Froyo on the Epic 4G

I downloaded Froyo today for the Epic.  Got some really nice new features.  You can see the official procedure for installing, along with a list of improvements here.  I was pleasantly surprised to find some features that weren’t on the list.

Here’s what I’ve noticed so far:

  • “Badge” on the e-mail app icon to show you how many new messages you have, like an iphone’s e-mail app.  Very nice.
  • Sort contacts by last name (and a separate option to display them last name, first name or first name, last name) 
  • Text size option for the e-mail client — no more easy reader sized fonts when reading plaintext e-mail messages!
  • Improved messaging app — cartoon bubble style display, like iphone.  Nice improvement.
  • Specific notification settings for calendar items.  So now you can disable notifications in the main Settings, but still have calendar notifications.  This is a really good change.
  • Better control over e-mail sync settings – you can have one setting for peak hours (like “push”) and one for off-peak (like “every 15 minutes”) to help manage battery consumption; better yet, the peak days/hours are configurable.


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