Froyo in full swing on the DROID Incredible

Froyo in full swing on the DROID Incredible
Although some owners got an early update, now all HTC DROID Incredible owners can get their hands on Froyo (Android 2.2). While the most exciting feature is Flash 10.1, the update also includes full voice commands, snappier performance, and 720p video recording. The video recording update was meant to come earlier, but instead was held to accompany Froyo.
In Quadrant benchmark tests, the Froyo-updated DROID Incredible experienced a more than 100% improvement in performance. The update might not be pushed yet, so you can update it manually via the following instructions from Android Central:

1. Grab the OTA file here from the Android Central Forums
2. Make sure it's named update.zip
3. Copy it to the root (base directory) of your SD card. Don't put it in any folders, and don't put it on the internal memory.
4. Shut your phone off
5. While holding the volume down button, turn the phone back on.
6. In the white Bootloader screen, select recovery from the list.
7. In the recovery screen (the triangle with the exclamation mark), press volume up and power. You'll go to the recovery menu.
8. In the recovery menu, select "apply sdcard: update.zip"
9. The phone will find the file, and when finished prompt you to reboot. Reboot via the menu, then patiently wait for the phone to reboot, and enjoy your Froyo when it's done.

source: Android Central


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12 Comments

1. brikz4real

Posts: 173; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

Got the Froyo update several days ago. Here's what I got: An better looking interface on the messaging and email screens. Ability to view some websites' Flash content that I couldn't view before. Others will completely freeze on the page/video and some will freeze up the phone completely. No improvement to battery life, even with Task Killer doing the honors of killing apps. Most times, the apps keep on running. Uninstalled apps will still be on the phone, and still running in the background. Didn't have this problem before the update. Music does something really crazy; it picked a random 'album art' from one song and applied it to mp3s that didn't have album art. All those mp3s (various artists) all have the same album art. Crazy. When using Task Killer to stop the Music Player, it keeps playing. You have to go into settings to Force Stop. Completely wiped out music playlist entries, but the name of the playlist is still there. Wiped out all internet bookmarks as well. Some friends who got the update early got their phone completely FRIED. It's totally unbootable. Google Maps looks slightly better but now has issues running in the background while Pandora is running ( didn't have that problem before the update ). Even though you set ALL APPS to automatically alert you for updates, only a few will. Task Killer will only kill SOME apps immediately. Others will terminate 5 minutes after you press the screen. Some have to be forced closed. Again, not an issue before the update. So, in short, I hope these are just minimal bugs. I hope Google is alerted about them and get a move-on. Other than those, I've had no other REAL issues. I wonder if anyone else has had any major issues. I'm sure the 'apps' problems with be fixed with updates of their own. Again, these are just issues with the Incredible.

3. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Those sound like almost all cons... What about Pros?

4. 1eye4u

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 17, 2009

NEW rules.

9. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

If you are noticing issues with battery life and currently use Advanced task killer I would try NOT using ATK for one full discharge. I noticed you mentioned that some apps are showing up even after being "closed"... a lot of apps need to be running for certain things and the phone may be automatically starting those apps again without you asking it to, in which case it is a good thing they are running. This may not be true in your case and battery life was probably the least of your worries given the issues listed above but I would recommend trying that. I have tested using ATK vs not using ATK and for the average user you actually get better battery life without using it.

12. brikz4real

Posts: 173; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

@cc16177 .... After removing the app, you are right .... it did improve; but very minimal. I put a battery from a TP2 I'm no longer using and it lasts a lot longer (due to the fact that the TP2 battery has more juice anyways). My other issue is mostly with apps showing up on the ATK list that are NO LONGER installed... not the ones that just start up on their own. @Joshing .... I just wanted to state the CONS to the upgrade. I think everyone is already aware of the PROS.

2. Phonatic

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

Thanks for that. I've been wondering how the updates were working for other people. Brief account of my experience: Email and messaging look and function better. Flash upgrade gives a few more viewing opportunities. Battery life seems improved on the phone but I didn't use it like I normally do so I'll have to double check that. Improvements with auto-correct when typing (I'd shows up instead of id) Browser works better, although it seems to scroll down the page slower than it used to. All my bookmarks remained in tact however. Haven't gone through the testing but so far I like the update. One other thing I noticed was that the signal bar only ranged from none to two, but it doesn't affect my ability to use the internet or make/receive calls. Quality hasn't changed either.

5. 1eye4u

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 17, 2009

NEW rules. Task Killers don't work in Froyo anymore. Android people have to sell us something right? You don't think they'll give something for nothing. Stocks, Skype, apps with ADs and all these bloatware you never subscribe to, run in the background now. We can force close these unnecessary apps INDIVIDUALLY, but they STILLl re-start after a few second delay! We have been pwned! This means that battery life which was very short in the first place is now even worse. Time to buy HTC's 1500maH spare battery? Oh, the 720p video is nice and all but it takes 2MB to film a 2 second video clip at this resolution. WOW. Am looking to go back to the 2.1 on my DI. What good are these new "features" if the battery is dead???p.s and. I really thought Android would be a step up on Apple's pay for everything platform.... booooo.

10. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

It still is though especially if your rooted. I rooted my Droid Inc, and aside from a few random reboots here and there, I have 720p and everything listed, to boot I also have mine overclocked when I am in heavy useage to allow a Nitros boost to laggy operations. Secondly once your rooted and you start really open sourcing the phone, hit up Cyanogen's website, or even XDA theres TONS of free apps under developement in there that help for a number of things. (which is clearly Androids motive's not the Cell carriers) Included if your fully rooted and Radio (Kernel) is updated 720p Froyo Super High Benchmark Overclocking (boost) Flash 10.1 Themes (not aHome related - real overlays *ROMS) Access to free apps like, LED flash light, Overclocking, File Managers Access to APPs that allow Root Only access And more... I dont miss sense UI anymore now that I have root..but take it from me f you want to unleash the beast heres what you want... Rooted w/ Cyanogen Mod 6.0 RC3 Vanilla (if you dont want Sense UI) w/ Launcher Pro overlay\\et me know if you want screen shots I'd love to show it off...

6. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

OK ... Here is my take on it for what it's worth. Pros - Visual Voicemail plays over Bluetooth now - Gmail interface slightly better, still have to scroll for reply or forward - Seems to run a little faster - Added App share - Added mobile hotspot, but I don't pay for the service yet. Figure I'll wait till my mifi contract expires. - Battery life seems to be slightly improved? - Text messaging has better interface - Contacts have pictures next to them and better interface. Cons - App killer doesn't work, apps keep running - Few program errors, I've had no issues, but my girlfriends phone did. Maps, Moola, and a couple other small apps quit working. Overally I'm happy with the update and hope "Automatic Task Killer" sends an update soon to kill apps once again.

7. untouchable

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 04, 2010

How come my Voice Command interface does not look like this one??? Mine still the old one with no HELP button

8. bagsofcole

Posts: 30; Member since: May 19, 2009

try to find the update on the market, works pretty good. my only isssue is i had to change the way my wife spells her name...:)

11. dotdotdot

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 12, 2010

I got mine Wednesday, but its still got some bugs.

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