Jobs: “Relax, it’s just a phone.”

In a reply to an irate customer’s  email regarding the iPhone 4′s problems, Jobs reportedly told the customer to “Retire, relax, enjoy your family.  It is just a phone.  Not worth it.”  And now Apple fans are tying up their hair and taking off their earrings.  Yikes!  Jobs better watch his back.  Apple fans are scrappy.  Shiver me timbers.

I’ll tell you what’s not “just a phone” – the HTC Evo 4G.  I spent the last 8 days in LA to meet with developers, studios, and adult content producers in an effort to lure them to the open side.  I’m so happy I had the Evo with me because bitch is a killer device.  If there was any resistance to going Android (almost none), all I had to do was flash the Evo to squash any objection.

What particularly got panties wet were the 4.3 inch screen, faster load time, Android 2.1 support (rumor: Froyo soon), Flash 10.1 support, and the dual facing 8 megapixel primary and 1.3 megapixel front facing camera.  Think of all the cam-chats!  The phone can also be used as a wi-fi hotspot for up to 8 devices.  This came in handy when a producer wanted to show us something on his iPhone but couldn’t get connected to wi-fi.  (For those of you that don’t want to pay extra for that service, check out this root tutorial.)

The Evo begs the question:  Are you sure you want an iPhone 4?

Is your Android getting the Froyo treatment?

From PC World:

The Android 2.2 Upgrade List: Phones Definitely Getting Froyo

• Nexus One: Despite the shuttering of its online store, Google’s flagship phone is still first in line for the Froyo upgrade. In late May, a “very limited test group” received an early copy of the 2.2 software. Google has since been working on final tweaks and expects a widespread rollout to begin soon.

• Motorola Droid: The Droid that started it all is set to be second in line for the Android 2.2 upgrade. Early reports suggested the Droid could see Froyo before the end of June. We all know what happened with the Droid’s 2.1 upgrade schedule, though, so don’t mark your calendars just yet.

• HTC Droid Incredible: HTC has confirmed that its newest Droid handset will be feasting on Froyo. No specific timeframe has been released outside of sometime “in the second half of this year.”

• HTC EVO 4G: The EVO 4G is the phone most frequently pitted up against Apple’s new iPhone 4 (hint: the EVO wins), so it’s no surprise that it’s on the confirmed guest list for the latest and greatest Android release. The EVO should get Froyo sometime in the next six months.

• MyTouch 3G and MyTouch 3G Slide: The entire MyTouch line of phones on T-Mobile is expected to see Froyo before the end of 2010.

• HTC Desire: It’s not yet available in the States, but this desirable HTC handset is on-tap to get the Android 2.2 upgrade sometime in the next six months as well.

The Android 2.2 Upgrade List: Phones Where Froyo Looks Iffy

• Motorola Devour: There’s no definite answer on Verizon’s non-Droid Motorola Android device, but the upgrade to 2.2 looks slightly iffy. Officially, the Devour is still listed as “under evaluation” for the Android 2.1 upgrade. That sure doesn’t seem like a promising sign when it comes to 2.2.

• HTC Droid Eris and HTC Hero: File these two HTC handsets under the “maybe” column, too. While listing out which phones would see Android 2.2, HTC conspicuously left these two names off the list. The company also said it would most likely offer upgrades for all of its 2010-model devices — but outside of the Droid, it made no mention of the phones that debuted in late ’09.

• Motorola Backflip: The Android phone given the locked-down treatment by AT&Tmight get the Froyo nod, but I wouldn’t place any wagers just yet. Right now, Motorola lists the Backflip as being on-track to get upgraded to Android 2.1 in the third quarter of the year. Its odds of someday seeing 2.2 seem higher than the Devour’s, then, but not high enough that you’d want to hold your breath.

The Android 2.2 Upgrade List: Phones Not Expected to Get Froyo

• T-Mobile G1: The first Android phone, unfortunately, isn’t expected to get the Froyo upgrade; its hardware is said to be too limited to provide full support. It’s been nearly two years since the phone’s release, though, so the option for a handset upgrade shouldn’t be too far away for Android’s earliest adopters.

• Samsung Behold II: Samsung has indicated its Behold II won’t be upgraded beyond Android 1.6. As for a reason, the company has said only that the phone is “not upgradeable” beyond that point.

The Android 2.2 Upgrade List: The Rest of the Phones

The fate of other Android phones is less clear. The Motorola Cliq and Cliq XT, for example, were originally scheduled to be upgraded to 2.1 before the end of the summer. It’s possible Motorola might bump them directly to 2.2 instead, but no one’s saying anything for sure.

Samsung’s also staying quiet on the status on its Samsung Moment Android device. The phone just received its official 2.1 upgrade a month ago, so there’s no telling if and when the next release might arrive.

Stay Tuned…

Set your bookmarks: I’ll continue updating this page as new info becomes available on any of the Android handsets.

In the meantime, why not grab some free Android cell phone stickers from Google? Or go back up your Android home screens — you never know when you might need to restore those things.

Hey, anything that takes your mind off the wait for Froyo can only help.

Author JR Raphael writes the new Android Power blog at Computerworld. You can find him on Facebook: facebook.com/The.JR.Raphael


How to get 2.1 (Froyo) on your Droid

The fine folks at UnLockr posted a video with step by step instructions for getting Froyo on your Moto Droid.

Disclaimer: You take full responsibility for any damages that may occur if you choose to root your device, and so on and so forth.  You know the drill.

Click here to continue.

Android 3.0 Gingerbread… already??

Android 2.2 just launched and already we’re hearing 3.0 Gingerbread will be out by the end of the year.

Android has grown at an exceptional rate, and has even surpassed iPhone in sales in the US market this quarter, however Android’s fragmentation problem has been a top criticism against Android app development.  And it looks like they have no plans on slowing down.

From EWeek:

HTC has told blogs most Android phones launched this year will get an upgrade to Android 2.2 in the second half of the year. This includes the Desire and Droid Incredible as well as upcoming phones like the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide and upcoming models. Meanwhile, the public has learned from Google’s WebM VP8 codec Website that Android 2.3, the so-called Gingerbread build, could be ready as soon as the fourth quarter this year.

The Android team doesn’t consider this a fragmentation issue because all versions are compatible on all devices respectively (all 2.1 Eclair devices are compatible, all 1.5 Cupcake devices are compatible, etc.), and yes, ok, it’s not Linux-esque fragmentation, but come on you know what they mean. Semantics!

It’s pretty fucking awesome that Android is making impressive progress and doing it at lightning speed.   However, those using 1.5 and older devices are shaking their fists in the air because there is no sign of a version update.  To be fair, the lack of updates on the Motos can be blamed on Motoblur.  But what’s irking app devs is that older versions are still being released alongside the newer versions.

From Technologizer:

In a sense, the Google guy who said that what’s going on is progress, not fragmentation, is absolutely right. The only reason why there are so many phones based on so many Android variants out there is because Google is cranking out meaty Android upgrades at a pace which handset manufacturers are unprepared to deal with.

Android 1.5 shipped in April of 2009; 1.6 shipped in September; 2.0 shipped in October; 2.1 shipped in December; and 2.2 shipped last week. As Google finishes new features, it rolls them out rapidly in small batches, then gets back to work on the next batch–just as it does with a service such as Gmail. But with Gmail, Google can flip a switch and push new stuff out to every user in a few hours. It even managed to accomplish something similar with its own Nexus One phone: People who own Nexuses (Nexii?) with Android 2.1 are already getting the 2.2 update.

All this talk about Eclair, Gingerbread, Froyo and Cupcake is getting me hungry.

Introducing Android Froyo