ll be out fairly soon. You’ll see in our gallery that all of the bloatware that you love so much is in tact and Bing is definitely still the default search app. The good news is that you can all finally download the Google Search and Voice Action app to counteract it.
Changelog and a whole bunch of screenshots after the break. (more…)
On Monday, an article came out of TechCrunch comparing the OS update statuses for both i*hone and Android users, making them look worlds apart and actually, a little silly. According to iOS developer stats, almost 90% (89.73% to be exact) of users are on the current version which they describe as 4.X. The article then goes on to claim that Android users would be lucky to ever see the most current OS version (Android 2.3) seeing as only 0.4% are on it at this time. Sounds bad right? Except that there is one major flaw with that argument and it has to do with that “.X”.
If we look at the iOS developer stats, they are taking every single version of iOS 4 and combining them into one percentage, meaning 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, etc. are all wrapped up into the same little package. But for Android, we’re not allowed to do that? Because if we do combine 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3, that puts Android users at 87.4% and only 2% behind iOS users in the “current” category. Silly TechCrunch.
Via: TechCrunch, Fortune, TheDroidGuy
At this point, shouldn’t we just start to assume that Motorola has moved on from Milestone users and is instead focusing on new devices with newer versions of Android? The phone is the exact same device as the original Droid who is now running 2.2.1, yet the carrier partners can’t figure out a way to get even 2.2 running on it? Are they struggling with how pieces of bloatware to include? There shouldn’t be a hold up. I apologize for the rant, but this is one of the top selling devices of all time and there are thousands of users in dozens of countries that are stuck on an OS that is about to be 2 stages behind. Unacceptable.
Via: Motorola Europe
Poor Motorola Milestone users. The original Droid has been on Android 2.2 for months now, yet Moto continues to test it again and again for its worldly brother. It’s the exact same hardware as the U.S. version which is running Froyo flawlessly…what’s the hold up? Well, they posted an update to their Facebook page yesterday that has as you can imagine, left Milestone owners even more frustrated than before.
Testing seems to be done, but now it’ll be up to operators and retail partners to decide if Froyo is good enough. And I’m speechless. So we’re another 6 months out then?
Via: Motorola Europe
Anyone feel like tinkering around with the Droid X Android 2.2 source code? You can grab it right now since Motorola just released it to the public. Who knows exactly what this means for our rooting/hacking crowd, but maybe it’ll help in the efforts to permanently unlock this device. OK, that’s probably unlikely, but feel free to poke around in the code anyway.
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. (more…)