Froyo Update Hits the EVO 4G

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Sprint has begun rolling out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update as promised to owners of the EVO 4G. To maintain good update server speeds, the update will be released to owners in phases and will appear on the phone when available. A manual software update can be run on the EVO to get the update without waiting.

I’ve been running the update since it was leaked inadvertently a few days ago by HTC, EVO’s manufacturer, and Froyo is a solid improvement over the last version. The phone performance is better in all areas; full Flash 10.1 support is activated; and 4G speeds have improved solidly.

Some early updaters are concerned over a deterioration of browser performance since updating to Froyo, but that is likely the result of the new Flash support. Many web sites have Flash ads or other widgets on the page, and the new Flash support in the browser means such pages will load slower due to the loading of these widgets. The Android browser allows Flash to be turned off to avoid such issues, but an even better solution is to change the setting to Flash on demand. This keeps the embedded page Flash elements from loading initially, yet they can be tapped to fire up if desired. Flash video can be viewed on a web page by simply tapping it when set to on-demand playing. I’m not seeing any performance issues on my EVO with Flash set up this way.

A significant addition the update brings to the to the EVO is the ability to do voice dialing over a Bluetooth headset. This is working well after the update and makes operation in a car much easier (and safer).

Another new feature in Froyo is the ability to install apps on the SD card instead of using the integrated memory storage. This keeps the EVO from running out of local memory, which prevents the installation of additional apps when that occurs. The ability to load a given app to SD card must be activated by the app, so most apps will require an update by the developer to allow this. You can move apps already installed to local memory if the app allows it by going to the Manage Applications section in Settings. Tap on the app you wish to move, and a “Move to SD” button will be visible if the app allows it. Moving an app to SD frees up the internal program memory immediately.

I’m pleased with Froyo on the EVO, as it makes a good phone even better. I highly recommend EVO owners apply the update as soon as it’s convenient.

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