It’s as we may have feared, but hoped it wouldn’t be. Samsung has said via Twitter that their Tweet, which was essentially the same thing as the press release, pertains only to devices in the UK. As I said earlier though, it’s still a good sign for Galaxy S devices in the US.
Before you go and get too excited on what the title of this post really means, more than anything it’s one of those ever popular press release word games.
In a press release put out by Samsung today, it was announced that Froyo for the Galaxy S is being “fully tested with UK operators and the upgrade will be available in the UK from early November.” The update will be available through the newest version of Samsung’s Kies software (available here) in order to keep hiccups throughout the process to a minimum.
So what about US owners of a Galaxy S device? There’s one sentence in the PR that looks to be a good sign of things to come: “We expect all operator versions of the software to be fully tested and downloadable by the end of November.” The wording is very loose, with no exact date or models, but it’s assumed all operator versions includes the Vibrant, Captivate, Epic, and Fascinate. Of course if could also mean all operator devices in the UK, as that is where the press release was addressed. Either way, with the end of November only 5 weeks away, expect some good news to hit stateside any day now.
New Android 2.2 Upgrade Announced for Samsung Galaxy S
Latest Platform upgrade provides enhanced experience on the go
LONDON , UK – October 21, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announces the Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S, giving users access to new features, enhanced navigation applications and improved, faster performance.
The super-slim Galaxy S is an award winning ultra-lightweight large screen Android smartphone. The Galaxy S features an incredible 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a super-fast 1 GHz application processor, for an intelligent, immersive and integrated mobile experience. The Samsung Galaxy S has led the Android smartphone market since its UK launch this summer.
The Android 2.2 upgrade enhances the great experience of the Galaxy S, making even more of the processor speed, and the exclusive Super AMOLED screen.
The key benefits include:
Improved browser performance: enhances browsing, navigation and the ‘pinch and zoom’ feature
Enhanced user interface adding vivid colours and features to the android menu structure
Google Maps with Navigation: A GPS navigation system with voice guidance for a turn-by-turn navigation
Adobe Flash Player 10.1: the latest Flash Player for viewing video content
Enhanced user experience including message editing and the ability to save applications to memory card
Search in-browser: Google™, Translate, Wikipedia, Dictionary
Getting the upgrade
The Android 2.2 upgrade, will be available via Kies, Samsung’s in-house software upgrade programme. Samsung has developed a brand new version of Kies which will be issued to make the upgrade experience as smooth as possible. The new version of Kies will be downloadable from www.samsungmobile.co.uk
Samsung will also be publishing video tutorials on how to upgrade, providing a step-by-step guide to the simple download process.
The Android 2.2 software is being fully tested with UK operators and the upgrade will be available in the UK from early November. We expect all operator versions of the software to be fully tested and downloadable by the end of November.
Simon Stanford, Managing Director, Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland, comments; ‘Samsung are committed to providing our customers with the best possible mobile experience, and this upgrade enhances the incredible features of the Galaxy S handset. We also want the upgrade process to be simple and hassle-free for customers, hence the new version of our Kies software and the step-by-step video guides.’