vcf cards in froyo

Here's a great find that comes to us from Emlil at androidscoop. Froyo now gives users the ability to import .vcf cards into contacts.  Even better, it looks like Froyo can handle the .vcf files right from the e-mail application as well as Gmail.  Emlil gives a nice walkthrough of
the process using the Gmail application, and we've attached a few pics of doing it through the regular pop mail app. 

Also very cool is the ability to share contacts as .vcf files.  Again, Emlil walks us through doing it via Gmail, so we grabbed a few snaps of doing it over bluetooth.  Business users as well as those of us with big address books will surely find a use for this one.

Jump past the break to see some more pics and a short breakdown.

(Thanks Emlil! 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!)

vcf card rec'd

When a .vcf file is received by the e-mail app, opening it gives you some choices.  Contacts is the choice we want.  You'll see a quick progress bar telling you the file is being read, then Shazam -- all set up in your contacts and ready to go.

.vcf file imported into Android contacts

Would you pay $19.95 for this?  Don't answer yet, there's more!  You can send .vcf cards too.  Let's send one over Bluetooth from a Nexus One to my trusty HTC Hero.  No, the Hero has no idea what to do with the file, but we're just showing the sending process :P

Hit the menu button while you're looking at a contact, and you see the option to share it

sharing an Android contact

When you select share, you'll get a dialog asking you how you want to share it.  If you select Bluetooth, you'll need to pick a device from your list of paired devices

sending an android contact  paired BT devices

Over on my Hero, I get a dialog telling me there's a Bluetooth request.  If I say yes, I'll see a pop up window and a notification telling me there's a file incoming.  Check it out below

authorize me please!  incoming!

Check the notification and you see that you need to accept the file transfer.  Since I know this Jerry fellow, I'll allow it :).  When it finishes you get another notification up top.  Have a look.

trust me :)  file received

Now if I had some good old Froyo lovin' on my Hero, I could open the .vcf file with contacts and start all over again.  Froyo's looking better every time I use it!


Reader comments

Froyo Feature: vcf contact cards now integrated into Android 2.2


YES! something i was complaining about two weeks ago, was going to see if it was changed. Thanks Emlil at androidscoop for finding this out.

oops! lol

That's everything turned down except the media i can play some Barry White and pester the wife :P

If you have Barcode Scanner installed it will also present you with the option to share that way. It generates a QR Code that another Android device with Barcode Scanner can read.

Go ahead accuse me of being to lazy to look it up, but this is just as good a place as any to ask. In Contacts does the birthday field on the phone sync with your Google account and is it editable in Froyo now?

This might be a good spot to ask: does anyone know why, now with froyo, that in my SMS conversations, my picture is no longer there. My friends picture is there, but when i click the blank picture (for mine), it wants to add my phone number to my contacts list. I don't feel that i should have to do that to set my picture, shouldn't it just grab my google/googletalk picture? (like it did before) am i missing something?

I for one am shocked that earlier versions of Android do not have this ability. Hell WebOS has had it since Version 1.0.

I really want to like Android but it seems so unfinished to me.

Are you kidding me? WebOS is still the most unfinished mobile OS. It just got voice recording capability, LOL! When it came out, there was no mic support, no video recording, no 3d support, the exchange support was so buggy,no one was able to connect, contact management was a joke.....

WeboS unfinished? Its had 3d gaming for awhile now....btw i mean games equal to ones iphoneOS has....i like android n have the hero n am getting evo nxt week, but webOS is alot more like iphoneOS...wim is its cleaner.

does PROPER multitasking, n to kill apps you dont have to use a task manager n kill all os functions..if you use preware like most users do, you have had vide recording for awhile n with classic app audio recording has been for awhile n preware recently got audio recording, but really audio recording doesnt make or break a phone, the audio recorder on htc hero sux

Contact management was great on my pre, if you dont want a contact you just slide to the side n deleteed....

Plus the mobile hotspot! Yes on sprint

Android is nice but not until 2.2 has it caught majority of android phones hardware is junk...n stock android is boring, sense is great!....

I had a sprint Pre so I had webOS when it was just released. The 3d games came about 7-9 months after release and I've been reading they're very buggy and require a restart to even start playing. Its multitasking is WORSE than Android. The cards tend to fool people. Because it has pretty poor memory management, flicking away cards does not mean the program is completely closed or all that memory is available. Keep using it and its gets slow and eventually you get the dreaded "too many cards open" error.

The fact that you have to hack it immediately (via preware) to get added features (that already existed in Android since the beginning)is proof its unfinished. Ok so lets compare apples to apples. If you're going to talk preware, then I'll talk about the tons more hacks Android has. Hotspot? Tethering? Android had that a long, long time ago as a third party hack. Please, let's not get nuts here. Android is way ahead of WebOS in terms of memory management, maturity, features and apps.

And you don't NEED a task killer. That's just what the uninformed thinks. And are you seriously going to talk hardware? You're picking up an Evo because? Yes say it, the Pre isn't cutting it anymore.

Don't get me wrong. I liked the Pre and was pretty faithful to Palm for a while but I opened my eyes and realized they were getting left behind and better hardware /software were everywhere else.