The Motorola Flipside has received an update that finally makes it run Android 2.2 Froyo. Yes, more than one year after Froyo was unveiled, and more than 8 months after its successor, Gingerbread, first saw the light of day. But hey, for Flipside owners it must be a lucky day since at least they’re getting updated to something. And they can finally forget all about Android 2.1.
The update requires a computer for download and installation. Before you proceed, Moto insists that your Flipside must be fully charged, that you have a microSD card in your phone which has at least 100 MB of free space, and that you also have at least 40 MB free in your phone’s storage space.
The full update instructions are available here. Aside from the general Froyo niceties such as storing apps on the SD card, support for Adobe Flash, and many improvements in speed and performance, the update also comes with some Flipside-specific things. First off, there’s an added Profiles feature that gives you three customizable sets of homescreens. There’s also Dialer search, which lets you search contacts by entering just the first few letters of the contact’s name. The Gallery’s UI has been updated, and there are new preinstalled apps on board: a Task Manager, Files, Latitude, Places, News and Weather, and Google Search. Finally, LinkedIn accounts can now be added to integrate and sync with contacts, messaging, and social networking updates.