Android 2.2 already in testing, new features highlighted

Google’s next Android OS has already been spotted in Android and Me’s server logs. Codenamed ‘Froyo’, Android 2.2 should be approaching completion soon as Google employees only receive new point releases for testing once development nears finalization.

While user agents are easily faked nowadays, Android and Me has confirmed from several sources close to Google that the Froyo is indeed being tested. 

Although Google stopped publicly posting roadmaps for Android last year, sources confirm that the release is mainly targeting performance improvements and bug fixes. Froyo is rumored to include the following new features and fixes:

  • JIT compiler (confirmed)
  • Free additional RAM (from newer 2.6.32 Linux kernel)
  • OpenGL ES 2.0 enhancements 
  • Flash 10.1 support (1H 2010)
  • Fixed problem with “crazy screen” / Resolution of cross multitouch
  • Activation of Color Trackball
  • Enable FM radio

The rumored release day for Android 2.2 is May 19, the start of Google’s I/O developer event. A free Motorola Droid or Nexus One has been promised for every developer attending the conference. (registration is now closed) 

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HTC will skip making senseUI for 2.1 and work on releasing it for Android 2.2, I'd bet money on it. Its a waste of time to develop it for 2.1(for the devices NOT running it) when all high-end and some mid-range Android devices will get 2.2 once its released. After that, expect to see every Android phone on the market running 2.2, thats the purpose of Froyo.

I want to be excited about 2.2, but I know that by the time wireless carriers roll out the updates, my year will be up and it'll be time for me to try those snazzy new WP7 devices.


Brand loyalty is for people with no sense of adventure.

FM radio? sweet.

(I have one on my zune HD, and its valuable when you're waiting at a park and want to listen to the traffic updates while waiting for a call)

tguy66 said,
Cyanogen is the biggest hypocrite around.....Just another BS Dev....
Guess you haven't tried it. Compared to the current 2.1, CyanogonMod kicks it ass on about every point. Funny many of the features in CM is getting into Android 2.2.

deadite66 said,
was hoping apps2sd would be confirmed in froyo.

ooops, wrong post

But yes this would be nice too

Edited by Anibal P, Apr 21 2010, 7:40pm :

deadite66 said,
was hoping apps2sd would be confirmed in froyo.

Yeah, Agreed. I thought that was supposed to be happening? Held back again it would seem

Personally Greenstein, id stick with the iphone...........why?

because the problem with android is that different manufacturers make the phone. For example, 2.1 might NOT come to the xperia x10, and multitouch is a no no.
The htc hero will get 2.1, its supposed to be at the end of the month, but after that i doubt it.

The problem is that whilst android will be updated, the manufacturer of the phone you brought (HTC, SE, MOTO etc) might not update the software, so you're stuck with that you get!

If you really want a android device, stick to google phones (nexus one), hopefully nexus two will be out by then other manufacturers will just bring out new phones every year instead of improving on what they have......

peacemf said,
Personally Greenstein, id stick with the iphone...........why?

because the problem with android is that different manufacturers make the phone. For example, 2.1 might NOT come to the xperia x10, and multitouch is a no no.
The htc hero will get 2.1, its supposed to be at the end of the month, but after that i doubt it.

The problem is that whilst android will be updated, the manufacturer of the phone you brought (HTC, SE, MOTO etc) might not update the software, so you're stuck with that you get!

If you really want a android device, stick to google phones (nexus one), hopefully nexus two will be out by then other manufacturers will just bring out new phones every year instead of improving on what they have......

Thanks for this info...its greatly appreciated.

Greenstein said,
Thanks for this info...its greatly appreciated.

He's full of ****, and obviously has zero experience with Android phones. Refer to my comment above.


For one thing, the "software" is dependent upon the version of the OS you are running. For example, Google Maps with GPS Driving Directions will only run on 1.6 or higher, so it wouldn't work on the HTC Hero / Samsung Moment with 1.5, now that the update to 2.1 is out, (at least leaked for those of us that go find it) it works fine.


The ONLY exception to this is carrier apps like Sprint Navigation / NFL Channel / etc, and a lot of times the development groups will be able to port those as well. Even if they can't be ported up, there are thousands of alternative apps in the market that can do an equal or better job to the manufacturers apps. In fact, a lot of users take the time to manually remove the carrier apps because they use market apps that work better.

Edited by SkinAddict, Apr 21 2010, 6:50pm :

vaximily said,

He's full of ****, and obviously has zero experience with Android phones. Refer to my comment above.

When he said software, I think it was pretty evident that he was referring to the OS which is technically software.

I completely agree with his comment. I sold my HTC Magic for those exact reasons. My phone was perpetually stuck on 1.5 with the carrier (Rogers) maintaining that no update would be provided under the justification that "1.5 works great". I muddled around in the ROM scene for a while but was shut out when a carrier mandated radio update left me with an uncrackable (at the time) SPL. Personally, I was upset that I even had to know what an 'SPL' was. I don't want to have to muck around with and potentially brick a phone so I can be on the most recent OS version. I was forced to re-flash with the carriers ROM (data access was cut off for anyone who didn't do the radio update) which made me loose tons of OS features as well as various apps (Goggles, recent versions of Maps, etc).

vaximily said,

He's full of ****, and obviously has zero experience with Android phones. Refer to my comment above.

He's actually quite right. I'd explain why, but his post wasn't exactly vague. Try rereading it.

So I own an iPhone, but will be seriously considering moving to an Android based phone early next year when my contract is up. I've had a question about versions of Android OS for a while, and feel like this may be the appropriate time to ask.

It appears to me as if not every phone running x.x version of the Android OS will always be able to upgrade to the "latest" version. Am I understanding that correctly?

Greenstein said,
So I own an iPhone, but will be seriously considering moving to an Android based phone early next year when my contract is up. I've had a question about versions of Android OS for a while, and feel like this may be the appropriate time to ask.

It appears to me as if not every phone running x.x version of the Android OS will always be able to upgrade to the "latest" version. Am I understanding that correctly?

Nearly all phones get an upgrade in the end, not like iPhone gets support forever, the original iPhone has been abandoned.

thealexweb said,

Nearly all phones get an upgrade in the end, not like iPhone gets support forever, the original iPhone has been abandoned.

Agreed. So, if I buy any type of Android based phone, I will always be able to upgrade to the latest version, correct?

Edited by Greenstein, Apr 21 2010, 6:12pm :

Greenstein said,
Agreed. So, if I buy any type of Android based phone, I will always be able to upgrade to the latest version, correct?


That depends on a variety of factors... the primary one being the manufacturer actually supplying the update which they aren't legally OBLIGATED to do. Also, for phones like the G1, they just don't have the hardware specs to fully support the newer versions like 2.0 and 2.1.


However, any of the 'popular' models (Samsung Moment, HTC Hero, Motorola Droid, Nexus One, etc) have developer groups that will usually release the updates without the manufacturers (hince how I'm running 2.1 on my Moment even though Sprint / Sumsung aren't releasing it until next month).


Hope that helps!

Edited by SkinAddict, Apr 21 2010, 6:18pm :

vaximily said,


That depends on a variety of factors... the primary one being the manufacturer actually supplying the update which they aren't legally OBLIGATED to do. Also, for phones like the G1, they just don't have the hardware specs to fully support the newer versions like 2.0 and 2.1.


However, any of the 'popular' models (Samsung Moment, HTC Hero, Motorola Droid, Nexus One, etc) have developer groups that will usually release the updates without the manufacturers (hince how I'm running 2.1 on my Moment even though Sprint / Sumsung aren't releasing it until next month).


Hope that helps!

You're a bit misinformed. If a vendor drops support for a device, don't ever expect to see updated Android builds released for it. I'm also running 2.1 on my Moment, but that would never have been possible if updated 2.x-compatible drivers hadn't been developed by Samsung, sent to Sprint, and leaked to hackers. Hackers who simply are not capable of writing those drivers from scratch.

Everything is almost entirely thanks to leaked test builds, or drivers for similar hardware on other devices that run newer builds of Android. Once a device's hardware is past support, don't expect new builds, no matter how devout the hacker base.

cybertimber2008 said,
Hmm... this will give Sprint an excuse not to update the Hero for another 9 months >_<*

It's the manufacturer that does the updates, not Sprint... place blame where it's due.

Unfortunately, 2.1 has been ready for my Samsung Moment for MONTHS, but Sprint has delayed the roll-out so they can have it roll out on the Hero and Nexus One all at the same time.

vaximily said,

It's the manufacturer that does the updates, not Sprint... place blame where it's due.

Unfortunately, 2.1 has been ready for my Samsung Moment for MONTHS, but Sprint has delayed the roll-out so they can have it roll out on the Hero and Nexus One all at the same time.

No sir, Sprint definitely does the updates. It's more or less a team effort, I imagine, with the vendor putting together the updated drivers and stuff, but testing seems to entirely take place at Sprint. At least, the Samsung Moment's 2.1 firmware has been in testing at Sprint for months now.

If you think the Moment's 2.1 update is ready and just sitting on a harddrive somewhere, you clearly have been paying zero attention. Otherwise you would've noticed that three builds have leaked over the past month, each dated and each showing signs of being a work in progress. Moment's is most definitely NOT done.


/mind you, the DD10 build runs fairly well, despite not being feature complete, and having some irritating bugs in basic features (Google Voice bugs are driving me batty)

Edited by Joshie, Apr 22 2010, 12:07am :

I was going to flash my Nexus One with Cyanogen's ROM purely for the coloured trackball notifications but now I will sit tight and wait for Google to provide the goodies! and more RAM...bring it on!

So if they release it in May then the Droid should expect to see it around August or September with their current slow release of updates for the Droid.

Wow, looking up Nexus One specs and didn't realize it had a tri-color trackball, and fm transmit/receiver...wonder what other hidden hardware is in there that not enabled yet.

I just got myself an HTC Desire which is running Android 2.1. I hope HTC get their Sense UI ported across to Android 2.2 quickly

TCLN Ryster said,
I just got myself an HTC Desire which is running Android 2.1. I hope HTC get their Sense UI ported across to Android 2.2 quickly

They won't. HTC Hero user here.

TCLN Ryster said,
I just got myself an HTC Desire which is running Android 2.1. I hope HTC get their Sense UI ported across to Android 2.2 quickly

I agree. Got my HTC Desire a few days ago, and love the Sense UI and Android.

I just got locked outa the market though

TCLN Ryster said,
I just got myself an HTC Desire which is running Android 2.1. I hope HTC get their Sense UI ported across to Android 2.2 quickly

Fat Chance... HTC has taken MONTHS to port Sense UI to Android 2.1 on the Hero, which has caused an equally huge delay for getting Android 2.1 on my Samsung Moment (Sprint wants to roll them out at the same time to all users, along with the Nexus One).

vaximily said,

Fat Chance... HTC has taken MONTHS to port Sense UI to Android 2.1 on the Hero, which has caused an equally huge delay for getting Android 2.1 on my Samsung Moment (Sprint wants to roll them out at the same time to all users, along with the Nexus One).

HTC are a joke. loyal customers jumped on the hero and made it a success, adding massive weight to HTCs market share. what do we get for our loyalty? some moving goalposts.

thank god for the xda community. my hero's been running 2+ since the nexus one came out. It's now reached a fully stable and usable position thanks to the community roms.

Edited by ZombieFly, Apr 21 2010, 8:59pm :

Don't forget, it's not just HTC that's at fault, Google are as much to blame for splitting the market up into so many different versions of Android.
I believe they're addressing this, though, so in future as they update the OS, the manufacturers don't need to update their ROMs as much, if at all.
I know it sucks, but it's one of the the problems of being an Early Adopter. You should always get a device based on what it DOES do and not what it MIGHT or COULD do.
Look at a HTC desire myself, don't care if it gets 2.2 or not.

Kushan said,
Don't forget, it's not just HTC that's at fault, Google are as much to blame for splitting the market up into so many different versions of Android.
I believe they're addressing this, though, so in future as they update the OS, the manufacturers don't need to update their ROMs as much, if at all.
I know it sucks, but it's one of the the problems of being an Early Adopter. You should always get a device based on what it DOES do and not what it MIGHT or COULD do.
Look at a HTC desire myself, don't care if it gets 2.2 or not.

I like your point of view on this. I was wondering, why didn't they make Android like Windows / Linux, installable on any phone (designed to run Android)? Then, as a customer you are only dependent on HTC for Sense, but if you want you can upgrade before HTC releases a new version of Sense. On the other hand, the business model is now stronger for players like HTC, because in order to upgrade one must buy a new phone (or go to xda-developers or something, but a novice user would not do that).

Edited by intodevel, Apr 26 2010, 12:57pm :