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Update: Just like that, the page has been pulled! Hopefully we'll still see the update soon - it'd be embarrassing to have this drama drag on any longer.

Looks like Kies Mini is the path Samsung has decided to take with the Galaxy S Froyo updates (at least in the US) - first, the Vibrant got its 2.2 fix via the Windows-only software, and now it appears that the Captivate will soon join the club. That's right: according to a recently published page on Samsung's own support site, Android 2.2 for the Captivate will roll out via Kies Mini rather than a standard OTA method.

To be clear, the actual update isn't available yet, but hopefully the fact that this page was posted indicates that it's right around the corner - you don't want owners of your own Captivate to lust after the T-Mobile Vibrant, do you, AT&T?

Complete changelog:

  • Home Screen:
    • New Home screen tips widget assists new users on how to configure the home screen with shortcuts and widgets and how to make use of multiple home screens.
    • And if your zoom in with two-finger in the home screen, all panels are shown in one screen and the end user can remove the panel and/or add. The max panel number is 7.
    • The Phone, applications launcherm contacts and messaging now have dedicated shortcuts on the Home screen, making it easy to access them from any of the 7 home screen panels.
  • Exchange Support
    • Improved security with the addition of numeric pin or alpha-numeric password options to unlock device. Exchange administrators can enforce password policy across devices.
    • Remote wipe: Exchange administrators can remotely reset the device to factory defaults to secure data in case device is lost or stolen.
    • Auto-discovery: you just need to know your user-name and password to easily set up and sync an Exchange account (available for Exchange 2007 and higher).
    • Global Address Lists look-up is now available in the Email application, enabling users to auto-complete recipient names from the directory.
  • Camera/Camcorder
    • Camera/Camcorder is provided Self timer function.
    • Thumbnail image is displayed in preview right bottom screen.
  • Portable Hotspot
    • Wireless Modem has been changed to Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot.
    • Clients that can connect to the hotspot at the same time has been increased from 1 to 5.
    • Managing Devices and Battery Management has been added.
  • USB Tethering
    • By connecting USB cable, the phone can now be used as a modem
  • Improved Performance
    • Performance of the browser has been enhanced using the V8 engine, which enables faster loading of JavaScript-heavy pages.
    • Dalvik Performance Boost: 2x-5x performance speedup for CPU-heavy code over Android 2.1 with Dalvik JIT.
    • The graph to the right shows the performance speedup from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2 using various benchmark tests. For example, LinPack is now more than 5 times faster.
    • Kernel Memory Management Boost: Improved memory reclaim by up to 20x, which results in faster app switching and smoother performance on memory-constrained devices.
  • Device Policy Manager
    • New device policy management APIs allow developers to write "device administrator" applications that can control security features on the device, such as the minimum password strength, data wipe, and so on. Users can select the administrators that are enabled on their devices.
  • GMS Updates
    • GoogleQuickSearchBox, GenieWidget(News and Weather ) are newly added.
  • Data Backup
    • Apps can participate in data backup and restore, to ensure that users maintain their data after performing a factory reset or when switching devices.
  • Flash Player
    • Device supports Flash Player 10.1
  • Lock Screen
    • New lock screen mode for entering a numeric pin or alphanumeric password
  • Application On External Storage
    • Ability to store and run non-forward locked apps on the SD card
  • Media Framework
    • New media framework (Stagefright) that supports local file playback and HTTP progressive streaming
  • Kernel Upgrade
    • SDIO scheduling and BT improvements

Source: Samsung; Image Credit: Erictric

Thanks for the tip, Chris!

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • AndroidPunk

    Obviously the site linked to is fake. The line "MobiTV: Renamed to T_Mobile TV" tells us this.

    • Coldman

      Hrm, interesting. Wtf is T_Mobile doing over at the AT&T support page? They must have copied it over from T-Mo's Vibrant upgrade page and haven't changed it yet.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      .... Faked? It links to Samsung?

      You think Samsung is putting up fake update pages? Because... that's good for business?

      Or are you trolling? I can't tell =\

    • The n

      Att is buying t-mobile everybody

  • Marc

    Wtf? What about the samsung fascinate?

  • elij

    Kies is a pain in the you-know-what. And Windows only, not to mention 32 bit only. That rules out any new PC running Windows 7 and as a Mac user I am SOL too. Nothing like a new phone that needs a Commodore 64 to run the update.

  • Chuck

    I recently posted on an AT&T forum a link to a support page on AT&T's website that specifically references 2.2. Not the original news story about pics of 2.2 in a tutorial but it's an actual topic on the site...It's about sending and recieving media messages with a captivate and android 2.2http://www.wireless.att.com/answer-center/main.jsp?t=solutionTab&ft=searchTab&ps=solutionPanels&locale=&_dyncharset=UTF-8&solutionId=KB115196&isSrch=Yes

  • Roger

    Did anyone see a mention of a GPS fix?

    • elij

      I have the Vibrant and when I updated it wiped out the earlier fix of the GPS. Samsung did release a fix through the market called "gpsrestore" which had to be applied after the FROYO update to get the gps to work again. A pain but I haven't had any trouble since.

  • Donald

    where do i go to get the update help please

    • RockinEvo

      Its not here yet it will never come

  • thomas

    I will believe it when i see it,i have been waiting to long for the 2.2 on the captivate

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  • Bill

    The page @ Samsung is now gone.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      Thanks for letting us know. I've updated the article.

  • http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=706 Nixkix

    I've been flashing custom ROM's since I got my phone. No need to wait 6 months for an update from Samsung. I'd be will to bet if there are issues with the Samsung release you won't get any speedy fixes.
    ROM developers are quick to fix issues and they can be reached thru the forums at xda or their own sites. If any of you want all the bloatware removed, gps fixed, lagfixes, wifi tether, and much more go check out either Cognition or Serendipity ROMs. Both are awesome. I'm on Cog 3.04 right now and its the only reason I didn't return this phone to the store.

    Link to the xda Cognition forums on my name.

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  • Nicole M

    Dave, the link you provided is for a JH7 update, not 2.2 (Froyo). JH7 is a maintence update but looks like it is addressing the GPS issue.

  • http://www.humidorsandmore.com J Kane

    2.2 was a great upgrade. Quicker browsing and battery life is now MUCH better.

    • Bill

      For what phone? The link on the support site wasn't active so you couldn't have installed 2.2 on a Captivate that way.

  • Whitney