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Android silent update adds Froyo features to 2.1 & 1.6 handsets

Android silent update adds Froyo features to 2.1 & 1.6 handsets

US Android phone running older iterations of Google’s operating system received a silent update last night, bringing with it a number of the features of the latest version of the platform.

The update, which did not require manual installation by users, offers a revamped Android Market (up from version 1714 to 2007) with a cleaner look as well as an option to automatically update apps.

Also included are a smart, new “tabbed layout for individual app entries” and a separate page for comments, Phandroid reports.

Handsets to feel the benefit of the update in the US are Motorola’s massively popular Milestone, plus the Samsung Vibrant and Samsung Fascinate.

Early reports suggest that users running the update are experiencing relatively minor teething problems, in contrast to some network-operated updates in the UK that have been little short of disastrous.

These include some paid applications failing to reappear when the update apps option is chosen.

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