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Google Announces Android 2.2 Froyo

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May 20, 2010, 10:43 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated May 20, 2010, 11:44 AM

Today at its I/O Conference in San Francisco, Google introduced Android 2.2 Froyo. Froyo builds on Android 2.1 Eclair and offers a number of improvements. The largest new feature is built-in support for tethering and Wi-Fi hotspots. It also has a refreshed home screen that adds permanent "Phone" and "Web" buttons alongside the Menu key. Google has also taken pains to improve the performance of applications and the Android Market. Users can now update all their applications in one step, rather than each at a time. Google also said that users can choose to have their applications update automatically. Android 2.2 also takes advantage of the Dalvik Virtual Machine. This tool vastly improves the speed of the platform. By incorporating a just-in-time compiler, applications are five to ten times faster than with Android 2.1. Android 2.2 is now more Microsoft Exchange friendly, and includes features such as auto-discovery, contacts sync and improved security controls. Google says it has boosted JavaScript performance in the browser to make it faster, as well. The browser also now includes Adobe Flash Player 10.1. Some of the new APIs in Android 2.2 will help move user and application data from device to device. Among other new features, Android users will now be able to store apps on external memory, instead of the device's internal storage. This should allow for larger apps, which will include more advanced games. The Google App Market has long had a Web component to browser applications, but now users can choose an app from the Web-based Market, and the phone will start downloading the app automatically. Additionally, Google will be offering a streaming music service. Using an app on a desktop PC, Android users will be able to listen to their entire, non-DRM music library over the air on their Android phones. Android 2.2 Froyo will be available today to owners of the Nexus One and the Motorola Droid in the near future. Google also plans to make it available to devices such as the HTC Incredible, EVO 4G and Desire, and the Motorola Milestone.

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Jayshmay

May 20, 2010, 12:12 PM

Google taking shots @ Apple. . .ha, ha this is some funny stuff!

Check it out, Google taking shots at Apple Laughing Surprised Drooling
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You should be happy right about now
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Apple can code, Google can't.

Not a good thing when your earlier topic was "Android phones are only getting 4 hours of battery life" Laughing
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bluecoyote

May 20, 2010, 11:20 AM

"That doesn't work..."

So if you own an HTC Hero, LG Ally, Motorola Devour, Droid Eris, Samsung Moment, T-Mobile MyTouch, you're SOL. And of course as we know from the Flash demos, Hulu doesn't work.

Even though all of those devices are able to decode H.264 perfectly.


Eh?


On the plus side, I'm sure they'll all envy the ability to view those awesome animated "1 trick to a flat belly" ads. Laughing
Porn will work Very Happy
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I have skyfire on my hero, and i can play movies from hulu.
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Jayshmay

May 20, 2010, 11:20 AM

So, 2.2 will be coming to the Droid afterall, how bout that!!!

It'll probably take 4-6 months though because of Vzn's involvement. Uh-oh, I just thought of something, I didn't see any mention of Google enabling the saving of apps2sd card in 2.2, that's really important to me, I don't want the internal memory of my Droid to be all bogged down!
Memory bogging down? That's odd, I don't seem to have that issue with my iPhone *OR* Pre! Laughing



Fail.
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my thing is, it's 2010. doesn't it seem smarter to just route the saving/installing/running of apps from the sd card? Windows mobile 6.0 was able to do that on the htc dash years ago. i believe google's reasoning behind it is "app security/copyright i...
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From the wording, it sounds like Motorola, Verizon, etc are working CLOSELY with Google to launch this ASAP
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from front page, "Among other new features, Android users will now be able to store apps on external memory, instead of the device's internal storage. This should allow for larger apps, which will include more advanced games."
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"Among other new features, Android users will now be able to store apps on external memory, instead of the device's internal storage."


...uh, like a micro sd card?
I Thought In The Article It Stated That We Will Be Able to Save Apps To External Mem Vs The Internal Storage On The Dvcs??? Am I Reading It Wrong? Confused
Menno

May 20, 2010, 1:43 PM

Android 2.2 Platform highlights:

Link:
http://developer.android.com/sdk/android-2.2-highlig ... »

Some things that arn't in the news release that people might love:

Exchange/Corporate set up:
Improved security with the addition of numeric pin or alpha-numeric password options to unlock device. Exchange administrators can enforce password policy across devices.

Remote wipe: Exchange administrators can remotely reset the device to factory defaults to secure data in case device is lost or stolen.

Exchange Calendars are now supported in the Calendar application.


Bluetooth:
Dialing over Bluetooth
Improves compatibility with car's and headsets.

Support for more than 256MB of Ram. Newer devices should see signifigant memory increase.

And more ...
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finally! dialing over bluetooth
So do you think the almighty wireless carrier will disable the wifi tethering that is being incorporated into 2.2?
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Phone_Revenger

May 20, 2010, 11:37 AM

OMG I CAN'T WAIT!

I can FINALLY go to my favorite sites on my N1 now! I do love the multiple app updates, i have a ton of apps and this will make things easier.

BUT MAN I CAN'T WAIT IM SO EXCITED!
Well since you have a N1 doesn't that mean 2.2 is available to you *now*?
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Uh,...Google says not just yet, appearently even you N1 owners are included in not just yet.

http://www.androidcentral.com/no-froyo-just-yet-goog ... »
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Jayshmay

May 20, 2010, 1:21 PM

won't be much longer til Android passes Blackberry

I read on Yahoo a month or so ago that a lot of Blackberry owners are willing to jump ship for Android, soon we'll see these numbers flip!

http://www.androidcentral.com/android-100000-units-d ... »
Jayshmay

May 20, 2010, 12:13 PM

Google taking shots @ Apple. . .ha, ha this is some funny stuff!

Check it out, Google taking shots at Apple Laughing Surprised :-)

http://www.androidcentral.com/google-takes-plenty-sh ... »
Apple does this kind of stuff ALL THE TIME. Taking shots on the competition is how they like to go "Oh we're better at this on that then this company!"
 
 
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