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There's good news and not-so-good news in the Android world

Compared to Apple's iOS for the iPhone, Google's Android OS for its smartphones tends to get updated more frequently.  Google and its OEMs also use over-the-air updates as a means of pushing down fast fixes to its phones.

The Nexus One may not have been a big seller, but for owners of the Google handset, there's some good news to cheer about -- an over-the-air update to Android 2.2.  Android 2.2 brings numerous updates including a Just-In-Time Davlik compiler for faster apps, Flash 10.1, the ability to launch apps from your microSD card, an improved HTML5-ready browser, and more.

According to a Google release:

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.

The update had already been available to users in non-finalized form for some time.

In other not-so-good Android news, the popular Sprint-exclusive HTC EVO 4G has been suffering from some bricking issues (rendering the phone frozen and unresponsive) thanks to a separate over-the-air update that was supposed to improve Wi-Fi.  

The problems appear to be affecting both those that have gained root access by various means and those who accidentally install the update a second time (updates can be installed multiple times by clicking on and re-following the dialogue.

Sprint explains:

While the vast majority of consumers successfully downloaded and installed the most recent HTC EVO 4G software update, we have received a handful of reports from customers having some issues with the update. In light of this, HTC and Sprint have decided to temporarily halt distribution of this software release until we can investigate further. We expect to be able to resume software updates shortly.

Hopefully Sprint, Google, and HTC will get these issues resolved.  And hopefully they'll get around to giving EVO owners some love in the Froyo department as well.

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Everything fails sometime
By TheDiceman on 6/29/2010 11:46:04 AM , Rating: 2
No matter what tech from any given manufacturer with software created by any company you have it is going to fail sometime. It may be hardware, software or firmware; it may be poor manufacturing or your personal clumsiness; but it WILL fail somehow eventually. Anyone who makes heavy use of any modern tech/gadgets should know and be accepting of this by now.

RE: Everything fails sometime
By reader1 on 6/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: Everything fails sometime
By SunAngel on 6/29/2010 12:14:45 PM , Rating: 3
The weak link in the iPhone chain is AT&T.

That's not true. The weak link is Apple. If anyone else made the iPhone it would have been an absolute hit. Oh wait, it is an absolute hit. Well hell, if Apple is not the blame and AT&T is not the blame who the hell can I blame?

RE: Everything fails sometime
By quiksilvr on 6/30/2010 11:11:07 AM , Rating: 2
Blame Bush. It's just easier that way.

RE: Everything fails sometime
By TheDiceman on 6/29/2010 12:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
Apple buying AT&T is an impossibility at this point in time seeing as AT&T could buy apple several times over if money was the only element in the equation.

RE: Everything fails sometime
By teohhanhui on 6/30/2010 5:38:36 PM , Rating: 2
Apple has the 2nd highest market capital of all publicly traded companies in the US (it recently surpassed Microsoft).

Also, it seems that Apple has a lot of cash on hand:

By therealnickdanger on 6/29/2010 1:18:35 PM , Rating: 5
Macs never fail... they just "acquire features". ;-)

RE: Everything fails sometime
By bbomb on 6/30/2010 11:48:50 AM , Rating: 2
Oh whatever, the Android lovers will tell you that it is absolutely a shining example of flawless perfection!

I'm sure they will sort this out
By wgbutler on 6/29/2010 1:58:43 PM , Rating: 1
Stuff happens.

But I've got to marvel at all the useful idiots...I mean fanbois....out there. Really, I'm trying to understand it.

Please explain this unwavering loyalty to a particular platform or unrelenting hostility against a particular platform. I'm not just talking about the Android people either. I know alot of Apple people are also useful idiots...excuse me, FANBOIS...for Apple.

So fanbois, are your lives so devoid of meaning that you have to spend all your free time trolling for or against a particular product/platform/company on the Internet in order to be relevant?

RE: I'm sure they will sort this out
By rcc on 6/29/2010 2:34:27 PM , Rating: 2
So fanbois, are your lives so devoid of meaning that you have to spend all your free time trolling for or against a particular product/platform/company on the Internet in order to be relevant?

Pretty much, yes.

RE: I'm sure they will sort this out
By The0ne on 6/30/2010 12:18:33 PM , Rating: 2
Actually to some extent, no. Everyone has favors here, or rather sides. Phones and gadgets are just two examples. Politics, people, vehicles, women and men, PCs, etc etc. These are favor by different people. So in a sense we're all fanboys to a degree.

I mean, we're here on this cherry picked blog that isn't really journalism venting away aren't we? :)

RE: I'm sure they will sort this out
By rcc on 6/30/2010 1:20:40 PM , Rating: 2
Having favorites is not the same. I have favorites in most of the ongoing debates, but I'm willing to consider input from the opposing view. Your fanbois are not. You could compare an AMD K6 to an i7, and they would swear that the K6 was a better choice for a modern gaming system.

Keep an open mind and heart. Life is much more interesting that way.

Did people read this ?
By chris2618 on 6/29/2010 1:56:58 PM , Rating: 3
The problem only occurs if you have gained root access which i am sure you are not meant to do and also if you install it twice. Seriously if you install an update twice you may need your head checking

Dalvik, not Davlik
By Flassari on 6/29/2010 11:43:35 AM , Rating: 2
It is Dalvik, not Davlik.

By kmmatney on 6/29/2010 3:26:16 PM , Rating: 2
You forgot to add to the end of the title: "and Steve Jobs probably has a smug look on his face".

Google's approach to phones is idiotic.
By reader1 on 6/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: Google's approach to phones is idiotic.
By weskurtz0081 on 6/29/2010 11:06:22 AM , Rating: 2
Judging by your post, you obviously have no idea what Google's approach is, and it looks like you don't even know how to read if you came to that conclusion from reading this article. Pfft, your a waste of time.

RE: Google's approach to phones is idiotic.
By Motoman on 6/29/2010 12:00:50 PM , Rating: 4
He has no idea about much of anything. Including...

That's why the iPhone 4 broke sales records.

The iPhone 4 broke sales records for one reason, and one reason only: there is a limitless supply of horrifically gullible people in this world who have no ability to differentiate between propaganda and reality.

...or between a phone that can make phone calls and one that can't.

By therealnickdanger on 6/29/2010 1:21:26 PM , Rating: 3
The i™Phone™4™ is flawless - the people are flawed! How dare they attempt to hold the i™Phone™4™ as if it were a mere phone!

RE: Google's approach to phones is idiotic.
By Maharajamd on 6/29/10, Rating: -1
By Anoxanmore on 6/29/2010 2:55:06 PM , Rating: 2
I have, and apparently I hold it wrong when I cradle it like Jobs said I should have.

How can I show affection for a phone when I can't cradle it?


By bodar on 6/29/2010 6:29:45 PM , Rating: 2
By inperfectdarkness on 6/29/2010 11:09:26 AM , Rating: 1
you're 100% right. we don't know what will happen with an android update.

we should all switch to iphones, so we can rest assured of a 100% chance of a bricked phone with the next apple update.

well played sir!

By smackababy on 6/29/2010 11:19:14 AM , Rating: 2
There is this thing called QA testing. Companies do it. My EVO isn't bricked, but I didn't install the OTA update. The DC ROM was updated and released with it.

RE: Google's approach to phones is idiotic.
By SkullOne on 6/29/2010 11:22:10 AM , Rating: 2
As if Apple's updates haven't bricked phones before. Sorry. update 3.1.3 bricked my old piece of shit iPhone 3G. Spent 5 hours putting it back to stock and then getting my music, movies, and apps re-synced.

Funny that my Droid has NEVER been bricked.

Oh by the way reader1...where were you with the iPhone 4 yellow screen and signal issues news posts? Too scared to face the truth?

By adiposity on 6/29/2010 12:01:34 PM , Rating: 2
reader1 is an idiot, however, don't fall into the trap of fighting stupidity with anecdotes:

Funny that my Droid has NEVER been bricked.

Mine either, but what does it prove? Most EVOs didn't brick, either.

By hughlle on 6/29/2010 11:31:03 AM , Rating: 2
it's a pity apple didn't have the intelligence or foresight to test the phone prior to releasing it. most likely they figured that their customer base was such a bunch of tools that they wouldn't really give two damns if their phone didn't work :)

By eskimospy on 6/29/2010 11:38:07 AM , Rating: 3
Just wondering, that's all. He says things like 'Apple needs to make its own internet', things so obviously ridiculous that it's certain he's just trying to provoke a reaction... one that is dutifully supplied.

What he says isn't serious, and on the small chance that he IS serious, he's nuts. Either way, there's no point to responding.

By damianrobertjones on 6/29/2010 11:44:31 AM , Rating: 5
Apple did very well with the new iPhone. It has all the features of the previous model, like dropping calls with the added bonus of 'you can only hold it like this' feature.

RE: Google's approach to phones is idiotic.
By themaster08 on 6/29/10, Rating: 0
RE: Google's approach to phones is idiotic.
By SunAngel on 6/29/2010 12:32:27 PM , Rating: 2
You just made about as much sense as iPhone haters make as arguments. You come back when you figure out life.

By themaster08 on 6/29/2010 1:02:25 PM , Rating: 3
You just made about as much sense as iPhone haters make as arguments.
Exactly. This way it might actually make sense to reader1.

By Gio6518 on 6/29/2010 1:36:23 PM , Rating: 1
This type of problem is going to become more common as the market is flooded with cheaply produced Android phones.

yup your right, take the samsung moment 800mhz cortex A8 and all the there cheap crap in it.....wait a second it has the same hardware as the iPhone, even bought from samsung.... WOW ...

your stupidity amazes me to no end..........

By bug77 on 6/29/2010 5:20:49 PM , Rating: 1
Spot-on mate. I mean, what's next? An OS that's supposed to run on all sorts of motherboards, CPUs and video cards? That would be impossible. Right, Steve?

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