Android Phones

Sprint said to have begun internal testing of Android 2.1 on the Samsung Moment

April 7, 2010 | by Robert Nelson

Android Phones, Carriers, Samsung, Sprint

Sprint said to have begun internal testing of Android 2.1 on the Samsung Moment

The Samsung Moment 2 has reportedly been captured by Mr. Blurrycam and will be making its way over to Sprint, but at the same time we are now hearing that users of the original Samsung Moment may soon be receiving Android 2.1 and the goodness that comes along with it. Of course, I should point out that this topic has been rumored in the past, several times actually.

That said, this latest report does not give a date as to when the update will be available for customers, but it does tell us that Sprint has begun to test the update internally.

This latest report is coming courtesy of an Android Central reader who claims to have already received the update. According to his reports;

Just got it early this morning and it is not for general release yet. I just started playing with it, but it seems much faster/more responsive than 1.5.

It does not appear to have pinch-to-zoom on either the Gallery or the Browser. Same backgrounds/bloatware that 1.5 has. When you launch NFL Mobile Live, it tells you it will be replaced by “Sprint Football Live”.

It actually, now, has VPN built in (PPTP, L2TP, L2TP/IPSec both PSK and Certificate-based). Bluetooth is vastly improved. There is no more cutting out. Your headset will re-pair without having to put the phone into discoverable mode after you reboot.
You slide-to-answer a phone call now. It has voice input (“an experimental feature using Google’s networked speech recognition”) built it and it actually works! No more texting while driving! Extremely cool!

Email will now work with any certificate (not just signed).

The update erases everything on the device, and it’s probably a good idea just to reinstall everything from scratch. Some of the 1.5 apps I’m not finding in the Market for 2.1. And some versions of apps in the Market say they don’t work with 2.0 yet.

Sadly though, in the end this does not mean regular customers will see this update anytime soon, but at the same time it is nice to know that the update is being worked on. Hopefully the testing period will go smoothly and the update will roll-out sooner than later.

[via Android Central]