Starting now, the update will hit Scandinavian countries first. Once Samsung are done with that, Froyo will be “gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America,Africa and rest of the world.”
Froyo, coupled with the Galaxy S’ faster-than-Snapdragon Hummingbird processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU, will make it the fastest Android-based smartphone available today. I’m still partial to the HTC Desire though, since.. well, it doesn’t look like the iPhone 3GS 😉
Android 2.2 for Galaxy S will include the following updates:
Android 2.2 JIT compiler
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
New Android Market with auto-updating
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
Colored settings icons
Darker menu theme, navy blue color
Better Exchange support
Video records in MP4 format
New Search widget
New Gmail application
Samsung’s full press release is as follows:
Samsung GALAXY S Offers New Android 2.2 Upgrade New platform upgrade provides enhanced experience on the go SEOUL, Korea – October 18, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) upgrade to the Samsung GALAXY S, giving users access to new features, enhanced navigation applications and improved performance.
The Android 2.2 upgrade will be available via Kies, Samsung’s unique in-house software upgrade program. Kies can be downloaded at the Samsung mobile website (http://www.samsungmobile.com).
The GALAXY S is Samsung’s cleverly designed smartphone with a bright 4-inch SUPER AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor, giving users an intelligent, immersive and integrated mobile experience. 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
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.