HTC getting ready to roll out Froyo tomorrow?

A tweet toady my Mark Moons, the Regional Director Benelux at HTC Netherlands, fired off a tweet about Android Froyo 2.2. In no uncertain terms, HTC confirmed that an update is possible starting tomorrow but that nothing is final and that some testing needs to be completed before the roll out can begin.

Translated [rough via Google]:

Many (including) Tweakers look forward to 2.2 with a focus on a specific feature …. but a major is not listed! rara …

I guess all we have to do right now is wait and see? Is this news getting all the Desire owners hearts pumping?

[via Twitter]


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[Update] Don’t get too excited about that HTC Aria

A new update came out for the HTC Aria yesterday and a lot of people were shocked at the description. It said “It also lets you install third-party Android applications on the phone, and the Mobile Network sharing function as well.” That is shocking because every AT&T Android phone to date does not allow side-loading of apps on the phone unlike every other Android phones on every other carrier out there. AT&T says it is for safety of the consumer but consumers are willing to take the risk with it. It also says “Mobile Network sharing function” which sounds like a HotSpot App in which turns the HTC Aria into a network device and can be used for tethering. Everyone was all excited because AT&T was actually changing their stance on something right? Wrong, Engadget got a call from an HTC rep explaining that it was a mistake.

Update: We got downright excited for a second there, but an HTC spokesman just called to inform us there’s been a mistake — this download is only for the desktop HTC Sync client and doesn’t actually enable anything on the phone. We’re working to get more information right now, but it sounds like the sideloading ball is still squarely in AT&T’s court.

Update 2: HTC apologizes for the confusion, saying the update description was in error — it was merely supposed to read that the Aria now works with the company’s desktop sync client. On Monday, the text will be updated to remove every last ounce of false hope.

So what was once a dim a light in a way for AT&T has now been extinguished and AT&T once again has closed off Android from being open with them.

UPDATE:

Engadget is reporting that it has confirmed the ability to perform side loaded apps on the HTC Aria on AT&T:

we’ve just confirmed that the HTC Sync desktop client for the AT&T Aria allows users to install third-party apps on non-rooted devices, just as promised. We ran some quick tests, and while it doesn’t actually enable anything on the handset end, it most certainly does allow those of you with Windows PCs (or VMware) to sideload APKs like Swype over USB with a simple drag-and-drop maneuver.

[via Engadget, HTC]

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HTC’s Christmas Gift for all: Android 2.2

Santa knows what you want for Christmas HTC Android owners, the Froyo 2.2 update, and (Spoiler) he will be bringing it. Talking to Pocket-Lint.com, Eric Lin, HTC’s global PR and online community manager, gave relief to those HTC owners of when to expect the Froyo update. While he says the update process is difficult because they want to make sure everything is fine, he does say it is going quicker then expected.

“I don’t think you’re going to see that really long six month, seven month lag, like you saw in the updates from 1.5 to 2.1, simply because it’s a less severe change. Switching from 2.1 to 2.2, they made a lot of tweaks, but they didn’t make any gigantic changes, so it should be a much swifter process”.

But me personally, I am not looking forward to 2.2, I am looking foward to Gingerbread, that big 3.0 update and he does talk about if and when they will get it, when to expect it on any device.

“I don’t think so. I don’t know what Gingerbread involves, but I would believe that we would be done with our Froyo updates before Christmas. And since Google hasn’t made any announcements as to when Gingerbread is going to come out, I’m not going to make that guess, it could be Q1 of next year”.

It is good to know that HTC keeps everyone in the loop and while it is a long wait, it is better then nothing some other users are experiencing.

[via Android Central,Pocket-Lint]

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Google announces official Froyo 2.2 update for Nexus One today

We saw all the posts earlier today regarding an update going out for the Nexus One but weren’t sure if it was official. Now we have confirmation from Google that build number FRF85B, Android version 2.2 is going OTA out to Nexus One users as we speak.

Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones. This update provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot and support for Adobe Flash within the browser. For a complete list of everything we’ve included in Android 2.2, please see the Android 2.2 Platform Highlights.

In order to access the update, you will receive a message on your phone’s notification bar. Just download the update, wait for it to install, and you should be all set. This update will be rolled out gradually to phones – and most users will receive the notification by the end of the week . We hope you enjoy these new features.

In case you are running a custom ROM on your Nexus, you may want to check out the forums at Android Central on how to proceed with your updates.

[via Android Central and Google]

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Palm webOS 1.4.5 for Sprint Pre posted, still waiting for download

Palm posted it most recent change-log for webOS today with 1.4.5. Although the release has not yet gone out, it was noted with a June 24th release date. We are hoping the the release will hit soon and probably other carriers as well.

System

  • This release includes minor fixes and enhancements to support the public release of the webOS PDK.

Web

  • If a user enters text in a field on certain websites, the screen focus now remains on the text being entered.
  • This release fixes a rare problem so that podcasts now download correctly.

Security

  • This release addresses several security issues with the Palm webOS software.
  • [via precentral]

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    Sprint EVO 4G to get Android 2.2 soon

    Sprint users won’t have to wait too long to get Android Froyo 2.2. According to the Sprint website post, EVO users can expect to see the upgrade in a short amount of time. The next update will show some new UI improvements, improved browser performance and Flash 10.x support.

    As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It also will be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G.

    With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.

    [via Sprint thru Engadget]

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    Android 2.2 build FRF72 for Nexus One leaks out

    Engadget Nexus One

    Their were rumors about a Nexus One build given to Google employees but no one could really put a finger on it. Well someone at XDA-Developers finally got there hands on it and leaked it out for everyone to use. Everyone is getting it from Googles own servers but who knows how long it will last so get it before it gets taken away and enjoy the Froyo goodness. Read more of this post

    Blackberry Storm2 9550 and Bold 9650 get official updates

    Word from Crackberry informs us that two Blackberrys have gotten official updates to their operating systems. First up is the Storm 2, I have this phone so I am glad that it  has received an official update because there has not been one for awhile. The system update is to 5.0.0.713 from TBayTel and you can grab that right here. Next up is the Bold 9650 who gets an update up to 5.0.0.732, it is official from Verizon but as of this writing there has not been an update posted to the website, but the update is being sent OTA or you can get it from the Desktop Manager. Make sure to back up before upgrading!

    [via Crackberry]

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    Nexus One owners can now have 720p encoding!

    Well well well. Looks like the guys at XDA are  busy dropping code for the Nexus One. Next up? 720p encoding for your Nexus One. Now a phone already on the market a few months is upping the ante by being comparable to the iPhone 4 with it’s 720P at 30fps, and hasn’t been released yet. You must be running CM 5.0.8, it’s required, but Froyo support is expected sometime soon. Requirements include CM5.0.8 Test 3, which can be downloaded here. So if you are planning on loading this up tonight, we’d like to see some video results of the encoding. Please post a link or shoot us an email with your posted video test.

    [via XDA devs]

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    Android’s Froyo (2.2) begins rolling out [Update – Manual install!]

    Late last night Techcrunch received a few reports that Android’s new Froyo or 2.2 has began rolling out. They say near the end of their post that they find it very odd that only a couple users have since reported getting the update. Engadget says that one of their Nexus Ones has already received the update as well. This actually makes perfect sense to me. The way Google seems to roll out updates is 1,000 users at a time. It starts with 1,000 users at midnight, then the following night another 9,000. Then they wait 48 hours. After those first 48 hours they begining rolling it out to 200,000 people a day until everyone is updated. This is the same process that happened with the Droid, the first Nexus One update, the G1 update, the MyTouch update, and so on. Makes sense to me! We will let you know and do some hands on with it as soon as we get it.

    Update – Of course Androidcentral never fails! I love the guys over there. They have the manual update available with instructions on how to install. Get your download on folks!

    Manual install here: http://www.androidcentral.com/how-update-android-22-froyo-your-nexus-one-manual-way

    Update (by Tony) – I had an issue with Android Central’s version. Kept getting: E: signature verification failed – on the recovery menu. So I tried this version from phandroid and it seems to work perfectly.

    Want to upgrade manually yourself?

    1. Download the Android 2.2 firmware for the Nexus One – here is the link to download
    2. Rename the file update.zip and copy it to your microSD card via USB. [Note: make sure the file is named update.zip and not update.zip.zip.]
    3. Power down your Nexus One
    4. Hold down the “Volume Down” button as you power the phone back on.
    5. A screen should appear showing your phone’s system searching for various files. Scroll down to “recovery” and press the “Power” button.
    6. When you see the triangle with an exclamation point symbol, press the “Power” and “Volume Up” buttons at the same time.
    7. From the menu that appears, select “Apply sdcard:update.zip.”
    8. When the screen displays “Install from sdcard complete” select “reboot system now” and wait for the phone to power back up.

    From Android Central for installing Flash on your Nexus:

    Now that you have Froyo up and running on your Nexus One, it’s time to take part in the Adobe Flash 10.1 beta. Just click here in your Android browser, install it, and start watching Flash video, playing Flash games and doing all that other stuff that Android and Flash do so well. Huzzah!

    [Via TechCrunch]