Today Sprint finally began to rollout Android 2.1 to the Samsung Moment. The Moment launched back in October with Android 1.5. The update from 1.5 to 2.1 is huge, bringing tons of new features to the Moment. Unfortunately, the update can not be downloaded over the air.
Today Sprint finally began to rollout Android 2.1 to the Samsung Moment. The Moment launched back in October with Android 1.5. The update from 1.5 to 2.1 is huge, bringing tons of new features to the Moment. Unfortunately, the update can not be downloaded over the air.Sprint is informing subscribers with the Samsung Moment that Android 2.1 is ready for their device. In order to install the sweeping system update, users will need to download it from Sprint first. (Link here.) Once the system software has been downloaded, users will need to attach the Moment to the PC with a USB cable. From there on out, it will walk users through the process to update their system software.
This is a long over-due upgrade for Moment users, who have had their devices far longer than some of the newer Android handsets that have already been updated to 2.1 (Droid, Eris, etc.). Thankfully, Sprint isn't leaving its customers with the HTC Hero out in the cold for much longer, either. Sprint indicated that the Android 2.1. update for the Hero is on the way. With it, users will also automatically get the latest version of HTC's Sense user interface overlay, which is a solid upgrade in itself.
These updates, paired with the Eris' Android 2.1 update earlier this week, mean that a good number of the Android handsets in the market have been upgraded to 2.1. It is a shame that HTC's myTouch 3G, which has been around for a year, hasn't been updated. Here's a full rundown on what Moment users can expect with the update:
Sync support for contacts from multiple data sources including Exchange
Enhanced device settings
Merged folders across multiple accounts for Inbox, Unread and Flagged email
Support for built-in flash
Improved Android keyboard layout and responsiveness
Refreshed user interface with actionable browser URL bar
Support for double-tap zoom
Calendar Agenda view with infinite scrolling
Attendee status and guest invites
Ability to search MMS and SMS messages
Auto-delete of older messages when short on storage
Enhanced Google Maps
Enhanced Android Market and apps
Known Issue Fixes
Keypad backlight optimization
Bulk Bluetooth contact push
Various Bluetooth fixes
Increased speed and performance
Swipe to Unlock/Mute/Speakerphone
New camera features
New Developer APIs
Turn on/off Bluetooth, device and service discovery and send/receive data
New APIs for contacts sync adapters to connect to any backend
Centralized account manager API to securely store and access authentication tokens/passwords across one or more services
New Contact APIs that allow for data from multiple accounts
Support for third-party sync adapters
Database API support for client-side databases using SQL
Application cache support for offline applications
Geolocation API support to provide location information about the device
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