Froyo slowly melts into Dell Streak and Samsung Galaxy

Version 2.2 will only hit unlocked Streaks for now, but some Android devices won't ever get the update

The wait is over for owners of certain Android-based devices from Dell and Samsung who've been hankering for a helping of Froyo -- but others will have more waiting to do.

Google rolled up Version 2.2 of Android, dubbed Froyo, back in August, yet the update hasn't reached all the devices running the mobile OS. As of today, owners of the Dell Streak have the opportunity to download the point release -- but only if they've purchased unlocked versions of the device, which are limited to customers outside the United States.

Users of locked devices, meanwhile, still have more waiting to do. "Starting later in December, users on devices locked to a specific carrier (i.e. you can only use your carrier's SIM in the device) will start seeing updates as we work with our carrier partners for technical approval," wrote Amy B. in the official Dell blog.

Streak owners aren't the only Android users who've had to wait for the latest and great version of the mobile OS. Users of the Samsung Galaxy S are always just today getting the update, according to LA News Monitor.

According to Dell, Streak users will reap several new features from the upgrade. Dell has added a Stage Interface, "a set of widgets that brings your data and content such as music, photos and email to your fingertips," according to the company.

That is on top of the Google-spawned Froyo features, which include better performance and memory management; support for Flash 10.1; support for Twitter, Skype for Android, and Firefox Beta; the ability to create a Wi-Fi hotspot; and improved Microsoft Exchange support.

Waiting is hard, but if it's of any consolation for Streakers or members of the Galaxy gang, users of Motorola Droid had to endure a messy rollout of Froyo back in August and didn't get the full Froyo experience they expected. For example, the update didn't give their devices the ability to tether or become a mobile hotspot. It was also missing Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support.

It could be worse. Owners of certain Android phones from HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and T-Mobile have little to no chance of ever running Android 2.2.

The staggered and piecemeal rollout of Froyo exemplifies one of the key differences between the open source platform and Apple iOS: iPhone users aren't at the mercy of their carriers to receive platform updates, nor do they have to worry that a relatively new piece of Apple hardware won't support the improved version of the software.

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