Here you go, folks, the down and dirty walkthrough with Froyo -- aka Android 2.2 -- on the Nexus One. Remember that there's a lot of back-end stuff that's been optimized, and we're really just starting to scratch the surface. But here's a quick look at some of the highlights of the latest version of our favorite operating system. Have at it!

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masch says:

How can i use FM radio?

AndyH_STi says:

You can't, I haven't seen it in 2.2 on my N1.

Channan says:

Google, give the AT&T Nexus One Froyo NOW! I mean it. :(

weehooherod says:

Froyo for the AT&T Nexus One exists. Phil Nickinson is using Froyo on his AT&T Nexus One in the video!

Small_law says:

What's the Flash beta look like?

Mr_HD says:

Superuser Permissions; i wonder what that is...?

nickg1982 says:

When you root your phone, that is the icon that appears. It doesn't really do antyhing, other than confirm that you've got a successful root.

rockcrawler says:

Why do people post things that they have no clue about. It does not just "appear" when you have root, and it is "installed" to control which applications have access to root so that you do not have a bunch of apps (devs) trying to perform root functions without the users knowledge.

CeeDotSmith says:

Also, under camcorder options... there's a new option for flash during recording! Finally, can record in low light/darkness.

jcrus says:

Phil - Around 4:45 you mentioned that you thought it would be the case that apps 2 sd all the time. I'm not sure, but I seem to recall Google stating it would be up to the app developer to add that feature into the app. So as 2.2 SDK gets more playtime, I'm sure it'll be common.

Been looking at AC for a long time, decided to finally create a profile.

Glad to have you! I plan on going back to watch the keynote again. (Just as soon as I get a free second to breathe. lol) They dropped so much stuff on us at once!

jcrus says:

Around 1:36 in the Official Froyo Dev Video

He says "Developers can decide" not users...guess I remember correctly. That is unfortunate though.

Bones72 says:

They was a reason for letting the devs decide which app to allow running from the SD. It has to do with when you mount the SD card. An app that still needs full system access wouldn't work when the device is in mass storage mode. If an app doesn't need that type of access it should be able to be moved to the card.

gbhil#AC says:

#### yeah I can cuss now lol.

Nice. Thanks for posting Phil.

KrispyKrink says:

You skipped over the fact that the Devil's child, Twitter, comes pre-installed. And it wont let me uninstall the cursed thing!

storm14k says:

Wrong reply spot.

ziaodix says:

And that is why you root your phone. Even if you don't want to run custom ROMs, rooting allows you to remove bloatware forced upon you by your phone's carrier. ;)

sjcea says:

That was a JOKE !!! This is what 2.2 offers ?? Most everything he showed is already on my HTC Incredible with the Sense UI over it , and the HTC car panel is far better on the Incredible , the power block is already on the incredible , so I dont get it ?? what the big deal is of Froyo?? Just seems like they gave it stuff to sort of catch up to where the new sense ui already is, but they did a poor job of it , those of you who own the HTC Incredible already know this

storm14k says:

Hmmm I own an Incredible. My apps aren't JIT compiled and are 3-5 times efficient. I donthave tethering baked into the phone. I can't choose to update all apps or have them update automatically. I don't have full Flash 10.

It's a dumb argument anyway. Google isn't competing with the phone makers and their customizations. They build foundation. Sometimes the point is to play catch up so the phone makers don't have to worry about a feature and can then move on to adding something else. That's less for them to worry about. Froyo is only going to help make the custom UI like Sense better.

jcrus says:

First off, calm down sparky. :)

Phil was only giving a brief overview of a ROM he's had for less than 24 hours. I will say that the biggest advantage right now is the overall speed and stability over Eclair. My free RAM usually hovered around 40-50MB with all my apps running, it's easily pulling ~200MB free now. There's also REAL flash support. APPS2SD for those of us who decide not to root is another great feature to have.

The best part is, us N1 users get firsties :). Great having the new ROM 2 days after it was officially announced.

And boy do I love that Android Tip Widget. LOL!

uhanrodric says:

Lol. I think Gingerbread needs to remove the Tip Widget and insert an animated dancing 'Android' that break dances accross your home screens.

sjcea says:

OH and BTW the Incredible has a working radio built in as well , all the hype over froyo 2.2 for nothing ??? I sure hope there is much more to it than that ???

RE4SON says:

lol so your incredible has fm radio. impressive but N1 now has full flash, JIT (which makes things faster),portable hot spot, 3D gallery, automatic app updates, enhanced browser speed (uses v8 engine), apps 2 SD, bluetooth dialing, recording with LED. I think ill stick with N1 ;)

icebike says:

Did FroYo enable the Nexus one FM Radio?

AndyH_STi says:

No, no radio on my N1 running 2.2 (that I can see/find).

Froyo is supposed to have fixed animated gifs in the browser. Can someone please confirm?

Glorishan says:


gbhil#AC says:

Working here!

icebike says:

Did anyone notice that Fake Steve Jobs decided FroYo was the straw that broke the camels back, and he's bailing on his iPhone and moving to Android.

Since he's writing under his own name, I suspect its not his usual flamebait tongue in cheek.

r-nice says:

Good walkthrough but please lose the music, it's not necessary.

N1 and Droid will be the first to get 2.2!

So glad I don't own a Sense UI or MotoBlur phone. Don't care for those 3rd party skins that receive updates late.

ziaodix says:

N1 will definitely be the first, but I recall the droid having just as many delays and issues updating to 2.1 as the SenseUI people did.

uhanrodric says:

Helix Launcher (and probably any other alternate home), if set to default will cause an infinite 'Force Close' loop. Make sure you set the stock 'Launcher' as default before updating. If you get the 'Force Close' loop, this can be fixed by reformating via your boot menu. Hope this is helpful.

Updated successfully from T-Mobile Stock Nexus One.

AndyH_STi says:

Launcher Pro Beta works perfectly under 2.2, and I didn't disable it prior to upgrading (although that is a good idea).

awwbaw3#AC says:

2.2 looks awesome and I hope EVO gets it relatively soon. C'mon HTC/Sprint (yeah, I know the phone isn't REALLY out yet, but...

Did 2.2 do anything for us Cisco IT folks that really need an IPSEC VPN? Any advances on that front?

AndyH_STi says:

The options I see when adding a VPN are as follows:


I'm not sure if that differs from 2.1 or not.

MrMercedes says:

I'm not one to complain But you really need to turn the background music down in your videos when you are talking. It is really distracting from your speaking. Just a suggestion. Good Job!



specops2k3 says:

cant wait for 2.2 to be released for the droid.

AndrewLjubi says:

What are the "cards" that he describes in 0:24? I don't have that on my Motorola Droid....

Rich Coralli says:

I really dont see what is so spectacular about Froyo. I think most smart phones offer pretty much all the functionalities.... be it palm apple or android. I would just choose based on price....

adrdiaz88 says:

Just a quick question, is there an OTA update coming to Nexus 1 user for 2.2 froyo or is it only a manual update? Thanks in advance

jcrus says:

OTA will be released in the next few weeks according to Google.

adrdiaz88 says:

Sorry double post

flabinall says:

my stock n1 2.1 just ran a 6.98 on linpack and 26 and change on neocore...makes me faster than droid and evo? just saying

flabinall says:

im so impatient waiting for the ota update for froyo.

To anyone with FroYo installed:

The stock Music player, does it have a landscape mode now?

I own an incredible and it is the only music player that plays from both internal and external memory.

Not a huge issue but yeah, one of the cherries hopefully on top of the FroYo...

And thanks for the review Phil!


lolobabes says:

yup music player on landscape even 90 degrees clockwise

Wicked! Thanks for the reply!


adeakinyooye says:

you can now turn on the LED light when recording videos!

I also saw the Angry Birds Walkthrough Videos on this site. They are just brilliant and I'm addicted to the game