Android 2.2 (Froyo) source code released

In celebration of Verizon's Droid X launch, Google has announced the immediate availability of the Android 2.2 (aka Froyo) source code. Since a few days after Google's I/O developers conference back in May, Nexus One owners have been running test builds of Froyo. Initially, the builds were just rolled out to a select number of devices. However, thanks to the developers community, the ROM quickly made its way to other Nexus Ones across the world. Google has repeatedly stressed the fact that it was not the official release.

Well, now it's finally here. On the Android Developers Blog, Android 2.2 has gone open source and is available for all to do as they see fit. Froyo includes many new and exciting features. Included in these are a faster browser, cloud-to-device messaging (also known as Android Intents), an improved Android Market, and much more. JIT compilation is also baked in, giving applications as much as a 450% speed boost when compared to Android 2.1. Enterprises will be happy with the enhanced Exchange support, adding remote wipe capabilities in addition to other important security features.

On The Official Google Blog, Google notes that 160,000 Android devices are being activated each day. There are currently 60 compatible Android devices on the market scattered across 21 OEMs, 59 carriers, and 49 countries. Android continues to see significant growth in the mobile market and doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon.

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Wonder if there is a way for some dev group to get a froyo version for the Sprint HTC Hero. I am not sure if that's possible but hopefully they can as long as the phone can handle it. Since it doesn't look like HTC will be updating the hero to it themselves.

I don't know why you people even wait for OEM's/Carriers to release OTA updates anymore.It's 2010 people, download a file and flash it.

Anyways waiting for a Cyanogen release of 2.2 so I can keep my G1 on its heels

Sweet, will be interesting to see how this affects fragmentation seeing as some phones don't even have 2.1 yet...

Now the xperia x10 has been rooted! We can hopefully get it unofficially on there. Sony Ericsson have promised 2.1 in Q4, which is **** imo.

AbandonedTrolley said,
Hopefully HTC will get to work on a Desire ROM then so that Orange can bastardise it for me!

TBH, I don't think Orange did that much to it, apart from installing a few programs you don't have to use and the icon for the browser.

Unlike some operators who cripple any smartphones they get.

neo158 said,

TBH, I don't think Orange did that much to it, apart from installing a few programs you don't have to use and the icon for the browser.

Unlike some operators who cripple any smartphones they get.


Didn't Orange also remove the GTalk capabilities from the Desire?

EDIT: Can't wait to get it on my Nexus One, anyone know yet when this will happen?

d4v1d05 said,

Didn't Orange also remove the GTalk capabilities from the Desire?

EDIT: Can't wait to get it on my Nexus One, anyone know yet when this will happen?

That's true, but it was just the front end that was removed and that can be reinstalled from the market AFAIK. The process is still there as the market uses it.

neo158 said,

TBH, I don't think Orange did that much to it, apart from installing a few programs you don't have to use and the icon for the browser.

Unlike some operators who cripple any smartphones they get.

Yup... Really can't hate (too much) on Orange for this one.
I just hope that now that Froyo is released it won't be too long until HTC modifies it, then Orange. I really hope it will be quick !

Kwanza said,

Yup... Really can't hate (too much) on Orange for this one.
I just hope that now that Froyo is released it won't be too long until HTC modifies it, then Orange. I really hope it will be quick !

+1

Have always been a Nokia man so haven't know when updates have been released - will be interesting to see how long it takes both HTC and Orange to "approve" the update.

Although I'm half tempted to root my device and slap on the HTC clean version without Orange's changes if there's a ROM out for it...