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EVO 4G First to Have Froyo – Coming Tuesday

It’s official! The EVO 4G will be the first in a long line of phones to be updated to Android 2.2 Froyo, beginning August 3rd. The release will be rolled out in stages according to Sprint. However, they will provide a manual download link for those of you who cannot wait another moment. According to further reports, both the HTC Desire and the original Droid phones will be hit with the update later in the week.

The list of features and fixes is a long one, and owners couldn’t be more excited. Given the list I’ve been seeing, it’s no wonder you’re chomping at the bit to get Froyo onto your devices. The update boasts new preloaded widgets, flashlight mode for your LED flash, light-assisted 720p video with improvement to the quality of your video captures. Going by the image that Engadget has up on their site, you’ll see a heck of a lot of updates in other areas, as well.

Mail will see groups tabs and auto-saving when you press the back key. Additionally, your email will be saved as a draft automatically should you lose connection in the middle of composing a missive. You’ll enjoy a large composition area and the capability to send a Contact card via SMS.

There are a lot of enhanced features for the social media addict in you, as well. Your calendar will display birthdays and events from Facebook. The Gallery will now support the Facebook “Comments” function. And… you’ll be able to quickly link a contact to a Plurk or Twitter contact.

Are you planning to wait it out until the update is rolled to your phone, or will you be rushing to download manually?

YouTube Goes Back to the Basics

A major site redesign has been a long time coming for YouTube. Let’s be honest here… the way things looked in recent months was nothing short of confusing and just plain “icky”. YouTube rolled out the changes across the board yesterday with a simplified look – and added functionality on the viewer page. When describing the changes on the official blog, YouTube stated that “this redesign is about going “back to basics,” focusing attention on the reason why you came to YouTube in the first place — the video — and all the ways you engage with content and creators”.

Many of the changes appear to be good ones. For instance, information about a video is now grouped together in one place, and there’s a consistent way to get more detail when you need it. If something isn’t really useful to you it will no longer clutter up your page. There’s a new playlist interface, with the next video in the list appearing in the top right. The site is also boasting a streamlined presentation for sharing, flagging, and embedding controls.

As I said, this all “appears” to be positive. However, the reaction thus far hasn’t been so positive. There have been hundreds of comments left on the official announcement post, and a heck of a lot of people are complaining. Do they not like change at all, or do they only hate these particular changes?

So far, I actually enjoy the new design. I’ve had a few small glitches, such as when trying to block a user who has left a rude comment. I’m hopeful that those little kinks will be worked out soon. Have you played around on the site since the changes took effect? What are your thoughts?

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