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3 years ago

Yes, the version of Froyo we're using isn't final, but you knew that, right?

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Yes, folks, we're well aware that the Froyo ROM we're all running on our Nexus Ones isn't a final build. We said as much on Monday, and it was confirmed by Google just a couple of hours later and has been reiterated several times since.

Think it through: The Froyo update first started showing up on a few devices -- journalists no less -- and these were devices that originally were distributed by Google. So the Goog knew the IMEIs -- a unique identifier of the phone -- and started pushing out early updates. It was a targeted distribution.

When an over-the-air update is pushed, it actually just tells your phone "Go to this Internet address to download the update." From that point, it's just a matter of finding the download location (which takes about 30 seconds if you know how), and that's the ball game. The rest of us now have this early version of Froyo.

Rest assured, we'll see a more final build soon, and hopefully we'll have the source code released before then so that our favorite chefs can get to cooking. As for when a specific phone will get a Froyo update, well, we don't know. And it's really unlikely anybody else does at this point either. So be careful in reading those random posts from customer-service bots or some guy in a store. We thought we'd taught you better than that. :)

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3 years ago

How to turn off Sense on the Evo 4G and return the stock Android home screens

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We still think it's kind of cheating to want to run an HTC phone without the Sense user interface, but we're also champions of choice. And so, we bring you instructions on how to turn off the Sense UI on the Sprint Evo 4G. And we ran a couple more benchmarking tests to see if there was any noticeable speed difference once Sense was gone. Our results, after the break.

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3 years ago

Froyo Feature: Easily switch between your eight-most recent applications

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We've heard people on other platforms complain that it's not easy to switch apps on Android. Apparently they weren't aware that all you have to do is hold down the Home button, and you get an app switcher. And it's gotten better in Android 2.2, with Froyo giving access to the eight most recent applications, doubling another third over what we've been used to. (That's four six, for you non-math majors.) Yeah, that's been available through various apps before, but now it's native, and it's a welcome change. 

(Thanks, Stephen! 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

Benchmarking Android 2.2 (Froyo) and the JIT against Android 2.1 (Eclair)

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[YouTube link]

We were there when Google showed off the power of Android 2.2 and Froyo's new Just-in-Time compiler -- think zoom zoom! -- but you know the old saying ... trust, by verify. And so we shall. Above we have the Nexus One with Froyo, the Evo 4G with Android 2.1 and Sense, and the Motorola Droid with Android 2.1. Ran them all through Linpack, and the numbers hold up. We're seeing scores on Android 2.2 that are 600 percent or so higher than on Android 2.1. And this is in a pre-release version of Froyo, without any of the optimizations that we're likely to see from the ROM chefs out there. Booyah.

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3 years ago

HTC Incredible vanishes, reappears with an extra 2GBs (updated)

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The HTC Incredible vanished from Verizon's website on Tuesday -- for a grand total of about 6 minutes. Don't worry, it's not in the midst of some massive recall or anything. It apparently was just to swap out some of the specs -- mainly the addition of a 2GB microSD card, says Mobile Burn. (Though we don't see that mentioned.) That said, the estimated shipping date is June 15, so you might want to trek to your nearest brick-and-mortar store if you're looking for one. [Mobile Burn via VZW]

Update: Verizon just got back with us, and indeed the down time was nothing more nefarious than to update the microSD card spec. Sky's not falling.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App - Adobe Reader

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You can get a PDF file viewer anywhere, but we all know that Adobe does it the best, and it just released an official Adobe Reader app [Market link] for Android. First impression is its pure simplicity, and I mean that in a good way. Now, before you get excited – make sure you’re running Éclair, and have at least 550MHz CPU with 256MB of RAM, or else it’s just not going to be a smooth experience.

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3 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G sized up alongside the Palm Pre

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We hear ya. There are a lot of you out there on Sprint who are looking at your Palm Pre and wondering how it would be to hold the Evo 4G in its place. Ask and ye shall receive. After the break are more photos and video of the Android 2.1 Evo 4G alongside the webOS-based Palm Pre. It's not really a fair fight at this point, but at least they got in the ring.

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3 years ago

Froyo Feature: A better stock Android keyboard

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Not quite sure the stock Android 2.2 keyboard is going to take over the top spot from some of our favorites, but it's definitely getting better. Used to be to type a number or symbol, you'd have to hit the button at the lower left, then hit the key you want. Let's just say I was not a fan.

Now to get a number or symbol, all you have to do is swipe your finger toward to top of the screen from the qwerty row of the keyboard, and you get 'em. It's a small improvement, but definitely a welcome one.

But, wait, there's more. Hold down the ?123 key to bring up the option (OK, that's not new, but it's still good to know). Even better, though, is if you have more than one language installed. If that's the case, you can easily switch from an English QWERTY keyboard to the German QWERTZ keyboard by swiping left and right on the space bar. Huzzah!

(Thanks, Ceasar! 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

Google nav or Sprint nav?, Win a EVO 4G, Android apps, Incredible returns, Moto Droid and Froyo

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3 years ago

Vlingo speech app now available in the Market

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We've been using Vlingo during its brief beta process, and now you can too, as it's finally in the Android Market. In a nutshell, Vlingo takes the place of Google's built-in voice-to-text service, but it goes even farther (and dare we say, at times works better). In addition to allowing you to dictate just about anything to your heart's content, it also will read incoming text messages and e-mails, which is great for when you're driving. (Though let's hope we get some better voices for that in the near future.)

Vlingo's available now in the Android Market [link] for $9.99. Check out video of it in action after the break.

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