Android 2.2 Froyo Officially Announced. Faster, More Enterprise, Cloud to Device Messaging, Flash and More
May 20, 2010 12:50 PM –
Google I/O 2010 officially announced Android 2.2 (Froyo) with has a lot of improvements; namely Speed, more Enterprise features, new SDK, Cloud to Device Messaging, and full Flash support!
- Speed. The software will make any Android app and any Android phone preform 2-5 times faster with no change the app or phone software or hardware.
- Enterprise. There is more support for enterprise customers as employees are bringing Android phones into the workplace in replace of Blackberries. It now supports more than 20 Microsoft Exchange rules like remote wipe, minimum password, lockscreen timeout etc.
- Android 2.2 SDK. New APIs for data backup and Cloud to Device Messaging capabilities.
- Cloud to Device Messaging. Vic G, the presenter at Google I/O, took a shot at Apple with saying “That’s how you do cloud to device API”. Referring to Apple’s workaround to multi-tasking. This awesome feature will allow you to download Android apps from the new Android Market (coming soon) on the web to multiple devices; phone, tablet, TV, etc.
- Tethering & Portable Hotspot. I don’t know how the carriers will feel about this as they would like to charge more for the service (as we see with the HTC Evo 4G for Sprint tacking on $29.99/mo. for HotSpot capability). But the feature will have native and easy support!
- Flash. Android 2.2 will fully support Flash 10.1 natively. Whoo Wooooo!
- Install Android Apps to SD Card. This has been long cry from consumers to have the ability to install Android apps to SD Card instead of internal memory storage. To date, devices do not offer more than 1 gigabyte, on average 256MB for app and game storage. Jumping this hurdle and allowing storage on the SD card instantly allows up to 32GB of storage for some users.
Developers please go download the SDK, make use of new technologies innovating new apps for us to review, try and buy in preparation for when the software is available for consumer phones. I can’t wait until someone flashes the ROM for root users… Cyanogen???