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Woohoo! My Droid just got the Android 2.2 OTA update. Haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but at long last, I has Froyo! Next quandary, to install the Beta Flash app or wait for it to hit Android Market...
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On August 16th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC), mtfay commented:
Did you reinstall Swype yet? And yeah! Tethering is built-in and in the settings now!
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On August 16th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Just reinstalled Swype. Also gave in and installed the Flash Beta. So far, so good.

Is the included tethering free or do you have to pay Verizon?
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On August 16th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC), weswilson commented:
I'm pretty excited about it... not that I think it will impact how I use my phone, but just because I'm eligible for New & Shiny™... lol
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On August 16th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I'm thrilled with the ability to load apps on the SD card—I was running out of internal memory—and the increase in speed. I just ran a Quadrant benchmark test, and my Droid's score just about doubled going to 2.2. (I don't have it rooted so no overclocking here.)
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On August 16th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC), weswilson replied:
I've noticed some slowdown on mine, actually... mostly in the form of the desktop taking a while to reload upon exiting an app. I am glad to hear that might be anomalous.

My desktop actually depresses me at times. I put things like Google Sky Maps on there (thinking I'll have time to star gaze one day and I want to be prepared) or Flixter Movies (thinking I'll actually get away from our kids to a THEATER! ha!) or Springpad (thinking I'll actually learn a new platform that will help me increase my productivity)... And then I see them, and they look like a collection of missed opportunities. I might just clear it all off the desktop and go super-lean so that I'm not continually experience the despair of my own unfulfilled optimism.
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On August 16th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC), peadarog commented:
Hey, welcome to the 21st century *runs for cover*

Oh, and why not just install the beta? So what? It's half the fun, I think.
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On August 17th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Tbtthhh!

Wasn't sure if I wanted to install the Flash beta 'cause I've heard it's buggy, but ended up installing it anyway. It's a bit choppy. Hoping the non-beta is smoother.
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On August 16th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC), basletum commented:
Because of the red eye in the pic, I just have to ask:

Does that thing ever say, "What are you doing, Dave?"
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On August 17th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Nah, it just says "Droiiiid." Although there's probably an app to give it a psycho-killer persona...
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On August 17th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC), basletum replied:
A droid with a psycho-killer persona... now that'd be fun to have. :)
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On August 17th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC), klingonguy commented:
I installed the update over the weekend. My main delight was to have two additional desktop screens. And a phone icon built in so I didn't have to use up space.

Now I'm going to check out what Froyo and Swype are, having never heard of either.

And what's this talk about automatic tethering? You mean I don't need PDAnet any more? But I *love* PDAnet.
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On August 17th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I love PDAnet too! That's the second (out of two) app, after Documents to Go, that I actually paid for. I thought that while tethering was included in 2.2, Verizon charged for it. Haven't tried it yet to see.

"Froyo" is actually the name of version 2.2. of Android. They're all named after desserts: cookie, donut, 2.1 was "Eclair," and the next version will be "Gingerbread."

If you're looking for even more home screens, consider trying the LauncherPro app. I was running it before the 2.2 update, and it lets you have up to seven home screens.

Swype is an incredible keyboard app. I'm running the beta, and I love it. It's so much faster than the stock keyboard. You type by "swiping" your finger over the letters of a word. I don't think I cam ever go back to the old tap-tap-tap method anymore.
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On August 19th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC), klingonguy replied:
A search of the droid market for SWYPE doesn't turn up an app with that name. Why do you tease me so?
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On August 19th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Ooo, sorry sorry, no teasing.

I actually managed to get Swype by jumping in on the limited distribution extended beta. It's closed now, but I'm hoping they'll release the non-beta version soon to Android Market. Actually, I live in fear that my beta version will expire before they issue an update or that I won't be able to get it after the release. This is another app I'd be willing to pay for.

But if you're on the hunt for a superior keyboard to the stock one (free and available now even), I recommend the Multi-touch keyboard yoinked from the Droid X. I've also got that installed on my Droid, and if I didn't have Swype, I'd be using it. Download file and step-by-step instructions on how to install it here.
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