HTC myTouch 3G 3.5mm and Fender edition getting Froyo this week

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| January 9, 2011

myTouch 3G Android 2.2

We reported last October that the aging HTC myTouch 3G was finally going to be updated to Android 2.2 later that month, but strangely, the 3.5mm and Fender myTouches were left out of the fun.  Around three months later, though, those other devices are going to be getting in on the Froyo fun, too.  Today T-Mobile announced that Froyo would begin rolling out to both models beginning on January 12th, aka Wednesday, with the push expected to be complete by February 1st.  The full list of new features and enhancements can be found below.

It's kind of strange that T-Mobile and HTC have taken an extra few months to get Android 2.2 to the 3.5mm and Fender myTouches, which are pretty similar to the OG myTouch.  I suppose all that matters now, though, is that the update is finally coming to those users that have held on to their myTouch for this long.  So, myTouch owners, be sure to let us know when you get the update and how it works for you!

1. New Fully Integrated Exchange Client

Exchange calendars: Exchange calendars are now supported in the Calendar application.
Auto-discovery: With just a user name and password users can easily set up and/or sync an Exchange account (available for Exchange 2007 and higher).
Global Address Lists look-up: This functionality is now available in the E-mail application, enabling users to auto-complete recipient names from an entire directory.
Improved security: Numeric pin and alpha-numeric password options have been added to unlock the device. Exchange administrators can enforce password policy across devices.
Remote wipe: In the event a device is lost or stolen, Exchange administrators can remotely reset the device to factory defaults to secure data.

2. Faves Gallery

Faves Gallery gives customers quick access to the 20 people who matter most.
Scroll through your Faves Gallery, and instantly see the most recent communication from your top 20 Faves – calls, texts, emails, instant messaging, and social networking updates. Respond in a flash!

3.  New Home Screen Features

Home screen Tips widget provides tips on how to configure the home screen with shortcuts and widgets and how to make use of multiple home screens.
Market widget lets you keep on top what’s hot on Android Market, showing featured apps right on the home screen.
Phone, All Apps and Browser now have dedicated shortcuts on the home screen, making it easy to access them from any of the five home screen panels.

4. Gmail app enhancements:

Include quoted text from the body of an e-mail message
Navigate quickly using on-screen previous/next buttons
Identify e-mails using colored labels
See inline images in messages
Other: Improvements to the camera and camcorder, ability to add multiple languages to the keyboard, enhancements to Google Maps, YouTube app, Facebook app, and Twitter app.

Note: To recieve the OTA update, you will need to have an active Android data plan on your account.

Via TmoNews, T-Mobile Forums