Dell Shows off Streak running 2.1 but promises Froyo

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On a Vlog on youtube, Dell’s Kevin Andrew shows off the Streak running Android 2.1, and Dell’s custom skin. Dell is still promising to go to Froyo (2.2) but has not confirmed whether or not 2.1 will be offered as a short term upgrade. Either way, there is still no definite date set for these upgrades, you could say the same for almost all the promised 2.1, 2.2 upgrades at the moment.

Also Dell have updated on the planned release of the Cherry Red Streak, by tweeting that it wont be released this week, which breaks the “late July” scheduled release that had been rumoured. Check out the video:

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New features from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2 Froyo

by Chris Moor on

With all the hoopla lately about Android 2.2 (aka Froyo, which means frozen yogurt by the way) I figured I would write a brief rundown of some of the new features you can expect from the latest and greatest version of the Android OS.

Home screen

A new tips widget will grace your homescreen. This widget will assist new users on how to configure the home screen, adding shortcuts, adding widgets and how to use multiple home screens.

Another new home screen feature, as you can see, are dedicated buttons for the Phone, Launcher and the Browser.

Exchange Support

No doubt, one of Android’s most lacking features is exchange support. Well that will be changing with Android 2.2. Froyo’s new and improved Exchange support will include the following features:

  • Improved security – Exchange admins can enforce a password policy across devices with support for numeric or alpha numeric passwords to unlock a device
  • Remote wipe – Exchange admins can remotely wipe the phone to factory defaults if the device was lost or stolen
  • Exchange calendars – Will be supported in the Calendar application
  • Auto-discovery – With just your username and password, you will easily be able to set up and sync an Exchange account (requires Exchange 2007+)
  • Global address look-up – Will now be available from within the Email application allowing users to auto-complete recipient names from the directory

Camera and Gallery

A new and improved Gallery will allow you to peek into picture stacks using a zoom gesture.

The camera now will have on-screen buttons that will provide easy access via a new user interface for controlling the zoom, flash, white balance, focus, geo-tagging and exposure.

In addition, the camcorder now allows you to easily choose the size and quality desired for your video to make uploading to the web or sending video by MMS easier and more efficient. Shooting video at night or low-light conditions will be better now as well as the LED flash will become a light source when shooting video.

Make your phone a mobile hotspot

Apparently, not all devices will support this feature, but phones like the Nexus One will. When configured as a hotspot, your Froyo device share it’s connectivity with up to 8 other devices. Also, you can use the 3G connection on your phone (via a USB connection) to provide access to the internet on your Windows or Linux laptop. (Yes you can get apps for this on Android 2.1, but it will now be supported natively)

Multiple keyboard languages

Users that speak multiple languages will love this feature. You can now add multiple languages to the keyboard and effortlessly switch between Latin-based input languages by swiping across the space bar. Not only does this effect the keys but it effects the auto-correct dictionary as well.

Improved Performance

Performance increases are coming from all over with the Android 2.2 update, here’s the highlights:

  • Browser – By enabling faster loading of JavaScript, the V8 engine will boost the speed of the browser
  • Dalvik performance boost – in CPU-intensive duties, an increase of 2x to 5x can be seen
  • Kernel memory management boost – Memory reclamation by up to 20x. Applications will switch faster on devices with less memory

Flash!

Adobe Flash 10.1

Flash game addicts rejoice! Adobe just recently released Flash 10.1 for devices running Android 2.2 (there are some beta builds of the OS out there). So not only will you now be able to play flash games on your Android 2.2 device, but any type of interactive content will now work flawlessly on your device.

There is one downside to this though, you will now see those annoying flash ads when browsing the web. But in this writers opinion, it’s a small price to pay for the many other benefits of flash.

Misc Improvements

Bluetooth

  • Share contacts with other phones
  • Voice dialing
  • Support for BT enabled car & desk docks
  • Improved compatibility with car kits & headsets

2.6.32 kernel upgrade

  • HIGHMEM support for RAM > 256MB
  • SDIO scheduling and Bluetooth improvements

Applications

  • App Error Reports – A new bug reporting feature enables developers to receive crash and freeze reports from users of their Android Market apps
  • Apps can be installed on external storage (microSD card for example)
  • Apps can participate in data back up and restore, allowing users to reset their device to factory defaults and not lose any personal data

Cloud to Device messaging – Android apps can use the Android Cloud to Device messaging to allow mobile alert, send to phone and 2-way push sync abilites

Camera/Camcorder

  • Video FPS doubled from 10 to 20
  • Camera now supports portrait orientation, zoom controls, exposure data and a thumbnail utility
  • Camcorder also allows apps to determine hardware capabilities

User Interface – Users are now able to select “car mode” and “night mode” controls to configure their UI however they like.

Looks pretty good doesn’t it? No official word has been said on when the Android 2.2 update will be pushed out over the air, but the word around the web speculates it to be within a month. So cross your fingers and keep checking back with TalkAndroid as we’ll be sure to make a lot of noise when the official update gets rolled out.

An original article by Scott Young

Froyo source code released for Samsung Fascinate

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Could it be? Could it possibly BE!? Yes folks, you read right – Samsung has released the source code for the Fascinate. This means some killer development in the 2.2.1 world, and pretty soon, thanks to sites like xda-developers.

The released version is ED01, and it has tons of Fascinate users bouncing with joy. We personally can’t wait to see the ROMs that come out for it now. You can check out the source code yourself at the source link below and searching for SCH-I500. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

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Verizon Incredible 2 shows up again – running Froyo

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The Incredible 2 popped its head up again online, and showed us a little action with its build number and lockscreen. This device looks strikingly the same as the HTC Incredible S seen at MWC 2011, but now with Verizon branding. Same HTC keyboard as well as running Froyo in these pics. It may come out with Gingerbread by launch date, or at least have an update available soon after since the Incredible S should be getting it soon too.

Here’s the specs;

  • 4.0” Super LCD WVGA
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) w/ Sense? (Currently running Android 2.2 until launch)
  • 8MP camera w/ flash
  • 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 1Ghz Qualcomm MSM 8655 processor
  • 4GB internal storage
  • 768mb of RAM
  • 1450mAh battery

Check out more pics after the break.

Sprint Epic 4G Froyo update details leaked

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We reported earlier that the Sprint Epic 4G will be receiving an update this week that will bring Froyo 2.2 and enable Sprint ID. The following is the actual text that will be on the Sprint website shortly.

  • A software update to EC05 (Froyo with Sprint ID) will be available beginning Monday, 3/21/11 for the Samsung EPIC 4G via Google OTA.
    • OTA Duration time dependent on current device usage: 10-20 minutes, with installation time of 6-8 minutes.
  • Customers will become eligible for the upgrade across a 4-day period based on their status with the Google servers.
  • Enhancements:
    • Upgrade of the Google OS from Éclair to Froyo (2.2.1)
    • Add Sprint ID functionality
    • Ability to install applications to external storage
    • Improved Bluetooth device support
    • Bluetooth Voice Dialing
    • Flash Player 10.1
    • GPS Enhancements
    • Improved OS performance
  • Fixes
    • Email PIN based authentication
    • User friendly tethering for 3G and 4G

The update begins today and should be completed by March 24.

[via androidcentral]

Froyo Port For Samsung Moment Available Thanks To SDX Developers

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Remember the Samsung Moment for Sprint?  Yeah, it seems like a lifetime ago since we’ve last heard about the 800 MHz slide out qwerty.  But, it has not been forgotten thanks to some dedicated and determined folks over at SDX.   The device officially received a 2.1 update, however, it was left with no hope of ever receiving 2.2 Froyo along with the HTC Hero via an official tweet by Sprint back in June.  But fret not 2.1 dwellers, because there’s  a small yet very much alive, group of developers who have not given up on the device.   These select and elite developers have managed to successfully get Froyo up and running on the device from scratch.  They were able to use the kernel and software from the Acclaim R880 and Intercept successfully with the exception of some GPS issues.  So, there might be a slight trade off.  I guess you’ll just have to ask yourself if it’s worth it to not have a functional GPS, but finally be rocking 2.2 on your device?  If you’re ready to give it a go, then head on over to SDX here.  And remember, Talk Android is not responsible for any modifications you make on your device aka if you brick it, it’s not our fault.  So, good luck and if you managed to get this up and running, stop back over and let us know how well it’s working.

[via sdx by androidcentral]

Froyo EB13 for Epic 4G Available for Download from Samsung

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Sprint Epic owners, your wait is over! If you’re like me, you’ve been anxiously awaiting Froyo since at least November, when it was originally supposed to be available. But setback after setback has occurred, and that update keeps getting pushed back further and further. Well the plan was for Sprint to have it available this week, rolling out over the air over the next four days. If you haven’t seen it yet and you’re tired of waiting, you can head over to Samsung’s website and download an update file yourself. It’s a simple .exe that you can run from your computer while your phone is connected (USB driver download might be required as well, but that is also available from Samsung’s site), and it will update you manually. It will wipe your data, so be sure to make a backup of your data partition (if you have a custom recovery console that will allow it), or at least make note of what apps you have installed so you can redownload them, and make note of important texts.

Full press release below, and download available at the source link.

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Froyo is now on more than half of all Android devices, Gingerbread makes an appearance on the charts

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A recently updated version of the Android Platform Versions pie chart is showing that Android 2.2, aka Froyo, has now made its way to a little over half of all Android handsets. Android 2.1 still takes up a large chunk of the chart at 35.2%, which is expected considering all of the Galaxy S devices still running Eclair.

So what’s the most noteworthy thing about this chart? Well, Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, has finally appeared. As of now, Gingerbread is only on .4% of Android handsets.

Being that only one phone, the Nexus S, has Gingerbread right now, we can expect that .4% figure to rise steadily as the year goes on and more updates are released. To me, it seems pretty likely that we will all soon be hearing about Gingerbread for our respective devices, since Android is already talking about an OS to be named Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Froyo update still coming for all Galaxy S owners in US

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Samsung Galaxy S owners in the US are still waiting for their promised upgrade to Froyo regardless of what carrier they are with. Samsung however, states they are still testing out a quick upgrade for all Galaxy S owners, due to the complexity of Android 2.2 versus Android 2.1, this has taken some time and patience.

After the upgrade was released in Canada, then pulled back due to bad complaints from users, Samsung wants to ensure things go better in the US. Thanks Canada for being the live testing ground. Bad Samsung.

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Samsung’s U.S. Galaxy S sites are starting to show Froyo

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Ok, we know Android 2.2 should be hitting the U.S. versions of Samsung Galaxy S phones soon.  I mean come on, Canada has their update being rolled out to the Vibrant and Fascinate already. It may be a tease, but now we are starting to get mixed messages on the U.S. Galaxy S phone product sites as seen above.  This appears only on the Epic 4G, Fascinate, and Vibrant product pages, whereas the Captivate and Continuum remain confident in their 2.1 existence.

Sure, it could be a typo, but with Gingerbread already skipping around in the freshly dropped snow, Froyo should be in the park handing out its delicious treat as well.  Here’s to hoping this 2.2 roll out will hit your Samsung Galaxy S phone soon, and that the graphics guy for the site will get those green images updated as soon as he gets back from vacation.

Update:  Samsung has updated their product pages and they now display Android 2.1OS.  Sigh.

[Source: Thanks @pedrog_ny for the tip!]