After a fair amount of waiting, the Acer Liquid Android community finally got their hands on several leaks of the Android Froyo ROM. The much awaited port of the expected version of Google’s operating system works on both the original Acer Liquid as well as the Acer Liquid E smartphones.
I have only tested it for a day so I cannot speak about battery life much. The talk in the Acer Liquid circles is inconclusive as the opinion of those who have tested is very divergent. Some say the new eye candy is very consuming while others praise the new speed improvements which should also help conserve battery life. Regardless, don’t forget the few common sense battery life optimization techniques for Android!
Moving on, I found a rehauled interface which is a bit annoying. The out-of-the-box (so to speak) Froyo interface for Acer moves the notification bar to the bottom, while keeping a box for commonly used programs up all the time. The box is backgrounded to it diminishes the clean interface feeling giving the impression the screen is smaller. In addition, the 6 programs there are always displayed. When opening the menu, they move to the top, making room for another 6 spots for applications to be scrolled through. Sadly, all the useless apps are still there (uFooz, OfficeToGo trial, Acer registration and several new ones).
On the good side, tethering is now a standard option (Liquid Community ROM LCR by Malez introduced it since LCR version 1.7 if I remember correctly). Moreover, the image renderer’s quality has improved substantialy. Personally I found much more vivid colors even on my older images. The Bluetooth connection seems more stable (my Nokia Bluetooth were dropped every now and then, but not anymore).
All in all, Android Froyo on Acer Liquid is a fair upgrade, but I will wait for Malez to release a new LCR version before holding on to it.
PS: For Android fans, here is a list of Acer Liquid ROM for your attention!