For those of you who worry about locking down your phone -- just in case it gets lost or stolen or your wife likes to check up on your calling and browsing habits -- you now have a couple of new options in Android 2.2 Froyo.
The old pattern unlock is still there, and works as before. But new are the option for a numerical PIN unlock, or a password unlock. the PIN and password unlocks have to use at least four characters. Of course, using more than that will help keep your dirty secrets away from prying eyes for a little while longer. Check out the screen shots after the break.
(Thanks, Preston! Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)
Internet tethering -- over USB and as a wireless hotspot -- is one of the bigger features built into Android 2.2 Froyo. And it's stupidly easy to set up and use. Just dive into the main wireless settings, tap the appropriate button, and connect your computer.
Check out the video after the break as we walk through the process and do a couple of very basic speed tests.
In what seemed like the wait of a lifetime, the myTouch 3G Slide is now available for pre-order in T-Mobile stores, with an official release date of June 2. While pricing has been rumored to be $149.99, some other whispers are that the device could be seen at the $199.99. So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself to your nearest T-Mobile location and pre-order yours today! [via T-Mobile]
Update: To alleviate some confusion -- we're hearing some outlets may be doing $199. T-Mobile, on the other hand, has already announced $179.
This is Vic Gundotra, vice president of engineering with Android. And he's about to say something you need to listen to. Something you all need to listen to. And when he's finished, go back and listen to it again. And when your ears are done steaming and you're through stomping your feet into the ground, listen to it again.
Carriers need time to organize and test software updates, people. Your phone is just one of many, and it needs to be done right. And Vic does an excellent job explaining why carriers need time to get out the latest and greatest version of Android.
All that said, we definitely feel your frustration at the wait, and there are some phones -- cough, Xperia X10 -- that take far longer to update than is practical for a consumer to consider. Anyhoo, check out the video after the break.
Connecting your Android phone to your computer to use it as a mass storage device isn't new, and we've detailed how and why you'd want to do it. But in Froyo, it gets a little more friendly. Gone is the bland pop-up announcement that you're connecting your phone. Actually, it's still there, but first you get the friendly little robot you see above, explaining in plain English what you're about to do. Mount the phone, and he turns orange. Unmount, and it's back to green. A nice touch, and it makes it easy to see at a glance if you're connected.
(Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)
Phil, Mickey and Jerry are joined by TiPB.com editor Rene Ritchie to talk all about Google I/O, Froyo, Android 2.2, Flash, Google TV and the all-out war between Google and Apple. Listen in! (Note that we recorded this before we actually got Froyo on the Nexus One. What a difference a day makes!)
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!
Now we don't mean to cause any undue alarm here, but check out the live wallpaper on the Nexus One above. It doesn't reproduce perfectly in the picture, but there's definitely some major color banding going on, just like we saw with the photo gallery in Android 2.1, first with the Nexus One, and later with the Droid, as the gallery went from 24-bit to 16-bit. I've been using that wallpaper exclusively since it came out, and this is the first time I've seen this on the home screen.
In fact, the ol' picture of Mars does the exact same thing if you plop it up as the wallpaper. Now we're not coders, but there's a pretty good bet there's some ones and zeroes being shared here. If someone wants to learn us a thing or two about this one, we're all ears. In the meantime, sound off in the comments. Anybody else seeing this?
Stop. Do not pass go. Now that you have Froyo up and running on your Nexus One, it's time to take part in the Adobe Flash 10.1 beta. Just click here in your Android browser, install it, and start watching Flash video, playing Flash games and doing all that other stuff that Android and Flash do so well. Huzzah!
For those of you who are running rooted and ROM'd Nexus Ones with a custom recovery module -- either Amon Ra or ClockworkMod or the like -- it's now stupidly easy to upgrade to Android 2.2 Paul at MoDaCo did the legwork. All you have to do is download his patched (and already rooted) version of Froyo, slap it on your SD card, and apply it per usual through the Recovery. No muss, no fuss, and you'll even keep your current settings, and it's a hell of a lot easier than rolling back.
Let's all pause from the Froyo mania for a second and ponder the above picture, brought to us via Howard Forums. This purportedly is the Motorola Shadow, which kind of looks like a mashup between an HTC and Moto device, borrowing a number of stylings from the former.
That's about all we know at the moment, well, that and it's about time we saw some new hotness come out of Moto. Thanks to everybody who sent this in!
One thing that apparently already is working its way out in the open (unlike the mythical Nexus One Froyo update that's only reaching a blessed few) is the new crash report tool for Android applications. We got a look at this during the keynote on Thursday at Google IO, and it's a nice little feature. If an app crashes on you, tap the "Report" button. Then you can send your system data directly to the developer, so they can figure out what happened. You also can leave "Feedback." Try to keep that constructive, huh?
Developers then get the bug reports and can act on them. Below is what we see. Pretty cool, huh? I've got the report feature on the Droid and Nexus One, but not the Evo 4G thus far. Thanks, @macprv!
So here's the thing: TechCrunch's M.G. Siegler apparently awoke to an over-the-air update of Android 2.2 (Froyo) on his Nexus One. And immediately, everybody and their mother started posting "Froyo being pushed out to the Nexus One!" Thing is, only a scant few people seem to actually have gotten the update thus far. So maybe it's being pushed out, and maybe it's not. Let's all take a deep breath, m'kay?
If in fact it is on the way, we'll have the manual update location shortly, and we'll bring you the instructions, just like last time, so you don't have to wait on the OTA update.
For those of you who are running custom recover modules (such as Amon RA's or ClockworkMod, it's noted that you're going to have to go back to the stock recovery to update Froyo.
For what it's worth, I've rolled back my N1, and no update's come down yet. The fact that a tech journalist got an update certainly is a hell of a coincidence, but maybe I'm just jealous, huh? Anyhoo, sound off in our forums if you find out anything. And for the really adventurous, there's an entire thread at XDA Developers of people saying they don't have the update. [via TechCrunch]
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