Samsung Galaxy S gets Android 2.2 Froyo in Canada

The Samsung Galaxy S gets Android 2.2 Froyo in Canada
The Samsung Galaxy S gets Android 2.2 Froyo in Canada

I was super excited to see that the Samsung Galaxy S was received Android 2.2 Froyo but my bubble was quickly burst when I realized it was Canada-only for now. Ah well, at least our friends to the north will get some new life out of their smartphones.

The Galaxy S Captivate and Fascinate can go directly to the Samsung site for the download and you’re going to need the Samsung Kies desktop software to perform the update. Once you have that and download Android 2.2 Froyo, the process seems relatively straight forward.

One of the cool things about the Android 2.2 Froyo update is that it brings the devices Adobe Flash 10.1 support. This means you can use your Galaxy S handset to watch Flash videos within the browser, as well as interact with Flash games on your smartphone.

I’ve played around with Flash on Android before and found it to be good but not great. The main problem is that many publishers haven’t optimized their content for mobile devices but, hopefully, that will change over time.

The Android 2.2 Froyo update should also bring a host of other new features including native WiFi hotspot options but this will still be beholden to the carriers. You can also look forward to much improved JavaScript support in the WebKit browser and increased overall performance throughout the operating system.

Now, it’s just a waiting game to see when the Samsung Galaxy S devices in the United States will get the Android 2.2 Froyo update. It’s kind of disheartening to have to wait so long, especially when you consider that there are over 3 million users in the United States.

The Samsung Galaxy S devices in the United States are now two versions behind the latest and greatest, as Google released 2.3 Gingerbread in early December. Would it make sense for Samsung to just skip Froyo and update directly to Gingerbread?

[Via Samsung]

  • GIL_516

    YES, IT MAKES SENSE TO SKIP, BUT THEY WON’T. THEY DONT CARE. IF THEY CARED THEY WOULD AT LEAST BE UPFRONT AND SAY THEY ARE WORKING ON SOMETHING AND BE HONEST ABOUT WHEN IT WILL BE AVAILABLE, INSTEAD THEY PERCIEVE US AS IDIOTS BY TELLING US THEY CANNOT RELEASE INFORMATION TO AVOID CONFUSION. FUNNY, I ONLY GET CONFUSED WHEN I DONT HAVE THE PROPER INFORMATION IN THE FIRST PLACE, SHAME ON ME FOR IGNORING REVIEWS ON PRIOR SAMSUNG PRODUCTS NOT BEING PROPERLY SUPPORTED. I HOPE HTC COMES OUT WITH A GOOD PHONE FOR AT&T SOON!

  • Mfpickett68

    Unfortunately it is not available for the Captivate like you wrote. Just available for the Facinate and Vibrant. So sad as i have the Captivate. 🙁

  • This is not Samsung’s fault… it is the myriad of greed driven carriers in the US. That is the primary problem with update issues. In Korea, you don’t have the bickering among carriers as seen in the US so Samsung can just release the update and people can update it directly always. This will never be the case in US for we have to wait for each carrier to “approve” the update for our individual phones even if Samsung has an update available. Too much damn tweaking and personalization done by the carriers to the phones as well. Just sell them all unlocked as per manufacturers’ specs and let us update them OK? And Samsung and Google are not working on anything… this 2.2 has been out for a long time ready for all of Galaxy S series… it’s the carriers that are not ready. Carriers need to milk things… why release 2.3 even if it is available and all ready when they can get Samsung to put it on their future models? Huh? Nexus S also a Galaxy S series already has 2.3 running on it. So Samsung and Google do not have issues, our carriers do!!!

    • Anonymous

      You’re 100% right Jonny. About the Carriers, there would be an uproar if ISP’s or PC manufacturers got to dictate when wr got the latest version of windows. Someone needs to lobby congress I know there are too many laws & regulations out there but the carriers just supply uss with service they should have very little say on the os. They wasn’t to change us for usage fine but I should ber able to use my phone any way I see fit along as I’m charged fairly in accordance with my service plan. Can you imagine Comcast’s ISP service dictating the software or os on your machine? I know they have a network to maintain & protect as long as I’m using my device within those terms i should be able to run whatever software or hardware I want. All these custom UI’s are an excuse to lock down our devices in a vain attempt to protect their networks while getting us to upgrade to the next flashy device out of frustration. 2 year contacts lock us in while every 4 months a new device comes to the market making our current devices outdated. Its all about fear & greed for the Carriers. Android sadly is fragmented.

    • Anonymous

      You’re 100% right Jonny. About the Carriers, there would be an uproar if ISP’s or PC manufacturers got to dictate when wr got the latest version of windows. Someone needs to lobby congress I know there are too many laws & regulations out there but the carriers just supply uss with service they should have very little say on the os. They wasn’t to change us for usage fine but I should ber able to use my phone any way I see fit along as I’m charged fairly in accordance with my service plan. Can you imagine Comcast’s ISP service dictating the software or os on your machine? I know they have a network to maintain & protect as long as I’m using my device within those terms i should be able to run whatever software or hardware I want. All these custom UI’s are an excuse to lock down our devices in a vain attempt to protect their networks while getting us to upgrade to the next flashy device out of frustration. 2 year contacts lock us in while every 4 months a new device comes to the market making our current devices outdated. Its all about fear & greed for the Carriers. Android sadly is fragmented.

      • Anonymous

        I agree to a certain extent but there does have to be some level of carrier certification. If there’s not, we’d have a segment of users who update, can’t get their phones to work and then cry to the carrier. I just wish the carriers would get their rears in gear.

        I have heard that part of the issue is also with Google, which doesn’t work with the carriers on software updates that far in advanced. This doesn’t hold much water with Froyo though, as the code and SDK have been out for many moons.

  • hawtsaws

    Ha. I’m in the US and have been running Froyo for a month on my Cappy. Lol.

    • Greganthonyb

      ME TOO! Running FROYO 2.2 Assonance 5.2 on my Cappy!

  • Lee-gb2010

    some people saying yes and some people saying no….. i’m about to buy my first smart phone within the week and have been hearing about froyo update for a while.
    so is froyo available for the captivate or not?

  • Murdogthm

    Rogers and Samsung = Fail.

    Galaxy S owner

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