Pocketnow.com has put up a handy little video showcasing the internet browsers of Windows Phone 7, a Nexus One running froyo, and an iPhone. Its a heads up deathmatch! Well without all the killing, but you get what I mean right??
One thing to note, the Windows Phone 7 device and the software are not final builds so come the actual production model, some things can be a little different, this is just to give you a good idea on how things will run when WP7 is actually released!
SOURCE : POCKETNOW.COM
Good news for all you EVO 4G owners out there! This coming Tuesday, Sprint will begin rolling out Android 2.2 to customers using the HTC EVO 4G, so when you see the update icon show up on your phone, be sure to hit it!
Sprint is the first wireless carrier to bring Android 2.2 to customers using the award-winning HTC EVO™ 4G beginning Tuesday, Aug. 3
Android 2.2 offers HTC EVO 4G feature enhancements including Bluetooth® voice dialing, built-in Flash, the ability to store apps to the memory card and much, much more
The award-winning HTC EVO 4G just got that much better. We are excited to announce that beginning the week of Aug. 1; Sprint will begin rolling out the Android 2.2 upgrade to its HTC EVO 4G customers.
Sprint will be the first wireless carrier to bring1 the latest version of Android to its customers. The Android 2.2 software release provides a significant number of feature enhancements, including:
• Voice Dialing Over Bluetooth.
• Application Storage on External Memory, giving users more storage room for all their apps.
• Camera 4-way rotation allows the camera icons to rotate with the camera.
"Sprint is thrilled with our customers’ response to HTC EVO 4G and the innovative and exciting experience it offers," said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development for Sprint. "It is exciting for us to lead the industry in bringing the Android 2.2 update to these customers and improve on the amazing experience they receive with America’s first 4G capable phone."
Sprint will begin sending update notifications to users in waves beginning Tuesday, Aug. 3 and the upgrade should be available for all HTC EVO 4G users by the middle of August.
The notification will let the users know that the update is available and it will provide the simple two-step over-the-air download process.
1. Users will receive a notification that Android 2.2 is available for download.
2. Once the user has downloaded the update, they will be prompted to install the update. The user will be notified that their device will be disabled during the installation process. The phone will be ready to use once the process completes.
For those who just can’t wait to get Android 2.2, there will be an easy user initiated option to download the upgrade. Customers can access the software update through their HTC EVO 4G under the Settings Menu System Updates HTC Software Update. This will initiate the three-step process also.
SOURCE : ENGADGET
Found this awesome review of the new Android 2.2 firmware, codenamed “Froyo” over at Gizmodo.com, and decided to share it with everyone here. Enjoy!
Android 2.2—aka Froyo—is the most usable, polished iteration of Android yet. But more importantly, it’s the first release that makes Android truly compelling for a broad consumer audience. Froyo’s updates aren’t that radical, but serious under-the-hood improvements and refinements throughout make it tangibly more pleasing to use.
Need for Speed
Without getting overly technical, Android executes its apps in a layer above its core Linux OS in a virtual machine called Dalvik. One of the major under-the-hood changes in 2.2 is a just-in-time compiler for Dalvik, which—here come the chocolate sprinkles—results in a 2x–5x performance boost for CPU-heavy code. That means faster apps—faster everything. (Google demoed it last week with the game Replica Island, which kept a higher framerate while doing more stuff in 2.2 compared to its performance on Android 2.1)
In everyday use, the new compiler combined with Android’s efficient memory management means that pretty much everything you do, in both the general OS as well as apps, feels more responsive. The speed increase itself isn’t staggering in and of itself, but the subconscious effects of a smoother, less draggy experience are real. The slowdowns and stutters I’ve come to just expect from Android (even with beefier processors) are mostly gone. And after a year-and-a-half of dealing with them, it’s kind of remarkable to no longer rage at Android’s persistent lagging.
According to Google, this speed boost incongruously comes with slightly better battery life. But any power improvements haven’t been dramatic enough for us to notice during tests on the Nexus One.
I compared a Nexus One with 2.1 to one running 2.2 (both on Wi-Fi). Here’s what I saw on a handful of sites, some with Flash set to "on demand" (that’s essentially "off"); some with with Flash turned on completely. Plus we threw the Flash-less iPad in for comparison. As you can see, the boosts are non-trivial—extra speed that adds up to a far happier browsing experience.
The biggest feature in the browser is that it now supports Adobe Flash, an optional download from the Android Market. That might be more blessing than curse. If you leave Flash turned on, the purpose it will most often serve is to render Flash ads. Fortunately, you have the option to make plugins for the Android browser available "on demand," so it works more like ClicktoFlash—you click when you want a piece of Flash to render. The version of Flash available now is "pre-beta" so it doesn’t have common desktop features like hardware acceleration for h.264 video. It’s also not exactly perfect at rendering stuff, as you can see comparing this Flash-based infographic on the phone versus desktop, which limits its utility, as least given the way I browse on a phone. (I’m not a Farmville player, and Hulu blocks Android 2.2.)
It’s the Little Things
The speed boost in 2.2 is fantastic, but what makes Froyo a truly great update is that it tightens bolts all across the entire platform. Android has evolved into a real product, on a totally different level than its first year.
One of Android’s major shortcomings has been its interface, which has varied from wildly inconsistent to simply confusing. The UI is largely the same—it’s still more complex and less elegant than either the iPhone or Palm’s webOS—but it’s striking how much nicer it feels thanks to even a few tweaks.
• Inside of Gmail, you can now quickly switch between accounts by tapping the name of the account in the top right hand corner.
• When you plug the phone into your computer and turn on USB storage, a fancy Android graphic now tells you what’s up, with clear instructions about mounting and unmounting your phone.
• The camera app’s controls are markedly improved, putting all of the settings like white balance and flash mode right up front, rather than sticking them behind a finicky slider that didn’t work half the time.
• Usefully and enjoyable—and with maybe just a little poking at Apple—galleries now have a pinch-to-peek gesture, so that you can see what photos are inside of a gallery before you open it.
Perhaps my favorite tweaks are on the home screen.
• Since smartphones have been shedding buttons like promise rings on prom night, a new center widget on the home screen puts the dialer, app menu and browser permanently at your fingertips.
• Pressing and holding the central apps button brings up thumbnail previews of every screen on your desktop. Update: Originally, these preview tabs popped up only when you pressed and held the left/right desktop buttons—which I never used, since I always swiped from one desktop to another.
Android’s still not all the way there. There are still too many buried features, hidden by menu button, and general complexities, like a separate email app for non-Gmail accounts, remain. Selecting text, while now possible in the Gmail app, is confusing. And the white-on-black interface for the dialer and contacts seems even more out of place now that messages and Gtalk use a lighter UI.
The interface could always stand to be sleeker and more graceful. It’s so strange, in a way, that Android has the most impressive voice controls and speech-to-text of any phone out there, but basic things like copy-and-paste can feel as slippery as brain surgery on a snail. The problem extends to the Android Market. Sure, one day we might be pushing apps to the phone from our desktop, but app discoverability, particularly on the phone itself, is a long way from optimal.
But you can see where things are going. And it feels more unified and complete than it ever has, which is a good thing. (Except the touch keyboard. It still feels like you’re typing with two fingers glued together, and Andy Rubin didn’t offer us much hope on that front.)
The App Scene
Android now has a built-in, legit task manager, and while it’s a little too deep in the settings, you can kill unruly apps that gobble memory. (Thankfully, I haven’t had to do so in 2.2). You can move apps to the SD card, which is a big deal since you were previously limited to however many apps would fit within the puny internal storage in the phone. (This appears to be something developers have to allow, since only a couple of apps gave me the option to do so.)
And, while I haven’t tested this (since I’m using the same phone and I don’t think any apps support the API yet), apps can back up your data, so when you move to a new phone, all of your inner-app data will show up with the fresh install.
While it’s not too much use to anyone on AT&T in NY or SF, perhaps the biggest new feature is the portable hotspot, which works as perfectly as you’d hope. Check the box, and you’re sharing your 3G connection over Wi-Fi with any device you want. Security is limited to WPA2, unfortunately, making integration with older devices difficult. It also works while charging, so why even bother with tethering?
The official Twitter app is built-in, much like Facebook has been since Android 2.0, and it is deeply integrated with your contacts. The setup is automagical, though if it screws up the pairing—say if somebody’s Twitter handle gets assigned to the wrong person—good luck fixing it. Still, the effect is charming, especially if a contact is as deeply tied into Google as you are, since every avenue by which you could possibly want to contact them is at your fingertips. (On the flip side, Google’s contact management within Gmail is still pretty horrendous.)
Accounts are improved in a few ways. For me, the most important is that now you can see calendars from every Google account on the phone, whereas before only calendars from one primary account synced. But serious corporate users get some of the love too, since Exchange calendars work now as well. I didn’t test any of the Exchange administrator features, like remote wipe, but I’ll say being able to set a real alphanumeric passcode for the screenlock instead of a grease-trail-reside gesture sounds much, much improved.
Google’s Good Stuff…That’s Not In Froyo
Some of the most impressive stuff that Google showed off last week is still a ways off—features that we know are coming but won’t make it into Froyo.
The current built-in music app is as clunky and ugly as ever, and managing music on the phone is not nearly as easy as it should be. But Google’s Simply Media-powered streaming demo, which was demonstrated streaming an entire library from a home computer to a phone, wouldn’t just fix the sync issue, it would leapfrog what everybody else currently offers. (Though the unlimited streaming Zune Pass for Kin would be a close second.)
Also, no third-party apps are currently using the upcoming cloud-to-device messaging service Google showed off—it’s like push notifications on the iPhone, but super-powered, so you could send links and even begin app downloads on your phone from, say, your desktop browser. Update: The Chrome-to-Phone extension is live, and it works for the basic things Google showed, like sending links, maps, and YouTube videos from your browser to the phone. It was pretty instant, though I think I tried to send too much stuff to fast, and wound up building up a queue of links that got stuck, and then executed really fast, one after the other. Still, impressive. (No OTA app or music downloading yet, though.)
Android 2.2 is the first version of Android that feels totally complete—it performs like it should and it has most of the features it should. It’s not quite at the point my mother could use it without a precarious learning curve, but you can see how it’s going to get better. It’s safe to say that with Froyo, Android has become something that most people really can use—and love.
Considering again where Android was 6, 12 and 18 months ago, I can believe the promises Google has made: that Android will blow your mind in another 6 months. The future of Android really has never looked brighter.
Fastest version of Android yet, in an actually noticeable way
Interface improved in small ways all around
Built-in portable hotspot powers (though subject to your carrier’s evil whims)
Android Market is better in key ways, but needs more work
The keyboard still blows
The music and videos situation is pretty sad
The overall complexity of Android remains
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SOURCE : GIZMODO
Found this gem over on Xda-Developers, and also on Lifehacker that the long awaited Froyo update has been leaked. Reports say that firmware 2.2 is slowly being sent to random Nexus One’s, and the android community has banded together and pulled the Nexus One update for all of us to update to early!
*Follow SimonNWalker’s step by step guide here on the Androidspin forums
*Once your update is complete, go to the Andoid Market and search Adobe Flash Player and have fun!
Please note! This 2.2 update is for the NEXUS ONE ONLY and will not work with any other phones! I will not be held responsible for any bricked phones from your own inexperience. Please do all of your research first before stepping into firmware flashing and learn the pros and cons of what you are doing!
Personally myself, I want to wait for the Cyanogenmod version of this to be released, but depending on the reports on the xda forums, I might be stepping up to the pre-rooted version early.
*edit 1* Google has confirmed that froyo is in fact rolling out to Nexus One owners!
*edit 2* Aparentaly the leaked version of Froyo is a release candidate, so it has a chance to become the final build of Froyo unless bugs are found that need to be fixed – SOURCE : ANDROIDPOLICE.COM
I like froyo, you like froyo, everyone likes froyo. Android users probably have the biggest craving for froyo right now then anyone else. Sadly I’m not talking about the delicious dessert that your probably thinking about, but instead, im talking about the Android 2.2 update named “froyo” (wow thats alot of froyo’s in this post so far…8 by my count) Google has for some reason decided to name their previous android releases after some of the most delicious treats out there (Cupcake, Donut, Eclair). They have also put a plastic sculpture of each delicious treat outside of their HQ to go along with the release of each update. Previously Google has unveiled the sculptures a few days ahead of the release of the updates, so here’s hoping that Google sticks to what they have been doing and release the update soon!
Pictures we now have, but the sculpture is sadly still wrapped in saran wrap. Boychenko was instructed to remove the saran wrap to get a better picture, but she was stopped by diligent Googlers: “Some [Googlers] threatened to call security when I tried to unwrap the saran wrap.”
But for now, here’s some pics of Froyo still under wraps waiting to be revealed!
And last but not least, here’s a video teaser of the Froyo statue
SOURCE : TECHCRUNCH