Yet another build of Google Android 2.2 Froyo for the Nexus One phone has started rolling out. The difference is that some users are reporting that they’ve been getting the latest build as an over the air update — leading some people to concluded that this is the final build of Android 2.2 for the Nexus One. The fact that the Froyo source code was released yesterday lends some credence to that idea.

For those keeping count, this is the third version of Android 2.2 Froyo for the Google Nexus One. The first was FRF50, followed by FRF72. The new version is FRF83.

If you haven’t received an over the air update yet, there are two different installers you can use. One lets you updated from FRF50, while the other updates from FRF72. If you’re not already running a prior version of Android 2.2, you may have to wait a little longer… or download a hacked custom ROM developed around the latest Froyo build.

The instructions for installing the update are pretty much the same as usual. Download the appropriate file, rename it to and copy it to your SD card and then follow the same steps as last time.

If you’re wondering what’s new in the latest build, you’re not alone. While I’m sure there are a number of bug fixes, there’s one major change that I”m aware of: Support for protected apps. That means many paid apps and some free apps like the New York Times reader app which were missing from the Android Market if you were using earlier versions of Android 2.2 are now back.

via xda-developers

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