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Android 2.2 “Froyo” Out Now for Samsung Galaxy Smartphones (UPDATE)

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A number of reports released this morning say that Samsung Galaxy A and S smartphones will finally be able to update to the newest version of Android – Android version 2.2, code-named “Froyo” – as of tonight at 8 PM. The phones can be updated by visiting SamsungMobile.com, it’s said, as per the Samsung Electronics press release the various Korean publications are citing.

However, official word from Samsung is the same as it ever was when it comes to the U.S. region: “we have not announced timing for Android 2.2 upgrades for any U.S. Galaxy S device” a company representative told us this morning.

(See update below regarding official download site).

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The reports we’ve seen so far are from Korean publications, for example: Yonhap News AgencyKorea IT Times and The Chosunilbo. All reports confirm the same few details:

  • Android 2.2. “Froyo” is being released tonight for Galaxy Smartphones
  • The update will be released Monday at 8 PM (no time zone is given)
  • The update will be available at http://www.samsungmobile.com

What’s interesting is that, in many cases, the reports are citing a press release or official announcement from Samsung Electronics, although browsing through the corporate website, there’s none to be found.

We’re also taunted with the forthcoming Froyo features, which each news article does seem to have copy and pasted from some sort of official release. Google Maps with Navigation, Flash Flayer 10.1, Home Screen/Menu Preview and Edit, Speech-to-Text functionality and social hubs, a feature which enables combined social networking and email contacts in one interface, are all listed as new Froyo features users can expect tonight.

UPDATE:

We can’t read Korean, and since this page uses images instead of actual text, we haven’t been able to “Google translate” it, but the site appears to be hosting the Froyo update for Galaxy S and A devices: http://kr.samsungmobile.com/notice/anycallpopup/froyo_up.jsp.

Can someone tell us what it says?

For what it’s worth, we clicked a button and downloaded a zip file which included a Froyo upgrade manual. Too bad that’s in Korean too. Another button led us to a setup.exe file – Froyo, it appears. Commenters on other sites are saying that’s what it is. Can any ReadWriteWeb readers confirm?

UPDATE 2:

Looks like it’s out for Vodafone now. Virgin too.

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