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Google Rolls Out Android 2.2 For Nexus Ones

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Google Rolls Out Android 2.2 For Nexus Ones

When Google released Android 2.2 it didn't really release Android 2.2, but now it has...

In short last week Google made the final build of 2.2 (also known as 'Froyo') available to developers and manufacturers allowing app and handset makers to start getting their respective software and hardware up to date.

The difference is today Google has released Android 2.2 for its Google Nexus One meaning OTA upgrades should start appearing over the next few days. How it will affect other vanilla installs of Android as seen on the Motorola XT720 remains to be seen, but I suspect you'll have to apply it manually.

We've gone over Froyo many times, but the big advantages are huge speed gains of up to 450 per cent compared to 2.1 alongside Flash 10.1 integration and the long awaited ability to install apps onto microSD cards (though apps have to be updated to become compatible with this).

In related news the venerable HTC Hero is finally getting an upgrade to Android 2.1 - yes, just as 2.2 comes out. Don't sweat it too much though as you'll now be on the same level as the newer Legend and Desire. Well at least until they get their impending 2.2 updates...

Yes, let's hope those Google plans to combat fragmentation come to fruition soon...

Update Recombu has spoken to HTC and a spokesperson confirmed: "We are working hard with our partners to update the HTC Sense experience on Froyo and distribute it to our customers as fast as possible. We expect to release updates for several of our 2010 models including Desire, Legend and Wildfire beginning in Q3."

We already knew this was the timeframe, but at least it has been reiterated.

Links:

Android 2.2 Developer Site

Hero 2.1 Firmware download

Matt G Baish

June 29, 2010, 7:52 pm

Sure I won`t be the first but I think it may be Google that released Froyo & not Apple (blush!) (1st sentence) :P

Runadumb

June 29, 2010, 8:14 pm

Yeah as matt said, whoops.





Could anyone that has a nexus one in the UK that isn't attached to any carrier (like vodaphone) post on here when they get their updates please? I will of course do the same. Im currently running the FRF50 build of froyo. Im half expecting it not to come OTA and having to do a manual install but want to wait just to see.

Gordon394

June 29, 2010, 8:28 pm

@Matt @Runadumb - yes, horrible typo. Fixed, thanks.


We've currently got one so can do.

rav

June 29, 2010, 11:29 pm

Given that Q3 begins in 2 days I'll take that as the end of September at the earliest. They may produce nice handsets but they are totally useless with their updates.





The worst part is that the 2.1 updates started leaking back in February. What were they doing for the last four months?

Castalan

June 29, 2010, 11:44 pm

@runadumb - i'm on FRF50 too, and have the same worry - although on the google android forum a google employee said it would be ok and we'd get the update.





I've downloaded the FRF50 to FRF83 manual update file just in case it gets pulled and I don't get an OTA update though.





If I get the update OTA I'll post and let you know

CodeMonkey

June 30, 2010, 1:38 am

Gave up waiting on the OTA and downloaded the manual update file direct onto my Nexus One (was running ERE27 build).


A totally painless upgrade - no data lost, no widgets removed. Wonderful stuff

Chris

June 30, 2010, 3:25 am

"... the venerable HTC Hero is finally getting an upgrade to Android 2.1"





No-one cares? I can't say I'm surprised, I think everyone who was ever likely to care gave up waiting months ago.





VillainROM user here ;).

Chris Hamer

June 30, 2010, 4:15 am

still pretty glad i got my motorola milestone (: should hopefully get the 2.2 update in july sometime (: . Well droid has been confirmed to and they both got updated to 2.1 at similar times.

Manni

June 30, 2010, 1:54 pm

@ravmania: they were waiting for Adobe to deliver Flash 10.1, as it was part of the package.





Re other devices, I'm hoping the UI in Gingerbread (3.0) will be good enough so that HTC won't feel like they have to add Sense to it. At least it means we'll get the OS updates when they are ready from Google direct.

Chris

June 30, 2010, 5:27 pm

@Manni: Gingerbread may well end up with a nice enough UI to make Sense redundant, but I don't think that will stop HTC from using Sense anyway. It's their differentiator, the factor that makes their product 'better' than their competitors' products. Maybe when vanilla phones start selling better than skinned phones we'll begin to see a change.

Runadumb

June 30, 2010, 5:58 pm

What would help lead the charge to vanilla android would be if google put out a few more competitive devices. Maybe a 3.2 inch 600Mhz £250 device, then more people would have access to speedy updates. The likes of motorola, Samsung and HTC would have to up their game or people would just flock to googles own branded devices.


In saying that isn't Gingerbread to be the last major (less than 12 month) update? I think it will even mean google can update the likes of the music player and camera app in the market place so not having the latest and greatest version of the OS would be less of an issue.





For the record I haven't used sense but I LOVED touchflo on my Touch HD, was even running the HD2 version...which was called sense. I might prefer it to vanilla android but not if im waiting 6 months plus for an update. It's google branded all the way for me. My sister is still running 1.6 on her magic and thats just running plain android. when 2.2 is stable im going to root it for her as it's such a massive difference.

Cliff Smith

July 1, 2010, 10:25 pm

So when will I get the long-awaited Android 2.1 upgrade for my HTC Tattoo?

Runadumb

July 2, 2010, 3:12 pm

You can force a OTA check by going to the dialler and keying in *#*#CHECKIN#*#* I have had no luck with it so far though. Going to use the below lonk if I don't have it by this time next week, just fancy seeing if OTA works.


http://forum.xda-developers.co...

Runadumb

July 4, 2010, 5:23 pm

Got the update OTA last night. Seems to have fixed one of the problems I was having were some audio files (i'm talking podcasts here) wouldn't display right in the player and as a result would stop playing if you closed the music player. I'm hoping it also lessens the screen calibration issue I have, will see.

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