On the heels of our launch yesterday, we wanted to clear up some confusion around Android’s 2.2 OS – Froyo – and whether or not Vlingo supports it.
First and foremost, Vlingo absolutely does support the 2.2 OS for Android. 100%. It’s a certainty wrapped inside an undeniable truth lined with a layer of complete fact.
So why then, you might be asking, can’t you download it from the Android Market to your device? That’s a little trickier, so please allow me to explain…
A few important factoids for you:
- Froyo is not generally available, and therefore Google and the Android Market do not consider it an officially “released OS.” There are a few versions floating around, as well, and until Google pushes the official update what you have downloaded *could* be causing some of the incompatibility with Market.
- Vlingo is a “copy-protected” application. All that means is that you can’t copy it for free and give it away to all your friends. We like you and all, but I think you can understand why we would copy-protect our app. This is common practice for paid apps in the Market.
- Copy-protected apps will not show up on “pre-release” OSs (which is technically how many of the available Froyo versions are classified).
You see where this is headed now, I bet?
Bottom line is that as soon Google releases the official 2.2 OS update, Android Market will recognize it once you have downloaded. At that point Vlingo will show up as available for download and the world will be right again. We’ll certainly let you know once Android Market makes the change, and all you Froyo pioneers will be free to use Vlingo at your leisure.
I hope that helps to clarify the situation. Thanks to everyone for your questions. In the meantime, feel free to keep them coming either on Twitter @Vlingo or Facebook www.facebook.com/VlingoPage.
TJ Leonard, Director of Marketing, Vlingo