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It’s only been three days since Froyo for the Droid X leaked and now Motorola is pressuring sites to remove the download. The reasoning for this hasn’t been made clear but if you were hoping to get an early helping of Froyo on your Droid X you better get to work now, finding the leak will only get harder from here on out.

[via Engadget]

A Motorola support forum response about issues involving Exchange 2003 email problems on the Droid X has actually yielded something far more juicy: an updated window for the Froyo upgrade’s release. Promised since the phone’s initial launch, Moto’s now saying that the new build is “scheduled for deployment by early September,” so barring a miracle, we can probably toss out those dreams of getting it by late August — and we can certainly forget the rumors that it had already started going out. Clearly we’d like it sooner rather than later, but hey, if they’re hard at work squashing bugs as we speak, more power to ’em — we’re all for stable releases.

We’ve just gotten a deluge of tips that EVO 4Gs are starting to get blessed with the official update to Froyo — a few hours prior to the promised August 3 rollout — so if you’ve got one handy, you’re going to want to start checking it right this second. Seriously, now that it’s got a trick flashlight app included in ROM, what could you possibly be waiting for? On a related note, if you happened to apply that early update that HTC posted and pulled late last week, the company’s working on a fix so that you aren’t out of the over-the-air update loop and promises to “get back” in “the coming days.”

Not wanting to be left out, Sprint announced this morning that it’s working on the Android 2.2 update, and that the Evo 4G will get it.

As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It also will be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G.

With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.

No exact date on when we’ll start seeing  updates roll out — they say “in the near future — so we’ll all have to sit patiently and wait. Let us know how that works out for ya. [Sprint]

Droid Froyo updates

So the Droid X isn’t launching with Android 2.2. That’s a bummer. And and it’s not going to be available until “late summer.” That’s what we were told at Verizon’s Droid X event, and it’s what Verizon’s saying in the internal document you see above. But the doc also says that the original Droid will get Android 2.2 (and Flash 10.1) sometime in July, which kind of goes against what we (are pretty sure we) heard today — that the Droid and Droid X would get their updates together. But let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth, m’kay? We’ll take some Froyo for the Droid just as soon as we can get it. Big props to you know who.

A few weeks ago, Froyo started to find its way onto the phones of a few lucky journalists and random twitter users, and then eventually into the hands of the hackers over at XDA-Developers.

At the time, speculation abounded as to whether or not this was the official OTA. It wasn’t until a few days later when we received word that this was actually a release candidate, intended for a small group of testers and not consumption by the general public.

Since that revelation, users have been anxiously awaiting an announcement from Google regarding the official, final OTA. When we quoted our inside source at Google who revealed to us that the leaked build was indeed a release candidate, they made sure to emphasize that a release candidate is usually close to the final version and that unless bugs are found, it may very well end up being the final release.

Information has been sparse since then, but our own Ian Douglas found the following quote from Google employee ‘ben1010’ on the Android support forums:

Hi everyone,

I feel your anxiety, and though I’d love to give you all a definitive date, that’s not possible, because there is no date. What I mean is, it’s not that there’s a Froyo release ready to go, and we’re holding it back, or waiting for the right time to release it. That’s not how it works. Software development is an iterative process, and each release candidate goes through extensive testing.

Sometimes, the testing exposes issues introduced in the new version, and the release gets delayed as a result. And so, although we know that we are pretty close to having a final build, we won’t be sure of the release date until it arrives, and at that point the release goes out to the public without any further delay.

It’s a bit like a baby — the delivery date is a best guess, but if the baby has other ideas, we all have to wait …

Ben

After reading that, I had an initial feeling of disappointment (I want my Froyo now!), that quickly gave way to that of hope. Why? Well, like many, I chose to flash Froyo onto my phone, and while it did run well, it still had its fair share of small kinks – enough that I chose to scrap Froyo for the time being and go back to the latest Cyanogen mod.

The fact that the Froyo is being delayed for further development means that they’re taking the time to properly iron out these kinks so that by the time Froyo hits your handset, it should be a smooth and delicious experience, rather than melted and sticky mess. I know we all want Froyo, but let’s give Google some time to throw a cherry on top.