August 10, 2011

From Froyo to Gingerbread on the Droid X

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Written by: Techno_Mark
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Android users know that the latest version of it is Ice Cream, but that has yet to be seen. If you have one of the newer tablets, like the Xoom, you are fortunate enough to have Honeycomb (version 3.0).

At the time I bought my Droid X last December, it had Froyo (Version 2.2). It just recently received an update to Gingerbread (Version 2.3) last May, and I recently got the update myself. Actually, my friend was the one who set me up, as I couldn’t figure out how to do it myself.

Here are the improvements that I have seen so far:

I have noticed that the screen switches from portrait to landscape better. Before, if I wanted to switch from these points-of-view, I often had to do some serious flicking. It was like I had to slam it on the empty air just to get it to work. Now, if I just turn it, it automatically adjusts. I have heard that this improvement has to do with the new sensors support, and it makes use of this gyroscopic capability quite well.

Then there is the homescreen pull-down menu. My Android phone has a widget menu in the upper right, that reminds me that I have received a text message, e-mail, phone call, and other activities. With one quick vertical swipe, I can access it, but oftentimes, it gets full. You can clear it out, but on Gingerbread, I can clear off select ones.

I was told that it had improved Copy/Paste, and I am not certain whether or not that is true. I don’t remember being able to cut and paste on text messages. I have also heard that the keyboard is multitouch, and I found that is true, but I never really needed a multi-touch keyboard.

Another thing I noticed is the home screen. On Droid X, I can do horizontal swipes and see separate screens with all kinds of information about my Droid phone like social networks, contacts, music player, and so on. Getting to one used to involve a lot of swiping, but now I just touch the home button and the all the screens appear in miniature form. Touching one leads me straight there.

I noticed that when I wanted to look at my Facebook feeds, I was able to flip through them like a long book.

As for other features, such as the SIP Communication and audio calling, I never had a chance to really try that out. The sound is pretty good with new audio effects, and I have heard that the audio as well as the graphics have been enhanced, for game developers.

I suppose that is the word about Gingerbread, everything is pretty advanced. Things are different colors, and everything is easier to access. For example, there is a button on the main menu screen that goes directly to the market.

In short, Gingerbread is a way to make Froyo easier and better-looking. As much as I would like to recommend downloading Gingerbread, I will have to say that my wife tried to download it on her Droid X and it crashed it, utterly.

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