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Old February 21st, 2011, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Unexpected Perks to having Froyo on the Epic 4g

Just a couple things that I wasn't expecting to see, but was happy to see so far:

- New highlighting method for copy/paste.
- When I'm on a call if I leave the dialer home screen the notification bar has a greenish tint so I remember I'm still connected.

I'm sure there are quite a few more, but these are just the first ones I've noticed within the first half hour of having updated to Froyo. I was kind of hoping that Skype would work over 3g, but oh well.

Please post any new Tips/Tricks that are specific to the Froyo update! =)

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You can swipe right on a contact to call them and left to text them.
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Good catch Kelmar, I think we need a list of all the changes that we find.
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You can swipe right on a contact to call them and left to text them.
It's a cool feature, but how do u disable it? I can see myself calling people I don't really want to call. That could be bad
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Can't stand the bubble display for text messages. Is there a way to change the display view?

So far so good for Froyo, I'm digging it.
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  • Home Screen:
    • New Home screen tips widget assists new users on how to configure the home screen with shortcuts and widgets and how to make use of multiple home screens.
    • If your zoom in with two fingers in the home screen, all panels are shown in one screen and the end user can remove the panel and/or add. The max panel number is 7.
    • The Phone, applications launcher, contacts and messaging now have dedicated shortcuts on the Home screen, making it easy to access them from any of the 7 home screen panels.
  • Exchange Support
    • Improved security with the addition of numeric pin or alpha-numeric password options to unlock device. Exchange administrators can enforce password policy across devices.
    • Remote wipe: Exchange administrators can remotely reset the device to factory defaults to secure data in case device is lost or stolen.
    • Auto-discovery: you just need to know your user-name and password to easily set up and sync an Exchange account (available for Exchange 2007 and higher).
    • Global Address Lists look-up is now available in the Email application, enabling users to auto-complete recipient names from the directory.
  • Improved Performance
    • Performance of the browser has been enhanced using the V8 engine, which enables faster loading of JavaScript-heavy pages.
    • Dalvik Performance Boost: 2x-5x performance speedup for CPU-heavy code over Android 2.1 with Dalvik JIT.
    • The graph to the right shows the performance speedup from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2 using various benchmark tests. For example, LinPack is now more than 5 times faster.
    • Kernel Memory Management Boost: Improved memory reclaim by up to 20x, which results in faster app switching and smoother performance on memory-constrained devices.
  • Device Policy Manager
    • New device policy management APIs allow developers to write "device administrator" applications that can control security features on the device, such as the minimum password strength, data wipe, and so on. Users can select the administrators that are enabled on their devices.
  • Data Backup
    • Apps can participate in data backup and restore, to ensure that users maintain their data after performing a factory reset or when switching devices.
  • Flash Player
    • Device supports Flash Player 10.1
  • Lock Screen
    • New lock screen mode for entering a numeric pin or alphanumeric password
  • Application On External Storage
    • Ability to store and run non-forward locked apps on the SD card
  • Media Framework
    • New media framework (Stagefright) that supports local file playback and HTTP progressive streaming
  • Kernel Upgrade
    • SDIO scheduling and BT improvements
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As for apps, if one of your favorite radio stations happens to be a Clear Channel property, then you can now successfully download and run iheartradio. The only two options in the market are 1.5, and 2.3 "Verizon Only." I opted for the latter, and it's running nicely, despite not actually being on Verizon.

I never did find another player that didn't have the CC stations blocked.
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i notice that you cannot put your phone on silent nor vibrant
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i notice that you cannot put your phone on silent nor vibrant
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i notice that you cannot put your phone on silent nor vibrant

Mine works fine.
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i notice that you cannot put your phone on silent nor vibrant
Vibrate- With the screen on (unlocked), hold the volume down until volume goes and it will switch to vibrate.
Silent-wth the screen on (unlocked), hold the power button and select Silent when you get the pop up, or swipe the notification bar down, and silent.
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You can also customize your apps. Hit menu/edit then drag icon anywhere you want it, or uninstall. Pinch in the apps menu to zoom out (like with the home screen pages) and move whole pages around or insert blanks.

Little glitchy but the more I play the more I like. Also runs pbs.org full episodes great, just watched an episode of "carrier" and it looked better then my computer plays it.
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Vibrate- With the screen on (unlocked), hold the volume down until volume goes and it will switch to vibrate.
Silent-wth the screen on (unlocked), hold the power button and select Silent when you get the pop up, or swipe the notification bar down, and silent.
When you go into settings--sounds--general

you can see a "vibrate" section, when you click that it gives you 3 choices ALWAYS, NEVER, ONLY IN SILENT MODE, ONLY WHEN NOT IN SILENT MODE... which one should I have it on? I have it now on ONLY IN SILENT MODE and whenever I swipe the notification bar and "silent" it goes to vibrate....

When I hold the volume all the way down it always goes to vibrate and not silent.... is this a glitch?
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My message icon at the bottom shows I have a text message but I don't. I've gone into the messages and marked all as read and it still won't go away. I went as far as turning my phone off and when I got my text text message it won't go away again. /:
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When I hold the volume all the way down it always goes to vibrate and not silent.... is this a glitch?
Click up one time on the rocker once you get to vibrate
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Click up one time on the rocker once you get to vibrate
I did! And it goes to ring--
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Uncheck thevibrate only in silent and see if it works then. It may be you limited it by setting that to on.
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I did, didn't work! It's weird!
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That is wierd cause mine goes to vibrate and silent just fine. How did you update? OTA or OTW?
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I went to the Sprint store, I just read other posts and it seem like 2.2 froyo takes that feature off-- here is a thread i read...

http://androidforums.com/motorola-droid/153554-fix-silencing-phone-via-volume-rocker-2-2-a.html

http://androidforums.com/motorola-droid/153375-what-no-silent-mode-new-ota.html
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Lxy33 is right. On froyo, you don't have the option to have a level for vibrate and for silent. Its wierd that this option ould be taken out. Its normal on cell phones to have volume, vibrate, and silent.
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As for apps, if one of your favorite radio stations happens to be a Clear Channel property, then you can now successfully download and run iheartradio. The only two options in the market are 1.5, and 2.3 "Verizon Only." I opted for the latter, and it's running nicely, despite not actually being on Verizon.

I never did find another player that didn't have the CC stations blocked.
If you go to the iheartradio site in the Android browser, you will be taken to the mobile download page where 2.2 is available.
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