First image of Android 2.2 (Froyo) spotted

AndroidGuys has posted a picture of what appears to be the next update to Google's Android operating system (see below). Codenamed Froyo, the update will be verison 2.2 and is set to be unveiled at Google I/O in the coming weeks. Froyo will be the first mobile operating system to have Flash 10.1 baked right in.

Based on the picture, here are the new things that stand out:

  • New app launcher that contains a phone and browser launcher
  • A strange arrow below the Google icon on the search bar (could be for choosing a search engine, however odd that may sound)
  • A clippy-like Android character that can teach you how to use the phone

The image has yet to be confirmed as Android 2.2. Yet, all signs seem to indicate that it is. Nexus One users will likely be the first to receive this update when it's made available. Phones running customized versions of Android may have to wait quite some time before being able to upgrade. After all, many Android phones out there are still waiting for Android 2.1.

Android 2.2 - Froyo

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Well now I get to wait for a rooted 2.2 to use on my Droid! There's no way in hell I'm using my droid at 550Mhz on that operating system after what I saw happened when I upgraded to 2.1.

Maybe the arrow below the google icon allows you to change the type of search, like the new google layout, being able to choose from "everything", to "images", "video" etc?

At school we have wi-fi and I have notebook, and I watch youtube videos on it, why then do we hear about it being hard to stream videos via wi-fi? "confused"

Antaris said,
I hope I wasn't the only one who tried clicking on the vertical YouTube player -_-'
I didn't click but I must say that I hovered my mouse around the controls to see if they were "live" lol...

Edited by ajua, May 11 2010, 10:43am :

Antaris said,
I hope I wasn't the only one who tried clicking on the vertical YouTube player -_-'

Don't worry, I'm there with ya

HTC Desire is a must buy if it gets the Android 2.2 upgrade with the Divx support promised to provide 720p video recording and yea one other thing; the ability to install applications on the SD card.

Liaqat_ali said,
HTC Desire is a must buy if it gets the Android 2.2 upgrade with the Divx support promised to provide 720p video recording and yea one other thing; the ability to install applications on the SD card.

Divx ( propriety format) ? No one in the world is using Divx for ages :-)

Liaqat_ali said,
HTC Desire is a must buy if it gets the Android 2.2 upgrade with the Divx support promised to provide 720p video recording and yea one other thing; the ability to install applications on the SD card.
I wouldn't hold your breath though, I'm not because I'm in Australia I have to wait for HTC and Telstra to approve and customise the update for the Desire...hell will freeze before that happens. However, I'm happy with 2.1 and not bothered if I can't update my Desire to 2.2 although I have to admit not being able to install apps to the SD card is retarded! I just don't understand the logic behind it, I bet iPhone owners are laughing their arses off about that (I know I would be).

Xerxes said,
I bet iPhone owners are laughing their arses off about that (I know I would be).

Why? iPhone users can't even put an SD card in their phones. Now THAT is something worth laughing at.

Slugsie said,

Why? iPhone users can't even put an SD card in their phones. Now THAT is something worth laughing at.

True, but they have more then a couple of 100Mb for storing their apps though. For example, my particular HTC Desire only has about ~120Mb of storage available for apps (and I don't mean I filled it, I mean that is all I got out the box and I can't expand it). The cheapest iPhone has 8Gb! So until they enable installing apps to the SD card, iPhone users get the last laugh (for now).

Edited by Xerxes, May 11 2010, 10:15am :

Liaqat_ali said,
HTC Desire is a must buy if it gets the Android 2.2 upgrade with the Divx support promised to provide 720p video recording and yea one other thing; the ability to install applications on the SD card.

Well I'd certainly rather have the HTC Incredible with it's real multitouch chip instead, but the Samsung Galaxy S looks like it will get here much much sooner, have the atmel 10-finger multitouch censor the Incredible has, and a much much nicer screen. So as long as it's well made, and has as good if not better battery life I'll be getting that.
Though I really hope you can completely disable it's UI layer and use stock android easily.

Edited by yakumo, May 11 2010, 11:43am :

Xerxes said,
True, but they have more then a couple of 100Mb for storing their apps though. For example, my particular HTC Desire only has about ~120Mb of storage available for apps (and I don't mean I filled it, I mean that is all I got out the box and I can't expand it). The cheapest iPhone has 8Gb! So until they enable installing apps to the SD card, iPhone users get the last laugh (for now).

However on the flip side of that, iPhone apps tend to be somewhere in the region of 10x larger than Android apps (good example is bubble bash. 6.8 MB on Android, 73 on iPhone, same functionality on both platforms)

120 MB is usually more than enough for an average user's apps, but the fact that this limitation is being worked on will remove one of the last few remaining limitations of Android, then the Apple logo will be the only difference between the 2 devices

Xerxes said,
However, I'm happy with 2.1 and not bothered if I can't update my Desire to 2.2 although I have to admit not being able to install apps to the SD card is retarded!

Official Apps2SD is probably coming in 2.2 since the bug was closed, the status is 'FutureRelease' and San (Google Android Dev) said it's coming "soon".

As said, apps on SD is coming to Android. I would imagine it was also a question of protection against pirating apps. Personally I had G1 and now Nexus and never ran out of space.

Anyway cannot compare to iPhone where you cannot add/replace/change a SD.

Intrinsica said,
Hopefully the Android character won't be as annoying as the paperclip...

That was funny. Brought back memories. Thanks for that.

Intrinsica said,
Hopefully the Android character won't be as annoying as the paperclip...


Or Bonzi Buddy! I miss that purple monkey don't you?