Sprint has begunn offering an Android OS 2.1 upgrade for the Samsung Moment, a smartphone that debuted last year and has been running an out-of-date operating system for may months.
The latest version of Google’s mobile OS sports many new features, including much greater support for speech-to-text, allowing users to enter text into an application with only their voice.
In addition, “pinch-to-zoom” multi-touch has been added to the web browser, photo viewer and maps applications, and OS 2.1 offers enhanced weather and news widgets.
In addition to the changes included in Android OS 2.1, this system software update makes some other small enahnaments.
According to the official changelog, it offers:
- Increased speed and performance
- Keypad backlight optimization
- Bulk Bluetooth contact push
- Various Bluetooth fixes
- Swipe to Unlock/Mute/Speakerphone
- New camera features
- Pandora enhancements
Unlike virtuallt all Android upgrades which are delivered over the air, the one for the Samsung Moment must be installed over a USB connection to a Windows PC.
Instructions can be found on Sprint’s website.
Overview of the Samsung Moment
The smartphone is a slider featuring a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED touchscreen
It is available exclusively from Sprint, and supports the carrier’s EV-DO Rev. A wireless broadband network. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
In addition, the Samsung Moment includes a microSD slot (a 2 GB microSD card is included), GPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, and an accelerometer.