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Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Starts to Roll Out


Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Starts to Roll Out

Samsung has begun to roll out Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ for its Galaxy S handset. It is being released first into the Nordic region before being gradually rolled out to European areas and then the rest of the world.

The software will appear in the Samsung Kies Software manager, so will require plugging in to a computer rather than as an over-the-air update. However, it is currently not available for Mac users as only the PC version has been updated. TrustedReviews has installed Kies and plugged in a Samsung Galaxy S and can confirm that the update has not appeared in the UK as yet, so patience is the name of the game for eager owners.

Android 2.2 promises speed increases, Adobe Flash 10.1, a pinch-to-zoom home-screen flyover and a in browser search facility for Google and Wikipedia, and Dictionary, amongst other tweaks.

Let’s just hope the Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 update is less trouble prone that the upgrade attempts which plagued Vodafone and O2 with the HTC Desire.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab will ship with Android 2.2 preinstalled, and will be available from 1 November, though you’ll need £599 rattling around in your pocket to pick one up SIM free.


October 15, 2010, 8:52 pm

Good news, although I am a little confused. I have two questions...

1) Regarding the talk of O2 or Vodafone upgrades... do we really need to wait for the carriers to provide custom updates for "their" phones? I thought one of the advantages of Android was that you could simply upgrade regardless of what phone company you're with (unlike for example Symbian where each provider cripples the phone with their own crapware)... not sure where I got that idea, but it seems I was wrong...

2) If you upgrade to the latest version, does it wipe the phone (all messages and files erased and all settings reset etc)? I am rather hoping that this is not the case...


October 15, 2010, 9:05 pm

Further to my previous comment, I should explain that I have a Galaxy originally supplied by O2, which I have unlocked but not debranded - because it doesn't appear to be branded; apart from a few internet shortcuts and wallpapers, there appears to be no evidence whatsoever of O2 branding or crapware on the 'phone...

In which case, why would I need O2 to supply a Froyo update, rather than simply downloading generic update for the handset as if it were bought sim-free?


October 16, 2010, 2:51 am

@MrGodfrey if it has O2 branded firmware then you will have to wait. I would just back up the phone book in kies and upgrade.

I hacked my registry settings so the phone would accept the update


This phone has some top quality components. It is the Gamers Android phone!


October 16, 2010, 1:10 pm

I have tried and failed to install Kies on two pc's. Is it just me, or are other people having problems ?


October 16, 2010, 6:56 pm

LetsGo: Thanks for the advice. Guess I will have to install Kies. Although, being well rid of Sony SonicStage, iTunes, and various flavours of PC Studio for Symbian - I was really hoping I wouldn't need to inflict yet another piece of rubbish proprietary software on my PC. Oh well.


October 16, 2010, 11:03 pm


Shame that Android is pretty lousy for games then!


October 17, 2010, 5:40 pm


Not is. Was lousy for contemporary games.

Guns'n'Glory, Mini Army, Fruit Ninja, Mini Squadron, Everlands, Battle for mars, Angry Birds & various Emulators on my phone I'm happy with the way games are trending on Android.


October 18, 2010, 3:13 pm

Need for speed shift is an immense and ginormous (32megs) game for those android gamers out there. There is a (modified/optimised) version for snapdragon processors found by searching "need for speed shift snapdragon".

As a disclaimer I should mention that it's the full game but I cannot confirm whether they were given permission to modify the installer and distribute it independently. I've uninstalled it due to lack of space (HTC Desire) but would buy it were it possible to install to SD card without messing around with the SDK.

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