It was just a little over a week ago when Motorola began soliciting owners of its Bravo smartphone to help the company test out the eagerly-awaited Froyo upgrade for the model. Things apparently went very well during that round of testing, as Motorola is already sending the finished Android 2.2 update to all of its Bravo users, going out OTA now.
It’s surprising to see such a short window pass between the start of this testing and Motorola pushing out the update; we must just be used to the drawn-out testing cycle that seems to accompany releases for too many other phones. Perhaps Motorola was already mostly convinced with its update’s readiness and just wanted to get some last-minute figures on the rate of successful upgrades with a slightly larger sample group than it had used in-house.
In addition to all the standard Android Froyo improvements like WiFi hotspot support and Adobe Flash, Motorola is throwing in a few extra custom tweaks. Most of this consists of a collection of apps – stuff like Latitude and Google Search – that you could get yourself elsewhere, but bundling them into an update is a nice touch for novice users who aren’t always on the lookout for new Market downloads. You’ll also get a profile switcher for managing multiple home screen configurations, and an auto-contact search from within the dialer.
If you haven’t been prompted yet that your update is available, a search for current updates should find it, bringing your Bravo up to software version 37.4.0.