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Video Daily: Introducing Android 2.2 Froyo

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 May 2010 14:05 User comments (5)

Video Daily: Introducing Android 2.2 Froyo On day two of the Google I/O conference, the search giant has launched Android 2.2 Froyo, the seventh update to the operating system since its launch in September 2008.
While not listed in the official 2.2 post, there are many new features that most users have been expecting and wanting. The main two are the addition of Flash (built-in) and the addition of Wi-Fi tethering. Additionally, desktop to handset music streaming and a "one-handed camera UI" are part of the update.

Google says there are six highlights of the new firmware update, (although I believe they left out the most important in their post which I posted above):

Performance and Speed: The company says the new "Dalvik JIT compiler" will give 2.2 users a 200-500 percent performance boost in "CPU-bound code vs. Android 2.1."

Enterprising capabilities: Google says they have added Microsoft Exchange capabilities such as account auto-discovery and calender sync. There is also easier device management apps that can control security like remote wipe, lockscreen timeout and minimum password.

Improved Browser: The browser has been improved, using the V8 JavaScript engine. The company says JS performance is 300 percent better than on 2.1.

"Rich set of new APIs and services": Rooted devices have had the ability to do so for many months, but 2.2 adds the ability to backup and restore data via data backup APIs. If you ever have to buy a new device or wipe your current one, you can restore all data and settings with one easy click.

The company also says now "apps can utilize Android Cloud to Device Messaging to enable mobile alert, send to phone, and two-way push sync functionality."

Apps2SD: Apps2SD is now default, allowing for installation of apps on the SD card, a feature on rooted devices that legit users have wanted for years.

Android Market: The Android Market now "provides Android Application Error Reports, a new bug reporting feature, giving developers access to crash and freeze reports from users. Developers will be able to access these reports via their account on the Android Market publisher website."

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5 user comments

120.5.2010 21:37

Looking good Android.

220.5.2010 23:54

Verizon says they are releasing the update for the Droid sometime next month...hopefully I will have a rooted copy on my phone before then! I've already downloaded my copy of the SDK.

322.5.2010 0:15

Waiting for a 2.2 BuglessBeast!

422.5.2010 4:40

I'll be happy with a Shoels (is that how you spell it?) version...but I would like smoked glass too. Maybe DroidMod will just skip 2.1, and release a 2.2...I sure hope so; DroidMod was my favorite 2.0.1 rom.

531.5.2010 6:42

Sweet! Does old Android 1.6 support new apps? Does that mean I can finally play more video games with my phone?

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