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.