On Sunday Matt Miller wrote about his experience using Froyo (Android 2.2) on the HTC EVO. At the time he obtained the update from HTC's website. The update was not the official one that Sprint is releasing, but was more than functional and Matt covered the enhancements available with Froyo.
Now we've received word, via GearDiary, that HTC and Sprint have officially started pushing the Froyo (Android 2.2) update out to subscribers.
Since I own an HTC EVO 4G, I immediately checked for the update, but was told that my software was up to date. I then turned on WiFi, checked again, and was greeted with a message offering me the update.
I'm not sure if it was a coincidence with turning on the WiFi, but for whatever reason, I now have Froyo!
If you're wondering what features will come with Froyo, the folks over at AndroidCentral have put together the list below:
- Ability to share applications
- Display events and birthdays from Facebook on Calendar
- Use camera LED as flashlight
- New user interface for the FM radio
- Add unknown users in Facebook as friends in Friend Stream
- Photo Gallery supports Facebook comments function
- Send contact as vCard using SMS
- Addition of MMS slideshow editor
- New pre-loaded widgets including Calculator, FM radio, Message list view, Profile settings and Ringtone settings
- Camcorder can use camera flash so video can be shot at night or in low light
- Flash 10.1 support
- Numeric PIN and alpha-numeric passwords to unlock screen
- Search widget and search bar able to switch to search in different types (web, specific application, or all)
- Adjustable alarm volume
- Android Market widget allows installation of applications on SD card
If you want to see the majority of the features in action, be sure to check out Matt Miller's first look.
I'll be trying out all of the features above, but I'm most excited to see how much faster the interface is. After using the Droid X, I was finding my HTC EVO to be a bit sluggish. Hopefully Froyo will give it the boost it needs.