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Android 2.2 Froyo was officially announced at Google I/O 2010

Android 2.2 FroyoA big event took place this week at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Google organized the I/O 2010 conference and brought together for two days thousands of developers to present their latest innovations in: web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Google Chrome, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.

Even if we weren’t there, we will feature two of the most interesting things that occurred:  Android 2.2 Froyo and later, Google TV.

The event begun with a small presentation of what Android operating system means these days: there are over 60 compatible devices, 21 OEMs, 48 countries, 59 carriers that use it. Each day, over 100.000 activations are made and Google is now on the second place after RIM on US smartphone sales market. Android Market hosts now over 50.000 apps ready to be downloaded and thanks to 180,000 developers this number will be always modified.

Next, to understand better what changes bring Android 2.2 (Froyo), five of the most interesting features will be discussed:

  • Speed

By adding JIT compiler to Froyo’s Dalvik virtual machine, Google managed to raise the speed to 2x-5x. A demo game was presented on two devices to see the differences between Eclair and Froyo updates and the last update reached 41 fps while the oldest only 29 fps.

  • Enterprise

There are over 20 new features available in Froyo for corporate users:  auto-discovery, security policies, global address books, remote wipe, etc. Device admin API will also be supported and you will be able to backup your device if you plan to move to another one.

  • Services

A demo about Cloud-to-device Messaging API feature was presented. If you ever wanted to sent Google Maps Navigation directions from PC to the Android phone, now thanks to this feature, it is possible. Tethering and Hotspots will be available on the new OS and this means that your phone can act as a hotspot for other devices that would like to connect.

  • Browser

Because JavaScript loads 2x to 3x faster, Froyo browser will be one of the fastest mobile browser. Google is working hard to ensure that the future browsers will be able to use the camera, accelerometer thanks to some well designed APIs. Voice recognition will understand you better when you will want to call someone or just translate a text into another language.

One of the most expected browser feature was the support for Flash 10.1. It seams “much nicer [to work with Adobe] than just saying no.”

  • Market

Google announced new features for Android Market: find apps more easily, search inside apps, move apps to SD card and auto-update all and all are available on 2.2 Froyo. If an app crashes of causes an error, a feedback report can be sent directly to the developer and announce him what happened. This way, developers can view complete back end data, find out the problem and fix it.

So, to wrap it up the new improvements Android v2.2 Froyo get are pretty cool and seem to outclass Windows Phone 7 or  iPhone 4.0 new OS.


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