Why no Froyo on Garmin Asus A10 doesn’t bother me

So we had confirmed sources saying there will be no Froyo on the A10. I wasn’t really surprised when I was told about that and I didn’t have any problems with not having Froyo upgrade. Several reasons that I would like to specify:

OS upgrades are never ending

When the A10 first came out, it came with the 1.6 Cupcake. They were told that there will be Eclair for A10. Sometime later, the A10 got its Eclair update. This is a never ending remedy and we will always want the latest one after another. With Android progressing so fast, this is almost impossible to catch up with.

Identify the main purpose of OS

Operating System (OS) is the main platform which allows users to run applications on it to increase their productivity. Its the applications that should matter and NOT the OS. From my experience, Eclair has been able to run almost ALL applications available in the Android market. So this shouldn’t really harm the usage.

Froyo is NOT the experience you are imagining on the A10

In order to get the real Froyo experience, you really do need a high-end device. A good comparison for the A10 is the Wildfire – which obtained the Froyo update sometime ago. I have fiddled with the Wildfire in its Eclair stage and also its Froyo’s stage. The experience was not as interesting as the Nexus One had back in its days. Froyo gave the Wildfire flash, but the processing power is not good enough to run the REAL flash applications. Froyo improved the performance – only while the phone was not loaded with apps and games; once loaded up, the phone lags again just like how it used to be in its Eclair stage. To experience the REAL Froyo goodness, you need powerful devices like Nexus One, HTC Desire, Samsung Galaxy S, and their peers.

Of course, the topic is very debatable and I welcome healthy comments. Feel free to post in the comments section :)


  1. Ken
    #1 written by Ken  (8 years ago)

    I followed several of your posts and they were indeed a good source of hard-to-find information for Garmin-Asus A10 users. In Bangkok, when I bought A10 in Oct 2010, the salesperson told me that Froyo was one of update plans for A10 in 2011. After using A10 for two months and learning about Froyo features, I expected good news about the next upgrade from ASUS for truely moving applications to and execute them from SD card, tethering WIFI, improving Flash compatibility for Facebook app, and more. Your post suddenly woke me up from a good dream and also gave me a question as, at this moment, one of key reasons to buy Android phone told by salespersons are the promising upgrade to next version of Android. Once people do buy the phone, no one can ensure that the upgrade will actually be available. For myself, if ASUS Thailand really leaves me with a bad dream, is there any way I can get those missing features for my Eclair?

    Thanks for your suggestion in advance.

    • Shahz
      #2 written by Shahz  (8 years ago)

      Yeah..My primary phone is my Nexus One..And part of the main reason I bought the phone was indeed the fact that its THE Goole phone and I would be getting the updates all the time..Not only getting them, but getting them pretty fast..Then again, upgrading an Android version requires a new compilation and lots of work involved..That makes it pretty time-consuming, and costly..I do believe that Froyo is the least version users should be gifted with, but I also understand the fact that ASUS had already prepared an upgrade from the Donut to Eclair – which is already a big thing to me..
      To get those custom features, there is only one way – custom ROM..

  2. Samael
    #3 written by Samael  (8 years ago)

    The Garmin Asus A10 was my first smartphone. I bought it in december 2010 with the 2.1 already installed (Belgium).
    Two minors updates since, i’ve rooted it with your website comments…

    Well, i don’t really need the app2SD function, tethering or whatever else amazing function. But the flash support…
    I would say, it’s the iPhone lack that I would like to point with my gPhone. Just for fun.

    Well, deception is there for sure, but if you find a ROM or something like this in the future… I count on you Shahz ;D

  3. steelmm
    #4 written by steelmm (8 years ago)

    I have just Bought this Device in 2011
    It is a really good device as it can be rooted without a problem unline the htc desire i had before it was a hassle to use the htc device.
    The A10 can be clocked to 600mhz inwhich is fast enough for media etc using skyfire for flash the screen it really good for a low res.
    It will be good for the xda developers to take on this project to create a usable working 2.2 or 2.3 gingerbread rom for this device but maybe as there has not been alot sales for it is it worth it I dont know but its a really good cheap device with android which was the reason whu i bought it anyways and for the gps function which garmin through to through.

  4. PeboMcN
    #5 written by PeboMcN  (8 years ago)


    Did you use Z4 Root? If so, did you need to reboot and unmount SD first? Can you download directly to SD or should you mount to PC? Should you back up with Titanium backup first? I have also read that you should disable, not uninstall bloatware as this would prevent any further firmware update, even when unrooted. Any thoughts? Cheers.

    • ShahZ
      #6 written by ShahZ  (8 years ago)

      You can use Titanium Backup to “freeze” bloatwares instead of “uninstalling” them. This prevents major issues from occuring. I have not tried it on the A10 though. I use this practise on my N1.

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