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3 years ago

Froyo Feature: New security lock options

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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!)

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3 years ago

Froyo Feature: USB and wireless hotspot tethering

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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.

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3 years ago

MyTouch 3G Slide available for pre-order

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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.

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3 years ago

Why carriers need time to upgrade their Android versions [#io2010]

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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.

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3 years ago

Froyo feature: USB Mass Storage tweaks

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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!)

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 13

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Audio-only stream below

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!)

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3 years ago

Android 2.2 Froyo video walkthrough on the Nexus One

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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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3 years ago

How's your color reproduction look on Android 2.2?

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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?

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3 years ago

Now that we have Froyo, it's time to feed Flash to Android 2.2

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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!

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