Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.1 vs Android 2.2 – in pictures

Froyo on film

Samsung has recently rolled out the update to Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2 on their flagship Google OS run mobile phone, the Galaxy S. One Mobile Ring has two of these handsets in its possession, where we’ve updated one of them and left the other in its factory restored state – all in order to publish a side by side comparison, of the differences between Android Éclair and Froyo on the Galaxy S.

The Samsung Galaxy S running Android ‘Éclair’ 2.1 (on the left), with the Samsung Galaxy S running the Google mobile OS ‘Froyo’ 2.2 (on the right). The main home screens side by side, with the main difference being the background image along with the signal bar display – which now shows the signal strength, even without a SIM card inside of the handset.

The two Samsung Galaxy S mobile phones side by side, just to highlight Android 2.2 has been officially installed from Samsung and not obtained by any other means.

The Samsung Galaxy S running 2.1, along side a Samsung Galaxy S running 2.2 of Android – with two Settings menu on display, which highlights the more colourful icons and the combined sections of ‘sound and display’ under Froyo.

Samsung’s Galaxy S now has a new USB option available for data transfer, which was not present in the previous version. The shipping version of the Galaxy S could only transfer data over USB to the phone using the PC desktop software Keiss, where selecting anything but the top option will now allow data to be transferred over USB to the handset – without Keiss installed. This now opens up the Galaxy S for use with Apple, Linux and other platforms in getting media on to the phone.

Android ‘Éclair’ 2.1 on the  Samsung Galaxy S had a feature to use the handset as a mobile hotspot, or MIFI device. This feature was a part of the upcoming ‘Froyo’ but was  built in to the Galaxy S at launch, although the SSD and password were not configurable. However, the new version of Android on the handset brings in this option – as seen in the image above.

The Samsung Galaxy S running 2.1 and a Samsung Galaxy S running 2.2 of Android – with the new ‘Back up my data’ option under the Privacy section, from the main Settings menu.  The handsets’ settings are backed up on to a Google Server with this feature, rather than a microSD card which happens with the HTC version on their phones.

The Samsung Galaxy S, on the right, showing a new feature of Froyo on the handset – better search functionality. The selectable searchable options from the main Settings menu allows for a more thorough set of search results to be returned, from inside of the handset with text messages and memos now being included.

The Samsung Galaxy S drop down notification menu bar has more icons now in Android 2.2, with quick access to GPS for enabling/disabling and also Auto rotation. Many applications automatically rotate when the phone is shifted into landscape mode, where the option at the end prevents this from happening when it’s not necessary nor essential to the running app.

Samsung’s Galaxy S running ‘Froyo’ now has a speech to text feature, where the phone’s user can search by voice or even dictate a text message – straight into the text message.

The keyboard has been reworked in Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2, where just pressing a single key down for a few seconds presents a range of options. In the shipping version of the OS that accompanied the Samsung Galaxy S this wasn’t possible and another set of menus were needed, just to even add a comma to a sentence.

12 Samsung Galaxy S 2.1 v Samsung Galaxy S 2.2 -  home screen select

Accessing all the running home screens is now much easier in the update to the Galaxy S, as pinching two fingers on the main home screen now brings up all of the running home screens – for quick navigation.

The Samsung Galaxy S, running version 2.2 of Android has had the amount of widgets increased from the basic four that shipped with the original to 16.  There is even an app very similar to the HTC FriendStream, which brings in feeds and updates  from social networking sites to a live home screen and is known simply as – ‘Feeds and Updates’.

The Samsung Galaxy S running 2.1 and a Samsung Galaxy S running 2.2 of Android – with the new power off option, accessible by pressing the power button on the side of the handset. In the original shipping firmware there wasn’t really an option present to disable the data network, where other Android mobiles have this feature by default and it is very useful, especially to those on pay as you go tariffs.

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