When will Android 2.2 (Froyo) hit Australia?

Froyo delivers significant updates to the mobile OS

When will the new 2.2 version (commonly called Froyo) of Google's Android operating system hit Australian handsets? We contacted carriers and handset manufacturers to find out. The answer, it turns out, depends on what mobile phone you have.

When asked, Vodafone boasted that its over the air (OTA) Froyo update will be coming in July to the Google Nexus One handset it is exclusively selling down under.

"The Android 2.2 update will be available as an OTA update from Google -- customers who buy the Nexus One exclusively from Vodafone will receive a message directly from Google on their device once the update is ready," the company said in a statement. "Timings on the update are still to be confirmed, however are anticipated to be available within weeks of the launch day."

HTC -- which has several Android handsets in Australia, notably the HTC Desire and HTC Legend that are sold with the 2.1 firmware -- said that the 2.2 OTA could be expected next quarter although a date was not confirmed.

“We are working hard with our partners to update the HTC Sense experience on Froyo and distribute it to our customers as fast as possible. We expect to release updates for several of our 2010 models including Desire and Legend in Q3," the company said in a statement.

Sony Ericsson has a number of Android handsets in the Australian market -- the Xperia X10 and the Xperia X10 Mini pro that both run Android 1.6. But the company was not ready to respond about Froyo, although it was quite ready to talk about updates to its own platform. "Unfortunately Sony Ericsson aren’t able to comment on Android 2.2 at this stage," the company said.

An update for Xperia's User eXperience platform (UXP) will be released in September and October/December. This will add the ability to do HD recording and also bring wireless connection capabilities with some users' TVs (to view Sony Ericsson's Mediascape and Timescape applications).

Representatives for Samsung -- which recently launched its Galaxy S handset in Australia -- evaded the topic, not responding to a request for comment on the issue. The 2.1-driven Samsung Galaxy S is exclusive to Optus and Virgin for its first month of sale.

Froyo was available for download since last week for those desperate for the OS firmware update but an OTA update is a more normal option for those not as keen or as savvy to upgrade manually.

The Froyo has significant updates to the OS which means greater control, loads of interface changes and the performance benchmarks are cranked.

There are more options in menus -- for example the 2.1 settings menu had "sound and display", whereas 2.2 has "sound" and "display". Gmail updates include senders email address preview underneath the bold type of the senders name. Facebook email notifications will display the person of interest Facebook avatar in the email.

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Jenna Pitcher

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7 Comments

PranaSky

1

I don't know about you but i'm not waiting for samsung to releases Froyo in Australia! I think the Us and australia are the last countries to have froyo 2.2 release. Froyo JPK is the latest release in Europe but works very well in Australia. All you need to do is flash through ODIN which takes less than 2min and you will have JPK Froyo on your Samsung Galaxy S smart phone in Australia. Working sweet!
what you need: Download Odin3 1.0
Go to this web page. must register.
They hold most current Firmware http://www.samfirmware.com/WEBPROTECT-i9000.htm
Download current firmware for Galaxy S Odin 4 I9000XXJPK
Once Downloaded

- Extract Passward is samfirmware.com
- Open Odin
- Enable Re-Partition Checkbox
- Choose "s1_odin_20100803.pit" as PIT
- Choose "PDA_GT-I9000-XXJPK.tar.md5" as PDA
- Choose "MODEM_GT-I9000-XXJPK.tar.md5" as PHONE
- Choose "CSC_GT-I9000-OXAJPK.tar.md5" as CSC

- Start Phone in Download-Mode.
Turn Off phone Press down volume key on phone home key and power key at same time Wait for download mode.

- Connect Phone via USB
- Flash
- Goto Recovery and do Factory Reset / Data Wipe
- Reboot

When phone started again go to settings, wireless and network,mobile networks,access point names. press new apn and put your australian phone carriers network settings in.
FOR Optus under names is: Optus internet.
Apn is: yesinternet
Auth type is: Pop or chap.
Apn type is:internet + mms... save and ENJOY!!!

jonty

2

Man thanks sooooo much..i got up to the flash step but then didnt know what to do cause my phone just got stuck at the boot screen..but all good now :)

Subby

3

It's Sunday, 7th November, and a Froyo update is still not available for Virgin customers, and presumably most if not all of Australia.

How about an update, Pcworld? Some clarity here would be appreciated.

James

4

Well it's the 10th and still nothing. Samsung Australia Facebook wall is packed full of disappointed customers. I really hope they learn from this. Eager announcements of updates are just stupid for future sales. Time to wake up Australia and get your telecommunications in order.

james pawlowski

5

Just read another tweet from optus, now they are saying mid to late november. So the lies continue. This is an absolute joke now. Just I am not laughing

Jas

6

Froyo is available in Australia for virgin, optus, 3, phone. Awesome it finally arrive

Will

7

Froyo now available with Vodafone in Australia... Finally :P yay!

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