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Google Officially Announces Android 2.2

Google Officially Announces Android 2.2

It was basically a foregone conclusion that Android 2.2 would be launching this week at Google's I/O conference in California, but up until now, we only knew about select bits and pieces of the mobile OS. Today, Google revealed everything there is to know about v2.2 (code name "Froyo"), which is easily the most significant Android update to date. It's obvious that Google is playing hardball with Microsoft and Apple in the smartphone space, and for now, Android looks to be taking the lead. Of course, Apple has a chance to hit back in a few weeks at WWDC with iPhone OS 4.0, but there's hardly a chance that native tethering and mobile hotspot features will be built in. Both of those are just two of the highlights in Android 2.2.

At the event, Google proclaimed that their partners are now selling 100,000 new Android handsets per day, with over 180,000 active Android developers building a network of over 50,000 apps. Apple's App Store just soared past the 200,000 mark, but it's clear that Google's own App Market isn't hurting for variety. One of the major additions to Android 2.2 is the ability to play back Flash content. That's a show-stopper in many ways. Apple's anger towards Adobe ensures that Flash support will probably never come to iPhone OS, so anyone wishing to watch Flash content or view Flash websites on the go will now look to Android. Score one for Google.


Then there's this: Android 2.2 will reportedly have the world's fastest mobile browser, and considering just how nice Mobile Safari is, that's saying a lot. There's also a new set of APIs and services, a new compiler, a new V8 JavaScript engine and plenty of other new dev tools that make v2.2 really attractive. Plenty of other new details are listed below, and while the SDK has gone out to devs today, there's no clear indication of when a final version will be shipped to phones. Hopefully soon. It's hard knowing all of this is coming, yet being unable to touch.

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Android 2.2 is sweet on multiple fronts. It operates faster which is great of course. The auto tethering is awesome, as is the seeming ability to connect to your home wireless connection.

On the development end I really like the features they have installed. It seems this would make development as well as support much more seamless on both ends

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This is a system update, going from v2.1 to v2.2 correct? It is not something that you can only get when purchasing a new android. I have been waiting for some sort of flash player. I can not open a lot of my emails, do to not having a adobe flash player or some sort of flash player.

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I heard that testing showed Android 2.2 is 450% faster in some benchmarks. Pretty sweet.

>> Google is playing hardball with Microsoft and Apple in the smartphone space

*Microsoft* and Apple? MS has like 7% of the market (and falling). I think it's RIM and Symbian who are the 800-lb gorillas here.

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It shouldn't be long after launch when we see the Evo and N1 running 2.2. All the publicly scene testing on 2.2 was done with N1's and there was notes on coding for 2.2 in the HTC Evo's development kit.

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