Amazon is promising an over-the-air update for its recently launched Kindle Fire device will cure many of the ills early adopters have been complaining about. A company spokesman said the firmware revision will improve performance, smooth out navigation, and give users the option of editing recent activity, which will mean no more having to hide the device when you don't want other family members knowing what you've been up to.
Everyone has been expecting this could happen at any moment, but late on Monday Google finally began a full scale rollout of Android 2.2 (Froyo) to Nexus One users. Previously, a small number of users got updates, but these were of an earlier non-final build. The update will arrive in the form of an over-the-air update automatically downloaded to the phone. Both AT&T and T-Mobile flavors of Google's superphone have been receiving the update.
It has been over a month since Google showed off Froyo at Google I/O, and some users were beginning to become anxious for the update. Android 2.2 brings such improvements as Adobe Flash support in the browser, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, and automatic app updates. Google said in a statement that all Nexus handsets should be updated by late this week.
The new version of the mobile OS will still need to be modified by various carriers to be released on other handsets. Phones running skins like HTC Sense and MotoBLUR are in for longer waits. Any Nexus users out there still waiting for the update? Those unwilling to wait, should be able to manually install the update, but proceed with caution.
The much anticipated EVO 4G was released today, and it looks like it's already gotten its first OTA update. The update appears to clean up a few problems in the shipping ROM. Perhaps the biggest fix on board here is a modification that clears up a user file permission error that prevented some users from writing to the MicroSD card.
Also in the ROM update are a number of small security tweaks. The reported effect of which is that the recently worked out root method has been broken. There will most likely be more, and if the guys behind the root are to be believed, there are plenty more vulnerabilities in the ROM. It's nice to see such quick action to solve the SD card issue. It usually takes weeks for OTA patches to be put together for Sense phones. HTC Hero users on Sprint waited weeks for an update to fix text messaging related battery drain issues.
Did you rush out and get an EVO today? What's the verdict?