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All posts tagged "froyo"

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Quick Tip: Removing Your Keyboard Without Using the Back Button

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 07:00 AM

"Android: If you're ever in a situation where you need to get out of the Android keyboard, a somewhat hidden shortcut will close it right up: just swipe from the top of the keyboard to the bottom."

Here's a quick tip to use the next time your keyboard annoys you! Just swipe your keyboard from top to bottom and it will disappear. Works on most phones that run Gingerbread and Froyo but will not work on HTC phones. A quick and easy way to get rid of that keyboard, especially if you just don't want to spend those few extra seconds moving your thumb to the back button!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Notion Ink Adam: From Prototype to Disappointment

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 11:00 PM

"The saga of the Notion Ink Adam is a tale like many we could name -- it's the story of a tiny company struggling to bring a vision to market, facing friction from investors, factories and the march of time itself. The difference is that the Adam captured the imaginations of gadget fiends like ourselves with ideas that were fantastic from day one and are still novel now that it's finally been released, including a paneled UI, full USB host functionality, and of course that Pixel Qi screen. But does the Adam deliver on the promises of unifying form and function with such technology? In two words: Not really."

From a unique prototype to a disappointment in production, the Notion Ink Adam tries to implement some of the features that techies initially found so cool, but fails on most. The Pixel Qi screen can be used outdoors with the backlight turned off, but it disappoints otherwise. With Android 2.2 (Froyo) and a UI called Eden, the Adam looks cool, but fails to deliver on its promises. Frequent crashes on apps and games, reboots, and hangs are the order of the day. Apps don't behave the same in different modes, and, for instance, the calendar app doesn't import-from or export-to any other calendars, so it's a standalone calendar. Even the battery life is about 1/3 of what was initially anticipated. The Adam really is not ready for the marketplace in this version.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cisco Cius Tablet Now Available, at Least for Some

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:30 AM

"Cisco said in a blog post last week that its direct sales representatives and channel partners began accepting orders for the Cius on March 31. Through the end of May, the company is delivering the devices to “key customer accounts we’ve identified with unique use cases,” spokeswoman Molly Ford said in an e-mail interview."

While your average consumer can't get the Cius until June Cisco has started selling it to "key customer accounts" that apparently have special needs for it. The Cius is made to work specifically with Cisco's teleconferencing applications. As far as an Android tablet goes these days, it's not very exciting with an Atom CPU and only Android 2.2. I guess it may do well in the corporate market but I can't see that it would sell well at all in the private sector. It seems to me it would be smarter for Cisco to write an Android app to work with their TelePresence software. What do you think? Would you be interested in a Cisco branded Froyo tablet?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

G2x Available For Pre-orders Now; In Stores April 20th

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 07:00 AM

T-mobile is releasing to stores the G2x on April 20th, but the phone is available for pre-order on their website now. It will cost you $199.99 with a new 2 year agreement and $50 rebate or $499.99 with no contract. The phone comes with Froyo (upgrade available),NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP2OH dual-core processor, bluetooth, 4G and front and rear cameras. T-mobile is selling it as an ultra fast gaming phone. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Live On Your Wrist: The Sony Ericsson LiveView

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 06:00 AM

Product Category: Accessory
Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson
Where to Buy: Expansys
Price: $99.99
System Requirements: Most phones running Android 2.2, list here
Specifications: Dimensions 11.0 x 35.0 x 35.0 Weight 15.0 g, micro-USB charging, wearable on a clip or on included watchband.


  • I don't have to take my phone out every 10 minutes during a meeting;
  • Plugin system shows promise;
  • Low price.


  • Reconnection is a pain;
  • Some assembly required;
  • Lack of touch screen.

Summary: The LiveView is a device that acts as an "essentials" screen for your smartphone, tethering to it and displaying notifications and incoming messages. It's described as a LiveView Window to your world. But how well does it actually accomplish this task? Read on for the scoop. Read more...

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Milestone Finally gets an Official Froyo Update

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 08:00 AM

"Flash Player 10.1, a faster browser and mobile hotspot capabilities await the intrepid updater, but Motorola warns that any DRM-locked media you have on your SD card will be lost. Weirdly enough, there's also a caution that "users may experience some adverse effects associated with the upgrade which could include slower operation of some phone functions and applications.""

This is great news for all Milestone owners across the pond! I don't understand why it took Moto this long to get Froyo ready for the Milestone when they had it for the Droid back in August or something like that. I guess it has to do with one carrier over here verses many over there. Anyway, it's finally available. It does seem a little odd to me that apparently the upgrade is via a connected computer and not over the air as most of us are used to over here. That last line in the quote warning about the possibility of "some adverse effects" is a little disconcerting though. Did you install the update? Let use know what you think!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Have a Vibrant? Get your Froyo!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 06:00 AM

According to TmoNews Froyo is finally available for the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant on T-Mobile. It's taking a long time for the Galaxy S phones to get Android 2.2. I'm glad to finally see it coming to the Vibrant. Have you gotten it? How's it working for you?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Samsung Vibrant Due To Get Froyo Tomorrow?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 03:00 PM,281...,2376045,00.asp

"An Android 2.2 upgrade for the Samsung Vibrant will roll out to subscribers starting on Jan. 21, T-Mobile's chief marketing officer Cole Brodman confirmed to PCMag today."

I suppose some would say, "It's about freakin' time!" T-Mobile has confirmed that the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant will begin rolling out in waves starting January 21. Not everyone will get it the first day but they expect to have it pushed out to all users with in a few weeks. One interesting thing to note is that according to T-Mobile, Samsung gave them the base 2.2 update back in November. It has just taken this long for T-Mo to get all of their skins and bloatware mashed into the device. And people wonder why I refuse to buy carrier branded phones...

Monday, January 10, 2011

News On Two Anticipated Updates

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 03:30 PM

Two little news bits on upcoming updates: First, the bad news. The myTouch Slide Android 2.2 update will be delayed due to unreliable Wi-Fi calling and a misdirection of which partition to store the update. HTC is working on the issues but no release date is set yet. Second, the good news. The myTouch 3G 3.5mm Jack and myTouch Fender LE Android 2.2 Froyo updates will be released beginning January 12th with all customer's receiving their update by February 1st. This update has been desired by myTouch fans since the release of the myTouch 3G updates in October and December of last year. Finally, the wait is over!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Rumors Wrong Again, Epic 4G Froyo ROM Delayed

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 06:00 AM

"It's been confirmed by a source that there is a DL19 ROM. Normally updates come 2 weeks after the ROM is made which makes sense for the DL11 to come on the 26th because that is 15 days after it was made. Since there is now a DL19, it doesn't look like the Samsung Epic 4G will be getting Froyo until January."

Well, the rumor mill was wrong again. Anymore the only way I'll believe a ROM is going to drop is when I see it for myself on my own device. Anything else is usually all rumors, speculations, and people trying to make a name for themselves reporting things that may just be fabrications.

Tags: rom, delay, froyo, epic 4g

Friday, November 19, 2010

Viewsonic ViewPad 7 Unboxing

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 05:30 PM

"The ViewPad 7 gets unboxed!! In case you missed it, its got a 7-inch display capacitive touchscreen with 800×480 resolution, phone capabilities, front and back-facing cameras, 3G connectivity, a SIM card slot, and Android 2.2 "Froyo"."

Pretty good looking tablet, advertised as a Smart Pad with a Phone! Nice additions include SD and microSD slots. The ViewPad 7 ships with a case, with the case differing by geography. If you're in the UK, you can take part in Viewsonic's upgrade plan where you get up to £125 cash back when you trade in an old laptop, notebook or netbook. No additional solid details are available, like estimated price or availability in North America.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Archos 43 Tablet Features Android 2.2

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 05:30 PM

"A connected AndroidTM palm-sized tablet A simple tap. Just a simple tap on the home screen of the ARCHOS 43 internet tablet and you'll be accessing all the major functions you need throughout the day wherever you are: HD video playback, HD camcorder, apps, emails and full Internet browsing. It's as simple as a tap."

An ideal form factor for carrying in a pocket at 4.3-inches, light at 4.6-ounces (130g), and sporting a ARM Cortex A8 processor with DSP at 1 GHz, as well as 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration, this Wi-fi only tablet seems like quite a bargain at $249.99. With Android 2.2 (Froyo) already on-board, and a 720p video camera (camcorder), it seems that the only thing lacking is access to the Android Market. Archos' own AppLib store is offered, but is really no replacement. Reviews have been good, but many tablet seekers seem to be waiting for the larger Archos 101, already on sale in Europe ( link ), and rumored to be available soon in the US for $299.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Gingerbread Decoration Put On Lawn To Cool

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android News" @ 11:30 AM

"Cupcake, donut, eclair, froyo. That's not just a list of Android iterations, it's also an inventory of all the giant decorations..."

A giant gingerbread man has been spotted on the lawn of the Google Headquarters to join his other "sweet treat" friends! Does this mean that gingerbread may soon be out of the oven and ready for our enjoyment? We hope so because gingerbread is always a tasty treat!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Advance Your Angry Birds In A Shady Way

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 05:00 PM

"Angry Birds is arguably one of the most popular mobile games around. With it's cross platform release, just hitting Android this month to a download base of over 2 million it's first weekend, it has many users. Many are looking for a way past a select few levels that they are stuck on - now it's possible."

This past two days have seen myself and a certain Contributing Editor of ours (who happens to live with me) become absolutely addicted to Angry Birds. I've been playing on my Nexus One, she's got it on a slightly larger device since her MyTouch 3G is still lacking Froyo. Anyway, since we're playing more or less in sync with each other, I suppose I shouldn't let her know that I now have a way to get past the stubborn piggies. But hey, it's not like she'll see this anytime soon - she'll be playing again before Midnight I'm sure!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Android 2.2 Froyo Arrives Today For T-Mobile myTouch 3G Users

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 01:00 AM

"It's been quite a while since we've heard anything regarding the myTouch3G and future Android updates. A lot of you owners have moved on to bigger and better things but for those of you still holding on, or holding out for something better than I hope I have your attention. Beginning tomorrow, that's right, TOMORROW T-Mobile and HTC will begin an OTA rollout of Android 2.2"

The 2.2 Froyo update will be released as a staggered roll out, starting October 13th! This is fantastic news for us "older" Android users out there! But, unfortunately, this update will only be available for the original myTouch 3G and not for the myTouch 3G 3.5mm jack, myTouch Fender Limited Edition or myTouch 3G Slide. At least it gives me hope that T-Mobile hasn't forgotten about me and my update!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Upgrade For Android 2.0 Market May Appear Soon

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 06:00 AM

"We've got reports coming in that users with some Milestones, Vibrants and Fascinates running Android version 2.1-update 1 are seeing a silent update to the Android Market..."

Looks like a rumor has been reported that a possible upgrade for the Android 2.0 market may be in the works!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

O2 Halts Froyo Update For HTC Desire

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 02:00 PM

O2 has confirmed that it did put the HTC Desire Android 2.2 update live and ready for users to download - but has had to halt updates.

Any O2 users out there who downloaded this update? Are you experiencing the same freezes and crashes described in the article?

Tags: htc, o2, froyo, desire

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Want The Latest GMail For Your Phone?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 05:30 PM

'It hasn't been officially released yet, but an updated version of Gmail (2.2.1) is out and ready to replace the existing app on your HTC EVO 4G. Among the new features are improved performance in most areas of the app and a revamped header that makes it much easier to reply to and forward messages."

If you're dreaming of the newest GMail build that you've seen floating around, download links are apparently now leaking out via XDA Developers and other sites. The main update is the floating header that keeps reply, forward, and reply to all buttons easily findable (Although I keep scrolling to the bottom looking for the old ones...). It's also built into the latest version of CyanogenMod.

What Is Your Must-Have Feature?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 08:30 AM

This summer, on a whim, I decided to write a book. Because I knew it would be a substantial writing project, and because I'd never used Google Docs for anything in particular, I figured I'd try using it for my manuscript. While I eventually ditched it (That's a whole different post), While I was using it, I found that I'd need to be connected to the Internet while writing to have it auto save (duh...). The problem was, sometimes inspiration would hit me on the train home, and even though this is 2010, Metro North Railroad still doesn't have WiFi on it's trains. So I used my Android phone's built in Tethering support. When I got an iPad in July, I also found the tethering indispensable - allowing me to surf the web on my way home when not being annoyed by throngs of Yankees fans on their way back from a game.
For me, Froyo's built-in tethering is the Must-Have feature of my Nexus One. It is something that, now that I have, I never want to be without. What is your essential Android feature?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

How to manually install Froyo on your Droid Incredible

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 03:00 PM

"Froyo has already been rolling out to the Droid Incredible for a few days now, but if you haven't gotten your tap on the shoulder yet and you would like to go ahead and speed up the process then just follow the instructions below."

Like most Incredible users, I was beginning to lose my patience with Verizon. Over the last week, Verizon support has been patiently responding to users via Twitter, indicating they had no ETA. I was a little worried about trying this on my device, since you can't just swap your sim card to a new device should something go wrong. All concerns aside, I finally tried this yesterday. These steps are clear and easy to follow, and the update went quite smoothly.

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