Samsung yesterday announced that a free upgrade to Android 2.2 (Froyo) is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, and will soon be available for all Samsung Galaxy S smartphones.
Digital Home Readers report the update became available last Saturday and since then many Samsung owners on the Bell network have reported problems with the update including some who say the upgrade has bricked their devices.
For example, one Digital Forum member reports that three out of four Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant phones in his office were rendered inoperable within 48 hours of the update.
In addition to some users having their phones bricked, other Samsung owners complain of a serious problem that has rendered their internal SD card unreadable. Minor problems such as missing icons in the user interface are also being reported.
It's unclear how widespread the issue is, however, Digital Home advises Samsung owners on Bell Mobility to avoid upgrading their smartphones to Android 2.2 until the source of the problem has been found and further instructions are issued by Bell and/or Samsung.
For those who have successfully upgraded their Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, new features, courtesy of the Android update, include: Adobe Flash Player 10.1; press reader that enables users to read multi-channel newspapers and magazines; Google Maps Navigation with voice guidance; Google Places to view the location of friends or perform local searches; Search in Browser enables users to use services such as Google, Translate, Wikipedia or Dictionary without navigating away from their original webpage; Increased user control and ability to preview the homescreen, menu and camera with Pinch Zoom; and dedicated Voice Search button and horizontal user interface support for use in a cradle.
For corporate users, new features include Enhanced Microsoft Exchange integration and new security features, including the addition of numeric pin or alpha-numeric password to ensure sensitive business information is safeguarded
The Android 2.2 upgrade is available via Kies, Samsung's software upgrade program that can be downloaded at the Samsung mobile website. The upgrade is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant and will be available later this month for the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate as well as the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 3G+.
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