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FroYo upgrade set for Samsung's Galaxy smartphones

All Headlines 16:11 November 14, 2010

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Sunday that users can upgrade their Samsung Galaxy smartphones to Android 2.2 FroYo operating systems starting Monday.

Upgrades for the FroYo system will be available for Galaxy A and Galaxy S smartphone users via Samsung Mobile starting at 8 p.m., the company said.

Some of the new features include Flash 10.1 and a speech-to-text function, which will enable users to stream video clips and use the voice search function on social networking services (SNS) and e-mails.

The upgrade will also enable users to download smartphone applications on external memory cards, the company said, adding that an auto upgrading function will allow users to always use the latest applications.

Another notable feature in the FroYo version includes "social hub," in which users can have all of their contacts from SNS services and e-mail accounts integrated into their phone contacts.

Samsung previously received backlash for excluding the social hub feature on the Galaxy A and Galaxy S sold at home, while installing them on the models sold overseas.

Galaxy Tab, the company's first tablet PC released locally on Saturday, is already based on the FroYo platform.

mil@yna.co.kr
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