Those of you who are in the UK and happen to own a Motorola Defy have to be happy today. Motorola has released the official update to Android 2.2 Froyo for the Defy in the UK, a few weeks after the T-Mobile USA version of the phone got it. And it’s done so managing to stick to its planned release window. Which would be something to celebrate, if the update didn’t come almost one full year after Android 2.2 Froyo was unveiled.
Anyway, at least you’re not stuck on Android 2.1 anymore, which is becoming a bit ancient by today’s standards.
The update brings with it all the nice things that Froyo has to offer, such as Adobe Flash support, the possibility of installing apps on the SD card, and overall faster performance. Additionally, Motorola has included other enhancements, such as a new Profiles feature that provides three customizable sets of homescreens, new T9-like Dialler Search, a task manager now comes preinstalled, LinkedIn accounts can be added to the Sync menu, the Gallery got a revamped UI, and a few security features have been added.
To go through the full list of everything that’s new, view this PDF. Instructions for installing the update are available here. The gist of it is that you’ll need a computer to perform the update. Note that updating will delete all your ‘third-party media’ such as music, pictures, ringtones and wallpapers. You’ll also lose third-party apps and some custom settings that will not be restored after updating. Your personal data, however, can be backed up during the update if you choose to do so.
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