Google announces Android 2.2 Froyo

Google announces Android 2.2 Froyo
Not that we didn't expect this, but it's always exciting to witness the announcement of a new mobile platform... or at least, a new version of a mobile platform. At today's Google I/O keynote, froyos were all over the place as the new iteration of the Android operating system got officially announced and revealed.

We will of course start with what we believe is the most important announcement from the event. The Android team has obviously put a lot of effort into improving the overall performance of the platform. This has been done through integrating a new JIT compiler (stands for Just In Time). No more sluggishness in Raging Thunder II! Or at least we hope so.

The other great improvement seems to be found in the Android browser, which will now render Java Script elements 2 to 3 times faster, thanks to getting some new code directly from the Chrome browser. Apparently, Google is patting itself on the back here for having the fastest mobile browser with Froyo, but we shouldn't forget that the update to that platform version is not out just yet, so we'd rather save such bold claims for later. (And still, it did look pretty fast on the demo.)

Of course, they didn't miss the occasion to mention that Flash Player 10.1 support is also coming along with Froyo. No new stuff was revealed though. However, Google demoed some new features that will be coming to the browser in the future. By the looks of it, developers will be able to create web content that will allow you to use your device's camera, accelerometer, digital compass and so on directly from the browser. It would be really interesting to see some quality creations utilizing this technologies.

Moving on to the next feature, it became clear that Android Market will also get its fair share of new stuff. Imagine the possibility of installing apps to the memory card! Well, it's finally here... kind of. Android will "intelligently" decide if an app should be installed to the main memory, or to your microSD card, based on the available free space on your phone, obviously. However, even if it decides to install an app to the main memory that you actually wished to install to your microSD, you'll have the option to move that app manually. If you ask us, a simple option of whether you want your apps installed to the main or additional memory would have been better. After all, Android should be about the user's personal choice, right?

A new feature that we are really glad to see in Android Market is the auto-update option. In addition to having a dedicated screen listing all the available updates for your apps, you will also have an auto-update option, which, if you allow it, will... well, automatically update your apps! Sounds good to us. By the way, Android Market's catalog of mobile programs (it's really overwhelming having to repeat "apps" all the time) now includes about 50,000 titles.

The Android team has also put some effort into improving the quality and diversity of advertisements that will show up on your phone's screen. Similarly to Apple's iAds (but seemingly not as impressive), the guys and gals at Google have worked it out how to show you lots of advertising without getting you out of your app. The most impressive kind of such an ad seems to be the expandable ad, which, upon the user's tap on it, will obviously expand and show more information, images and even video.

Android 2.2 will also sport some new enterprise-centric features, including better support for Microsoft Exchange, while some of the other goodies include tethering, mobile hotspot and a new app data backup API. What the latter does is to make it possible to transfer not only your apps, but also the data associated with them when you, for example, upgrade to a new Android phone and sign in with your existing Google account.

So, Android (and non-Android) users, what do you think of Google's Android 2.2 Froyo? Are you satisfied with the quantity and quality of the new features? Will you be waiting impatiently till it eventually hits your handset or will rush straight to the first Android 2.2 handset that becomes available? Sound off in the comments!

source: Google


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22 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Awesome!!

2. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Still debating to go for Froyo or WPS7!!!

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

me, too....wish I could get a phone that could handle 2 ROMs (one ANDOID and one WINDOWS) where I could switch off from one to the other.....

11. ickyob

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

I would definitely stick with Android here, tried and tested with millions of loyal fans. WPS7 is just a promise of something cool for now, and will probably be plagued with problems just like any new phone OS. And it's not like they're just upgrading WM 6.5 or whatever, Microsoft said they're completely reworking and creating a new OS for 7 series, which just makes red flags pop up in my mind. So why wait for a potentially decent Windows 7 phone, when you can have the greatest and most customizable experience on any mobile phone with Android?

12. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

You can do it on a computer, I'm sure there is a way to dual boot your phone.... Why go WPS7 though?

17. burtonsnow8

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 05, 2010

You actually can, the TP2 currently has android or ubuntu dual booting with WM 6.5. There are some windows phones with full android OS running on them. XDAndroid is the project, you can read up more by googling XDAndroid.

18. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

cool, I will bookmark the site and try it once I upgrade my phone.

21. eewhiz

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 01, 2010

Your desktop/laptop computer has so many more resources and space than your cell-phone. While dual-boot is technically possible with either two Flash chips or a double-size ($$$) flash. ROM's are not used on cellphones anymore. Usually NAND or NOR flash is the boot memory.

3. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

Man if you havent watched the FroYo Keynote then you are missing some GOOD Android stuff!

4. dlff unregistered

Finally with the 2.2 Froyo onboard, this looks more like a good alternative to the iphone. At least with the present 3GS. Can't comment on the 4G or whatever until it is officially launched.

15. myclock187

Posts: 4; Member since: May 21, 2010

Ha! Android 1.5 was a better alternative to the iphone... I went from an iphone 3G to a T-Mobile G1 over a year ago and have never looked back... the iphone is cool if you don't like fully customizing your phone.

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

lol, yeah, that is why I want an ANDROID - my wife just wants a phone all ready, set and go...like many AMERICANS do.

22. eewhiz

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 01, 2010

I personally choose to not support Apple and their team of lawyers to "protect" their closed-OS and iTunes hand-cuffs. All of my friends that have chosen iPhone have had to jail-break them to get the features that they want. Apple would love to slap some DMCA fines on those folks. And many choose not to remember, but Apple was against offering a SDK (software developers kit) to the public. They wanted to control and generate all the Apps. They finally conceded to the pressure, and now they have a huge App store, although you still need iTunes to channel the Apps. Apple still controls Apps distribution and content via iTunes though, what ever happened to "freedom and liberty for all"?

5. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

very nice

6. VZW

Posts: 24; Member since: Nov 02, 2009

WiFi tethering and no rooting :)

7. dswatson83

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

great but we still have no idea when we can get a phone with 2.2 and if our current phones will be upgraded soon

9. eddiecoaster

Posts: 3; Member since: May 20, 2009

I heard upgrades in 2nd half of 2010, but only for phones that were released in 2010. I believe HTC said Q4 for their sense devices.

13. sundroid

Posts: 3; Member since: May 20, 2010

So, is it "Eris users we're done with u???????????

8. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

I'm satisfied with froyo. I just wish the mobile hotspot feature was available. Hopefully they'll begin to release it soon

14. sundroid

Posts: 3; Member since: May 20, 2010

I think the carriers will block native tethering and mobile hotspot feature which obviously sucks but i am keeping my finger crossed...

16. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Isn't the mobile hotspot exclusive to Palm phones? I could be misinformed...

20. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

God I hope the Moment gets this 2.2 update relatively soon. I know 2.1 just came to it, but Froyo looks so much better, I mean, storing apps on my SD card, Flash 10.1, and even less sluggishness? Maybe once the 2.2 update is available for it, the 800Mhz proc will show what it's really capable of... I can only imagine how nice that Evo is going to be when it rolls out with all these updates.

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