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Samsung Galaxy S Owners Get Froyo Today

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Samsung Galaxy S Owners Get Froyo From Today

Ok, ok I know we’ve said this before but we swear this time its true….hopefully.

On Twitter this morning, Samung announced that the Froyo-flavour update of the Android operating system for Galaxy S users is now available in the UK. Users have been frustrated for many months now, with the promise of the update coming from Samsung at various intervals. First promised in September, then October and now into November, Galaxy S users have had to make do with the pre-installed Android 2.1 on their phone since its launch in July.

In the tweet, Samsung said: "Froyo starts rolling out today; everyone will have it by the end of Nov. To prepare, get the latest version of Kies." Galaxy S users must have the latest version of Kies, Samsung's PC software installed on their handsets, according to the company. It is unclear as of yet whether Mac users will be able to install the update. A later tweet in response to a question confirmed that Froyo would be rolled out on all networks by the end of November. The Galaxy S recently came third in the TrustedReviews Awards 2010 in the Best Smartphone category.

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.

Android 2.2 is the latest version of the operating system and comes pre-installed on most top-of-the-range smartphones - such as the HTC Desire - as standard as well as being installed on the recently released Samsung Galaxy Tab. While we greet this news as positive, I think it prudent, given the history of this update to wait and see if it actually happens.

Greg Shewan

November 5, 2010, 4:13 pm

I thought the iPhone4 came second?

Hamish Campbell

November 5, 2010, 4:18 pm

At this point I'd like to complain about the HTC Legend not getting the update yet, even though the Desire got it some time ago.....however yesterday I dropped mine and the LCD screen no longer works, so not really much point.





No, no, don't worry. I'll be alright, no really....

David Gilbert

November 5, 2010, 4:32 pm

@Greg Apologies, the iPhone4 did indeed come second, the Galaxy S was third. The article will be updated soon. Thanks for spotting that.





@haim We are all really worried about you here at TR. Are you sure you're ok?

DC

November 5, 2010, 5:16 pm

actually the update was made live yesterday morning.

HarryGlass

November 5, 2010, 5:17 pm

It's great that the official release is finally (probably) here. You almost wonder why they bothered though with rumours of Gingerbread being released on Monday on a variant of the SGS, why not just skip Froyo and put all their resources into Gingerbread. If Samsung were the first & only company with Gingerbread they'd really steal a march on HTC et al.





Still i've been running Froyo for a couple of weeks on my SGS, not substaintially faster but the intergration of everything and the way it works is lovely. From the little time I've seen a Desire it's really 50-50 on personal taste on what is better software wise and since the SGS has better hardware (if not quite so solid and industrial in looks) i'd put the SGS ahead as the better phone.

Andy 17

November 5, 2010, 5:44 pm

Official release for me came through last night on Kies so I can confirm its definitely out. Nice to have new Froyo, but the fixes on touchwiz are definitely appreciated as well. Definitely an improved experience all round.

jingyeow

November 5, 2010, 5:50 pm

Sorry to hijack the thread, but is 2.2 ever coming to the Wildfire? I've been reading reports of it being released in Q3, July, August, September, November...yet there is never any actual proof that it's being developed, or near to release.

Kieran

November 5, 2010, 6:09 pm

@haim





Bad week for phones i guess... i walked into a post outside of my university on Monday and broke my screen on my HTC Desire o.O

Daniel Gerson

November 5, 2010, 6:47 pm

Bastards... when will Froyo be released for the Wildfire!? :(

David Gilbert

November 5, 2010, 8:59 pm

@DMG @darkspark88 The update for Wildfire seems to be lost in the ether similar to the Galaxy S was until now. There was an announcement in August that the update was coming but since then......silence. Unfortunately we (or at least I) am as much in the dark as anyone else...

MrGodfrey

November 5, 2010, 9:02 pm

Kieran - sorry to hear that... there is an app called RoadSMS which allows you to text while walking without walking into posts... or was it the result of several hours "studying" (the effects of alcohol) in the union bar? ;)

Hamish Campbell

November 5, 2010, 11:46 pm

@Kieran - well I'd like to laugh at you for doing that, but when I lived in Portugal I walked into a post box, and down there they are made of concrete.





Just got a quote of 900 DKK (about 100 quid) for fixing it. Bit bummed out as looks like the same fix for an Iphone 3GS is 400 DKK.

Hamish Campbell

November 6, 2010, 11:05 am

Sorry lies, looks like the glass replacement for iphone was 400, lcd screen about the same.

Ian Yates

November 8, 2010, 4:04 pm

How have they handled the update? Does it wipe all user data?


I've got a few friends with the Galaxy S and I want to know how many tech support calls to expect :/

Aimar

November 12, 2010, 1:01 am

Hmmm I'm still waiting for my update.. still no luck :(

Oh Dae-Su

November 17, 2010, 12:56 am

Am looking forward to installing 2.2 on my Galaxy S, but would need better justification for it than a new screen lock and Flash support. The only aspect of the phone that really needs improvement is the sensitivity of the GPS receiver. If this is sorted with the 2.2 update, and the satnav is actually able to hold a signal then I'll do the upgrade.





Anyone care to answer?

Oh Dae-Su

November 26, 2010, 4:57 am

Got bored of waiting for an answer so did the upgrade.





Bottom line... do the upgrade to Froyo, it makes a great phone better.


Sat Nav is now rock solid and very reliable.





Did a few other upgrades at the same time (rooted phone, lag fix, developer issue SD card, disk scheduler hack and overclocked processer).





The phone flies. Couple of friends of mine have iPhone4 and Desire HD. We ran a few basic speed tests (I know, extremely geeky) like opening the browser and searching for the same item simultaneously, ran the Quadrant Standard benchmark and Excel large document manipulation on the phone. Galaxy S destroyed the other two, and that was before the overclock.


This is without doubt, a very good phone.

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