How-to: Upgrade your Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Desire to Froyo

Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2011 15:48



Before proceeding with the upgrade for Froyo, here is a quick recap of the enhancements/improvements that you will expect to get from upgrading to Android 2.2. Do note that the list below is NOT exhaustive and only covers the more important aspects of the version.

Overall System Improvements:

  • Faster overall performance and response time.
  • Improved WiFi and 3G Signal
  • Longer Lasting Battery (as compared to Eclair, Android 2.1)
  • Android Cloud to Device Messaging support, Eg. ChromeToPhone to send links, maps directly to phone from chrome/firefox browser
  • Search function will now also search in Android Market
  • Speaker volume increased

Startup/Shutdown:

  • Shutdown time is hugely reduced.

Interface:

  • New Task Switcher when holding Home button. Displays 8 apps instead of 6.

Settings:

  • Wireless Networks contains settings for WiFi Hotspot
  • App screen is split up in 4 tabs: Downloaded | Only actived | All apps | On SD-Card
  • New volume settings that lets you independently change Ringtone, Media, Alarm and if seperate, Notification volume

Dialer Related:

  • Notification bar shows image of the person currently calling.

Lockscreen:

  • It's no longer possible to unlock the slide-down screen by pressing menu.
  • The screen unclock sequence can be set to engage after some minutes, or immediately.

Keyboard:

  • Keyboard now allows for Chinese input
  • Keyboard now allows for quick language change.

App-Specific - Browser:

  • Adobe Flash 10.1 support is built in
  • Supports animated GIFs
  • Now remembers bookmark order settings after reboot
  • MP3 Streaming supported
  • New flash & java features
  • Embedded YouTube videos now show in browser instead of YouTube app

Camera/Camcorder:

  • Camera takes pictures a lot faster than before
  • 3 codecs to choose from: H.263, H.264 and MPEG-4
  • 720p Recording possible with MPEG4 Codec.

Android Market:

  • New option to allow automatic updates.
  • New separate tab for app comments.
  • Can now mark comments as: Useful, not useful and spam.

We will only be covering the upgrade process for the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Desire in this article. Fortunately for us as users, the steps involved are not complicated at all and if done properly, it should be completed within 10-15 mins.

If there are any other requests for upgrade process/steps for other Android models, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

Samsung Galaxy S Upgrade Steps

For the Samsung Galaxy S, it is recommended to proceed with the upgrade via the usage of Samsung Kies. There is a very good resource (with screenshots) on the upgrade steps at:

http://pages.samsung.com/ca/froyo/English/

It is highly recommended that all appropriate backup be completed first prior to executing the upgrade.

For a better illustration of the upgrade process you may wish to refer to the video below:



HTC Desire Upgrade Steps

As always, prior to the upgrade, please do ensure that the appropriate backup has been completed.

In order to make sure of that, you may wish to follow the steps below to check whether automatic backup is on or off.

  1. From the Home screen, press MENU, and then tap Settings.
  2. Scroll down the screen, and then tap Privacy > Back up my data & settings.
  3. Select the Back up my data & settings check box to turn automatic backup on (if not already done so)

After the backup has been done, you may wish to proceed with the acceptance of the upgrade on your HTC Desire.

  1. From the Home Screen, press Menu > Settings > About phone > System software update > Check now.
  2. Once prompted, download the update and make sure you’re doing it over Wi-Fi rather than 3G as it will be much faster.
  3. The whole process will take around 10-15 minutes or so and your phone will reboot itself a few times and restore all your personal settings that it should have backed up onto your microSD card.
  4. Once the upgrade has been completed, verify the software version by going to Menu > Settings > About phone. Then scroll down the screen for the software version. It should indicate that the software version is Android 2.2.

For a better illustration of the upgrade process you may wish to refer to the video below:

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