Nexus One Users Get the First Taste of Froyo, Android 2.2
Nexus One users will be the first to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones, Google announced today.
Next in line are Verizon Motorola Droid owners who can expect their notification mid-July, followed by Droid X that will be released with Android 2.1 on July 15 with an update to 2.2 scheduled for mid-August.
Google has said all Andriod phones will be 2.2 equipped by the end of the summer. All users should backup their phone data prior to downloading the update.
Google asks for patience: "In order to access the update, you will receive a message on your phone's notification bar. Just download the update, wait for it to install, and you should be all set. This update will be rolled out gradually to phones - and most users will receive the notification by the end of the week."
New with Froyo:
- Up to 5 times faster processing speed
- Up to 3 times faster browsing speed
- Turns Android phones into mobile hotspots for shared Internet access with a computer or other device. The connection can be shared with up to 8 devices.
- LED flash now enabled for phone camcorders and phones will display video at double the previous frame rate — from 10 frames per second to 20. Android phone cameras now support portrait orientation, zoom controls, access to exposure data, and a thumbnail utility.
- Allows phones to “see” video in Adobe Flash 10.1
- New support for Microsoft Exchange users including new password options for better security, remote wipe to reset device to factory settings in case it is stolen or lost, Exchange Calendar integration, and global address lists look-up to auto-complete recipient names in email app.
- Multiple soft keyboards for Latin-based languages including French, Italian and Spanish.
- Bluetooth technology for voice dialing, wirelessly share contacts with other phones and connect to in-vehicle docks.
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