Google has started rolling out the final version of the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update to Nexus One owners around the world via on over-the-air update.
Users running both Android 2.1, as well as early builds of Android 2.2 will be able to download the update any time now. Many users are reporting that they have already been provided with the update, whereas others are yet to receive it as of yet. Google have said that it’s being rolled out gradually, and most users will receive it ‘by the end of the week’.
“Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones. This update provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot and support for Adobe Flash within the browser. For a complete list of everything we’ve included in Android 2.2, please see the Android 2.2 Platform Highlights.
In order to access the update, you will receive a message on your phone’s notification bar. Just download the update, wait for it to install, and you should be all set. This update will be rolled out gradually to phones – and most users will receive the notification by the end of the week. We hope you enjoy these new features.”
If you’ve resisted the temptation to root your Nexus One, you can
download the Android 2.2 update manually from Google’s own servers, rather than wait for the update to come to you. To apply the update, copy the file to the root of your SD card and boot your phone in recovery mode (hold the volume down key whilst powering on). Then, press power, followed by volume up and choose to apply the update.
I’ve been running stock build FRF50 of Android 2.2 on my Nexus One for quite some time now, although I haven’t been notified of the update on my phone yet. Hopefully, Google will be true to their word and offer the update to me before the week is over.
If you’re using a custom ROM, you won’t be notified of the update by Google. Instead, if you want to use Froyo on your Nexus One, you will have to download the ROM manually and flash it on to your phone.
It’s expected that Froyo will make its way to more devices before the end of this year, including many of HTC’s handsets such as the HTC Desire.
If you’re currently using Android 2.1 (Eclair), or a custom ROM based on Eclair, you may want to try Froyo out, as it adds a lot of new features to your device, including tethering out of the box; modified widgets; a new launcher, with phone and browser links at either side of the application grid; an updated Market and new home screen security options. In addition to this, you’ll also be treated to full Flash compatibility, so you can enjoy a rich, mobile browsing experience.
Have you got a rooted handset and and will you wait for developers such as Cyanogen to update their ROM based on the latest version?
Are you planning on upgrading to Android 2.2 (Froyo) from your current ROM yourself or wait for the over-the-air update to come through? Let us know in the comments below!
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