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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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