Sprint ID comes to Sprint Epic 4G and Galaxy Tab this week

Starting today Sprint Epic 4G and Galaxy Tab owners will receive an over-the-air (OTA) update that will enable Sprint ID. The Epic 4G will also receive Android 2.2 Froyo.

After you have received the update you will see the Sprint ID icon in your applications menu. You will be able to download ID Packs which include apps, widgets, ringtones, wallpapers, shortcuts and more. These can be tailored to your specific interests, business needs or favorite brands.

According to the press release:

“Sprint ID launched in October 2010 on three devices – LG Optimus S™, Sanyo Zio™ and Samsung Transform™ – with 16 consumer lifestyle ID packs targeting specific interests including Home Base, Health & Fitness, Fashion & Beauty, Socially Connected, Business Pro, Golf Enthusiast, Auto Enthusiast, The Big Apple and Entertainment, as well as branded ID packs from Yahoo!, WHERE and Lo2Yo by LatCel. Since launch, brands that have deployed Sprint ID packs include MTV, ESPN and HSN. Select ID packs will be available for download onto Samsung Galaxy Tab and Samsung Epic 4G.”

“Customers with Sprint ID-capable devices can download up to five ID packs onto their phone and easily switch back and forth between them or swap them out for new ones. Sprint customers currently are downloading an average of two ID packs per device. Sprint ID packs are free to download with an Everything Data plan.”

The OTA updates should be completed by March 24th. For more information about Sprint ID please visit Sprint ID. To see the full press release hit the source link.

[via sprint newsroom]

Flash 10.2 in the Android Market Soon

Adobe Flash Android

Right now we’re watching the Android market for Flash 10.2 to drop. There is an insane amount of controversy, and debate over Flash and HTML5. Everyone has their own flavor they love. Just check out the comments in the Engadget article. Either way, Flash 10.2 will hit the market today. It will support the 3 latest versions of the Android OS, Froyo, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb. Read more on this over at Engadget.

[via engadget]

Android 2.2 leads serving Froyo to 61 percent of active devices

froyo dominate

It may have seemed like some of us would never see this coming by the amount of time many have waited to get Froyo on their devices, both last year and still this year to come.  So, here we are, looking at 61.3% of active Android devices on the market currently running Android 2.2. The downside is you can see that there are still many, many people waiting for an upgrade with 29% still running Eclair. Gingerbread comes in under 1%, which is quite low considering it was released a few months back already.  Let’s hope that it doesn’t talk as long to get Froyo devices onto Gingerbread as it did to get Donut onto Eclair or Froyo.  Carriers…help us out here!

[via engadget, android developers]

TELUS Reveals Froyo and Gingerbread Update Schedules

Canadian carrier TELUS, has informed MobileSyrup that a Gingerbread update should be arriving sometime in the Spring for the HTC Desire and Desire HD.  Meanwhile, they have also stated that an official Froyo update will be rolling around “very soon” for the Motorola Milestone.   The company has also promised update plans for the Samsung Galaxy Apollo to receive Froyo in the Spring and Gingerbread to the LG Shine Plus by summer’s end.  The LG Shine Plus will most likely skip Froyo and directly receive the Gingerbread update from Eclair, which I’m sure no one will argue with.

HTC has already confirmed that the Desire series devices will receive the Gingerbread update sometime in Q2.  So, hopefully TELUS customers can rest assured that they’re not too far behind.  Furthermore, the European Milestone received their Froyo update today, hopefully confirming all the more that TELUS models are up to bat next.  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via androidcentral]

Froyo Finally Lands on Motorola Milestone

Responding to the “extremely high number of requests,” Motorola has made an update available for the Milestone that finally brings Froyo to the device. The Milestone is the European equivalent to the original Droid, which has had Froyo available for quite some time. Milestone owners have been clamoring for it, so feel free to head on over to Motorola’s site at the source link and grab the download.

[via Motorola]

Flow for Facebook Updated – Facebook for Android Alternative

I’m sure we can all agree that Facebook for Android (developed by Facebook) most times leaves something to be desired. Now I’ve seen this Flow for Facebook mentioned a few times in the past, just never took the time to install it, not even the free version. Call me a procastinator if you will. Well, today I decided to install it, and reason being, I came across much info on the app especially by way of an XDA thread I navigated to.  So the app was purchased, and I’m really enjoying it.

This article was intended to inform users of the application of the latest updates to Flow for Facebook, so here they are:

v3.5

  • Completely rewrote the Image Downloading function. Now works perfectly.
  • Changed Image Zoom levels
  • Migration of Favorites on Database Changes
  • Ability to Search Facebook for Friends.Just press the Search button on your phone.
  • Sentence case for Status Textbox
  • Fix the display of Post Tags and Checkin tags Speed up refreshing Friends
  • New Preference to open News Feed on Application Launch

v3.5.0.1

  • Fix for FC with News Feed Launch on certain Launchers

Installed it and gave it a run around the block, I’ll say that this is an app that anyone with regular visits to Facebook would want on their Android device. It will fill the void where the original Facebook Android app is lacking. So check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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[Via XDA]

European Galaxy S To Soon Receive Gingerbread 2.3?

According to Samsung Mobile’s Romanian Facebook page, it appears that Galaxy S devices will be graced with the Gingerbread update by the end of March, and possibly along with European Galaxy S devices too.  This coincides with our earlier post about Samsung announcing several updates.  After translating the comment, our boys over at Android Central state that the post reads:

“The update to version 2.2.1 for Galaxy S will be available until 20 March, and Gingerbread (2.3) until the end of the month.”

I’d like to double check that translation, but I haven’t spoken Romanian in about….never.  So we’ll just take their word for it or check it out with Google Translate, later.  So, according to the comment it’s possible that Galaxy S devices could see the update on or by the end of that date.  I hate to say it, but if this pans out, we’ll have to retract some of our previous statements about Sammy and their update shenanigans.  Here’s to hoping the update does in fact arrive, as Samsung could use a little positive feedback for a change in the update department.  In addition to the Galaxy S, Samsung Romania has stated that two of their budget phones should also be receiving an update (2.2).  The i5500 Galaxy 5 and the i5800 Galaxy 3 will respectively receive the update on Mar 20th and Mar 31st.  Feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

[via androidcentral]

*Updated* – XDA Developers Premium App

As the headline says, the premium forum application for XDA has been updated.
Head on over to the Android Market and do what you have to do. You know the routine. This app is a must for any XDA addict, whether it’s the premium or free version, also available in the market.

See the screenshots below for recent changes, which include bug fixes and an improved splash screen:

Motorola prepares to push update to the Charm

In a perfect world, all Android devices would receive the latest and greatest updated at the same time, and we would all be equal. But what fun is that? Well, the Motorola Charm will be getting updates, but not to Froyo. It will remain on Android 2.1, so users will be happy to at least receive the following updates:

  • Added Wifi calling
  • Added SlackerRadio and NAB
  • Improved phone stability
  • Calendar bugfixes
  • Improved calendar performance
  • Added Google security patches
  • Songs purchased from Amazon MP3 store now visible in Connected Music Player
  • Improved touchscreen response
  • Last text message now shown instead of the first
  • Improved audio quality through speaker

Do you think it’s fair to leave Charm users a couple iterations behind? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[Via AC]