Review: Droid Incredible with Android 2.2 (Froyo)
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Reviewed by Ryan McLaughlin on 08/28/2010
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  • Jeff

    Informative article. Since I upgraded to 2.2, apps and programs seem to appear horizontally and in many cases I can not get them to vertical viewing when I turn the phone (HTC Droid Incredible). Can you explain what is going on? Solution?

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    • http://www.justechn.com Ryan McLaughlin

      Some apps don’t support tilting the screen. On my phone I have the Kindle app and it does support tilting. You may want to download the app and see if it works. If it does not you may need to reconfigure the G-Sensor (menu->settings->display->g-sensor calibration).

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    • lafe

      I have the same problem with NY Times and most other apps appearing horizontally first. Sometimes they’ll go back to vertical, sometimes not.

      Recalibrating helped slightly, but it’s clearly a change caused by Froyo.

      Also, if you use Footprints (I tour city to city: very helpful for finding your way back to places) the navigate button automatically loads Verizon Navigator! Bummer: it doesn’t/won’t default to google.

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  • Maximus

    Ever since the 2.2 upgrade 9official version) the battery life on the phone has decreased significantly. the pre loaded apps such as skype, news and weather, My VzW mobile, google voice search and some other downloaded apps keep re launching themselves silently in the background.

    I use advanced task killer to kill the running apps, but then every time the phone suspends/resumes (back light on/off) the apps start again. Overall the battery life has gone down by at least 40% since the 2.2 upgrade.

    Hope VzW and HTC are taking note of this, not sure if others are having similar problems with their phones after their upgrade

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    • http://www.justechn.com Ryan McLaughlin

      I was in the same situation. I got so fed up with the garbage that Verizon installed on the phone that I decided to root mine. Ever since I did I have been so happy. I have been able to uninstall all the extra stuff, throttle down the CPU when the screen is off and so much more that save me a ton of battery.

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  • moracca

    what happened to the itunes streaming feature that was supposed to be included with the froyo update? and what about the over the air app installs from a PC? And what about the updates to the camera application (not camcorder) that are supposed to give it a new interface and 360 degree rotation? Speaking of the camcorder though, why can’t I use the LED flash like I’m supposed to be able to after the update? My camera/camcorder looks nothing like this: http://developer.android.com/sdk/android-2.2-highlights.html
    And what about the new 3D gallery we were supposed to receive?

    I can’t help feeling like incredible users got shafted on many of the features that froyo was supposed to provide. Kind of a let down if you ask me.

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    • http://www.justechn.com Ryan McLaughlin

      I hear you, unfortunately Google allows HTC and Verizon to remove or ad features as they see fit, and HTC did not implement the features you mentioned. It should be possible to root the phone and take it back to a stock Google install. At that point you would have all the features you are looking for, but you would loose all the extras that HTC added. It is a trade off either way.

      However, the 360 view in the camera app is included. When I rotate the phone the icons also rotate.

      I also have a custom rom on my phone and one of the options is to load up the 3D gallery. I am going to try it and see what happens.

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      • http://www.justechn.com Ryan McLaughlin

        Nevermind the custom ROM, I just saw that there is a 3D Gallery app in the market, and it turn out to be the same one I got. You should check it out. The only problem I ran into is that it cannot see photos in my phone storage. So I had to switch my camera to store photos and video on the SD card and move all my photos and videos to the SD card and it worked great.

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