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FRF72 Android 2.2 Froyo beta leaks for Nexus One

FRF72 Android 2.2 Froyo beta leaks for Nexus One

A new beta of Android 2.2 Froyo for the Google Nexus One has leaked, courtesy of a source at xda-developers.  The new ROM, FRF72, is believed to be the same build as was distributed to Google employees last week, and requires FRF50 be installed first.  The FRF72 beta has only been in the wild for a short time, though those who have installed it are reporting that there are no noticeable feature changes in comparison to FRF50.

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HTC Hero Android 2.1 update imminent tips OTA firmware tool upgrade [Update! Official HTC statement]

HTC Hero Android 2.1 update imminent tips OTA firmware tool upgrade [Update! Official HTC statement]

HTC are paving the way for the promised HTC Hero Android 2.1 firmware update to European handsets, though the new OS package itself is not yet in the wild.  A new OTA update for the Hero has been announced which upgrades the smartphone's "Firmware over-the-air (FOTA) client" (along with making unspecified tweaks to the YouTube player app); that's likely the first part of what we've previously heard is a two-stage update process.

Update: HTC has been in touch with an official statement - find it after the cut.

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Kindle firmware 2.5.3 released; international browsing unlocked

Kindle firmware 2.5.3 released; international browsing unlocked

Amazon has announced that its 2.5.3 firmware for the Kindle ereader is now being pushed out wirelessly to all users.  The new software - which adds the ability to sort ebooks into "Collections" (aka folders), share notes and highlighted passages on Facebook and Twitter, and improves PDF handling among other things - should arrive on your Kindle "over the next few weeks"; however we've just checked our unit and it's already been updated.

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Amazon Kindle Update to 2.5.2 Available for International Owners

Amazon Kindle Update to 2.5.2 Available for International Owners

For US owners of the Amazon Kindle, the update to 2.5 has been a very unique one. While it showed up on a Kindle DX for one lucky customer, so far reports haven't been all that "standard" for people with the Kindle waiting to get updated to the latest firmware. Of course, we're sure it's out there, somewhere. Making a few people happy. And while this download link has been available for a little while now, we wanted to go ahead and bring it to our international readers out there, that if you've got the right model of Kindle, you can manually update your eReader to the latest firmware.

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HTC Taiwan releasing Hero Android 2.1 update OTA today

HTC Taiwan releasing Hero Android 2.1 update OTA today

HTC Taiwan have announced that, starting today, the Android 2.1 update for the GSM HTC Hero will be going out via OTA distribution.  Affecting only Taiwanese handsets at present, the news nonetheless suggests that HTC are ramping up for a more general release of the long-awaited software.

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Kindle firmware 2.5 now in wild

Kindle firmware 2.5 now in wild

Amazon's Kindle 2.5 firmware update is finally filtering out into the wild, with at least one unit - a Kindle DX - getting the new software.  Engadget reader Andreas is the lucky owner; his device can now share passages with social networks like Facebook and Twitter, as well as have multiple ebooks organised into various Collections.

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Nexus One Android 2.2 Froyo update tutorials

Nexus One Android 2.2 Froyo update tutorials

If you missed the news this weekend, Android 2.2 Froyo is loose and in the wild, and if you've a Nexus One then you can already sample Google's latest wares.  Some reports are coming in regarding OTA updates, but should you be on the impatient side then over at Android Community there's a full run-down on how to manually load Froyo onto your phone.

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Sprint HTC Hero Android 2.1 update released

Sprint HTC Hero Android 2.1 update released

Sprint's HTC Hero has finally got its update to Android 2.1, complete with a refettled version of HTC Sense to suit the new OS.  The update is being rolled out OTA (over-the-air) but can also be downloaded from Sprint's support site and installed via HTC Sync on a PC.

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iPad WiFi fix promised in future firmware

iPad WiFi fix promised in future firmware

The iPad's temperamental WiFi has already been fingered as a DHCP issue - temporarily fixable by power cycling the wireless or the tablet itself - but it seems Apple themselves are readying what will hopefully be a more permanent fix.  The company's two support pages for the iPad WiFi issue (here and here) have been updated with the promise that "Apple will also address remaining Wi-Fi connectivity issues with a future iPad software update."

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Motorola MILESTONE Android 2.1 update released

Motorola MILESTONE Android 2.1 update released

Motorola Europe have announced that the long-awaited Android 2.1 update for the Motorola MILESTONE - the European version of the Verizon DROID - is finally available for download.  The impatient can head over to Motorola's support pages and get it for PC installation, while those with better things to do with their time - or who use a Mac, since Moto don't seem to offer an OS X version of the firmware updater - can wait a few days for a promised OTA update.

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JooJoo update goes OTA; tablet improved but still buggy

JooJoo update goes OTA; tablet improved but still buggy

Fusion Garage has confirmed that the promised JooJoo software update has been released OTA to existing owners.  Tipped to address UI problems and bring full-screen Flash video playback to the iPad-alternative, the new firmware has also been loaded onto demo JooJoo units Fusion Garage have been toting for their European roll-out; unfortunately, judging by some hands-on impressions with the updated unit, it's still not perfect.

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Samsung BD-UP5000 firmware 1.5 update promises Avatar Blu-ray support

Samsung BD-UP5000 firmware 1.5 update promises Avatar Blu-ray support

Samsung's BD-UP5000 Blu-ray player and its problems coping with the new Avatar disc showed that not all media - or firmware - are created equal, but true to their word the company have swung into action with a firmware update.  Posted to the Samsung support site this week, all that's mentioned in the firmware release notes is that v1.5 "improves playback compatibility in some movies."

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