The Motorola Droid, a great handset (but will get its silicon heart kicked by the upcoming DROID 2) has one of its wildest dreams come true (or in other words, for its owners). Android 2.2 Froyo has made its way for those who know how to manually update an Android phone, which actually is a simple and harmless process. AndroidandMe gives a quick tutorial on how to get it done (note: you won’t need anything except your DROID, the update files, and some simple computer pwnage skillz).
Android 2.2 Froyo on Motorola Droid Gallery (pardon me for the sucky lighting)
Back to Android 2.2 on the Motorola Droid changes:
- It’s much more responsive than Android 2.1 was, with UI improvements all around.
- Orientation switching is supported on the right, a la iPhone 4, as is the usual left.
- Adobe’s Flash 10.1 is present, available as an optional plug-in from the Android Market
- Better multitouch, update-all in the Android Market, USB tethering, and a apps menu much like the 3D cube one found in the Nexus One, except it’s not as 3D as the Nexus One’s.
- You can move apps to the SD card (!)
- There’s also a more refined “currently running” apps screen (the one where you do multitasking), which now supports up to eight apps, making it 2 more than previous Android releases.
So all in all, this update is well worth and, and if you’re a Motorola Droid user (warning: NOT a Milestone owner, the overseas version of the Verizon DROID), then fell at ease to ditch your stale Eclair, and grab yourself some frozen yogurt (i.e Android 2.2).
Video after the break of the first boot is processing, but once it’s live, I’ll post it. Update: video is up!