Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ Update On Hold for Samsung Galaxy S—Late November ETA for US

The Android OS 2.2 ‘Froyo’ update—which had been originally scheduled for late October—started going out via over the air updates (OTA) recently but now Samsung has decided to push back the release. According to a press release from Samsung’s UK office, Froyo is being tested in the UK and will arrive in the region in “early November.” That’s not too long to wait, but then it says that the company expects “all operator versions of the software to be fully tested and downloadable by the end of November.” Yeah, you read that right. The US isn’t getting Froyo on the Galaxy S until the end of November.

What is disappointing about the Android 2.2 delay is that it brings a lot of features to the platform and Galaxy S owners won’t be able to get in on the fun for another month now. Adobe Flash Player 10.1 makes an appearance in Froyo, as does voice-controlled GPS navigation and overall speed improvements. Without the update, the Galaxy S is crippled.

Here are just a few features Galaxy S owners (Vibrant, Captivate, Epic 4G, Mesmerize i500 and Fascinate are all Galaxy S series smartphones from Samsung) are still waiting on:

  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for mobile
  • Wi-Fi hotspot abilities
  • LED flash functions during video recording
  • Exchange Calendars
  • 2x-5x speed improvement when running JIT code
  • Faster app switching and improved memory handling
  • Improved web browsing

That enough to whet your appetite for the much needed Froyo update? Besides just the features above, Froyo shows Google is starting to take business use of Android powered smartphones seriously. Remote wipes and other features required for corporate use of Android are in version 2.2. C’mon Samsung, why the delay? Froyo has been out for a while now. Your Galaxy S Tab tablet is launching with 2.2, and you’re trying to push your Kies software update program on us too. (Yeah, you’ll need to install a new version of Kies coming out, according to the company’s press release, to get the update.)

So what do you think Galaxy S users? Happy with your smartphone’s performance so far? Wondering why Samsung keeps dragging its feet with Froyo? This is exactly the problem with Google not handling the Android updates itself. Then again, how can it? It’s letting smartphone manufacturers and carriers slap their own customer skins and apps on top. Not to mention Verizon’s ripping Google searches right out of the web browser. Let me know what you think.

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