Google annoounces Android 2.2 Froyo, Features Lightening Fast Web Browser

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Google has today announced an upgrade to its Android platform naming it Froyo or Android 2.2 at their I/O conference.

The new Android 2.2 has many new features with the most importantone being the new just-in-time compiler which provides speed boost between 2x and 5x speed for applications in addition to 20 new enterprise applications including better exchange support, remote wipe and device administration APIs. Now users can backup all the data from third party apps and your personal data on your PC or on a new phone through a new backup API.

There is also a Cloud-to-device messaging API which enables messages and app launch commands sent from cloud to the Android device just like sending maps from Google maps on your Android device on a click of a button.

The browser in Android 2.2 uses the same V8 Javascript engine as used in desktop Chrome browser which boosts the browser by 2x-3x times. Google says the new browser speed is currently the fastest mobile browser speed in the world. The new browser now has access to features like camera and magnetometer which were previously limited to only native apps. n also there is support for Flash 10.1.

Android 2.2 now supports tethering option enabling users to create there own WiFi hotspots. But right now there is no confirmation from which carriers will support it.

Google has enhanced quick search functionality in Android 2.2 enabling users to search for apps right from home screen search widget. There is also support for developers to extend this support for data within their apps. Google has also improved voice based action/search in Android 2.2 allowing users to dial, access or search apps just by simply using their voice.

Google has added the much awaited feature of storing apps on SD card rather than internal memory which before was not available. Now users can update all their apps automatically by simply clicking “update all” button.

Google said that Nexus One and Motorola Droid can be updated with Froyo as early as next month while the HTC phones released this year having Android on them like the Evo 4G, Desire, Droid Incredible, MyTouch Slide etc. will be updated in the second half of 2010.

Android 2.2 Official Video

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