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Samsung releases Android 2.2 for its Galaxy S

Post by maximus » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:07 pm

THE GALAXY S, Samsung's best selling Android smartphone, is receiving an update to the Android 2.2 'Froyo' release of the operating system.

Samsung had shipped the Galaxy S with Android 2.1 since its launch, however now the time has come for its five million users to have their devices updated to the current version of the Linux based mobile OS. Samsung is pushing the update out through its Kies software update program.

The update will most notably bring support for Adobe's Flash player, which has already clocked up a million downloads on the Android Market. Samsung also outlined improvements to Google Maps, which include turn-by-turn navigation, as well as updates to search and improved setup wizards.

The Galaxy S, in its European guise, essentially looks like an Iphone 3G with improved hardware and software. That's not a bad thing as the Iphone isn't exactly the worst looking smartphone on the market and given the capabilities of Android, it's no surprise that Samsung has had notable success with the handset.

Samsung has taken a while to get Android 2.2 out the door. This is likely down to a combination of hardware optimisation and the 'skinning' it does on top of Android to differentiate the Galaxy S from the raft of other Android shod devices on the market.

Now that Galaxy S users can bask in the glory of knowing, depending on which part of the world they are in, that Android 2.2 will be available in a matter of days, it should ease concerns that Samsung had seemingly forgotten them for quite a while after taking their cash.

Samsung said it will roll out the update first to users in the Nordic region, with the rest of the world gradually following.

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