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Samsung® may not charge for Froyo Android™ update

Recently, there were reports regarding Samsung and all US carriers going head on with regard to fees for updates which allegedly Samsung was demanding from the carriers on a per device updation basis. Interestingly neither has Samsung accepted these rumors nor have denied them. In a news item, a spokesperson for Samsung stated that they will not be charging carriers for Froyo updates to Galaxy S.

Even after Samsung had sold more than 4 million Galaxy S handsets in the US, the Froyo updates for the same have been delayed, leaving the product with the Android 2.1 till date. Owners of Samsung phones with Android are not sure about the standoff between carriers and Samsung. Some posts show that the Galaxy S will be ready for the Froyo updates in March 2011.

There is no doubt Android 2.3, the Gingerbread OS is on its way. Developers are looking at introduction of the updates as they happen. No doubt Google is also working behind the scenes to make it happen as quick as is required. One could also notice the development interface getting updated bringing high resolution graphics to the forefront along with promotional videos. Maybe the Android market is getting ready to change as a whole.

In fact the whole smart phone and tablet market appears upbeat. The introduction of the browser based touch screen phones and many interesting predictions for the future appear to be growing into a gamut of business opportunities. Once again the open source project community , Android, Google and manufacturers like Samsung and others need to come to a proper consensus on making the newly developed operating systems and updates available to the users without delays and that too, over a wide spectrum of Android based device manufacturers.

HTC® Flyer

This time at the CES 2011, a series of companies announced and some even introduced a range of innovative and inspiring smartphones, tablets, 3D TV systems, gaming devices, etc. Although many players like Motorola, LG, HP, Sony, Apple and others came up with interesting tablets, HTC did not make any announcements of their range of tablets. Now, there are market news leaks announcing the probable entry of HTC in the tablet market, to be launched at the MWC, named the HTC Flyer. Although, late 2010 saw HTC registering HTC Scribe, which could refer to tablets, there is no news of the same yet to be launched. HTC was originally founded as an original design manufacturer and as a contract manufacturer for various ultra-mobile PCs. Their foray into the field of smartphones, tablets etc. has been really commendable.

HTC has an impressive record of achievements in the smartphone arena. HTC was the manufacturer of Nexus One, an innovative smartphone designed and branded by Google. HTC has a range of phones, A series Android phone,  S Series Windows Mobile phones, T series Windows Mobile with touchscreen, P series PDA phones, X series mobile computer and a wide spectrum of devices. HTC’s mastery over the Windows platform seems to be slowly waning out to in favor of the Android platform, with their wide range and achievement in a number of Android devices, notwithstanding the fact that HTC would not give up the Windows platform.
HTC also has an impressive user interface called the HTC Sense, which is based on their earlier developments called Touch Flo and Touch Flo 3D user interfaces. After the CES 2011 the next major event is the Mobile World Congress, which is also one of the major meeting places for mobile technology, cell phone, smartphones, tablet market leaders, and manufacturers. They network to collaborate and display their strengths and also participate in conferences, in line with the mobile world technologies.
The buzz in the market, is that the HTC Flyer which would probably be out before the HTC Scribe would be an Android Gingerbread version, probably a larger version of the HTC Desire and upgradable to the Android 3, which is the Honeycomb OS. There is also news that the HTC might incorporate a dual core processor in the same. We can imagine what the HTC Sense with the Gingerbread or the Honeycomb would do. With so many tablets already announced and the kind of features presented, expectations are high from HTC to perform.

Samsung Nexus S with Android

Suddenly out of the blue, barely after the Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 3.0 Honeycomb, there is news on the Nexus S which is a Google branded phone which is a  2.4 Android version . The question is whether it is really a new version of Android or is it an iteration of Gingerbread which Google wanted to introduce but could release in the 2.2 version. Samsung is getting a new model cleared from the FCC, with specifications that could release the new version Android 2.4.

The FCC in the US takes time. So, is Samsung toying around with the idea of introducing it in the Europe under the ageis of T-Mobile along with HSPA? The Best Boyz video, from Germany gives you a peek into what may be the next engineering thing. The profile of the Samsung Nexus S, having passed the Wi –  Fi alliance certification and the Bluetooth SIG certification, credence can be attached to the Best Boyz video rumor of the Android 2.4 platform for the Nexus S.

Since Samsung is due to release their hardware version shortly, the question is whether the Android 2.4 will become a reality as there is hardly any time left for development. Taking a look at the CyanogenMod benchmark, the Nexus S, is clocking sweet results. Android 2.2 has almost become the majority version of the OS considering a number of products using it as a base just as Android 2.3 gets introduced. The 2.3 updates, find limited utilization as products with capabilities and being in existence in this platform are relatively few. In contrast, Samsung Nexus S, with Android 2.3 and / or with Android 2.4 needs superfast movement so that developers can target their new application developments on the latest version instead of calling for backward compatibility. The Samsung Nexus S has a very sleek structure and a powerful Super Amoled screen, presenting high contrast icon displays besides technological excellence in frot glass curvature design bringing utility in glare resistant views and interesting perspective. The front facing and rear-facing cameras bring in another advancement in perspective of new apps being developed across the board.

The multi-touch input, on screen improvements, track pads are typical Android upgrades making the internet experience a trendy affair. Multi-media via Flash and streaming are strengths that one can look forward to.

Gingerbread a growing app on Android?

Androids have created a stir in the markets once again. The question is where is it heading? And Google has done it once again by presenting this information, on the Google Android developer’s blog. The real question is, Is the Gingerbread made for the tablets or is it for the phones? Barely after the question of the dispute between almost all the US carriers and Samsung came to light, with complaints of Samsung demanding an extra fee per device for a so called feature update, the update war seems to only be growing.

While Android 1.5, Android 1.6, Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and Android 2.3 are already in the market, reviews show independent break-ups of percentage of use as the operating system which are rather dismal. On the other hand, the iPhone claims to have introduced almost 90percent of their devices with the iOS 4. X. The iOS 3 and the iOS 2 hold the balance 10 odd percent. Other reviews call this humbug by saying that, this is a marketing gimmick as, Apple talks of iOS 4.x in comparison to individual Android 2.0, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3. Apple does not display their results as a breakup of iOS 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3. This number game is very questionable. When you compare 2.x Android to 4.x Android, this argument is defeated as the figures then are almost the same. The Androids count is somewhere near 88 percent of 2.x users and the iOS4.x clocks 89 odd percent.

One must also take into consideration the fact that, the iOS 4.x was released 7 months ago while the Android 3.3 was released barely a month ago. Yes, it is a fact that the 2.3 version of Android Gingerbread OS launched only a week ago, appears only on a couple of Android devices worldwide. It is also true that the Android community, developers, hardware manufacturers and carriers have to align themselves better to enable, implementation of the latest operating systems and upgrades to be more effective.

There are also rumors of T-Mobile and Samsung holding back the latest Froyo updates with a concept of trying to sell more handsets with promises. However, Google has introduced the same on the Google Nexus  smart phone. Could be that Google was trying to take control of its own software updates, not realizing that elimination of some of their own controls over Android could probably be the best stimulus towards mass adoption of the OS, by so many manufacturers and developers.

As of date, the Samsung Galaxy S range of Android powered smart phones, considered to be some of the better devices on the market, have enraged many in the delayed Froyo updates and other enhanced versions of the OS being developed, worldwide. Whether it is a publicity stunt or methods of better assimilation of various manufacturers in the Android world is something that only time will tell. It is not wrong to say only 0.4 percent of all Android users run the newest version of Android Gingerbread or Android 2.3. To summarize, it is not derogatory that only 0.4 percent use this OS, probably an interesting peek into the reality.

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