Sprint Samsung Transform to Run Android 2.1 Eclair; Froyo Update by the Year-end

October 7, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

In case you all have been waiting for Android 2.2 Froyo on the new Samsung Transform phone, you are in for some amount of disappointment. For, the Samsung Transform on the Sprint network will be one running Android 2.1 Eclair and not the Froyo.  Though the phone maker has not attributed the omission to any reason, Sprint has said that an update to Froyo could come about by the end of the year.

Samsung Transform will be available for purchase, starting October 10. Considering that the roll out date isn’t far off, we guess all you enthusiasts can now look forward to picking your handset at all Sprint channels, such as the Sprint web store, Sprint Telesales and also the carrier’s US retail partners RadioShack and Best Buy.  Pricing details have been announced as $149.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in-rebate (taxes excluded) with a new line activation or eligible upgrade.

To come with a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display, the Samsung Transform will boast of a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera with flash and camcorder and VGA front-facing camera that enables video conferencing. Besides these features, the handset will also support personal and corporate e-mail functions, contacts and calendars, and multiple messaging options. On the social networking side, platforms such as Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter options will be offered.  The carrier, in the meanwhile, will also offer access to its Sprint Zone where a host of options are available.

To be available in a Black Pearl hue, the 5.4-ounces weighing Transform will provide access to popular Google mobile services such as Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube,. Plus, Android market access will throw open before you the range of 80,000 applications. On the connectivity front, the phone will make use of the Sprint 3G network and will offer GPS navigation, Stereo Bluetooth wireless technology, Wi-Fi capability and Visual Voicemail.  Storage will be taken care of by a 2GB micro SD card that has been pre-installed. The Music Player with a MicroSD card will support up to 32GB.

If you are still thinking Froyo, we guess the year end update isn’t that far away. If you think that is too late, don’t hesitate to make use of the comments option to tell us what’s in your mind.

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