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Android 2.2 Froyo for Samsung Galaxy S has arrived (only in Scandinavia so far?)

October 15, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson

Firmware updates, Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S

According to numerous threads and forum posts over at xda-developers’ I9000 section, Samsung has finally released an official Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S. The Froyo upgrade is acquired via Samsung’s Kies or PC Studio applications and should be available now – at least in several European countries. However, instead of feeling happy about the update’s arrival, many Galaxy S owners at the XDA appear to be disgruntled. Among other things, users have lost the Android Market after the update, albeit a hard-reset will apparently take care of that particular issue. People also experience homescreen lags, but on the plus side, flash should work fine on the device now, as well as the a-GPS which seems to be vastly improved.

This post will be updated when we get our hands on more info about the Froyo upgrade. Has any Galaxy S users been able to download it? Have you experienced any issues, or are you pleased with Froyo so far?

Update: The Froyo upgrade is thus far only confirmed to be available in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland (Scandinavia).

Update 2: Samsung has finally made an official announcement:

The Android 2.2 upgrade will be available from the mid of October 2010 in the Nordic region and gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world.

The Android 2.2 upgrade offers voice-controlled GPS through Google MapsTM with Navigation, faster performance by JIT(Just in Time) compiler. Additionally, further functionalities including Search in-browser, Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, improved customization options will be provided with OS upgrade.

  • Google MapsTM with Navigation: GPS navigation system with voice guidance
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1: Allow the web browser to make full use of the whole web
  • Setup Wizard: Quickly customize the GALAXY S and access networks with ease
  • Home Screen/Menu Preview and Edit : Preview by pinch-zoom
  • Search in-Browser : Google™, Translate, Wikipedia, Dictionary

According to BriefMobile, Froyo for the Galaxy S also features the following additions:

  • Android 2.2 JIT compiler
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
  • New Android Market with auto-updating
  • Speed improvements
  • Pinch-to-zoom homescreen flyover
  • Improved default keyboard
  • Quick links to “GPS” and “Auto rotation” toggles on notification bar added
  • Slightly different graphics and transitions with app drawer and default icon dock
  • Colored icons in settings
  • GPS Fix
  • Colored settings icons
  • Media Hub
  • Darker menu theme, navy blue color
  • Better Exchange support
  • Video records in MP4 format
  • New Search widget
  • New Gmail application

Via [SweDroid, XDA Galaxy S forum]