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Monday, August 02, 2010

HTC Desire Froyo Update Android 2.2

On July 21 HTC released the official Android 2.2 aka Froyo update for the HTC Desire. The Update is delivered to you over the air (FOTA). Go to settings / system software updates / and hit "check now" if you want to get it right away.

In no particular order, here's a quick overview of some of the new functions that have been added:

Adobe flash 10.1 showcase now downloadable in the android store
...works fabulously! Even a flashheavy site like okaydave.com works

HTC: new FM Radio widget, new color
Now with real RDS support - wow didn't expect that

voice recognition searches now actually work
with the same tool? hey even voice dialing works fine

HTC: new flashlight using the photo LED - but I think flashlight apps to make the main display shine in bright white are more useful

HTC: added 720p video recording mode
HTC: camera options now also displayed portrait style
(click here for Desire 720p test video)

"recent apps" now showing 8 apps, new design

Wifi Hotspot functionality

Thai and other Asian fonts added, Chinese Input added
they all render in the browser as well as in all apps

  • HTC: easier keyboard language switch through added key
  • new texting dialog makes it much easier to attach files (mms)
  • HTC: new "App share" application
  • HTC: is the calculator widget also new?
  • browser can now display animated GIF
  • browser now supports file upload
  • HTC: powering off phone now delivers better feedback (vibrating)
  • much better MS Exchange ActiveSync security policies support (auto-discovery, GAL look-up, calendar synchronization, remote wipe)
  • better browser performance
  • some apps can now be installed/moved to SD-Card
  • new Android Market widget
  • screen can now also be rotated to the right
  • Android Market now offers the option "update all"
  • THE BAD: all of a sudden google search history was activated automatically

    >> full list of new features at android developers

New Version Details:
Android version 2.2
Baseband version
Kernel version / htc-kernel@and18-2 #1
Build number 2.09.405.8 CL218634 release-keys
Software number 2.09.405.8
Browser version WebKit 3.1

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