Finding Froyo's hidden features
CNET takes a deeper dive into Froyo to find the upgrade's lesser-known features and addresses a possible issue with the Android Advanced Task Killer.
Earlier this week when I told you about the new
- Improved Android Market interface - Srikzquest
- The screen rotates in both directions now--previously it was just counterclockwise - Jmmaury
- You can, at last, copy text from e-mails using the standard Gmail app. It's a bit fiddly, but what you do is open your e-mail, go to "menu," select "more," and there's an option to select text. Position the cursor where you want, and press and hold to copy to the clipboard. - Jmmaury
- It supports Hebrew font - Nisan
- The camcorder app now encodes video in H.264 not just MPEG4 or H.263 - Aaron
- When you hold the home icon you get eight active apps versus the previous six active apps. - Carey
- You can now undo the mirror image setting on the front facing camera. - J.D.
But is there a problem?
As great as these new features are, I've received complaints from a few Evo owners about an issue that concerns me. According to these reports, the affected users have found that since they upgraded to Froyo their handsets are running 14 to 19 apps when powered up. Though they kill the extra apps using the , most are running again less than five minutes later. I checked it out and also noticed that I have many more apps running from start-up than I did before Froyo. What's more, some of the running apps, like Sprint Football Live, Sprint Navigation, Sprint Zone, Nascar, and Stocks, I haven't used in weeks.
When I checked with Sprint, a spokeswoman said that the carrier is aware that Froyo affected certain task killers. I'm still waiting for more details, but I'll report back when I find out. If you've seen a similar issue with your upgraded Evo, please let me know.