Many Nexus One users have been enjoying Android 2.2 aka Froyo for a couple of months already leaving Verizon’s Motorola Droid users wondering what the hold up was seeing as how the Droid runs Stock Android 2+ as well.
Now the wait is finally over, roms of Froyo were made available yesterday for eager users to manually upgrade their Droids. Instructions for manually upgrading to Froyo can be found at Android Forums.
Some of the notable new features of Android 2.2 are 2 additional home screens for a total of 5 home screens, buttons have also been added to the interface for switching screens, long pressing on these buttons (as well as the apps drawer button) will bring up thumbnails of all of your home screens so you can quickly jump between screens instead of flicking from one to the next if you so desire. Buttons for the phone dialer and browser have been added to the UI as well on the left and right side of the apps drawer button respectively, I really like this as opposed to simply having these essential tools as obscure desktop icons.
Apps can now be installed on the SD card. I believe this only works with apps that are programmed with the ability to run from the SD card, once you’ve upgraded to 2.2 you’ll also be able to move apps that are capable from your phones internal storage to the SD card.
Another great new feather is tethering, while early reports said this along with wifi hotpots would be disabled by Verizon as a ploy to up-sell consumers tethering does seem to be available although the ability to use the Droid as a wifi hotspot is not. What all this means to less technical types is that you can now share your phones 3G internet connection with your laptop/computer using a USB cable but not with wifi.
Last but not least on the list is flash support and it works great, in browser flash support like on your desktop. I wasn’t able to download the flash player from the market but here is a link to the apk that worked for me http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HO8UZSDW
If you download the apk to your phone using your web browser you should immediately be asked if you would like to install it (assuming you have the ability to install non-market apps enabled).
Or if you’re like me and downloaded the apk with your computer and then transferred it to your phone you may need to download appInstall from the market to install the apk from your SD card.
Have you upgraded your Droid to Android 2.2 already? How Do you like it? are there any new features I didn’t mention above?