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Last Updated: February 24th, 2011

The final pieces of the Galaxy S Froyo puzzle are finally falling into place - AT&T's Captivate, one the two remaining GS devices still stuck on Éclair, is now scheduled to get the update to Android 2.2 tomorrow (2/24)! While you're waiting, be sure to check out AT&T's Q&A with Dante Martin video, which attempts to explain the delay behind Android software updates - let us know what you think of his excuses via the comments below.

P.S. Here's the complete changelog, as seen in the support page that leaked out a while back:

  • 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

Sources: AT&T (Twitter), Samsung (Twitter)

Image Credit: Erictric

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.

  • JRP!

    About time. How long before their servers crash tomorrow?

  • Jordan

    So Verizon Fascinate is now the last one to the party?

    • MJ

      Thats right Verizon is always last to the party. VERIZON you came in last Again...Can you hear me now? Last when it comes to phones and software but first when it comes to charging the highest fees.

  • http://androidjet.com Android Jet

    Good news to Samsung Captivate users

  • Android Bill

    We Will see how this pans out I think its bullshit.

  • Yobee

    Captivate still locked to the Market I see :( How long, oh lord, before we can obtain software not sponged through the Android Market? There's half a dozen apps I want to install but can't with this childish entanglement designed to save AT&T from myself!?!

  • jason

    i wouldn't say the vibrant has 2.2 until it's shipped OTA. most people probably don't know it's available at all and some, like me, don't have a windows computer to install it with kies.

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