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Installing Android 2.2 "Froyo" On the Nexus One 154

gjt writes "I awoke this morning to see TechCrunch's MG Siegler post what appeared to be the first news of Froyo's availability. I frantically went to my phone's settings and tried to check for an update -oe but no luck. Then I went to and sure enough there was a very long thread (now over 132 pages) of fellow eager beavers waiting for release (and trying to figure out how to get it). Several hours went by waiting for a semi-technical user to get the update and check the Android logs for the download location. It turns out you can get it straight from Google. With the information scattered around in different places I decided to consolidate the How-To into a single post." Note: According to attached comments, and to the TechCrunch story, it seems this is a staggered rollout, so not every Android owner may be able to try it out yet.
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Installing Android 2.2 "Froyo" On the Nexus One

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  • Running it now.. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Mark19960 ( 539856 ) <> on Saturday May 22, 2010 @08:00PM (#32309918) Homepage Journal

    And posting over my tethered N1 :)
    Flash has to be downloaded from the market.. and I can tell you that it is not as smooth as they make out in the youtube videos of it.
    It does work and it's tolerable, let's put it that way.

    That being said, the whole phone is much faster... I went from stock to Cyanogen and that was a speed boost.
    This however, is a substantial boost.

    I am looking forward to a Cyanogen release based on 2.2 - I think his roms are more polished than stock.

  • by spikeb ( 966663 ) on Saturday May 22, 2010 @08:02PM (#32309932)
    like any other carrier locked phone
  • Good Idea (Score:3, Insightful)

    by sonicmerlin ( 1505111 ) on Saturday May 22, 2010 @08:40PM (#32310212)
    Staggered rollout is the best way to avoid massively distributed issues inadvertently cropping up all at once. Smart move I think.
  • by parallel_prankster ( 1455313 ) on Saturday May 22, 2010 @08:47PM (#32310252)
    So I remember Steve jobs rambling about why flash was bad for phones? - bad performance - poor battery life - security ? Anybody notice poor battery performance with flash? Is it easy to kill bad flash apps or does it reboot your device like my laptop ? How good is the touch interface with flash ?
  • Re:Wow! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hedwards ( 940851 ) on Saturday May 22, 2010 @09:09PM (#32310398)
    That has nothing to do with Google. That's how major updates are always rolled out. The problem is that too many users in one cell trying to update at the same time can cause network outages. So major updates like this are staggered to reduce the likelihood of network breakage. And secondly, this is hardly a simple update, it brings quite a few changes on board as well as a substantial performance improvement.. On top of that anybody who buys a phone with a custom UI, whether it be blur or sense, is going to have to wait while the patches are applied and tested before it's rolled out. That's one of the reasons why the iPhone and Nexus One are in the positions they are. Since the people writing the OS and making the changes are working directly with the engineers creating the hardware they only have to test once. Whereas people who have a custom UI on top of that have to wait several months for it to be finished and tested before getting it.

    And likewise, just because a phone was released last week doesn't mean that it's been tested for the update, they used a version for development because it was the latest at that time and then they released it when it was finished. They'll now have to do testing on the new version before they release it. Doing anything else would be horribly irresponsible.
  • Re:Wow! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by wannabgeek ( 323414 ) on Saturday May 22, 2010 @10:27PM (#32310848) Journal

    so how's the iphone os 4.0 working for you? You have it already, don't you?

    Seriously, how is this different from iPhone? How long has it been since it was "announced"? I'm sure if you buy an iPhone a week before 4.0 was announced, you'd get a phone with 4.0, right?

  • by clang_jangle ( 975789 ) on Sunday May 23, 2010 @12:35AM (#32311402) Journal

    If you want work done or actually use your device for something more than a toy, you buy an iPhone.


    If you want work done or actually use your device for something more than a toy, you buy a Blackberry. But Android is catching up.

  • by jrumney ( 197329 ) on Sunday May 23, 2010 @10:07AM (#32313870)
    That and a spare battery or two. For someone foolish enough to design a smartphone without a removable battery, this probably seems like a major issue.

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