Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Virgin Mobiles Andorid 2.2 Update for the Samsung Intercept - What's the fuss about?

We have all been patiently waiting for months now for Virgin Mobile to release the Android 2.2 update on the Samsung Intercept, but what's all the fuss about?  Many of us don't even know what the update is, let alone all of the changes that will happen.  I did some digging and this is what I have found.

1. General Android OS speed, memory, and performance optimizations
Thanks to some tricky little programming on Google's part, the overall responsiveness and speed will be improved.  Something that has been plaguing the Intercept since it was released.  Applications will be given a boost courtesy of JIT implementation and the browser is receiving Chrome's V8 Javascript engine.

2. Unlock Screen Change
Having played with the LG Optimus running Android 2.2, I can tell you that the user interface has changed a fair amount.  The first thing you will notice is the unlock screen has changed.  You now have to slide the unlock button to the right to unlock the phone.  You also have a quick sliding silent button on the unlock screen as well.

3. New non-scrolling dock
They have added a new dock to the bottom of the home screen that contains the Phone, Tray, and Browser buttons.  As you scroll the different home screens this dock is always visible and indicates which screen you currently are on.

4.Updated Camera App Layout
The slider is out and new transparent buttons are in.  Giving you single handed setting adjustments and shutter.  After digging around I have yet to find if the "Night" shot mode that makes the Intercept's camera so great is still included.  They claim the change is all visual, but that has yet to be seen.

5. New Dial Pad
Switching from the current multi colored dial pad to a more uniform gray keypad with larger spacing between keys.

6. Technical Stuff
Also included with the update is a bunch of technical stuff.  I'll spare you the details on that.

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