Netflix Now Available on All Froyo and Gingerbread Devices; Honeycomb Users Left Out

Netflix Now Available on All Froyo and Gingerbread Devices; Honeycomb Users Left Out

Sep 12, 2011

Good news, everyone! Netflix is now available on even more devices than ever before! The app now supports all devices running Android 2.2 or 2.3, instead of the selective list of devices it once supported. While getting Froyo or Gingerbread on one’s device is sometimes an issue thanks to lackadaisical carrier support, at least now there are far fewer limiting factors than there once were. For those Android owners who now have the ability to watch streaming Netflix shows and movies anywhere, may I suggest Breaking Bad, which is now available on Netflix? No, I can’t, I can only order you to watch it.

Unfortunately, Honeycomb tablet owners appear to be still left in the dark, as tablets like the Motorola Xoom can’t install the app directly from the Market; while some sideloading tricks may still work, this is still a step away from Netflix being as ubiquitous on Android as it is on iOS.

Skype Video Calling Now Available on More Android Devices

Skype Video Calling Now Available on More Android Devices

Aug 4, 2011

Skype has been slowly bringing video calling to Android devices. The device support has recently been expanded to officially support a variety of new devices, including some popular Android models, and even the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The full list is available on Skype’s blog. Some of these devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S, do not have front-facing cameras on some of their models; if these devices are on Froyo (Android 2.2) or higher then they can use their rear-facing cameras for video calling, at least.

What’s most interesting about this update for most users is that Skype has activated video calling for potentially all Android devices, not just ones that are officially supported. All devices on Froyo or higher can check in the settings of the app to see if the ability to enable video calls is available; if so, then video calling may work on the device. In order to use the front-facing camera on these unofficially-supported devices, the device needs Gingerbread (Android 2.3) in order for Skype to have access to the front-facing camera, otherwise only rear camera access will be available. Video calling between two people works well, even when calling users on various other platforms that support Skype video calling, meaning that this will work to call iOS Skype users. Finally, the bridges that have divided us for so long will be repaired!

Not all devices with front-facing cameras will be able to make video calls from the new Skype for Android update. Tablets may or may not work at this point, as video calling was not available on the Motorola Xoom running Android 3.2 after the latest update was installed. Skype should be adding more devices to the supported device list, and hopefully better tablet support is on its way. Skype for Android with expanded video calling is now available for free from the Android Market.

Droid X Gets Froyo – Officially!

Droid X Gets Froyo – Officially!

Sep 24, 2010

Own a Droid X? Been waiting for Froyo? Not anymore! The Official 2.2 Froyo update for the Droid X started hitting phones early this morning and can be found by going to Settings>About phone>Check for updates. If you’re not sure what the heck we’re talking about, Froyo is the codename for the new Android OS 2.2.

Now all you have to do is hit install and start jumping up and down giddy with excitement. Flash, the new Gmail, and all the goodies of Froyo are now in the belly of that 4.3″ beast.

What’s new with Froyo you ask? It seems Verizon has provided us with a Droid X sized poster listing some of the new features and experience you will be getting once you update your Droid X to Froyo 2.2. Check it out.

So, what are you waiting for! Stop reading this and go get yourself some delicious Frozen Yogurt.

What about Root?
What about Root users? No worries, darkonion over at XDA forums and the Droid2 Rooting method have you covered. Not sure what Root access is? Then you should check out the excellent article written by the amazing guys over at Android Central on the hows, whys, and possible why nots of Rooting [HERE]. Everyone else can read ahead for instructions on how to root your Droid X 2.2 as posted by darkonion on the XDA forums and as always proceed at your own risk.

Sources: Verizon, Android Central, darkonion on the XDA forums

Gmail App Gets Updated – Froyo Only

Gmail App Gets Updated – Froyo Only

Sep 23, 2010

Update 9/21/10 12:13pm Pacific time: There is a known issue with important actions not sticking to the top of the screen on HTC phones running Anrdoid 2.2, like the EVO 4G and the Droid Incredible

Android’s Gmail app has finally cut the system’s cord, allowing for users to receive quicker updates and avoid those long-dreaded system updates. To celebrate its recent freedom, the new Gmail app (available now in the Android market) shows off its nice shiny features. Let’s take a look and see what’s new.

The first thing you should notice is the new header design which makes it much easier to reply to or star messages. The best part about the header is that no matter how much you scroll it remains accessible at all times by remaining at the top. The reply button action can also be set to default as “reply” or “reply all” within the settings menu.

Next up is my personal favorite improvement to the Gmail app. Finally, like on the desktop, you can “show” or “hide” quoted text, making it easy to view previous messages. Thank you Google!

You should also notice the increase of speed to certain features and if you have enabled Priority Inbox for the desktop you will now have an “Important” label and an option to add a shortcut on your home screen.

All in all some great new features and if I know Google there will be more to come. So if you’re a Froyo user and want to take advantage of these new features, head on over to the Android Market and download the updated Gmail app for free.

Source: Google

Motorola Droid Users – Manual Upgrade to Froyo FRG01B Firmware

Motorola Droid Users – Manual Upgrade to Froyo FRG01B Firmware

Aug 5, 2010

Impatient to get Android 2.2 (Froyo) running on your Motorola Droid? Nexeo has a simple and straightforward guide on how to load firmware version FRG01B on to your device, regardless of its root status. This update, when the post was first made, was set to be the live version of Froyo that would be pushed over the air by Motorola and Verizon in the following weeks. As this is a legitimate update, there’s no concern with this version having any problems updating to any over the air patches or newer firmware down the line. As a word of warning, you update at your own risk, but having your device plugged in and the battery connected should be enough to sail smoothly forward into Froyo land.

We’re hearing reports that this version is already undergoing a patch which is notated as FRG22 and weighs in at around 1.6mb. You may receive this update immediately after installing FRG01B but personally I’ve yet to receive it. Whether or not Verizon and Motorola will swap out FRG01B with a version already patched with FRG22 is still not clear, but I’ve yet to experience any major issues that would leave me hungry for that update.