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
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
quote: The weak link in the iPhone chain is AT&T.