I know what you're thinking - Continuum? Wtf is that? It's that novelty phone released back in November of '10 with two screens: the actual display, and the "ticker" underneath.

When it was release, it shipped with Android 2.1 (that's Éclair for those who haven't been in the Android game for more than a year). Guess what? That hasn't changed. Yes, those poor souls who bought the Continuum have been stuck running 2.1 for more than a year. Sadface.

Good news, though! Big Red started pushing a pair of updates that will bring black sheep of the Galaxy S family up to Android 2.2. Sure, it's already pretty outdated, but I'm sure Continuum owners will take what they can get at this point.

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The update consists of two parts: build i400.EB01, which is the precursor to the actual update, build i400.EC09.

Here are the details of each update:

Software Update 1 - Enhancements in i400.EB01 Software:

  • This software update is the first step of two when upgrading to Android 2.2 (Froyo).
    Downloading this update will also provide improvements in the  Over the Air (OTA)
    User Interface.

Software Update 2 - Enhancements in i400.EC09 Software:

Web Browsing and Data Access:

  • Receive calls with limited interruption.
  • Device now supports Adobe® Flash® 10.1.
  • Enhanced browser performance for faster loading of web pages that include JavaScript.
  • Receive GPS updates when connected over a Wi-Fi network.

Call Features, Email and Messaging:

  • Improved delivery of text messages.
  • When a text message reaches the 160 character limit, the device will convert the message to a multimedia message 1 and alert you with a notification.
  • Support for animated GIF files in a multimedia message.

Additional Device Features:

  • Improvements in Over the Air (OTA) functionality to ensure your device can be successfully updated.
  • Ability to allow automatic application updates in Android Market.™
  • When using V CAST Apps to download applications, the device will remain active to ensure transfer completion.
  • Media Hub now comes preloaded.
  • Improved GPS accuracy when using the VZ Navigator® application.
  • Enable the auto-refresh setting within the Weatherbug® App to ensure constant updates.
  • Accurately display the time when using the Weatherbug App.
  • Easily toggle audio between a connected headset and the phone during Visual Voice Mail playback.
  • Selecting Voice Mail from within the Buddies Now widget will properly open the message in the Visual Voice Mail application.
  • Visual Voice Mail displays correct call back number.
  • Successfully open the Navigation Link from within the car dock screen.Enhanced stability while playing streamed music using the Google Music application.
  • Launcher application will no longer experience forced closures when the device is placed in desk mount.

Alright, Continuum owners. Are you ready for your life to change forever? Okay, that may be a bit of a stretch, but the update is definitely one that will make your device better.

You must take the updates in order!

This update should be rolling out now, to see if it's available on your device hit Settings > About phone > System updates > Check new.

Good luck, and welcome to last year's future!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • StrykerGT

    "Alright, Continuum owners. Are you ready for your life to change forever? Okay, that may be a bit of a stretch, but the update is definitely one that will make your device better."

    And what will make the Continuum even better? ICS so expect it by 2014...

  • Germian

    Yeeeeeeeah, sure. It didn't even get Froyo in a somewhat acceptable time? That's a joke.

  • Rudie

    Finally! gif support! Hehe

  • Roger

    wanna know what's gonna kill android you're looking at it. utter nonsense.

  • Mark

    Wow. What a joke...

  • wfrandy

    This is a surprise? Samsung has always sucked at updates. I was running Gingerbread on my HTC Evo 4G for a couple of months before my wife's Samsung Captivate got updated to Froyo.

  • Firefly

    Woah definitely didn't expect my continuum to get an update after all this time.

  • Craig

    I actually just sold this phone, but have been running Froyo ever since I bought it last July thanks to some awesome dev support over at XDA. Just goes to show that devs are better than manufacturers every time.