Android 2.2 (Froyo) announced, brings lots of goodies

Android 2.2 FroyoGoogle officially announced Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) yesterday at Google I/O. To give you an idea of how quickly Android has moved, this is the seventh major platform release since Android launched in September 2008. Most of the new features had already been leaked over the last few weeks. However, the full list of additions/improvements certainly impresses.

This includes faster performance, new enterprise capabilities, tethering support, Adobe Flash 10.1 support, app storage on memory card, auto app updating, remote app installation, iTunes streaming and more. Click through for a full list and overview video.

Android 2.2 features:

Performance & speed: The new Dalvik JIT compiler in Android 2.2 delivers a 2-5X performance improvement over Android 2.1.

Adobe Flash 10.1 support: Brings the desktop experience to your mobile.

Memory card app storage: Android will now automatically install apps to the memory card when space runs low, or users can manually move apps to it.

Tethering/Wi-Fi Hotspot: Brings tethering support and the ability to turn your handset into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Faster browser: The V8 JavaScript engine is added to the Android browser as part of 2.2. This has resulted in a 2-3X improvement in JavaScript performance. Google claims that Android now has the world’s fastest mobile browser.

Data backup functionality: Backs up all data from your third-party apps. Also allows an app’s last data to be restored when installed on a new or a reset device.

20 new enterprise capabilities: This includes account auto-discovery, calendar sync, minimum password, lockscreen timeout and remote wipe.

App Updating: The Android Market now has an “Update All” button. Users can also choose to have all applications update automatically.

Android Cloud to Device Messaging: Allows apps to enable mobile alerts, send to phone, and two-way push sync functionality. For example, view a map on your desktop, and then click the “Send to device” link – the same map opens on your Android handset.

Search Enhancements: Search for apps via the homescreen search box widget.

Remote app installation: Allows you to install apps OTA from desktop.

iTunes streaming: You’ll be able to stream your (non-DRM) iTunes library wirelessly to your Froyo phone.

Click here for the official Android 2.2 platform highlights.

19 responses to “Android 2.2 (Froyo) announced, brings lots of goodies”

  1. Dears;
    I am a xperia x10 user from Nepal, I would like to get information about when Android 2.2 will be available for us as here is not so many xperia users and i am very eager to get it on my set.

  2. xperia x10, mini and pro get updated to 2.1 this month. it started a week ago.
    to be honest, mini and pro users probly won’t be too bothered as changes are relative to power, compatability and such. and the point of these phones are that they’re light and slightly dumbed down and aimed towards people who don’t need a superphone with excess of a Gb processing power. but if you have one of these and are expecting 2.2, you’s out of luck 🙁

    lol, as far as i know anyways

  3. Just want to let you know multi touch is coming to X10 in Q1 2011 with the namepinch to zoom grtz

  4. guys when will next update for xperia x10 cum………after 2.1
    n also spb mobile shell…..

  5. There is an official note on Sony Ericssons homepage. The next edition of Android (2.3 I believe it was), will be available through the computer software in the late 2. quater of 2011 or early 3. quarter at the latest. So just be patient.

  6. I was wondering when and if a 2.2 version was gunna come out on xperia x10 mini as my ram has ultra low space and needs improving 🙂

  7. Why is this happen, aren’t SE glad because customer/user like us really support your product meanwhile on your side you just sit down there,get our money for buying your product but didn’t make something about our main problem..SE should find any alternative way to make SE Xperia family could be upgraded to v2.2..