Samsung Intercept Gets Android OS 2.2 Upgrade

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A system software upgrade to Sprint’s Samsung Intercept is now going out. The update to Android OS 2.2 brings many enhancements to the mid-range smartphone, including faster performance.

Samsung Intercept from SprintThe Intercept debuted over the summer with Android OS 2.1, but Google is now sending out a newer version that can be installed for free.

New in Android OS 2.2 (Froyo)
Android OS 2.2 runs applications faster thanks to a new JIT compiler, and it includes the ability to store applications on a removable memory card.

Some, but not all smartphones with OS 2.2 can run Adobe Flash Player 10.1, which allows the device’s web browser to fully make use of websites that use Flash for navigation, games, and showing video. However, it’s not clear yet if the Intercept will be in this group, as it has a relatively slow 800 MHz processor.

This upgrade does not bring the Intercept up to the latest version of Google’s operating system, as Android OS 2.3 debuted earlier this week. 

Coming Over the Air
The operating system upgrade is being sent out as an over-the-air (OTA) download. Users will be notified in the next few days when their device has received the new system software, and given the option to install it. 

At this point, there is no way to manually download and install it.

A Quick Overview of the Samsung Intercept
The Intercept has a landscape-oriented sliding QWERTY keyboard and a 3.0-inch, 240 x 400 pixel touchscreen.

Samsung Intercept ReviewIt offers access to Sprint 3G network (EV-DO Rev. 0) and features Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.

This Samsung model also includes a 3.2 megapixel camera, microSD memory card slot, accelerometer, and proximity sensor.

It is available now on Sprint’s website for $100 with a two-year contract,   

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