Google announces Android 2.2 “Froyo”

Google announced today at their Google I/O keynote, that Android 2.2 “Froyo” will be available soon, and are releasing the SDK revision 4 to developers.

Android 2.2 promises to improve speed, API and services, browser and improved Android market to all Android-based headsets.  Some of the new user features include new home screen tips widgets, providing tips on how to configure the home screen with shortcuts and widgets, optimizing the use of the multiple home screens.  The phone, application launcher and browser have been moved to dedicated shortcuts on the home screen.

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Exchange Support
Some of the new enhancements with Android 2.2 is improved security, allowing exchange administrators to enforce a password policy across devices, in addition to numeric pin or alpha-numeric passwords to unlock the device.

Exchange administrators will have the ability to remotely wipe data, restoring the device to its default, in case the device is lost or stolen.  Users can also backup their phone to their computer, with a one-touch option on the phone.

Calendar support is now enabled for exchange users, allowing the user to sync their calendar agendas with their phone.  Android's email application will feature global address list look-up, which will auto-complete recipients name from your exchange contact lists.  Android 2.2 will also feature auto-discovery, to easily setup and sync your exchange accounts with your phone, you just need to know your username and password (Exchange 2007 and higher only).

Improved Camera and Gallery
The camera will feature an onscreen button menu, providing quick access to some of the cool features including zoom, flash, white balance, geo-tagging, focus and exposure.  The camcorder will allow easy access to set video size/quality for MMS and YouTube sharing.  LED flash will also be enabled for the camcorder.

Gallery support will allow you to peek into picture stacks, using the pinch-to-zoom gesture.

Portable Hotspot and Tethering
You can quickly turn your supported Android phone into a mobile hotspot, with a 3G connection, with just about most Android phones.  The portable hotspot will allow up to eight devices, or you can tethering your Windows or Linux laptop to your headset through the USB cable.

Support for portable hotspot and tethering is limited to certain supported devices.

Multiple keyboard languages
Android 2.2 will support multiple keyboard languages, with easy switching between languages by swiping across the spacebar.  This swap will change the keys and auto-suggest dictionary.

Improved Browser and Game Performance
Android 2.2 Froyo is adding some major improvements to the browser, with the enhanced V8 engine, JavaScript-heavy pages will load much faster.  Dalvik performance boost will offer up to 2x-5x performance speedup for CPU-heavy code, compared to Android 2.1.  Android 2.2 improves kernal memory management, reclaiming up to 20x the memory, which provides faster switching between apps. 

From the performance boost, games will receive a performance boost, providing more frames per second during gameplay.

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Lots of talk about improved features for corporate users, but still no LEAP support as far as i can tell... The rest is nice, but still kinda useless when you can't get on the network "/

Yes you can Save Applications to SD Card. In fact you can move from internal to SD and vice versa at the click of a button. It was all clearly outlined in the embedded video...

Anyone know if 2.2 will allow you to install apps to the SD card? to be honest that is the only feature I care about (2.1 on my Desire does everything else I need).

Xerxes said,
Anyone know if 2.2 will allow you to install apps to the SD card? to be honest that is the only feature I care about (2.1 on my Desire does everything else I need).

Don't get your hopes up. Knowing HTC it will be 2014 by the time they issue a 2.2 ROM...

No hijack intended. but the sprint hero 2.1 is waiting on you at the sprint store. got mine today. i read to go to 2.2 you have to have 2.1/be capable.

Does anybody else hate the skin on the Android camera software? Like, really really hate? In a "holy crap how did nobody notice how horribly, disgustingly inconsistent this is? what the hell? I think that pattern was a wallpaper in Windows 3.1" sort of way?

Keeping my fingers crossed that Motorola won't drag their heels in bringing Froyo to the Milestone! It needs this update badly!!!

Wanyal said,
And to think, I'm still on 1.5. (UK Hero)

Not the only one, can't wait for 2.1 and am hoping to be able to run 2.2 but I will be content with just 2.1.

Constant updates are great, but when they are forcing you to redownload everything agian, its a little annoying. I hope that 2.2 fixes that issue and allows for apps to be transfered over during the update. Good to see Google putting so much work into this though, just a little off putting thinking I might have to re-customize my phone every couple of months lol.

I really hope the Samsung Galaxy S can be upgraded pretty much on day 1. I'd rather have froyo than any Samsung UI.

AdamLC said,
All looks good! I hope HTC are quick putting it on the desire
Don't hold your breath, considering how long it took them to get 2.1 on the Hero, I expect it to take ages if at all. However, to be honest I'm very happy with 2.1 on my Desire and because I live in Australia even if HTC do update the Desire to 2.2 I'll never see it because Telstra is known for taking well over a year to approve a phone update...

I really want to get into programming for this, I have a million ideas ... just busy. Also, any good books? Would love to read up...

@CrimsonredMK I guess I'm one of those loyal N1 owners Started out with a G1, then a Magic, and now a N1 =) Gonna get my wife a mytouch slide next month

Dessimat0r said,
That developer bug tracking thing looks awesome

Yeah, I'm really excited about that, already fixing bugs in my app using the reports that have started coming in!

But, I'm really annoyed you _still_ can't have app descriptions longer then 325 chars! I mean, c'mon Google, are you serious?

Edited by zeroday, May 20 2010, 6:10pm :

shakey said,
man, I hope the HTC Hero can get this update.

Me to, but for now I'll be happy with a 2.1 release - hurry the f**k up HTC!!

duddut2 said,

Me to, but for now I'll be happy with a 2.1 release - hurry the f**k up HTC!!


the 2.1 update was released yesterday by sprint. i just finished installing it.

shakey said,
man, I hope the HTC Hero can get this update.

I hope this will be released to the HTC Magic too. Seeing the Magic getting 2.1 within the next few months, I imagine it cannot be that hard to upgrade from 2.1 -> 2.2 (compared to 1.5 -> 2.1)?

CrimsonRedMk said,
Now just waiting for the update to come to us loyal Nexus One owners, all 18 of us.

If you and I have them I wonder who the other 16 people are

r4lx said,

+1 here, I have it almost since it was launched

Me too, and I love it more than my old iPhone 3GS.

CrimsonRedMk said,
Now just waiting for the update to come to us loyal Nexus One owners, all 18 of us.

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