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USERS of Samsung's popular Linux powered smartphone, the Galaxy S, can now install the latest version of Android thanks to a leaked ROM.
The Galaxy S is becoming one of the best selling smartphones ever, with Samsung managing to shift tens of thousands of the devices every day. It's been reported that the company has managed to flog more than half a million units to South Koreans in just a month. Not surprisingly, users are looking forward to getting Android 2.2 installed. The leaked ROM shows that Samsung is well on its way to updating the phone to the latest version of Android.
Though the Galaxy S ships with Android 2.1, which was released in January, Android 2.2 offers among many other features the ability to run Adobe's Flash software. This added functionality combined with performance upgrades has had users clamouring for updates.
The ROM that has been leaked is an early version from Samsung and the release notes clearly state that it is far from ready for full production use. According to the release notes, the ROM is "good, stable but not the fastest one". Some of the bugs listed are pretty fundamental and include flakey Internet access, no support for the built-in camera flash, an inability to lock onto location through wireless triangulation and occasional hiccups with the lock screen.
Apparently the upgrade takes all of five minutes, though it requires a little more user involvement than for Google's Nexus One. The uploaders promise further releases in the coming "days or weeks".
For those thinking of upgrading, the excitement of having one of the best smartphones on the market coupled to undoubtedly the best mobile operating system is tempered somewhat by the rather worrying list of faults. Nevertheless, expect things to only get better as Samsung readies it for public release. µ
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