Froyo

  • Review: Sprint EVO first carrier Android to get 2.2 upgrade

    The update adds a laundry list of improvements, but will it improve battery life?

    Sprint just announced that you can do a manual update to Android 2.2 Froyo on the HTC EVO. The commercial is right, EVO is first at everything. "What will you do with first?"  I installed Froyo 2.2 and it works beautifully.  On two different EVOs.

    Before I show you how to do it, have a look at the MORE

    - Jul 31, 2010 11:32 AM ET
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  • The Google Phone is dead

    Google stopped selling its Nexus One smartphone today, ending an era and leaving its Froyo OS in limbo.

    Google last week warned that it was getting its last shipment of Nexus One phones in and true to its word, the store has now stopped selling the Nexus One smartphone today.

    The stoppage presents a particularly interesting problem for Google.  They no longer sell a device that runs Android 2.2 (Froyo).  All of the carrier MORE

    - Jul 21, 2010 11:57 AM ET
  • Android helps Amazon triple online music marketshare

    iTunes is still king with over two-thirds of the online music market according to NPD, but Amazon is solidifying its #2 status with prominent position on Android devices.

    The latest NPD data has iTunes at 69.9%, Amazon at 11.6% and Zune, Walmart, Napster and Rhapsody all coming in at 1-2% for the Jan-March calendar year.

    While Rhapsody took the biggest yearly fall to 1.3% down from 4% in the Jan-Mar 2009 time period, Amazon MORE

    - May 26, 2010 11:21 AM ET
  • Hacking Android: EVO gets rooted, Froyo does Hulu, more

    Android developers are already knee deep into the latest Google technology released at I/O last week and have made some significant breakthroughs.

    Sprint EVO 4G rooted:
    What happens when you give away 5000 of your smartphones to the some pretty clever developers at the Google I/O (GOOG) conference?  Sprint (S) found out yesterday when its yet-to-be-released HTC EVO (the most amazing smartphone I've ever touched btw) was rooted.

    That means that developers will soon be able MORE

    - May 24, 2010 12:07 PM ET
  • Google snaps up iPhone app maker SimplifyMedia for cloud music store

    In March, SimplifyMedia bowed out of the iPhone App space telling its customers that it was moving in a new direction.  That direction was toward Mountain View.

    A cryptic blog post in March was the last we saw of SimplifyMedia...until today.

    After developing the technology behind Simplify Media for over 4 years, it is time for us to take it in a new direction. In order to focus on this transition, we MORE

    - May 20, 2010 5:45 PM ET
  • Google makes Android 2.2 (Froyo) official

    It's official. Google just announced Android 2.2 (Froyo), the latest update to its mobile operating system. Here's a handy run-down of some of its included features:

    1. Microsoft Exchange support.

    2. Applications that run 2-5 times faster thanks to the new compiler.

    3. Users availing of tethering and hot spot will receive one joint bill from a carrier, a dig at the iPad, whether it be intentional or not.

    4. The web browser now MORE

    - May 20, 2010 12:21 PM ET
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  • Adobe has make or break Flash opportunity on Android

    For all of the whooping and hollering between Apple and Adobe over the past few months, what really counts is how Flash performs on a smartphone.  We'll find out that answer next week when Froyo is released.

    At next week's Google I/O summit, Google will take the wraps off of Froyo, the next version of its Android OS.  It will likely be available to Nexus One owners first who will be MORE

    - May 13, 2010 3:44 PM ET
  • Android 2.2 tests reveal stunning speed gains

    According to Linpack for Android benchmark results, Android 2.2 (codename 'Froyo') is 450% faster than its predecessor.

    Until now, the biggest update to Google's Android OS 2.2, expected later this month, was Flash support. But Android enthusiast blog, Android Police, got a hold of a copy of Android 2.2 and ran some benchmark tests on it.

    They found that the new OS alone flew through the Linpack for Android benchmark a full MORE

    - May 12, 2010 4:57 PM ET
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