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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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.

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

alfaaqua said,
Just to know (Im not a Android user), can I update to whatever version I want without having to wait for my provider?

(This on a high end phone such as the Droid)

Nope.

alfaaqua said,
Just to know (Im not a Android user), can I update to whatever version I want without having to wait for my provider?

(This on a high end phone such as the Droid)


It's possible to root a phone and update to unofficial ROMs. Myself, I choose to stick with the official ROMs, so I don't get any warranty issues and such.

Lamp Post said,

It's possible to root a phone and update to unofficial ROMs. Myself, I choose to stick with the official ROMs, so I don't get any warranty issues and such.

Thanks

Nope.

Shows how much you know...

Lamp Post said,

It's possible to root a phone and update to unofficial ROMs. Myself, I choose to stick with the official ROMs, so I don't get any warranty issues and such.

Nandroid Backup makes a full backup of the NAND of your phone prior to flashing, so restore it to stock for any warranty problems?

alfaaqua said,
Shows how much you know...
Well, you cannot upgrade to "whatever" version. There must be a compatible ROM for your device (either an official or an custom e.g. from xda developers). If there is, of course you don't have to wait for your provider. But if you install a custom rom (cyanogenmod for example) then you need to be aware that your warranty is void.

alfaaqua said,

Shows how much you know...

Well, he wasn't exactly wrong. When new versions of Android come out, you can't just go to updatemyandroid.com, download a file, and patch your Android phone. You have to wait for hackers to port it to your specific device with any necessary driver update hacks as well (or become a hacker yourself). If your device is old and less loved when new versions come out, or the hardware doesn't meet new requirements set by the OS, you could very likely be SOL.

For example, the G1 will probably never see Gingerbread. Ever. In fact, I'm gonna go ahead and drop the 'probably'. The G1 will never see Gingerbread.

The HTC Hero will probably never see Gingerbread.

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?

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.

thornz0 said,
I don't get the camera additions. My Incredible already has all that and more in a nice menu (without the Netscape era web texture). I thought it was the system default, as there's no HTC tag and it's the only "camera" on my phone. Did HTC just flat out replace the default camera or what?

Stock 2.1 camera has the same options, but it's a hassle to use. You have to slide the options panel in and out and the behaviour is inconsistent. I posted a bug report about this but I guess they felt the same way already.

I don't know if HTC replaced it completely, it's a possibility given Sense phone have extra camera features and HTC replaces other apps, like the Dialer.

Edited by zeroday, May 20 2010, 9:35pm :

al1uk said,

Stock 2.1 camera has the same options, but it's a hassle to use. You have to slide the options panel in and out and the behaviour is inconsistent. I posted a bug report about this but I guess they felt the same way already.

I don't know if HTC replaced it completely, it's a possibility given Sense phone have extra camera features and HTC replaces other apps, like the Dialer.

They didn't replace the camera, but they did update the software to make it better quality and more options available to the user. Before this update, my phones picture quality was so so, with objects I wanted in focus being more in the forefront and things in the background being in focus. Now, everything shoots how it should, and even the Video player takes better video. It isn't as clear as you would expect with a 5mp camera, but decent enough.

Edited by shakey, May 20 2010, 10:23pm :

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...

Seriously, I stopped listening to Google demos and press releases ages ago. They seem to have this weird deal with reinventing well-established language in their own image, without ever addressing it. I would kill to see an interview where someone there was asked point blank about their weirdass way of reading stuff.

It's WAY more annoying than people saying "Mac oh-ess-ex", which is already annoying enough to make me want to kick a toddler.

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...

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 "/

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