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…)
The Motorola Forums manager has posted a list of pretty well-known issues that people are running into after they have installed Android 2.2 on their Droid X. The list isn’t huge, but some of the problems have frustrated many of you since day one on Froyo. They won’t release a timeframe for when these will be fixed, so try your best to be patient. Here they are…
Stuck on Moto logo after reboot – this was tough on a few owners. Very sorry about that. A fix has been developed for this and should eliminate the problem. It will be distributed in a future software release. If you are still experiencing this issue, click here.
Random rebooting – while there always seem to be new conditions that can cause an electronic device to panic, we do have improvements coming that address and eliminate identified panic states. They will be distributed in a future software release.
WiFi connection and stability – improvements in WiFi have been developed, to address several problem areas. They will be distributed in a future software release.
Battery Manager “force close” errors – under some circumstances, pressing the battery icon under Menu > Settings > Battery Manager results in a forced close error. A fix has been developed for this and should eliminate the problem. It will be distributed in a future software release.
Media won’t play – includes “sorry the player does not support this type of audio file,” custom ringtone stop working, video won’t play, etc., until after a reboot. We believe we have identified the cause of these errors. A fix has been developed for this and should eliminate the problem. It will be distributed in a future software release.
Music files cutting off the final four seconds or so – a solution has been developed. It will be distributed in a future software release.
Put me into the “random rebooting” category. Anyone else experiencing any of these?
Android 2.2 for the Motorola Milestone has been quite the hot topic over the last few months. Some countries were left out entirely when it was announced, only to be included after owner outrage, but now with the timeline semi-locked down Moto is ready to start testing. The European Milestone is up first for user trials…
Hello. From next week we start user trials of the European Milestone upgrade to Froyo. Once these are complete, we will know what further work is required to
optimise, before going into final testing and approval stage. As previously we plan to start rolling the update at the end of this year, but wanted to keep you updated. Thanks
Looks like Moto is setting its sights on that Q1 2011 deadline. And how about this super early progress report? You’ve got to love that.
One of our readers from Israel just sent in the screenshots above which show his Motorola Milestone running Android 2.1, but with a market that allows apps to be auto-updated just like 2.2. He received some sort of an update to his market within the last couple of days which happened essentially at the same time that the Android team announced support of paid apps to a new batch of countries (including Israel of course). Does this mean that all Milestones in new paid app countries will have this wonderful Froyo option? Let’s hope so. I can’t even imagine life without it.
There is a known text messaging issue with the Droid Xrunning official Android 2.2 that Motorola is apparently aware of and already working on. According to their forums manager, their dev team has realized that an actual software upgrade is the only way to fix the problem.
Most right now are reporting that the issue has to do with text messages appearing out of order, but from my early experience with the leaked 2.2 and after talking with one of our readers, the problem is actually in the date and time settings of the phone. Messages aren’t appearing out of order, but are showing with a 4 hour time difference to when you actually received the message.
What’s funny about this issue, is I ran into so long ago and was unable to find a fix. At the time, I had a pretty good idea that the OS was to blame, but figured it was a big enough problem that it would have been ironed out in the official version. Apparently I was wrong and should have made a bigger deal out of it.
It should be noted that the problem is found in the native text app, Chomp and Handcent so there is really no work around at this time.
Since so many of you are curious about having a rooted device, then you’ll be pleased to know that the Droid 2 rooting method works flawlessly on the official update for the Droid X. In even better news, the crew at XDA Forums have created a semi-1-click method so that you no longer have to use a series of adb commands. You will still have to install the Android SDK, but that’s nothing right?
(Take them out of the folder they came zipped in and place in tools.)
3. Install Motorola Drivers: (32-bit or 64-bit)
4. Enable USB Debugging on your phone and plug it into your PC. (Settings>Applications>Development)
5. Double-click and run doroot.bat
6. Let it run.
7. It will let you know if it has finished completely.
8. Reboot your phone and you are rooted!
If these instructions don’t seem all that clear, follow the step-by-step guide which includes adb commands. Our instructional post can be found here.
With the official Android 2.2 update for the Droid X coming out last night at midnight instead of noon today like we all were told it would, we had a chance to whip together a quick walkthrough! This isn’t your typical Froyo overview since those have been done dozens of times by now, but I did cover some of the highlights which you’ll enjoy with this newly updated OS.
Everyone able to get the update? Visit Settings>About>System Updates from your phone now!