Froyo (Android 2.2) Arrives On Nexus One

by Gaurav Kheterpal on June 29, 2010

While the whole world has been gripped with the iPhone 4 euphoria, Google has silently rolled out Froyo (Android 2.2) OTA software update for Nexus One users. Starting today, AT&T and T-Mobile customers can download the latest build of Android 2.2 Froyo update. The new Android build is numbered FRF85 and is the latest in a series of release candidates that Google rolls out periodically.

The release of Froyo on Nexus One is an important landmark for Google as it provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot and support for Adobe Flash within the browser. If you hate Apple for banning Flash on the iPhone, now’s a good time to switch to Android 🙂

To be honest, I’m somewhat surprised that it took Google such a long time in order to get Froyo out. Or perhaps the folks at Google were just waiting for the whole iOS 4 fizz to die down before they get Froyo out to market. If that’s the case, Google needs to rethink its strategy on timing its releases. What’s worse, the internet has been full of rumors about unofficial leaked builds which haven’t helped Google’s cause.

On the other hand, a comparison between the iPhone 4 and Google’s Nexus One would be completely unfair. Once touted to be an “iPhone Killer’, the Nexus One failed to deliver on its promises and will probably be remembered more as a brand ambassador for Android rather than a game changing smartphone.

According to the Google Nexus One blog, owners “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.” The update can be manually downloaded using this direct link. If you are a T-Mobile subscriber, you can download the Froyo update here.

Have you updated your Nexus One to the latest Froyo build? Did you face any issues during the update? Please share your experience with us by leaving a comment here.

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Kevin D July 3, 2010 at 8:35 am

I downloaded and installed 2.2 manually (got tired of waiting patiently for my turn with the OTA) and it was simple, smooth and easy. Then a few hours later there was another very small update, to FRF91 which I installed manually as well.

No issues whatsoever during the install. The links for the manual update file and the instructions on how to do it were all over the web, and on the Google.com/phone forums in particular, and it was easy as pie.

Running FRF91 now, speed is noticeably enhanced, Flash is a bit stilted for video but works great on those sites where radio stations use Flash to stream their stations live, the tethering/using your N1 as a hotspot is fantastic, moving apps to the sd card works, though not all apps let you do that yet, and the freed up memory on the phone even without moving apps to the card is excellent.

An easy update to do manually, and an awesome update to have 🙂

Kevin D July 3, 2010 at 9:15 am

Sorry- one other thing that makes 2.2 awesome: the chrome-to-phone extension which lets you send urls or google maps from your desktop to your phone with one click. Very handy!

Fisher July 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm

July 9, 2010 I received the notice on my phone that 2.2 was ready to download on my phone. It went thru several iterations and did an exit. I did not turn off the phone but when I went to make a call it was off. Two or three minutes later it was off again. An hour later it would not start, just a black screen. I recharged the battery this morning. Any help would be appreciated.

Nimby July 13, 2010 at 5:09 am

Fisher, As far as your black screen goes, I’ve had the same thing happen to me twice since updating the phone. First time I was waiting to go into the dentist. After my appointment, the phone had come back to life by itself. The second time, I popped the back and pulled the battery. When I put the battery back in, it rebooted. I would also like to know if I have a bad phone or if it’s a problem with 2.2

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