Android 2.2 Speeds up Samsung Galaxy S Phone, Adds Free Navigon GPS Turn By Turn

I’ve tested a Samsung Galaxy S phone with Android 2.2 on it for a few weeks and can confirm that the random slowdown issues I noted when I first reviewed it are almost gone and tried the very useful Navigon GPS Turn by Turn navigation app worth $60 which Samsung has kindly included for free with Australian maps.

Optus, Telstra and Vodafone customers in Australia should now all have the Google Android 2.2 Froyo update for Samsung’s Galaxy S phone.

Samsung Galaxy S i9000GT Google Android 2.2 Froyo Phone (Review)

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The Samsung Galaxy S Phone is a very good option for current iPhone users to consider because Samsung has designed the phone hardware as well as the menu and application navigation to look like a iPhone 3GS so the change will be easier to make.

Considering that most Android phones have only 1-2GB inbuilt storage compared to the Samsung Galaxy S i9000GT phone which has inbuilt 8GB-16Gb storage it makes the current outright prices at Mobicity 8GB Optus/Voda $599, 16GB Optus/Voda $649 and 16GB $729 Telstra NextG very good value for money.

At time of writing Optus, Telstra and Vodafone include the phone in various plans.

Mobocity wide range cheap unlocked mobile phones with warrantySydney Mobile User Group presentation are shown below:

The i9000 Galaxy S is the clear leader among Android phones in terms of advanced hardware, with a four-inch Super AMOLED 480×800 screen capable of displaying inky blacks and vibrant colours, a snappy 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, plus DLNA, Wi-Fi N, DiVX HD support and a choice of 8 or 16GB onboard storage. However Samsung’s Touchwhiz UI slows the phone down randomly – a firmware update is set to fix this.

In terms of design the Galaxy S body is similar to the iPhone 3GS except that Samsung has managed the remarkable feat of making it weigh significantly less than the 3GS despite the bigger screen.
– Me writing in GEARE magazine #64

8 thoughts on “Android 2.2 Speeds up Samsung Galaxy S Phone, Adds Free Navigon GPS Turn By Turn”

  1. 2.2 is NOT available for telstra customers yet, just checked again now, its VERY frustrating!

    EDITOR: hmm I thought it was. Agree it must be frustrating for you. Telstra often take a while to release new firmware updates

  2. How come it is taking both Telstra & Samsung a bloody long time just to roll out a new OS?? I just wish they’d get their priorities straight first before releasing anything new. People with a Samsung Galaxy S on the Telstra NextG network shouldn’t have to wait and suffer the frustration like we do.

    Ever since a month after the SGS was released in Australia there has been talk of the new OS Android 2.2 (Froyo) but NOTHING has happened – only the HTC Desire users have been provided with it.

    I hate to take my frustration out on people.. but for the love of god…. HURRY THE F##K UP!!

  3. I have had Telstra tell me yesterday its up to Samsung and guess what Samsung tells me?
    You guessed it! But then in the same breath Telstra says they sell new Galaxy phones with 2.2
    Wonderful!!!
    Does anyone know what the truth is?

    EDITOR: I’ll ask my Telstra PR contact

  4. EDITOR: My contact at Telstra just told me this:

    “We share our customers’ frustration regarding the time it is taking to release of Android 2.2 for the Galaxy S.”

    “Unfortunately in testing we’ve identified some software stability issues and this is delaying the release. Samsung is currently addressing this as a matter of urgency. We will provide our customers with an update as soon as we have a resolution.”

  5. @Nathan: How do you get the 2.3 Nexus ROM on it and also keep your phone within warranty? A step-by-step guide for putting 2.3 on it would be handy so I don’t end up with a brick for a phone.

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